"I have never heard a performance that so completely realises its charm without attempting to import any spurious grandeur..."

BBC Music Magazine - Michael Tanner

"Young outstanding conductor Carlo Goldstein knows the score very well, obtaining tragicity and interesting colours. His narrative pace is always evident and pressing..."

Kulturkompasset - Fabio Bardelli

Biography

Carlo Goldstein

Conductor

Highlights of the 2019/20 season were the season opening at the Sydney Opera with La Bohème and a new production of Guglielmo Tell at the theatres of the OperaLombardia network and at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa. In the coming seasons Goldstein will make his debut as guest conductor with the BBC Philharmonic, returning to Teatro Massimo Palermo and Sydney Opera, and conducting a new production of L'elisir d'amore with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra.

 

In 2018 Carlo Goldstein made his debut at the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden (with works by Schönberg, Weber and Mendelssohn), at the Sydney Opera with Carmen as well as at the Daegu International Opera Festival in Korea with Turandot. After a symphony concert with works by Cresta, Prokofiev, Mahler and Rota Goldstein was re-invited to the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari for a new production of La Traviata. Since 2014 he has also been regularly invited back to Korea, most recently to the Seoul Arts Center and Busan Arts Center with Madama Butterfly and La Traviata and to the Daegu Opera House with Pagliacci.

 

In recent seasons Goldstein has conducted in Italy at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and at the opera houses of Brescia, Como, Cremona, Livorno, Lucca, Pavia, Pisa and Reggio Emilia works such as Adriana Lecouvreur, Un ballo in maschera, La Bohème, Carmen, Così fan tutte, Turandot as well as Pagliacci at the summer festival of the Teatro Sociale di Como – a production that was awarded the prestigious Abbiati Prize. At the Festival della Valle d'Itria Goldstein conducted the world premiere of L'Orfeo. Immagini di una lontananza by Daniela Terranova, based on Luigi Rossi's L'Orfeo from 1642.

 

In addition to symphony concerts in Italy, e.g. with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale, he has also been invited to conduct orchestras in Israel and Russia, where he conducted the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra and the Hermitage Symphony Orchestra, among others.

 

In addition to his musical education (e.g. at the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Royal College of Music London) Goldstein obtained a degree in philosophy (aesthetics) from the University of Milan. He has published several articles on aesthetics and music history. In 2009 Carlo Goldstein was awarded first prize at the International Conductors' Competition in Graz. A portrait of him was produced in the Notevoli series of the Classica channel and broadcast on Sky Italia. Omer Meir- Wellber discovered Goldstein as an extraordinary talent and initially made him his assistant in Valencia and Vienna. Today, the two artists are collaborating on a regular basis.

 

Carlo Goldstein researches the works he conducts very thoroughly. In musical realisation, liveliness and coherence are more important to him than interpretational traditions. His interpretations are full of warmth and sensitivity and develop their special charm without false grandeur. He usually conducts operas by heart, carrying his singers on his hands and conducting them and the orchestra with sparkling vitality. Beyond being an adept Italian opera conductor, Goldstein has a profound knowledge of the – even remote – symphonic repertoire. And as an advocate of contemporary music, he has conducted numerous premieres of works by Italian and international composers, including at the Milano Musica Festival and with the MDI Ensemble.