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Sopranos

Veronica Senserini studied in Livorno with il M° Elena Bartolozzi, diploma with highest votes at the Istituto Musicale “P. Mascagni” . 2011 Winner at the international singing competition “Aslico”, masterclasses with Alfonso Antoniozzi, Domenico Colajanni, Tiziana Fabbricini, Roberto Coviello, Giancarlo Ceccarini and Lawrence Brownlee. Debut as Giovanna in “Rigoletto” in several opera houses in Italy. In 2015 Flora in “La Traviata”, in 2016 Lola and Mamma Lucia in “Cavalleria Rusticana” by P. Mascagni, at the opera houses in Pistoia, Montecatini Terme, Florence and Frasso Sabino. As soloist her operatic repertoire includes Mimì and Musetta (“La Bohème”), Pamina (“Die Zauberflote”), Micaela (“Carmen”), Liù (“Turandot”), Lauretta (“Gianni Schicchi”), Maddalena and Giovanna ("Rigoletto"), Countess ("Figaro's Marriage") and Zerlina (“Don Giovanni”).

Maria Salvini studied at the Conservatory “P. Mascagni”, doing her diploma in 2012 with Graziano Polidori with highest votes. Masterclasses with Raina Kabaivanska, perfectioning studies with Federico Longhi and the famous soprano Daniela Dessì. Debut in 2012 as Dirindina di A. Scarlatti (Livorno), in 2013 at the Teatro Goldoni in Livorno as Despina in “Così fan tutte” by W.A Mozart , conductor: M° Mario Menicagli, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana by P. Mascagni at the Teatro Nuovo in Milano and the Teatro Goldoni in Livorno. In May 2015 Rosina in “Barber of Seville” at the Teatro Zancanaro di Sacile, and at the opera house in Livorno. Her operatic repertoire includes also Susanna (Figaro’s Marriage) and Musetta (La Bohème).

Alessandra Tanzi was born in Montevarchi and studied with the mezzosoprano Giannella Borelli in Rome and in Modena with the tenor Arrigo Pola, then perfectioning studies with M° Bruno Rigacci and M° Leone Magiera. She did her diploma at the Conservatorio F. Cilea in Reggio Calabria. Started her career in 1995, with numerous concerts and performances in Italy and abroad, appearing also in TV with Roberto Fabbriciani and Carlo Alberto Neri. Her operatic repertoire includes Tosca in “Tosca”, Mimì in “La Bohème” and Cio cio san in “Madama Butterfly”, all by Giacomo Puccini, Leonora in “The Troubadour” by G. Verdi and Santuzza in “Cavalleria Rustiacana” by P. Mascagni.

Chiara Panacci studied in Livorno, where she did her diploma at the Music Institute "P.Mascagni" with Graziano Polidori. Masterclasss with Renata Scotto, Raina Kabaivanska, Magda Olivero, Rolando Panerai, Alessandro Corbelli, Bernadette Manca di Nissa, Claudio Desideri and the german baritone Joseph Loibl. In 2003 she did the mastercourse at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. After winning several singing competitions she did her debut as Silvia in the opera “Zanetto” by P. Mascagni at the Opera House in Livorno. Chiara sang Mimi in "La Bohème", Lauretta in "Gianni Schicchi", Cio Cio San in "Madame Butterfly" and Liu in "Turandot", at the Theatre delle Erbe in Milano as well as at the International Puccini Festival in Lucca, she did also Micaëla in Bizet's "Carmen and Violetta in Verdi's "La "Traviata" at the Opera Houses in Florence, Cosenza and Bologna.

Sabrina Enrichi was born in Siena where she started her studies at the age of 15, doing her diploma in 1996 at the Conservatory 'R. Franci'. 1996 to 2000 she sang at the 'Teatro Regio di Torino' in important productions like 'La Traviata', 'Turandot', 'Lucia di Lammermoor', 'Boris Godunov' under the direction of conductors as Muti, Oren, Mauceri and Gelmetti. Sang all over Italy showing a wide repertoire from Pergolesi and Rossini to Verdi and Puccini. Her operatic roles include Serpina (la Serva Padrona), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Gilda (Rigoletto), Violetta (La Traviata), Musetta (La Boheme), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Oscar (Ballo in maschera) and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) among others.

