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Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi

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The Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Symphony Orchestra of Milan Giuseppe Verdi) is an Italian orchestra based in Milan. The orchestra refers to itself as La Verdi colloquially. The orchestra's primary residence is the Auditorium di Milano Fondazione Cariplo.


Vladimir Delman founded the orchestra in 1993 as an independent, self-governing organisation. In 1998, a choir affiliated with the orchestra was established, the Coro Sinfonico Giuseppe Verdi di Milano.

In 2002, the orchestra was resident at the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, and played in France, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland in its first European tour. In 2004, the orchestra became the resident orchestra at the Festival delle Nazioni of Città di Castello. The orchestra has toured throughout Italy, such as in the autumn of 2006. On 24 April 2008, the orchestra also performed for Pope Benedict XVI and President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano for the third anniversary of Benedict XVI's Pontificate. In 2008 the Orchestra also took part on Opera Gala "World Stars" performing operas arias by Verdi and Puccini.


The orchestra's first music director was Riccardo Chailly, from 1999 to 2005. Chailly now has the title of Conductor Laureate. Rudolf Barshai was named conductor laureate in 2006. Principal guest conductors have included Helmuth Rilling and Wayne Marshall.

In March 2009, the orchestra announced the appointment of Xian Zhang as its next music director, the first woman to be named music director of an Italian symphony orchestra.[1][2]


  • 2000 - Giuseppe Verdi: Heroines, Conductor Riccardo Chailly, (Decca, DDD)
  • 2000 - Giuseppe Verdi: Messa Solenne, Conductor Riccardo Chailly, (Decca, DDD 00289 467 2802)
  • 2001 - Cinema Italiano (with Lucio Dalla, Deborah Harry, Filippa Giordano, Luciano Pavarotti and Sting), Conductor Luis Bacalov, (Decca, 467 050-2)
  • 2002 - Sacred Song, with Plácido Domingo, Conductor Marcello Viotti, (Deutsche Grammophon, DDD)
  • 2003 - Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6, Conductor Oleg Caetani, (ARTS music)
  • 2003 - Bruno Maderna: Grande Aulodia, Conductor Sandro Gorli, (Stradivarius, DDD)
  • 2003 - Bruno Maderna: Liriche su Verlaine, Conductor Sandro Gorli (Stradivarius, DDD)
  • 2003 - Theater Brass at Cinecittà, David Short, Ensemble di ottoni e di percussioni dell'Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, (Beat Records)
  • 2003 - Nino Rota: Lo scoiattolo, Erna Collaku, Francesco Palmieri, Luciano Miotto, Conductor Giuseppe Grazioli (La bottega discantica, DDD)
  • 2003 - Puccini: Integrale per quartetto d'archi (DECCA, DDD)
  • 2003 - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, Conductor Oleg Caetani, (ARTS music)
  • 2003 - Una furtiva lagrima, Juan Diego Flórez, Conductor Riccardo Frizza (Decca, DDD 00289 473 4402)
  • 2003 - Rossini Arias, Juan Diego Flórez, Conductor Riccardo Chailly (Decca, DDD 00289 470 0242 )
  • 2003 - Verdi Discoveries, Conductor Riccardo Chailly (DECCA, DDD 00289 473 7672)
  • 2003 - Rossini Discoveries, Laura Giordano, Ildar Abdrazakov, Michele Pertusi, Conductor Riccardo Chailly (Decca, DDD)
  • 2003 - Puccini Discoveries, Taigi, Calleja, Mastromarino, Urbanova, Volonté, Conductor Riccardo Chailly (Decca, DDD 00289 475 3202)
  • 2004 - Ramón Vargas, Between Friends, conductor Vjekoslav Sutej, (RCA)
  • 2004 - Joseph Calleja, Tenor Arias, conductor Riccardo Chailly (Decca, DDD 00289 470 6482)
  • 2004 - Sempre libera, Anna Netrebko, conductor Claudio Abbado (DG)
  • 2004 - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 9 & 10, Conductor Oleg Caetani (ARTS music)
  • 2004 - Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4, conductor Oleg Caetani (ARTS music)
  • 2004 - Great Tenor Arias, Juan Diego Flórez, conductor Carlo Rizzi (Decca, DDD 00289 475 5502)
  • 2004 Puccini, Arie, Conductor Anton Coppola (EMI Classics)
  • 2004 Luciano Berio, Orchestral transcriptions, Conductor Riccardo Chailly (Decca, DDD 00289 476 2830)
  • 2005 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8, conductor Oleg Caetani (ARTS music)
  • 2005 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11, conductor Oleg Caetani (ARTS music)
  • 2006 Shostakovich, Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1-5, conductor Rudolf Barshai (Brilliant Classics, EAN Code 5029365821223)
  • 2006 Forbidden Love, conductor Roberto Rizzi Brignoli (Sony Classical)
  • 2006 Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 12, conductor Oleg Caetani (ARTS music)
  • 2006 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 ("Babi Yar"), Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Conductor Oleg Caetani (ARTS music)
  • 2006 - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 1, 10 & 15, conductor Oleg Caetani (ARTS music)
  • 2006 - Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 14, conductor Oleg Caetani (ARTS music)
  • 2006 - Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies, conductor Oleg Caetani (ARTS music)
  • 2008 - Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chénier, conductor Vjekoslav Sutej. (Universal DDD)
  • 2008 - "Cielo e mar", Conductor Daniele Callegari, (Deutsche Grammophon, 477 7224)
  • 2008 Paul Hindemith, La Storia di Tuttifäntchen (Christmas fable), Conductor Fabrizio Dorsi (La Bottega Discantica)
  • 2008 Verdissimo Arias by Giuseppe Verdi, conductor Oleg Caetani (Warner Music)
  • 2008 Andrea Bocelli, Incanto, conductor Steven Mercurio (Sugar Music)

Record awards

  • 2000: Giuseppe Verdi - Heroines (conductor, Riccardo Chailly; Decca), Gramophone Award, Classic FM People's Choice, Le Choc de l'Année
  • 2006: Shostakovich, Complete Symphonies (conductor, Oleg Caetani; Arts), 10/10 Highest Rating - Classics Today, il ffff Télérama awards

See also

  • Music of Final Fantasy VI


  1. Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (31 March 2009). Xian Zhang: è donna il nuovo Direttore Musicale della Verdi. Press release. Retrieved on 2009-04-13
  2. Charles Searson, Italy appoints its first female principal conductor, Gramophone, 2009-04-06. URL accessed on 2009-04-19.

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