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Andrea Licata


  • The best work comes from the excellent orchestra and chorus under Andrea Licata’s experienced, idiomatic baton.
    Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times
  • But Verdi is in good hands here. Andrea Licata conducted a neat, supportive and light-textured reading of the score.
    Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph
  • Andrea Licata studied with Franco Ferrara since when he has conducted many opera and symphonic orchestras in Italy and abroad, including the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Regio, Parma, Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

    In 1989 Hans Werner Henze invited Andrea Licata to inaugurate the Cantiere Internazionale in Montepulciano. From 1991 to 1994 he was the Musical Director of Teatro Vincenzo Bellini of Catania, where he conducted concerts and operas such as Rigoletto, Aida, Bianca e Fernando, The Saint of Bleeker Street (Menotti) and La Gioconda while appearing frequently as a guest with the Rome Opera.

    In 1996 he began an association with the Baltimore Opera conducting Tosca, Turandot, Aida, Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Cavalleria rusticana and I pagliacci, followed by Norma, La fanciulla del West, La boheme and Tosca.

    In 1998 he conducted Norma in Messina, where he has also conducted Un ballo in maschera, Simon Boccanegra, Lucia di Lammermoor, Turandot, Ernani and Alahor en Granada by Donizetti (Italian premiere).

    In 2003/4 he made his Australian debut conducting a new production of Norma for Opera Australia with great success and was re-invited for Nabucco, La boheme, Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto, Il trittico, Un Ballo in Maschera, Cavalleria Rusticana , I Pagliacci and Aida.

    In the 2009/10 season Andrea Licata made his debut with Welsh National Opera conducting La traviata and was re-engaged for Il trovatore the following season. He also returned to the Teatro Maestranza, Seville for La traviata.

    In 2010/11 he made his Swedish debut conducting Norma for the Royal Opera, Stockholm and gave performances of Tosca in Palermo in concerts with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana.

    In 2012/13 Andrea Licata worked extensively with Opera Australia, conducting operas including Aida,The Barber of Seville, Turandot and La Boheme.

    • Il Trovatore: Welsh National Opera
      (February / March 2011)

      ...conductor, Andrea Licata, whose natural feel for Verdian line was a great virtue with the orchestra fully responsive to his sweep and beat.
      Seen & Heard
      ...the tale, if not convincingly enacted, is told with feeling. It‘s a mood bolstered by some full-throated choruses and playing of tension and astringency by the orchestra under Italian maestro Andrea Licata.
      South Wales Argus
      The real pleasure lies in the glory of Verdi's rich and lyrical score conducted by Andrea Licata.
      Western Mail
      Verdi’s Il Trovatore has always been an opera for singers. This production is no exception, with glorious singing from a fine ensemble backed by the majestic chorus and a punchy orchestra... Fortunately, the orchestra under the baton of a lively Andrea Licata, the spellbinding chorus and the principals swept away the nonsense bringing the show to life.
      ...Andrea Licata is plainly in his element...
    • Norma: Royal Swedish Opera
      (November 2010 - February 2011)

      The Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra conducted by the Italian maestro Andrea Licata, deserves nothing but praise.
    • Debut with Welsh National Opera: La traviata
      (September 2009)

      The best work comes from the excellent orchestra and chorus under Andrea Licata’s experienced, idiomatic baton.
      Sunday Times
      The conductor Andrea Licata led a secure account, with expert contributions from the WNO orchestra and chorus.
      The Observer
      But Verdi is in good hands here. Andrea Licata conducted a neat, supportive and light-textured reading of the score.
      Daily Telegraph
      Conductor Andrea Licata was a true Verdian who negotiated his way with ease around every subtle aspect of this glorious score. Needless to say their WNO Orchestra, especially the brass, woodwind and magnificent chorus, excelled. It was, as they say, one of those nights. There are four more performances and you miss them at your peril.
      South Wales Echo
      ...the suave WNO orchestra and the vibrant chorus.
      The Times
      But for me the real stars of the show were…the wonderful playing of Verdi’s rich score by the Orchestra of the WNO, conducted with considerable élan by Andrea Licata in his WNO debut. The chorus were equally brilliant, singing with matchless unison and clearly relishing the wonderful opportunities put their way by Verdi’s sumptuous score.
      Opera Britannia
      Andrea Licata conducted with assurance, vitality and intelligent supportiveness… a very satisfying evening in the theatre.
      Seen and Heard
      As always it is the company’s two vital operatic elements that totally engage our senses and imagination. The orchestra under the skilful and subtle control of Andrea Licata, well equipped to take over the baton from Carlo Rizzi gave us quiet seductive beauty in the opening moments, struck up like a lively brass band at one point, handled the melodrama in the music superbly and provided a bedrock under the tough demands for the soloists. The magnificent WNO chorus was once again in fine voice and in this production they did carry off the air of sophisticated debauchery that this Parisienne society indulges in extremely convincingly.
      Theatre in Wales
      Italian conductor Andrea Licata, in another debut, is particularly helpful when the ever-dependable WNO orchestra is both affirming and giving the lie to what characters are doing and thinking on stage.
      South Wales Argus
    • Aida: Baltimore Opera
      (October 2008)

      ...conductor Andrea Licata's red-blooded treatment of the score suits these singers well...Licata draws passion from his performers that serves the drama.
      Washington Post
      Conductor Andrea Licata, as usual, provided a textbook case of authentic Italian opera conducting - passionate, yet sensible; propulsive, yet always open to possibilities for rubato. The orchestra turned in some exciting work.
      Baltimore Sun
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