Monica Marzini studied in Siena, where she did her diploma, masterclasses with M° Carlo Bergonzi (Accademia Chigiana). Winner of several competitions (Prima Scrittura Festival Terme Opera Barga, “Rocca delle Macie”, “Le grande Voci Toscani”). Started her carreer with “Messa da Requiem” by Paisiello, “Messa dell’Incoronazione” (Orchestra of The Mozarteum Salzburg) and “Midsummernightdream” by Mendelssohn with the Orchestra Regionale Toscana. Monica sang Mimi in “La Bohème” by G. Puccini, Micaëla in Bizet’s “Carmen Flora in Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Adele in “Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss. Stable member of the ensemble of the Opera House in Florence (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino).

Miki Shibahara was born in Osaka, where she studied at the Osaka College of Music, doing her diploma in 1994 and her Master in 1996, when she did Aida in Verdi „Aida“. Since 1998 she resides in Florence, where she performed as Bastiana in “Bastiano e Bastiana” by Mozart, Nella in “Gianni Schicchi” by Puccini with famous baritone Rolando Panerai as Gianni Schicchi, Annina in “la Traviata” by Verdi at the Boboli Gardens for the Opera Festival Florence, Magda in “la Rondine” by Puccini, Concerto “Voci dell’Estate Fiorentina” at the Teatro della Pergola with Susanna Rigacci, Ciocio-san in “Madama Butterfly” and Tosca in Tosca by Puccini.

Antonella Biondo did her diploma at the Conservatory “S. Giacomantonio” in Cosenza. Masterclasses with Luciana Serra, Gloria Banditelli, Raffaella Angeletti, Marcello Lippi, Mariella Devia, Graciela Alperyn and Valeria Esposito. Antonella participated in several international singing competitions and won many prices. Sang at the Teatro Goldoni di Livorno Zerlina/”Don Giovanni” by W.A. Mozart and Adina /”Elisir d’amore” by Rossini at the anfiteatro dei Ruderi di Cirella and alo in Germany. Recently she sang Rosina and Berta /“Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the opera house in Cosenza, Musetta in several opera houses in Tuscany and Violetta in Soverato. Soon she will be part of a worldwide tour with “ The Barber of Seville”.

Domitilla Lai was born in Florence and studied in Prato, Lucca and Vienna with Alessandra Rossi and Peter Edelmann. In 2016 she did her diploma with Laura Polverelli in Siena. Masterclasses with Raphael Sikorsky, Bruno Campanella, Andrea Severi and Michele Pertusi. Sang in 2015 Despina -“Così fan tutte” by W.A. Mozart, Sylviane in ”The Merry Widow” by F.Lehar at the opera houses in Lucca, Livorno and Pisa. At St. Mark’s she is singing Frasquita in “Carmen”, Annina in "La Traviata”, Cherubino in “Figaro's Marriage” and Kate Pinkerton in “Madame Butterfly”.

Mezzosopranos

Silvia Mazzoni completed her diploma in 1986 at the Conservatory of Mantova, and did further studies in Milan with the soprano Maria Luisa Cioni and several perfectioning classes with Julia Hamari, Aldo Reggioli, W. Blazer and the ‘Progetto Mozart – Da Ponte’, held by Claudio Desderi. In 1986, she won the international competition ‘Prima Scrittura’ in Florence and was a finalist in 1987 as best mezzosoprano at the ‘XXX Competition G. Verdi’ in Parma. Debut in 1988 ‘Così fan tutte’, as Dorabella, 1989 ‘Nozze di Figaro’, as Marcellina, 1990 ‘Don Giovanni’, as Donna Elvira. Sang at all important opera houses in Italy under the following conductors: M° Riccardo Muti (1989, Teatro alla Scala), M° Giannandrea Gavazzeni (1991, Teatro alla Scala) M° Riccardo Chailly (1993, Teatro comunale di Bologna) M° Pietro Bellugi (1994, Teatro Verdi di Pisa), M° Lu Jia (1994, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste), ‘M° Claudio Abbado (1996, Teatro comunale di Firenze), M° Bruno Campanella (1999, Teatro Regio di Torino) ‘M° Bruno Bartoletti (2009, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia), M° Gianluca Gelmetti (2002, Teatro dell’Opera a Roma), M° Seiji Ozawa (2008, Teatro Comunale di Firenze), M° R. Palumbo (2002, Teatro Massimo di Palermo) and many others.

