A native of Palermo, Ugo Guagliardo is one of Europe’s most sought-after basses in the field of Baroque, Classical and Bel Canto repertoire. In addition to his philosophy degree at the University of Palermo, he graduated in piano and voice from the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini.
Famed for the rich, full timbre of his voice and his acting abilities, he has won international recognition for his interpretations of Rossini, Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti and Early Music.
His debut as Alidoro in La Cenerentola at the Salzburg Festival in 2014, where he shared the stage with Cecilia Bartoli, was highly acclaimed by both the audience and the critics.
Ugo has sung at many of the most renowned opera houses and festivals worldwide: Opernhaus Zurich, Salzburg Festival, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Bunkamura Theatre in Tokyo.
Equally at home in both opera seria and buffa, Ugo Guagliardo has performed numerous Rossini opera roles including Assur in Semiramide, Lord Sidney in Il Viaggio a Reims, Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Blansac in La Scala di seta, Le Gouverneur in Le Comte Ory, Walter in Guillaume Tell and Alidoro in La Cenerentola.
His Bel Canto repertoire embraces Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Giorgio in I Puritani, Goffredo in Il Pirata and Talbot in Maria Stuarda. Mozart singer of the first order, Ugo Guagliardo has performed the roles of Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito…
Much in demand for Baroque and Early Music, Ugo has worked with Europe’s most renowned Early Music specialists and period instrument ensembles. He has appeared in operas by Handel, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Veracini, Cavalli and Monteverdi… collaborating with conductors such as Ottavio Dantone, Emmanuelle Haïm, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Marc Minkowski and Fabio Biondi. Furthermore, he has appeared with Gianandrea Noseda, Alberto Zedda, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Michele Mariotti and Enrique Mazzola.
Past career highlights include Lucia di Lammermoor and La Bohème at the Opéra Grand Avignon; La Cenerentola at the Operas in Tel Aviv, Rome, Strasbourg and Dresden; Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Opera di Firenze and Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Macbeth in Bari.
Ugo Guagliardo has recorded for Decca – Bellini’s Puritani, Rossini’s Comte Ory – and Naxos – Rossini’s Otello and La Scala di seta, Pacini’s Don Giovanni, Mercadante’s Don Chisciotte and Cavalli’s Gli Amori d’Apollo e di Dafne.
Recent and future engagements include a European tour of Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Cecilia Bartoli; Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in Ancona; Il Trovatore at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Aida in the Arena of Verona; Donizetti’s Favorite at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège and at the Teatro Comunale in Florence.
In the 2018/19 season Ugo will sing Alidoro in La Cenerentola in Florence and Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the LAC, the cultural centre of the city of Lugano.