His repertoire ranges from baroque to Lieder, from Mozart up to the authors of XX and XXI Century.
In 1998 he won Aslico contest and since then his career took off: he sang Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio), Die Zauberflöte (Tamino), Gianni Schicchi (Rinuccio), The Rake’s Progress (Tom Rakewell), Il Pirata, Il Matrimonio Segreto, Verdi’s Otello (Cassio), Falstaff (Fenton), Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Enea), Gluck’s Armide (Renaud) and worked with conductors such as Roberto Abbado, Bruno Campanella, Myun Whun Chung, Claus Peter Flor, Riccardo Muti, Evelino Pidò, Donato Renzetti, Marcello Viotti, and directors such as Pier Luigi Pizzi, Daniele Abbado, Michael Hampe, W. Decker, John Cox.
Dedited to baroque repertoire, together with conductors such as William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Ottavio Dantone, Fabio Biondi, Alessandro De Marchi, he has performed Händel’s Alcina (Oronte), Rinaldo (Goffredo), Messiah as well as Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo/Orfeo, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and some other classical authors of the XVI and XVII Century such as Purcell, Pergolesi, Sammartini, Marcello.
His career has already taken him to major Theatres and Festivals worldwide such as Teatro alla Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Regio in Turin, Paris Théâtre du Châtelet, Tel Aviv New Israeli Opera, Grand Théâtre de Geneve, Teatro Sao Carlo in Lisbon, Teatro Verdi Trieste, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Festival Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi, Opera de Lyon, de Montecarlo, and Montpellier, Seoul Opera.
He can boast several recordings with repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries for Chandos, Astrèe, Stradivarius and Glossa, including L’Orfeo by Monteverdi for Glossa, which got great critical acclaim (Choc du Monde de la Musique, Grammophone Awards 2008 Best Baroque Vocal, Amadeus Prize 2009). He also performed the role of Orfeo in many European theatres such as Madrid, Sevilla, London, Genoa and Lyon and in US for the 400° anniversary of the drawing up of this work. In 2010 he recorded Mozart Requiem for Bottega discantica.
Mirko Guadagnini has a vast concert repertoire and he has been working very intensely with orchestras including: Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, Radio France, Accademia of Santa Cecilia, Accademia Bizantina, Europa Galante, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Orchestra del Maggio Fiorentino, Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. He took part in the 2005/06/07 cycle of the sacred opera omnia by Mozart (Mozartfest) with Chamber Orchestra of Mantua under Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli. He has also developed his interest in chamber music and Liederabend working with pianists such as Irwin Gage.
He has performed in various world premieres as Il Dissoluto Assolto by Azio Corghi at La Scala in Milan, Antigone by Ivan Fedele and Phaedra by Hans Werner Henze both at Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino, again at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 2009 Patto di sangue, the new creation by Matteo d’Amico in world première conducted by Marcello Panni and directed by Daniele Abbado, at Teatro La Fenice in Venice Il Killer di parole by Claudio Ambrosini, conductor Andrea Molino and director Francesco Micheli, with forthcoming revival at Opéra Nationale de Lorraine in Nancy in 2012.
He has sung Ritorno di Ulisse in patria – Ulisse with La Venexiana, again at Teatro alla Scala Il Ritorno di Ulisse in patria with Rinaldo Alessandrini directed by Robert Wilson, and recently again in Florence at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 2011 for Makropulos Case under Zubin Mehta, stage director William Friedkin.