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Sopranos

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).

Elise Efremov was born in France, where she started her studies at the age of 17, doing her diploma in Florence in 2010 at the Conservatory „Luigi Cherubini“ with Benedetta Pecchioli. Masterclasses with Alessandro Corbelli, Jill Feldman and Gloria Banditelli. Her operatic repertoire includes Gilda (debut 2011 in Florence), Susanna in "The Marriage of Figaro" (debut in Florence in 2011 under M° A.Pinzauti), Pamina in Mozart’s "The Magic Flute" and Zerlina in "Don Giovanni", Frasquita in Bizet’s "Carmen", Adina in “Elisir d’amore”, Rosina in “The Barber of Seville” and Musetta in "La Bohème".

Ombretta Macchi did her diploma at the Conservatory in Bologna with Adriana Giunta. After winning several competitions (Riccardo Zandonai, Mattia Battistini) debut in 2004 as Mimi followed by Lucrezia Borgia and Magda in La Rondine in Montecarlo, Donna Anna and Tosca in Lucca and Faenza, Violetta at the Terre Verdiane Festival, Leonora in The Troubadour in Prato, The Merry Widdow and Madame Butterfly, working with conductors and directors such as James A. Ghares, Stephen Barlowe and Herbert Handt, abroad in Montevideo, Beirut and Minsk.

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.

Ilaria Casai studied at the Conservatory ”P.Mascagni” in Livorno with Graziano Polidori, further studies with Monica Faralli, the artistic director of the international competition in Pienza. Winner of the best young voice at the international competition”OmegaMusica” in Florence and Finalist of several singing competitions she ist he most promising young voice at the moment at St.Mark’s. Her operatic roles include Susanna / The Marriage of Figaro and Zerlina / Don Giovanni by W.A.Mozart, Marie / La fille du regiment by G. Donizetti, Lauretta / Gianni Schicchi by G. Puccini, Micaëla / Carmen by G. Bizet among others.

Mezzosopranos

Eva Mabellini studied in Florence at the Conservatorio "L. Cherubini" with Susanna Rigacci and Leonardo de Lisi. Masterclasses with Claudio Desderi, J. Feldmann, Y. Barthelemey, H. Handt and R. Panerai. Winner of several competitions (Palcoscenico Cesena, Le Grande Voci Toscane, Belcanto Milano). Performed in theatres all over Italy ( Cesena, Napoli, Cortona, Udine, Bolzano, Belluno, Siena, Prato, Pisa) as Rosina in "The Barber of Seville" , Lola in "Cavalleria Rusticana", Olga in "The Merry Widdow" and Cherubino in "The Marriage of Figaro.

Claudia Ciabattini studied at the Conservatory 'R.Franci' in Siena with Anastasia Tomaszewska, further studies with Gabriella Ravazzi at the 'Accademia Internazionale di Musica' in Orvieto. Masterclasses with Renato Bruson, Patrizia Ciofi and Claudio Desderi. Since 2009 she is perfectioning her voice with Mirella Freni at the 'Centro Universale di Belcanto'. She did her debut as Bastienne /'Bastien e Bastienne' by Mozart at the 'Ravenna Festival', then Dirindina in 'Dirindina' by Padre Martini and Zerlina in 'Don Giovanni' by Mozart at the Opera House in Orvieto. Her operatic roles include Susanna and Countess/'The Marriage of Figaro' and Adina/'L'Elisir d'Amor'. In 2010 she did her debut as Dorabella in 'Cosi fan tutte' and Cherubino in 'The Marriage of Figaro'.

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.

Denise Felsecker studied in Munich with Dietrich Schneider, masterclasses with Klesie Kelly and Dunja Vejzovic, further studies with Joachim Pohl, Stellario Fagone and Simone Ori. 2008 Denise sang the solo part in Marat/ Sade at the Russian National Theatre in Kiew. Appearances as Third Dame in W.A.Mozart’s The Magic Flute, as Zephyrus in Apollo et Hyazinthus, as Cherubino and Marcellina in Figaro’s Marriage. Member of the ensemble of Kammeroper Köln from 2011-13, performing as Kays in Die Schneekönigin, Hänsel in Humperdincks Hänsel and Gretel.

Denise was touring with the opera project „Oper To Go“, Die Zauberflöte - Drei Damen in geheimer Mission (Premiere February 2014, Gasteig/ München). Winner of the international competition at Schlossoper Haldenstein 2011 she was awarded with the role of Annina in Verdis La Traviata. In Italy she performed 2013 in the baroque opera Les plaisir de Versailles by Antoine Charpentier in Florence. Her operatic repertoire includes Suzuki Madame Butterfly, Dorabella Cosi fan tutte and Rosina The Barber of Seville.

Tenors

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

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.

Alvaro Lozano was born in Madrid and combines the art of singing with his vocation as a conductor. He trained at the Conservatory of Madrid with Teresa Berganza, perfected his craft in Italy, and studied orchestral conducting with Miguel Zanetti and Bruno Rigacci. He perfected the symphonic repertoire through a study of the major classical works at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris. Since then, Alvaro has held these prestigious titles: leader of the international All’Opera film festival, musical director of the Festival Lirica sotto le stelle in Florence, choir director for productions of Verdi’s Requiem in Albania and in Italy. He is an internationally acclaimed singer in the roles of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Rigoletto and Monteverdi's Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.

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.

Mauro Buda began his career as an actor before studying singing with the soprano Carmen Lucchetti in Naples where he was born. He went on to study with Giuseppe Taddei in Rome and then joined the Royal College of Music in London as a post-graduate student under Graziella Sciutti. He sang in all major Opera Houses in Italy and abroad the title roles in FIGARO’s MARRIAGE Figaro, The TROUBADOUR Count di Luna, LA TRAVIATA Germont, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Enrico, DON GIOVANNI Don Giovanni & Leporello alongside Thomas Allen, L’ELISIR D’AMORE Belcore; NABUCCO Nabucco, MADAMA BUTTERFLY Sharpless, LA BOHEME Marcello, IL TABARRO Michele and the title role of GIANNI SCHICCHI a role he also repeated for De Vlaamse Opera. He made his role debut as FALSTAFF Falstaff & Ford, TOSCA Scarpia, RIGOLETTO Rigoletto at the State Theatre of Pretoria.He appeared with great success as Macbeth MACBETH, Iago OTELLO, Ezio ATTILA and Escamillo CARMEN, Don Carlos LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Alfio CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Tonio I PAGLIACCI in Trieste, Amonasro AIDA in the Zeffirelli production for Teatro Regio di Parma and Escamillo CARMEN for a summer production in Firenze.

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

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.

Antonio Marani was born in Ferrara and did his diploma at the Conservatory in Padova, further studies with Claude Thiolas and Rodolfo Celletti. Winner of several competitions he did his debut at the Opera House in Treviso, starting a very active career with a wide repertoire, at the Opera Houses in Savona, Regio di Parma, Bologna, Roma, Verona, Pisa, Genova, Livorno, Parigi, Torino, Palermo with the greatest living singers and directors.

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.

Leonardo Andreotti graduated in piano and singing with highest grades and honor at the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence. He has a voice-piano repertoire in opera and chamber music. He works as an accompanist pianist of opera, auditions for opera singers, opera singing competitions, courses for opera singers and vocal coach. He has an intense concerts career accompanying artists and as choir director at the Opera Houses in Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Siena, Venice, Mantova, at the Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, La Scala di Milano and abroad in Madrid, Oslo, Belgium and France.