Chiara Manese studied at the Conservatory L.Cherubini in Florence, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Austria) and the Bavarian Opera Academy (Germany), masterclasses with R. Kabaivanska, R.celletti and Martina Franca. Sang Giannetta (Elisir d'Amore) at the teatro Goldoni in Florence, Cherubino (Nozze di Figaro) at the Auditorium di Riva del Garda, Olga (Merry Widow) at the teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Maddalena (Rigoletto) at the Teatro comunale Lanza, Zanetto (Zanetto) at Cairo Opera House (Egypt), Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria rusticana) at the Festival Undici Lune, Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) at the Festival Opera in Piazza, Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) at the Teatro Verdi di Montecatini Terme. Appearances abroad in Ankara, Turkey and Mexico.

Tenors

Vladimir Reutov was born in Russia, doing his diploma at the Accademy of Dramatic Arts in Moskow, debut as Likov in Rimskij-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride” at the "Novaya Opera" in Moscow. Masterclasses with Dolora Zajich, Raul Gimenez and Donata D'Annunzio Lombardi. In Italy he studied at the “Scuola dell'Opera Italiana” in Bologna, singing in “Monsieur Choufleri” by J.Offenbach and Gastone in “ La Traviata” at the opera houses in Cagliari and Bologna (conductor Michele Mariotti ). Further appearances as Monostatos in “The Magic Flute” by W.A.Mozart and Alfredo in “La Traviata” in Pescara and Greece, Duke of Mantova in “Rigoletto” by G. Verdi in Valverde and Rinuccio in “Gianni Schicchi” by G. Puccini.

David Righeschi was born in Montevarchi, and gave his debut as the Duke of Mantova in Verdi's "Rigoletto" in 2001 together with his teacher, the famous Paolo Washington. Sang as a soloist in Verdi's "Messa da Requiem" in 2002, Rodolfo in Puccini's "La Boheme" at the Opera Houses in Cesena, Mantova, Bologna, Firenze, Lucca e Lignano, the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” in Milano, Bologna and Pesaro, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s “Tosca” and Rinuccio in "Gianni Schichi" in 2003 in Florence, 2004 in "Il Viaggio a Reims" by Rossini, 2005 in "Boris Godunof" and since 2006 in different Puccini operas at the "Puccini Festival in Luca". Appearances abroad in Ireland, Greece, Israel, Libanon, Syria and the US.

Maurizio Marchini was born 1977 in Rimini and studied the trumpet already at the age of ten. He received his Art Diploma at the University in Urbino and studied singing at the Conservatorio “Luigi Cherubini” in Florence. In 2003 he sang the concert for UNICEF of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. In April 2006 he was singing the leading role in “Mitridate” by W.A.Mozart at the Cherubini Theatre. Since 2008 he is singing Rodolfo in “ La Bohème” and Alfredo in “La Traviata”, doing his debut as Don José in “Carmen” in 2011. Sang in Aida in May 2011 at the Opera House in Florence. 2012 debut as Don Ottavio in “Don Giovanni” and Tamino in “The Magic Flute”, both by W.A.Mozart, 2013 Pinkerton in “Madame Butterfly”.

Filippo Pina-Castiglioni was born in Milan, studied with Renato Ercolani and Alfredo Kraus. Winner of the 1987 National Singing Competition "Mattia Battistini" in Rieti, beginning his career specializing in the bel canto repertoire. He has collaborated with famous conductors as P. Maag, R. Bonynge, M. De Bernart, M. Arena, T. Severini, A. Campori, P. Carignani, B. Aprea, F. Bruggen, R. Giovaninetti, N.Bareza. He sang in Italy at Teatro Massimo of Palermo, Opera Theater in Rome, Theater Regio in Parma, Theater Comunale of Florence, La Fenice Theater etc..His career has taken him to France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, USA, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Austria, Bulgary, Hungary, Malta, Albania, Greece, Tunisia, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt.

