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An eclectic and versatile musician, Gioele Muglialdo has mastered the styles of a wide and multifaceted repertoire that ranges from classical music (symphonic, operatic, chamber) to musicals, film scores, and even American music bordering on jazz.
In recent years, his career has come to a turning point, pivoting on two main repertoires: the cine-concert and Italian music from Verismo to the 20th century
Muglialdo has asserted himself in Europe as one of the most accomplished and authoritative conductors of cine-concerts, being among the few in the world who possess the required specific skill of synchronizing sound and images. The screening of old and new film masterpieces with a live orchestra playing the soundtrack is a genre in great demand, and has piqued the interest of the young and old, not only of regular concert-goers and movie lovers. The repertoire includes veritable gems, such as the famous masterpiece Metropolis, Fritz Lang’s silent movie with music by Gottfried Huppertz: a score worthy of a Richard Strauss.
With regards to Italian music, from the well-known Verismo and from Puccini, Muglialdo has widened his interest to include the 20th century, still largely unfamiliar and worthy of rediscovery and re-evaluation: Alfano and Pizzetti, Malipiero and Casella are composers of European stature who, after so many years, still await recognition from institutions and theatres, and to be reconciled with wider audiences.
Among the many orchestras Muglialdo has conducted are the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Münchner Symphoniker, Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Essener Philharmoniker, Westfalen New Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Rousse State Philharmonic, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, Plovdiver Symphoniker, Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Novaja Opera Theatre in Moscow, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru; in Italy the “Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI” of Turin, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, Teatro Regio Orchestra of Turin, Orchestra Regionale dell’Emilia Romagna, Italian Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro Coccia Orchestra of Novara, Orchestra of the Marialisa De Carolis Concert Society of Sassari, Teatro Donizetti Orchestra of Bergamo, “I Pomeriggi Musicali” of Milan.
Muglialdo has appeared at famous theatres and concert halls, such as the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Gasteig and the Herkules Saal of Munich, the Meistersinger Halle of Nuremberg, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Franz Liszt Museum of Budapest, the Los Incas Auditorium of the Lima National Museum (Peru); in Japan, the Minato Mirai Hall of Yokohama and the Hokutopia Tsutsuji Hall of Tokyo; in China, the Xinghai Concert Hall (Guangzhou); in Italy he has performed at the Auditorium RAI “A. Toscanini” of Turin, the Teatro Municipale of Piacenza, the Teatro Comunale of Sassari, the Teatro Donizetti of Bergamo, the Teatro Coccia of Novara, the Politeama Rossetti of Trieste, and the Teatro dal Verme of Milan.
In the course of his career Muglialdo has attuned his sensitivity and perfected his specific technical skills with regards to vocal music through his experience as repetiteur in theatres in Italy and abroad and the participation in vocal events and masterclasses, in the roles of assistant conductor, co-repetiteur, and pianist. Among the singers he has collaborated with are Giuseppe Valdengo, Magda Olivero, Alessandro Corbelli, Francesca Patanè, Enzo Dara, Sue Patchell, Ignacio Encinas, Dimitra Theodossiu, Nicola Ulivieri, Ildar Abdrazakov, Elisabete Matos, Ernesto Palacio, Claudio Desderi, Luca Canonici, Anna Maria Chiuri, Linda Campanella, Giorgio Cebrian, Piero Giuliacci, Chiara Taigi, Anna Pirozzi, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Claudio Sgura and Juan Diego Flórez.
As a jury member, conductor or pianist, he took part in the “Ottavio Ziino Competition” (Rome), “Renata Tebaldi Lyrical Competition”, “Concurso Nacional de Canto Lírico” (Lima, Peru), “Maria Malibran International Competition”, and “Flaviano Labò International Competition for Young Operatic Singers”.
Many are the opera productions he has conducted – fully staged, in concert form and/or highlights: Così fan tutte, Il barbiere di Siviglia, I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Il trovatore, La traviata, Nabucco, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Tosca, Cavalleria rusticana, Zanetto, Pagliacci, and L’elisir d’amore.
His activity as a pianist, which he has cultivated alongside that of conductor, allows him, equally, to be involved in the field of chamber music.
Thematic or monographic programs are, indeed, another significant element of his career, often the fruit of specific music research. Noteworthy among them: “Zarzuelas españolas”, “Leoncavallo and his time”, “Rarities of Verismo”, “Tchaikovsky recounts…”, “Homage to Maria Callas”, “Rossinimania”, “Rio de la Plata – 42nd Street – One way” (a journey into the musical theatres of the US and Argentina), “There Once was the Radio”. His interest in cinema has moreover led him to approach the great American repertoire: with “One Night on Broadway” he put to good use his passion for pop music and jazz.
Muglialdo is involved in several ethical projects: for “Remembrance Day” he staged the Children’s opera Brundibár, by Polish composer Hans Krasa, the coronation of a didactical project that involved elementary schoolchildren (under the patronage of the Municipality of Milan). As an artist he contributed to events promoted by humanitarian institutions, such as the “Scuola Superiore di umanizzazione della Medicina” and the “Centro Studi Musica e Medicina” of Pavia, the “Williams Syndrome Italian Association”, the “National Association of Amputees for Civil Service”, and the “Centre for Multiple Sclerosis” of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan.
Among the many awards Muglialdo has earned, noteworthy are the title of “Cavaliere dei Diritti Umani” (“Knight of Human Rights”), which he received in the “Salone degli Affreschi” of Milan’s “Società Umanitaria”, and the “Attestato di pubblica stima e ringraziamento” (“Public Testimonial of Esteem and Gratitude”) conferred on him at the opening of the Judicial Year at Milan’s Airforce Headquarters (2007).
Muglialdo graduated at a very young age in Composition and Conducting from the Turin “Giuseppe Verdi” Conservatory, with excellent marks. He went on to add an international perspective to his training, travelling all over Europe to perfect his conducting skills with teachers of the Russian School, among them Yuri Ahronovitch. He came second in the “4th International Course and Competition” of Budapest, where he led the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra. Also of fundamental importance in his formative years was the figure of Nello Santi, whom he assisted for several years in various productions.