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: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles, La Monnaie in Brussels, Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opernhaus Zürich, Salzburg Festival, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Bunkamura Theatre in Tokyo, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Equally at home in both opera seria and buffa, Ugo Guagliardo has performed numerous Rossini opera roles including Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Lord Sidney (Il Viaggio a Reims), Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Le Gouverneur (Le Comte Ory), Walter (Guillaume Tell), Assur (Semiramide), Blansac (La Scala di seta), Orbazzano (Tancredi), Fernando (La Gazza ladra).
His Bel Canto repertoire also embraces Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Balthazar in La Favorite, 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-Christophe Spinosi, Marc Minkowski, Fabio Biondi and the late Jean-Claude Malgoire. Furthermore, he has appeared with Gianandrea Noseda, Alberto Zedda, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Michele Mariotti, Enrique Mazzola and Antonino Fogliani.
Among his past career highlights are Lucia di Lammermoor and La Bohème both at the Opéra Grand Avignon; La Cenerentola in Florence, Tel Aviv, Rome, Strasbourg and Dresden; Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Florence, Naples and Lugano; Macbeth in Bari, Il Trovatore at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Aida in the Arena of Verona.
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 Bizet’s Pêcheurs de perles (Nourabad) at the Teatro Regio Torino; Rossini’s Ermione (Fenicio) at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples under Alessandro De Marchi; Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) at the Nancy Opera; Rossini’s Cambiale di matrimonio (Norton) at the Tourcoing Opera. Ugo performs Mozart’s Missa in C minor with Fabio Biondi at the Bari Teatro Petruzzelli.