Baritones

Ricardo Crampton was born in Argentina in 1983 and studied singing at Istituto Superior De Arte of The Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires and later at Opera Studio of Teatro de La Plata. He has attended master classes with Viorica Cortez (Paris, France). Finalist in several competition he sang in: Werther and Gianni Schicchi (Teatro Colón); Rigoletto, Julio Cesar, Madame Butterfly, Viaggio a Reims (Teatro Argentino de La Plata); Falstaff, Carmen, Pagliacci and Macbeth (Teatro Avenida). Since January 2014 he is part of the ensemble of the Opera Studio of Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova.

Massimo Naccarato was born in Cosenza, where he studied voice at the Conservatory. Masterclasses with G. Raimondi, M. Sighele and V. Lucchetti, l’Accademia A. Toscanini in Modena under A. Pola. Winner of several competitions (Unesco in Verona, G. di Stefano in Trapani) , sang already at the Opera Houses in Pisa, Lucca, Livorno, Mantova, Ravenna, Verona and Paris, performing as Giorgio Germont in “La Traviata” by Verdi, Marcello in “La Bohème”, Escamillo in Bizet’s “Carmen" and Rigoletto in “Rigoletto”. Permanent member of the ensemble of the Opera House in Florence.

Pedro Carrillo began his studies at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica "Juan Jose Landaeta", the Latin American Academy of Singing "Carmen Hurtado Teresa" and the Instituto de Estudios Musicales (IUDEM) where he graduated in Singing under the guidance of Professor Jenny Ferrero . He improves later in the opera repertoire with Maestri Eliseo Fernandez, Anna and Nina de Kratsova Iwanek and takes part in several masterclasses held by well-known performers including Mirella Freni, Katia Ricciarelli, Ingeborg Danz, Jean Paul Rudolph and Fouchécourt Piernay. Currently he continued his studies with Maestro Vittorio Terranova in Milan. In Italy he worked under the guidance of Leonardo Quadrini, Maurizio Cloths, Daniel Agiman, Giovanni Rinaldi, singing leading roles in productions of operas: Cavalleria Rusticana, Tosca, Don Pasquale, L'Elisir d'Amore, La Boheme, La Traviata and Rigoletto.

Franco Rossi was born in Florence, where he started his studies with Rinaldo Rola, perfectioning studies with Silvia Bossa. Debut in 1994 in the Musical "Il Giardino delle Muse" at the Teatro "Verdi" and the Teatro "Puccini" in Florence. Masterclasses with the project "Young Singers Enrico Caruso" directed by Rolando Panerai, singing afterwards in "Elisir d'Amore" by Donizetti (Belcore), "The Barber of Seville" by Rossini (Figaro), "La Traviata" by Verdi (Giorgio Germont) and "Madame Butterfly" by Puccini (Sharpless). In his repertoire also: Escamillo/Carmen, Don Giovanni, Marcello/La Boheme, Ford/Falstaff and Rodrigo/Don Carlo. Sang all over Italy and abroad, appearing also in productions in TV.

Bass

Maximiliano Medero was born in Buenos Aires in Argentina, studied with Isabel Ortelli and Maria del Carmen Scottelaro at the Conservatory “Manuel de Falla” and at the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” in Florence. Cooperations for productions of Romeo & Juliette/ Gounod, Les Contes D’Hoffmann/Offenbach, The Magic Flute / Mozart, Rigoletto and Aida / Verdi, La Bohème / Puccini, The Barber of Seville / Rossini and I Pagliacci / Leoncavallo. At St.Mark’s he is singing Sparafucile in “Rigoletto”, Figaro in “The Marriage of Figaro”, Fiorello in “The Barber of Seville”, Zuniga in Bizet’s “Carmen”, Angelotti in “Tosca”, Don Alfonso in “Cosi fan tutte”, Raimondo in “Lucia di Lammermoor”, Dottore Grenvil in “La Traviata”, Samuel in “Ballo in maschera” and Colline in “La Bohème”.

Cesare Lana was born in Milan, winner of several national and international competitions. Debut in 1996 as Count di Monterone (Rigoletto), starting a successfull carreer in Italy and abroad, at the side of artists like Placido Domingo, L. Nucci, N. Ghiaurov, D. Dessì, M. Alvarez, a collaborare con grandi direttori quali R. Muti, B. Bartoletti, R. Palumbo, D. Gatti, G. Bertini, J. Conlon, M. Plasson, N. Luisotti, S. Ranzani. Memorable his presence at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano in “Otello” by G. Verdi as Montano (conductor: M° Riccardo Muti, with Placido Domingo, Leo Nucci and Barbara Frittoli – directed by Graham Vick) – also in Tokyo in a fantastic tour with “La Traviata”, “Tosca”, “Gianni Schicchi”, Turandot and Macbeth.

