Gino Quilico

Gino Quilico


International Opera singer Gino Quilico
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«Gino is a great talent, a great voice, a real personality and a beautiful actor.»
Luciano Pavarotti (2016)
«Mr. Quilico enunciates the Italian with relish, looks handsome and acts with convincing dash. This is a real baritone Don Giovanni, elegant and light on his feet»
new york times (2016)
«Le grand monologue de Iago dans l'Otello de Verdi le trouva en forme, comme acteur et comme chanteur. Grâce à beaucoup de métier, il a même campé un Scarpia fort crédibles.»
La presse (2016)
2017Poulenc: Dialogues des CarmélitesMarquis De La Force
2012Berlioz: L'enfance du ChristHérode (Herod)
2010BarricadeJean Valjean
2009Puccini: Madama ButterflySharpless
2009BarricadeJean Valjean
2008Messiaen: Saint Francois d'AssiseSaint Francois
2008Puccini: La BohèmeMarcello
2008Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni
2007Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2006Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroConte d'Almaviva
2004Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni
2004Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni
2003Berlioz: Les TroyensChorèbe
2003Berlioz: Les TroyensChorèbe
2002Rossini: La CenerentolaDandini
2002Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
2001Verdi: OtelloIago
2000Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLord Enrico Ashton
1999Massenet: ManonManon Lescaut
1999Auber: Manon LescautLescaut
1999Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLord Enrico Ashton
1998Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
1997Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreBelcore
1992Puccini: Manon LescautManon Lescaut
1991Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni


Baritone Gino Quilico o.c.  www.ginoquilico.com 

Distinctions and honorary performances:

1983 - Mr. Quilico performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Ottawa at the National Arts Center for the new Constitution of Canada.

1986 - Private recital for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Canadian Ambassador&rsquos residence in   London, England. The honorable R. Roy McMurtry.

1988  - Artist of the Year – Named by The Canadian Music Council.

1990  - Goodwill Ambassador - Appointed (High Commissioner for Refugees) United Nations.

1993  - Officer of The Order of Canada in recognition for his musical contribution around the world

1995  - Grammy Award for the recording of Les Troyens by H. Berlioz  (Decca) role Chorèbe

2003  - GOLD Record  (Novem) Noel 

World Premieres:

Ghosts of Versailles (John Corigliano) at Metropolitan Opera. New York (1991)

Montségur (L.Lamdowski) Toulouse Opera, Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris Opera (1985)

L’hèritière (J”P” Damase) at Paris Opera-Comique (1980) 


La Boheme (G.Puccini) Opera-film directed by Luigi Commencini 

(1988)L’Orfeo (C.Monteverdi) Opera-film directed by C. Goretta 

(1988)Several other opera’s on DVD 

Discography: Twenty-seven classical recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Erato, Sony Classical, London/Decca and EMI/Angel.

Biography (Highlights)

Esteemed as an interpreter of the French and Italian repertoire, lyric baritone Gino Quilico has performed with the world’s major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), La Scala (Milano), The Royal Opera House (London), The Vienna State Opera (Vienna), the Paris Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), The Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), La Fenice (Venice).Gino Quilico has released over twenty opera recordings, including a Grammy Award for his participation in the recording of Les Troyens (Decca). His critically acclaimed solo recital recording Le Secret  (Koch International) have also firmly established Mr. Quilico in the classical recording industry. His recording “Noel” went Gold.Mr. Quilico has worked with such distinguished conductors as Herbert Von Karajan, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Michel Plasson, George Pretre, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Mr. Quilico made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1987 as Lescaut in Manon and has regularly returned since in roles such as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Valentin in Faust, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ford in Falstaff, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore and Escamillo in Carmen. World Premiere Ghosts of Versailles (John Corigliano) at Metropolitan Opera. New York (1991)

At the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Quilico has appeared in the title role of Don Giovanni, Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Lescaut in Manon, Silvio in I Pagliacci and Marcello in La Boheme which was also recorded for video release.

At the Paris Opera Mr. Quilico’s roles have included Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Oreste in Iphigenie en Tauride, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Enrico in Lucia di Lamermoor, Escamillo in Carmen and Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades. World Premiere Montségur (L.Lamdowski) Toulouse Opera, Paris Opera (1985)

His performances at La Scala have included the roles of Marcello in La Boheme. Lescaut in Manon by Massenet and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut by Puccini which was recorded by Sony Classical.With the Royal Opera in London, he has sung Posa in Don Carlos, as well as Valentin in Faust, Figaro, Marcello and Escamillo, which he has also performed with the Royal Opera’s tour to Japan and Korea.

