Gatti, Daniele, Italian conductor; b. Milan, Nov. 6, 1961. He received training in conducting and composition at the Milan Cons. After making his debut as an opera conductor in Milan with Giovanni d’Arco in 1982, he appeared with opera houses and orchs. throughout Italy, including the orchs. of the RAI. In 1986 he became founder-conductor of the Stradivari Chamber Orch. He made his first appearance at Milan’s La Scala in 1988 conducting Rossini’s L’Occasion fa il Ladro. In 1991 he made his U.S. debut conducting Madama Butterfly in Chicago. In 1992 he became music director of the Orch. Sinfonica deirAccademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and also made his debut at the Royal Opera in London conducting I Puritani. During the 1993–94 season, he appeared as a guest conductor with the Chicago Sym. Orch., the Cincinnati Sym. Orch., the London Phil., the London Sym. Orch., the Philadelphia Orch., and the San Francisco Sym.; also toured Germany and South America with his Rome orch. In 1994 he was appointed principal guest conductor of the Royal Opera in London, and also made his debut as guest conductor with the Royal Phil, in the British capital. On Dec. 1, 1994, he made his first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. conducting Madama Butterfly. He made an auspicious U.S. debut with the N.Y. Phil, conducting Mahler’s Sym. No. 6 (Feb. 22, 1996). In 1996 he became music director of the Royal Phil, in London.
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