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Chailly, Riccardo

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Chailly, Riccardo, noted Italian conductor, son of Luciano Chailly; b. Milan, Feb. 20, 1953. He studied composition with his father, and then with Bruno Bet-tinelli at the Milan Cons.; he also studied conducting with Piero Guarino in Perugia, Franco Caracciolo in Milan, and Franco Ferrara in Siena. He was asst. conductor of the sym. concerts at Milan’s La Scala (1972–74); his international career began with his U.S. debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera conducting Madama Butterfly (1974); he subsequently was a guest conductor at the San Francisco Opera, Milan’s La Scala, London’s Covent Garden, and the Vienna State Opera. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y with Les Contes d’Hoffmann on March 8, 1982. From 1982 to 1989 he was chief conductor of the (West) Berlin Radio Sym. Orch., which he led on its first tour of North America in 1985; he also was principal guest conductor of the London Phil. (1982–85) and artistic director of the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (1986–89). In 1988 he became chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orch. of Amsterdam, which was renamed the Royal Concertgebouw Orch. that same year by Queen Beatrix in honor of its 100 th anniversary. Chailly is one of the leading conductors of his generation, and has won praise for his performances in both the opera pit and the concert hall.

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