Giancarlo Tosi studied at the Conservatory “ Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano with Maria Carbone, Maestra Magenta and Vittoria Mastropaolo. Winner of several competitions he sang at all important opera houses throughout Italy (Scala di Milano, Genova, Trieste, Verona, Bologna, Firenze, San Carlo di Napoli, Massimo di Palermo), and abroad Madrid, Barcellona, Siviglia, Bilbao, Seoul, Nizza, Toulouse and Paris, Buenos Aires and Tay Pey), performing with Montserrat Caballe, Josè Carreras, Juans Pons, Placido Domingo, Alfredo Kraus, June Anderson, Leo Nucci, Luciana Serra, Piero Cappuccilli, Maria Guleghina, Katia Ricciarelli, Vincente Sandinero , Francesca Patanè, Nicola Martinucci, Aldo Protti, Renato Bruson, Ghena Dimitrova, just to name a few.

Romano Martinuzzi studied first with P. Rossi, at the moment with A. Calamai. Started a successful carreer as Conte di Ceprano in "Rigoletto", Benoit, Colline and Alcindoro in "La Boheme", Fiorello and Basilio in "The Barber of Seville" , Dott. Grenvil in "La Traviata", Don Pasquale in "Don Pasquale and Dulcamara in "Elisir D'Amore". Worked together with conductors as R. Abbado, M. Panni, R. Gabbiani, M. Balderi, R. Clemencic, P. Phillips and F. La Veccia.

Piano

Cristiano Manzoni graduates in piano with Maestro G. Fricelli and vocal chamber music at the Cherubini conservatory of music in Florence with Maestro L. De Lisi with highest grade and honors. He has a voice-piano repertoire, opera and chamber music. He works as an accompanist pianist of opera, operetta, theatre comedies, auditions for opera singers, opera singing competitions and courses for opera singers. He performed in the first of some Melodies for voice and piano written by Maestro Fricelli, Rigacci and Liberto. He has an intense concerts carrier accompanying artists such as M. Dragoni, K. Ricciarelli, S. K. Doneva, B. Di Castri, L. Brioli, Maria C. Nocentini, L. Bartolini, G. Casciarri and the actor Elio Pandolfi. He held a series of concerts at the Theatre of the Republic of Santiago de Queretaro (Mexico) obtaining an excellent consensus of critics and audiences and has participated as the official accompanist pianist to a stage for opera singers at the University of Music of Queretaro. In 2005 he held a concert tour in Florida and was the accompanist in a lyric international competition in Palm Beach (president Virginia Zeani). Last year he collaborated with the choir of the Scuola Normale V. Galilei for the Petite messe solennelle by Rossini. He was involved in the opera "Boheme" by G. Puccini at the Colony theatre of Miami (Florida). He has just returned from a long stay in the USA where he had the opportunity to work as a vocal coach at the Indiana University in the city of Bloomington (Indiana) collaborating with the classes of Carol Vaness, Patricia Wise and Carlos Montana and in New York (Julliard School), Chicago, Minneapolis, Miami, participating in recordings and concerts.

Eugenio Milazzo studied piano at the Conservatorio Cherubini in Florence and earned his masters degree with honors in 2002. He has accompanied many singers and numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Radio de France, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and about 20 others. He is well known at every theatre in Florence, Siena, and Pisa, as well as in Rome and Bolzano, for being able to accompany the most difficult opera productions and for his unique ability to memorize entire operas. His repertoire includes not only the standard repertoire (G. Rossini, W.A. Mozart, G. Puccini, G. Verdi, P. Mascagni), but also contemporary works by Leonard Bernstein, Peter Maxwell Davies, Francis Poulenc, Darius Milhaud, Nino Rota, Carl Orff, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Luciano Berio, Sylvano Bussotti, Boris Porena, Francesco Pennisi, Marco Tutino, Hans Werner Henze, Francesco Traversi, Angelo Russo and Roberto De Simone.