Around the world other engagements have taken him to the Berlin Staatsoper, the Vienna Staatsoper for Iphigenie en Tauride to Munich for Carmen and Don Giovanni to the Florence Maggio Musicale for La Cenerentola. Don Pasquale at La Fenice in Venice, and to Buenos Aires Teatro Colon for Don Giovanni and Faust. Lausanne for the title role of Eugene Onegin and as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera.On the concert stage, 

Gino Quilico has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In Europe with the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra Philarmonique de Radio France, and the Bayerische Rundfunk, Munich. Among the many festivals in which he has participated are those of Salzburg, Edinburgh, Schwetzingen, Aix en Provence and Orange.

In the year 1987 Gino & Louis Quilico became the first father and son to perform at the Metropolitan Opera together in its existence.  Followed by many other appearances together around the world at the Paris Opera, The Chatelet, The Canadian Opera Company and The Toulouse Opera.Mr. Quilico has appeared in the feature films of La Boheme and Orfeo as well as in numerous operatic videos. 

He has recorded for such labels as Deutsche Gramophone, EMI/Angel, Philips, Erato, Sony Classical and London/Decca. Included an album of operetta duets with Barbara Hendricks for EMI.         

2005 – 2008 Highlights: New crossover recording with “Zone 3” produced by Rick Allison, (Un Jour Une Nuit) Songs written by Rick Allison, Luc Plamondon, Daniel Seff, Francis Cabrel.“Starmania” Symphonic version with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as well as Christmas concerts at The Basilica Notre Dame. “Starmania” in Paris Palais des Congress, Recital Tour (Sherbrooke, Gatineau, Laval, Montreal). Marriage of Figaro (Almaviva) Austen Lyric Opera. Notre Dame de Paris Title role (Quasimodo) 25 performances at Bell Center Montreal.Elisir D’amore (Belcore) Opera de Monte Carlo. Don Giovanni (Title Role) Seoul, Korea..Concert tour of (Voyage Musical) 20 performances throughout Quebec. Guelph spring Festival concert, Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil concert. Carmen at The Savvonlina Festival (Finland).Fanciulla del West at the Saint Barth Classic Music Festival, “Saint Francis of Assisi” with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano.

2008 – 2012 Highlights:  M. Quilico sings 91 performances of the role of Jean Valjean in the new production of (Les Misérables) at the Capitole de Québec (2008-09) Place des Arts Montreal (2010).Madame Butterfly at the Saint Barth Music Festival, Concerts Salle Pierre Mercure, Montreal, Granby, Longeuil.Gala performance for the 75th Anniversary of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.Return to the role of Jean Valjean for 33 performances of (Les Misérables) at the Capitole of Québec city.Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Saint Francois d’Assise) with Kent Nagano, Saint Barth Classic Music Festival with maestro Steven Mercurio, Symphony Orchestra de Gatrineau, Symphony Orchestra de la Francophonie, Symphony Orchestra La Sinfonia de la Naudiere.Gino Quilico continues to pursue his career as in Canada with a new recording of sacred arias “Magnificat” with production XXI  released autumn 2012 with organist Jacques Boucher. Several concerts and appearances in (Montréal, Québec, Orford, Trois-Rivières) in the USA (Napa Valley, San Francisco).With the Montreal symphony orchestra under the direction of Kent Nagano, Gino Quilico sang in L’enfance du Christ from Berlioz in December 2012. Several Christmas concerts in this same period with “Les Stars Chantent Noel” in several cities around Quebec.

2013 – 2014 Highlights: Mr. Quilico has signed a new recording “Serata d’Amore” and an association with Analekta records.  Number one in classical sales for over three weeks and over 30 performances throughout Québec, France, USA. He also appeared with L’orchestre Metropolitain, La Sinfonia, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.He is also taking part of a new musical in its preparation “N -The Queen of Paris”. Montreal’s Monlove Enterprises will present the “rags to riches romance” inspired by Émile Zola’s classic novel Nana. The world premiere will take place in Toronto at the Elgin Theatre in September 2015. An engagement at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre will follow in November 2015 and a Broadway engagement at a theatre to be announced. The work of Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson, a Montreal entertainment team who will provide the book, music, lyrics and direction for the musical. Michael Curry will be responsible for the design of the set and props.

