Rescigno Milestone – 35 years with the Florentine Opera

Joseph Rescigno has conducted symphonies, concertos, operas, and oratorios for more than 50 companies on four continents. Since 1981, he has served as Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Florentine, where he has conducted some of the company’s most challenging repertory.


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.
Rescigno Turandot 2011

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.


See Joseph Rescigno in the pit for Don Giovanni at Uihlein Hall in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, March 17 & 19. Call 414-291-5700 ext. 224 or visit for tickets.

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