1) MUSICAL AND LITERARY SKILLS-STUDIES
Born in Genoa in 1957, he has got three university degrees: in fact he graduated in opera singing at the Paganini Conservatory of Genoa and graduated in musical, interpretative and compositional disciplines by Braga Academic Institute in Teramo. He also graduated in modern literature by the University of Genoa. By Paganini Conservatory in Genoa he obtained the lower diploma in piano too. He speaks five languages and is living in Lucca since years.
1) MANAGERIAL SKILLS
Professional musician, he has gained management experience during twelve years of activity as a theater manager with various positions, as General Manager or Artistic Manager.
From 2004 to 2009 he held the position of General Manager and Artistic Manager by Rovigo Social Theater. From the point of view of the administration he was responsible for all budgets and the technical and artistic staff, from the artistic point of view he organized the opera seasons, the prose season and the concert season. In a few months, the theater went from a lyric program of 4 titles to a program of 17 titles, thanks to an elaborate system of co-productions and self-financing, according to the most modern planning techniques.
In 2010 he was artistic manager of the Italian Opera Festival in London, gaining valuable experience and knowledge in Europe.
From 2011 to 2016 he was artistic manager of the Teatro Verdi Foundation in Pisa. In this circumstance he had no managerial duties, but only of artistic direction of the musical activities and of artistic and didactic management of the Opera Studio of the theaters of Pisa, Lucca and Livorno. The theater was in a qualitative and quantitative crisis, with very little public loyalty. Following his advice in a very short time he reached prestigious levels in terms of the number of subscriptions and quality of the shows.
From 2017 to 2019 he was director and casting manager of Golden Globe Production, in fact with high-level managerial positions, in a private company of international production of opera shows with big stars in large spaces, such as stadiums or large theaters. He thus acquired a great deal of experience in international productions and collaborations, in foreign legislation, in cultural collaborations between different countries.
In all his experiences he has distinguished himself for public attendance records, high-level seasons, positive balance sheets, excellent relationships with the workers and above all for the possibility of cost containment due to his knowledge in the world of singing and management, which they have always allowed him, for example, to be able to cast famous soloists with much lower cachet, thanks to the friendships matured on stages all over the world.
He is currently a member of the Board of Administration of the Teatro Verdi in Pisa
As a baritone, his career began in 1988 with Nino Rota’s La notte di un neurastenico and I due timidi and immediately made his debut in Pesaro at the Rossini Festival in La gazza ladra and La scala di seta. Later she sang in Italy in the theaters of the Rome Opera (Simon Boccanegra, La vedova allegra, Amica), San Carlo of Naples (Carmina Burana), Carlo Felice of Genoa (Le siège de Corinthe, Lucia di Lammermoor, Bohème, Carmen, Elisir d’amore, Simon Boccanegra, La vida breve, The prodigal son, Die Fledermaus, La fanciulla del west), Fenice di Venezia (I Capuleti ei Montecchi), Massimo di Palermo (Tosca, La vedova allegra, Orphée aux enfers, Cin -ci-là, Barber of Seville), Massimo Bellini of Catania (Wienerblut, Der Schulmeister, das Land des Lächelns), Maggio Musicale of Florence (The financier and the cobbler, Pollicino), Regio of Turin (The consul, Hamlet, Elisir of love), Arena of Verona (La vedova allegra), Verdi of Trieste (I Pagliacci, Der Zigeuner Baron, Die Fledermaus, Al cavallino bianco, La vedova allegra), Lirico of Cagliari (Die Fledermaus- La vida breve), Piacenza (Don Giovanni), Modena (Elisir d’amore), Ravenna (Elisir d’amore), Milan (Adelaide di Borgogna), Savona (Medea, The combat of Tancredi and Clorinda, Torvaldo and Dorliska), Fano (Madama Butterfly), Bari (Traviata, La Cecchina), Lecce (Werther, Tosca), Rovigo (Werther, Mozart and Salieri, The tell-tale heart, Amica ), Pisa (The Barber of Seville – The Merry Widow), Lucca (The Barber of Seville) etc.