2015 – 2016 Highlights:Gino Quilico is preparing for his fall album release Secrets of Christmas / Secrets de Noël under the Analekta label. Secrets of Christmas presents songs in English, French, Spanish and Italian. In addition, Gino chose to share with us a remastered version of four Christmas songs that he had the privilege of singing with his father, the celebrated Louis Quilico.To carry on tradition, he delivers « A la Nanita Nana », a duo with his daughter, Sofia Quilico.Many musicians also join him on this new album; L’Ensemble TrioSphère  and the choir La petite Bande de Montréal, directed by Martin Dagenais.

FESTIVAL DE MUSICA DE SANTA CATARINA 2016. Gino Quilico returns to the Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina in Brazil for a second consecutive year in January 2016. Were he was asked by director Alex Klein to start a voice and Opera program. He will be giving Master classes and he will also be staging his first complete opéra production for the students.The biggest Music Festival-school of Latin America which brings together about 800 participants representing 30 countries. With a programming of more than 200 activities between concerts and presentations.Directed by Alex Klein former principal Oboist, Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With International guest teachers such as; Leon Spierer (first violinist of the Berlin Philarmonic). Gordon Hunt principal Oboist Philarmonia Orchestra London. Charles Stegeman first violinist Pittsburg. Martin Angerer Principal Trumpeter for the Bayerischen Rundfunks Symphony Orchestra. Richard Roberts Concert master OSM.

SERATA D’AMORE – FESTIVAL DEL SOLE – CALIFIORNIA (2016). Gino Quilico’s show Serata d’Amore will be performed at the Festival del Sole in Napa Valley California. Guest of honor Sophia Loren.

NEW SHOW (NOSTALGIE) 2016. My inspiration is Claude Léveillée, La légende du Cheval Blanc, Le temps d’une chanson. But also many beautiful songs by Piaf, Gardel,Cohen etc... As well as opera aria’s of the French répertoire, the Toréador etc… Accompanied by l’Ensemble TrioSphère.

WORLD PREMIERE MONTRÉAL OPERA COMPANY  (LES FELUETTES) 2016. A World première which will be Mr. Quilico’s third première in his career after Monségur, by Marcel Landowski  in Toulouse, Paris et Bordeaux, The Ghosts of Versailles, by John Corigliano at The Metropolitan Opera and now Les Feluettes, by Kevin March et the Opéra de Montréal. 2017 HIGHLIGHTS:PRODIGAL the Musical – GLORIOUS FILMS. Mr. Quilico will lend his voice to the animated feature film with Jeff Kready as The Prodigal Child. Music by Romano Musumarra.

DIALOGUE DES CARMELITES BY POULENC. New production at the Montreal Opera company in the role of Marquis de la Force. Director Serge Denoncourt, conducted by Jean-François Rivest. LES FELUETTE – PACIFIC OPERA BRITISH COLUMBIA. A reprise of the Montreal World premiere in 2016 for the Pacific Opera Company.www.ginoquilico.com

2017 Highlights:
Mr. Quilico is preparing a new recording with Analekta records honoring the composer, writer perfromer Claude Léveillée. Release 2017.

New production at the Montreal Opera company in the role of Marquis de la Force.
Director Serge Denoncourt, conducted by Jean-François Rivest

A reprise of the Montreal World premiere in 2016 for the Pacific Opera Company.

2018 Highlights:
Directing La Boheme (Puccini)

Début role of Mephistopheles in Faust (Gounod)

Great Voices of Canada

2019 Highlights:
Maestro Steven Mercurio

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: La Bohème Marcello Immediately 2019
Rossini: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia Figaro Immediately 2019
Puccini: La Bohème Schaunard Saint-Barth Festival 2019
Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites Marquis De La Force Immediately Opéra de Montréal (Montréal) 2017
Berlioz: L'enfance du Christ Hérode (Herod) Immediately Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Montréal) 2012


grammy award
gold record
order of canada
film and festival of new york - jack morton productions - the quilico's