Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Gardelli Lamberto


Place of Birth
Velence (ITA)
Date of Birth

8 November 1915 Venice - 17 July 1998 Munich

Italian conductor, significant figure of the Hungarian opera scene. He primarily gained success with conducting Italian operas.
He studied piano and composing in the Liceo Musicale Rossini (Pesaro) as pupil of Amilcare Zanella and Adriano Ariani. Later he continued his studies at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome) under the guidance of Goffredo Petrassi and Alessandro Bustini.

He started his career as pianist. He worked as assistant to Tullio Serafin in the Teatro dell’Opera, where he debuted as conductor in 1944 with Verdi’s La traviata. Between 1946 and 1955 he was leading conductor of the Stockholm Royal Opera and from 1955 to 1961 of the Danish Radio.

From 1961 he conducted in the Hungarian State Opera House for three decades. Many successful opera revivals are related to his name. Some examples: Manon Lescaut (Puccini), Le comte Ory (Rossini), Carmen (Bizet), Macbeth, Il lombardi (Verdi), Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart). He conducted the Hungarian first premiere of Verdi’s Attila.

As guest conductor he performed at the Glyndebourne Festival (Macbeth, 1964), the Berlin Staatsoper (1964-65), the New York Metropolitan (Andrea Chénier, Madama Butterfly, 1966-67) and the London Covent Garden (1969-70). From 1967 he was music director of the Stadttheater of Bern for one year, and from 1982 to 1985 he was leading conductor of the Munich Radio Theater, while from 1986 to 1996 (a magyarban számcsere volt!) he was leading conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Radio of Copenhagen.

He performed in almost every countries of Europe and contributed to numerous albums, from which the early recordings of operas by Verdi and the complete recording of Rossini’s Wilhelm Tell emerge.

He was an active composer as well, beside his symphonic orchestral works he composed five operas, from which the first two - Alba novella and L’Etrusco - were written in the 1930s, and the remaining three are parts of a trilogy: Il sogno (1942), L'impresario delle Americhe (1959) and Il demono (1971).

In 1995 the French Ministry (magyarban elírás!) of Culture awarded him with the title "Officier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres". Later he received the Edison Prize in the Netherlands, the Toscanini Prize in Paris and the Ferenc Liszt International Album Grand Prize in Budapest.