Various countries (except Italy)
- Schubert's "Winterraise"
January 15, 2017 Palazzina Liberty Milano
Mirko Guadagnini’s repertoire ranges from baroque to lieder, from Mozart up to the authors of 20th and 21st Century.
After having won the Aslico competition, he made his operatic debut and since then his career has taken flight. His stage debut has encompassed roles in Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote, Gianni Schicchi, The Rake’s Progress, Il Pirata, Il Matrimonio Segreto, Otello, Falstaff, and Armide. He has sung under the baton of conductors such as R.Muti, M.Viotti, B.Campanella, M.Whun Chung, D.Renzetti, E.Pidò, J.E.Gardiner, U.Benedetti Michelangeli) and worked with directors such as P.L.Pizzi, D.Abbado, M.Hampe, W.Decker, John Cox.
Together with great baroque maestros such as J.E.Gardiner, W.Christie, P.Neumann, O.Dantone, F.Biondi, F.Bernius, A.De Marchi, G.Antonini, E.Onofri, he has been studying the Haendel repertoire in depth – Alcina, Rinaldo, The Messiah and Monteverdi’s Orfeo, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, and other works by classical authors of the 16th and 17th Century such as Purcell, Pergolesi, G.B.Sammartini, and B.Marcello. He boasts several important recordings including a rare Medieval collection (Tirreno 1993), L’Euridice by Peri (1994), Mottetti by G.C. Monteverdi (Astrée 1996), Gesualdo da Venosa (Stradivarius 1998), Arianna by B. Marcello (Chandos 1999), Memet by Sammartini (Dymanic 2001), and L’Orfeo by Monteverdi (Glossa 2007).
From 2005 to 2007 he was the protagonist of 45 concerts completely devoted to the sacred opera omnia by Mozart (Mozartfest), together with the Mantua Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of U.Benedetti Michelangeli.
In 2005 he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala performing Haendel’s Rinaldo and in 2006 he returned to La Scala for the first Italian performance of Azio Corghi’s Il Dissoluto Assolto. In addition to this significant list of important and indicative roles, he has also appeared as Renaud in Gluck’s Armide, which recently debuted at the Tel Aviv National Theatre with great success. In 2007 he opened the season of Maggio Fiorentino with the first performance of Antigone by Ivan Fedele, and a performance of the Britten Serenade for tenor and orchestra at the Verdi Mahler Auditorium in Milan. He also sang at Seoul Opera in Rinaldo (same production of La Scala/Pizzi).
In one of his last records (Glossa), he played the main character in Orfeo by Monteverdi. He has performed this role in many European and international theatres to celebrate the 400th anniversary since its creation. For his performance he won a Grammy Award, a Choc du Monde award, and an Amadeus award as the best Monteverdi protagonist in 2007.
Mirko Guadagnini is the only Italian tenor of the current generation who has sung, performed, and recorded all three roles of the Trittico Monteverdiano with important conductors such as William Christie, Claudio Cavina and Rinaldo Alessandrini.
Recent engagements include a world premiere by Ambrosini at the Fenice theatre in Venice, Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria at Teatro alla Scala and La Venexiana, an unpublished work by Salieri in Las Palmas, The Makropulos Affair by Janecek at the Comunale theatre in Florence under the direction of Zubin Metha and Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Theater an der Wien (Vienna).
In the season 2013/14 he will return to the Theater an der Wien for Idomeneo (Gran sacerdote).