"The music was first-rate but the production dangerously unengaged [...] Overseeing the performance was Michele Gamba, who by good fortune has become the latest of a crop of up-and-coming Italian conductors. His big moment came during La-Scala's March production of I due Foscari, a sudden illness felling bel canto wunderkind Michele Mariotti just moments before the curtain went up [...] "In gamba!", hailed the newspapers (on the ball!). Michele was an instant hit.
Tonight, there was panache in the way Gamba unfurled long melodies, coupled with requisite punch when we reached the temperature-raising battle cry "Guerra, Guerra!". For a conductor of such meek stature, Gamba exudes surprising authority, bringing off players with a swipe and reaching out far from the pit to coordinate dispersed chorus members. Most impressive was his sense of pacing. "Teneri figli" pulsated with pathos but never wallowed, while "Va crudele, al dio spietato" had strings scampering over an uncrumpled surface."
, Macerata Festival - Bellini, Norma
, July 2016
Die Staatskapelle war spielfreudig engagiert und folgte dem jungen Michele Gamba mit Verve; dieser wiederum gestaltete nuancenreich, frisch, frei [...]
, Le Nozze di Figaro - Staatsoper Berlin
, November 2015