THE F.O. CELEBRATES THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF MAESTRO JOSEPH RESCIGNO
By Rick Clark, Florentine Opera Director of Marketing and Communications
Audiences at the Florentine’s Don Giovanni will witness a production under the baton of Maestro Joseph Rescigno, inaugurating his 35th year of great opera in Milwaukee.
In 1980, John Gage, a former actor and theater director turned opera company manager, was appointed general director of the Florentine Opera Company. Later that year, he found himself in need of a conductor for La Gioconda, starring Gilda Cruz-Romo, the following March. Having worked with Nicola Rescigno, he called Dallas hoping that the maestro would be willing to come to Milwaukee. However, the elder Rescigno had never conducted the infrequently produced piece. He could think of only two names to recommend, one being that of his nephew, Joe, who ultimately conducted the opera.
Today, in his 35th season with the Florentine, Joseph Rescigno is longest serving principal conductor in American Opera.