- Richard Wigmore
(b Milan, Dec 30, 1954). Italian conductor. He studied at the conservatories in Pesaro and Milan, and with Franco Ferrara in Rome. He made his conducting début with the orchestra of the Accademia di S Cecilia in 1977, and his operatic début, with Simon Boccanegra, in Macerata the following year. His career developed with guest appearances in leading Italian opera houses and regular collaborations with orchestras in Italy, France, Germany and the USA, where he made his début (with the Orchestra of St Luke’s) in 1991. He has also conducted at the Edinburgh Festival (1982) and at festivals in Israel, Lille and Munich. In 1991 Abbado was appointed chief conductor of the Munich RO, a post he held until 1998. Meanwhile, he has consolidated his operatic career with guest engagements at La Scala, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Staatsoper in Munich (making his début with a new production of La traviata in 1993), the Metropolitan Opera (début, with Adriana Lecouvreur, 1994), the Opéra Bastille (début, with Lucia di Lammermoor, 1995) and other major houses. His recordings include Turandot, an award-winning version of Rossini's Tancredi, Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi and an infectious reading of Don Pasquale. In 2005 he was appointed an Artistic Partner of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota.