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Gino Quilico o.c.


Distinctions and honorary performances
1983 - Mr. Quilico performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Ottawa at the National Arts Center

for the new Constitution of Canada.

1986 - Private recital for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Canadian Ambassador’s residence in

London, England. The honorable R. Roy McMurtry.

1988 - The Canadian Music Council named him Artist of the Year.
1990 - Appointed Goodwill Ambassador (High Commissioner for Refugees) United Nations.

1993 - Officer of The Order of Canada in recognition for his musical contribution around the world

1995 - Grammy Award for the recording of Les Troyen by H. Berlioz (Decca) role Chorèbe

2003 - GOLD Record (Novem) Noel

World Premieres:
Ghosts of Versailles (John Corigliano) at Metropolitan Opera. New York (1991)

Montségur (L.Lamdowski) Toulouse Opera, Bordeaux, Lyon, Paris Opera (1985)

L’hèritière (J”P” Damase) at Paris Opera-Comique (1980)

La Boheme (G.Puccini) Opera-film directed by Luigi Commencini (1988)

L’Orfeo (C.Monteverdi) Opera-film directed by C. Goretta (1988)

Several other opera’s on DVD


Twenty-seven classical recordings with Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, Erato, Sony Classical, London/Decca and EMI/Angel.

Master Classes:

San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, Montréal, Paris and Munich.


University of Toronto Operatic Performance. Diploma (1978)

École d’art Lyrique of the Paris Opera (1979-1980)

Biography (Highlights)
Esteemed as an interpreter of the French and Italian repertoire, lyric baritone Gino Quilico has performed with the world’s major opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York), La Scala (Milano), The Royal Opera House (London), The Vienna State Opera (Vienna), the Paris Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), The Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), La Fenice (Venice).
Gino Quilico has released over twenty opera recordings, including a Grammy Award for his participation in the recording of Les Troyens (Decca). His critically acclaimed solo recital recording Le Secret (Koch International) have also firmly established Mr. Quilico in the classical recording industry. His recording “Noel” went Gold.
Mr. Quilico has worked with such distinguished conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Herbert Von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Michel Plasson and George Pretre.
Among the many festivals in which he has participated are those of Salzburg, Edinburgh, Schwetzingen, Aix en Provence and Orange.
Mr. Quilico made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1987 as Lescaut in Manon and has regularly returned since in roles such as Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Valentin in Faust, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ford in Falstaff, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore and Escamillo in Carmen.
At the San Francisco Opera, Mr. Quilico has appeared in the title role of Don Giovanni, Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Lescaut in Manon, Silvio in I Pagliacci and Marcello in La Boheme which was also recorded for video release.
At the Paris Opera Mr. Quilico’s roles have included Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Oreste in Iphigenie en Tauride, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Enrico in Lucia di Lamermoor, Escamillo in Carmen and Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades.
His performances at La Scala have included the roles of Marcello in La Boheme. Lescaut in Manon by Massenet and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut by Puccini which was recorded by Sony Classical.
With the Royal Opera in London, he has sung Posa in Don Carlos, as well as Valentin in Faust, Figaro, Marcello and Escamillo, which he has also performed with the Royal Opera’s tour to Japan and Korea.
Around the world other engagements have taken Mr. Quilico to the Berlin Staatsoper, the Vienna Staatsoper for Iphigenie en Tauride to Munich for Carmen and Don Giovanni to the Florence Maggio Musicale for La Cenerentola. Don Pasquale at La Fenice in Venice, and to Buenos Aires Teatro Colon for Don Giovanni and Faust. Lausanne for the title role of Eugene Onegin and as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera.
On the concert stage, Gino Quilico has appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. In Europe with the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra Philarmonique de Radio France, and the Bayerische Rundfunk, Munich.
In the year 1987 Gino and Louis Quilico became the first father and son to perform at the Metropolitan Opera together in its existence. Followed by many other appearances together around the world at the Paris Opera, The Chatelet, The Canadian Opera Company and The Toulouse Opera.
Mr. Quilico has appeared in the feature films of La Boheme and Orfeo as well as in numerous operatic videos. He has recorded for such labels as Deutsche Gramophone, EMI/Angel, Philips, Erato, Sony Classical and London/Decca. Included an album of operetta duets with Barbara Hendricks for EMI.

Gino Quilico continues to pursue his career as in Canada (Montréal, Québec, Orford, Trois-Rivières) in the USA (Napa Valley, San Francisco) a new recording of sacred arias with production XXI to be released autumn 2012 with organist Jacques Boucher.

