Acclaimed as one of the world’s leading interpreters of the Italian and French repertoire, Evelino Pidò’s prestigious career has taken him to the most illustrious opera houses throughout the world, collaborating with artists, directors and orchestras of the highest calibre.
Recent highlights include La Wally at the Grand Théâtre de Genève,Simon Boccanegra for the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia with Placido Domingo, Adriana Lecouvreur at the Wiener Staatoper with Angela Gheorghiu, Guillaume Tell for La Monnaie, and Norma, a co-production between Opéra National de Lyon and Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris.
After studying at Turin Conservatoire, Evelino Pidò completed his training at the Vienna Academy. It was his appearance at the Melbourne Festival of the Three Worlds which marked the start of his international career, leading to invitations to Australia for five consecutive seasons, including engagements at Sydney Opera House and for a tour with the ABC Symphony Orchestra. He then made his American début at Santa Fe Opera in 1993, which led to several return invitations in subsequent seasons and major engagements at Los Angeles Opera over the following years. He also made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1993, where his greatly acclaimed Barbiere di Sevilla led to several return invitations. He also made appearances at the Festival d’Aix en Provence and at the Opéra de Paris. In 2008, he made his début at the Teatro Real in Madrid with Gioconda, and conducted a new production of Sonnambula at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in 2009. He has since maintained a strong relationship with many of these houses. Pidò made his Wiener Staatsoper debut 2011 with a new production of Anna Bolena starring Anna Netrebko and subsequently took the Wiener Staatsoper on tour to Japan.
Pidò is equally at home with symphonic repertoire in which he has wide-ranging and diverse programmes: he has conducted the major Italian orchestras, including the orchestra of Santa Cecilia and also notably the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
In 2012, Evelino Pido received the much coveted Bellini D’oro prize for best interpreter of the music of Bellini.
His discography includes a recording of French arias with tenor Vittorio Grigolo, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amorewith the Orchestra and Choir of the Opéra de Lyon for Decca; a recording of Rossini Overtures with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; two recordings with Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu and Rolando Villazon for EMI; a CD of arias with Nathalie Dessay and the Concerto Köln; and La Sonnambula with Nathalie Dessay for EMI Virgin Classics, which won a Diapason d’or and is critically acknowledged as a benchmark recording of this opera.