A native of Palermo, Ugo Guagliardo is one of Europe’s most sought-after basses. 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 Mozart, Bel Canto and the Romantic repertoire.
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) in Florence, Rome, Bruxelles, Strasbourg, Dresden, Tel Aviv; Lord Sidney (Il Viaggio a Reims) at Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival; Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) in Florence, Naples and Lugano; Le Gouverneur (Le Comte Ory) in Zurich; Assur (Semiramide) in Rome; Blansac (La Scala di seta) in Palermo and Paris; Orbazzano (Tancredi) in Bruxelles La Monnaie and Rossini in Wildbad Festival; Fernando (La Gazza ladra) in Bologna and Dresden. Ugo also starred as Fenicio in Rossini’s Ermione for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
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 title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, the title role and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Publio in La Clemenza di Tito…
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, Alessandro De Marchi, 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 La Bohème (Colline) at the Opéra Grand Avignon, and in a Frédéric Chaslin/Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera production for the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, Macbeth (Banco) in Bari, Il Trovatore (Ferrando) at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Aida (Il Re d’Egitto) in the Arena of Verona and Les Pêcheurs de perles (Nourabad) at the Teatro Regio Torino.
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, among other operatic works, Mozart’s Nozze Di Figaro (Bartolo) under Jérémie Rhorer in Luxembourg and Versailles, as well as Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux (Sir Gualtiero Raleigh) for the Teatro Massimo di Palermo.