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Vittorio Gui (1885 - 1975)

Gui was taught to play the piano as a child by his mother, who had been a pupil of Sgambati. Going on to study composition with Falchi and Setaccioli at the Liceo di Santa Cecilia in Rome, he also graduated in humanities from the University of Rome. He made his professional conducting debut in 1907, when he was asked at short notice to conduct Ponchielli’s La Gioconda at the Teatro Adriano in Rome, which he did with success. As a result he was invited to conduct in Naples and Turin, where he came into contact with Debussy in 1911. After World War I, Gui’s career developed significantly. Having been invited by Toscanini to open the 1923–1924 season of La Scala, Milan, with Richard Strauss’s Salome, he conducted there during the 1923–1924 and 1924–1925 seasons, and between 1925 and 1927 was chief conductor at the Teatro Regio in Turin. In 1928, he founded a permanent orchestra in Florence, which he directed until 1943; initially this was known as the Orchestra Stabile, until in 1933 it became the Orchestra of the Florence Maggio Musicale (May Music Festival). Always a keen advocate of forgotten operas, during the 1930s Gui conducted at the Maggio Musicale productions of Cherubini’s Medea, Gluck’s Armide, Spontini’s La Vestale, and Verdi’s Luisa Miller.




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