With the Montreal symphony orchestra Under the direction of Kent Nagano, Gino Quilico will sing in L’enfance du Christ from Berlioz in December 2012. Several Christmas concerts in this same period in several cities around Quebec are also in his diary.

Press and letters of appreciation :

Luciano Pavarotti (Italy, August 1990)

Gino is a great talent, a great voice, a real personality and a beautiful actor. He is going to be a Verdi baritone who will achieve probably one of the greatest careers of all time. He has everything. Audiences are wild about him. It’s a great pleasure for me to see that.
Philadelphia Don Giovanni

NEW YORK TIMES, John Rockwell

Mr. Quilico enunciates the Italian with relish, looks handsome and acts with convincing dash. This is a real baritone Don Giovanni, elegant and light on his feet.
San Francisco Chronicle by Joshua Kosman

Quilico sounded fine, in full command of his suave, expressive baritone. Lithe and strikingly handsome, Quilico looks every bit the licentious libertine. His singing was energetic and precise, with a pleasantly dark timbre.

The Gazette, Arthur Kaptainis

Both the sneer of Quilico’s tone and the confidence with which he could occupy even a dark cranny left no doubt of his high caliber as a singing actor.
Gala Concert Montreal (La Presse) Claude Gingras

Le grand monologue de Iago dans l'Otello de Verdi le trouva en forme, comme acteur et comme chanteur. Grâce à beaucoup de métier, il a même campé un Scarpia et un Germont fort crédibles.

Bill Clinton, President of the United States of America (Personal letter – December 9th 1997)
Dear Gino –

Thank you so much for the copy of Le Secret, which Saverio Mancina passed along to me. It brings back fond memories of seeing you at the Metropolitan Opera. Hillary and I appreciate your sharing your work with us, and we send our best wishes.


Bill Clinton.
Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada (Personal letter – November 9th 1987)
Dear Mr. Quilico,

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am pleased to convey to you my warmest greetings and best wishes on this historical first performance by a father and son at the Metropolitan Opera House. Canadians and, indeed, all those who have an appreciation of opera may take great pride in your accomplishments as well as your contributions to music in Canada and throughout the world. I know that your performance will reflect your commitment to musical perfection and I trust that those in the audience this evening we highly entertained.
Yours sincerely,

Brian Mulroney

Gino Quilico’s career highlights:
Metropolitan Opera House THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES de John Corigliano

Paris Opera House PETER GRIMES with Jon Vickers

Royal Opera House DON CARLOS, a Visconti production


Metropolitan Opera House CARMEN, Zeffirelli production

Teatro Colon DON GIOVANNI & FAUST, at Buenos Aires

Chicago Lyric Opera PÊCHEURS DE PERLES, New production

Metropolitan Opera House LA BOHÈME

Los Angeles Opera LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, début

La Scala di Milano LA BOHÈME with Roberto Alagna

La Scala di Milano MANON LESCAUT, conducted by Lorin Maazel

La Scala di Milano MANON, conducted by Michel Plasson

Paris Opera BARBIERE DI SEVIGLIA, New Production by Dario Fo

Seville Opera House BARBIERE DI SEVIGLIA, Figaro in the city of Séville

Munich Staatsoper CARMEN with Placido Domingo

Deutch Grammaphone CARMEN, conducted by Herbert Von Karajan

Philadelphia Opera EUGENE ONEGIN, Début

Munich Staatsoper LES TROYENS de Berlioz, conducted by Zubin Mehta


Montreal Opera OTELLO

La Scala di Milano MANON, conducted by Lorin Maazel

San Francisco Opera LA BOHÈME with Mirella Freni & Luciano Pavarotti

Tokyo Opera House CARMEN with Jose Carreras

Montreal Symphony Orchestra STARMANIA, Operatic version

Montreal Symphony Orchestra STARMANIA, at the Palais des Congrès in Paris

Metropolitan Opera House ANDREA CHÉNIER, conducted by James Levine

Boston Symphony Orchestra LA VITA BREVE

Montreal Bell Center NOTRE DAME DE PARIS,Quasimodo at The Bell Center Philadelphia Opera House DON GIOVANNI

Metropolitan Opera House ELISIR D’AMORE with Luciano Pavarotti

Montreal Bell Center 75th anniversary of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra

Capitole de Québec LES MISÉRABLES, rôle Jean Valjean, New production

Saint Barth Music Festival MADAME BUTTERFLY conducted by Steve Mercurio

Seoul Korea Opera DON GIOVANNI

Malmô Opera OTELLO

Savonlinna Opera DON GIOVANNI

Montreal Symphony Orchestra SAINT FRANÇOIS D’ASSISE conducted by Kent Nagano

Saint Barth Music Festival FANCIULLA DEL WEST

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