Conductor Corrado Rovaris, the longtime music director of Opera Philadelphia, is a specialist in bel canto and verismo operatic repertory. He is also the music director of the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Arkansas. Rovaris was born in Bergamo, Italy, and grew up there in a musical family. He attended the Milan Conservatory graduating with degrees in composition, organ, and harpsichord but switched to conducting. In 1992, he landed a position as the assistant chorus master at the famed La Scala Opera House in Milan, remaining there until 1996. During this period, he made his operatic conducting debut, leading a production of Baldassare Galuppi's Il filosofo di campagna mounted by the Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana. He was invited to conduct at Florence's Teatro Communale and the Rossini Opera Festival; these slots led to ...
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