Abroad he has performed at the Monnaye in Brussels (La Calisto), Berlin Staatsoper (Madama Butterfly, La Calisto), Staatsoper Wien (La Calisto), Staatsoper Muenchen (Julius Caesar in Egypt), Liceu in Barcelona (La gazza ladra, La Calisto, Linda di Chamounix), Athens (The Barber of Seville – Madama Butterfly), Dublin (Marriage of Figaro, Capulet and Montecchi), Lyon (Marriage of Figaro, Calisto), Paris (Traviata, Marriage of Figaro), Dresden (Il King Theodore in Venice, Xerxes), Nice (Marriage of Figaro, The Tell-tale heart), Ludwigshafen (King Theodore, Xerxes), Jerez de la Frontera (Marriage of Figaro), Granada (Marriage, Tosca), Montpellier (Calisto , Serse), Alicante (Traviata, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto, Bohème), Tel Aviv (Don Pasquale, Elisir d’amore, Traviata), Genève (Xerses, La purpura de la rosa), Festival Salzburg (La Calisto), Madrid Zarzuela (La purpura de la rosa, don Giovanni), Basel (Maria Stuarda), Toronto (Aida), Tokyo (Traviata, Adriana Lecouvreur), Hong Kong (Traviata), Frankfurt (Madama Butterfly), Dubrovnik (Tosca), Cannes (Tosca), Ciudad de Mexico (La purpura de la rosa), Palma de Mallorca (Turandot and Fanciulla del west), Limoges (Tosca), Toulon (Linda di Chamounix), Macao (Turandot ) and dozens of other theaters in different countries of the world.
Recordings: 1989- LIVE from R.O.F. Pesaro ROSSINI The thieving magpie,
1991- LIVE from Teatro La Fenice Venice BELLINI I Capuleti e i Montecchi, 1992 – LIVE from Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa ROSSINI Le siège de Corinthe- orch. T. Carlo Felice, 1994- Study
MARTIN Y SOLER The mocking tutor, 1994- LIVE from T. of the Opera Giocosa Savona PACINI Medea, 1995- Studio CAVALLI La Calisto, 1995- Studio MONTEVERDI Madrigals warriors and amorous, 1996- Studio VIVALDI Il Teuzzone, 1998 VOYAGE EN ITALIE studio, 1998 2000 YEARS OF MUSIC, 1999- Studio TORREJON Y VELASCO La purpura de la rosa, 1999 HISTORY OF BAROQUE MUSIC, 2002- LIVE from Teatro Lirico Cagliari DE FALLA- La vida breve, 2002
LES LUMIERES DU BAROQUE-studio. 2019 Mascagni- Pinotta- Opera Discovery – 2020 Luporini- Nora- Opera Discovery
DVD: 1997 Opera de Lyon MOZART- THE WEDDING OF FIGARO, 2000 HAENDEL XERSES Semperoper Dresden- 2004 COLI THE TELL-TALE HEART Teatro Sociale di Rovigo- 2006 CAVALLI LA CALISTO La Monnaie Bruxelles- 2009 STRAUSS- DER ZIGEUNER BARON-teatro Verdi Trieste
3) INTERNATIONAL STAGE DIRECTOR
Since 2015 he has been directing important opera performances all over the world: Puccini’s Triptych in Osaka (Japan), Barber of Seville in Seville, Don Giovanni in Pafos (Cyprus), Jolanta and Aleko in Banska Bistrika, Don Pasquale in Massa Marittima, Cavalleria rusticana, Traviata, Tosca, Rigoletto, Otello, Suor Angelica and other important foreign and Italian productions. He has also directed modern works such as Salvo d’Acquisto at the Verdi in Pisa and baroque ones such as Il Flaminio with the Maggio Formazione in Florence
4) EXPERT IN MANAGEMENT OF LIVE SHOW AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL – TEACHER AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL OF ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGEMENT OF THE ENTERTAINMENT
Expert in the most modern techniques of organization and management of theaters and festivals, he has trained, as a Management teacher, many young managers currently in force in Italian and foreign theaters.
He is considered one of the most experienced and dynamic administrators and has often been called upon as an expert in sometimes very complicated situations. Theaters always active, sold out almost constant, promotion of young people through the creation and management of Opera studio in various contexts, including the Tuscan one of the theaters of Pisa, Lucca and Livorno of which he was the manager from 2011 to 2016.
He has taught Management of Theater and Live Entertainment at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan and recently taught the subject at the Music PRO academy, an European project of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago and in the regional courses of the Tuscany Region called DIPAS.
5) MUSICAL AND VOICE COMPETENCE
Highly esteemed teacher and expert in singing and vocalism, he has launched many soloists into their careers today in the main theaters. Competent in evaluating the possibilities of young artists, he knows how to enhance and comfort them in the difficult profession and is still considered “one of theirs” so he is able to manage contractual and stage problems with skill. As a former pianist he knows how to read and evaluate the scores proposed to him by the composers. Expert in orchestral staff and administrative management of production, he knows how to plan well in advance and with mathematical precision. He has held Master Classes in various parts of the world, Kiev (Ciaikovski Academy), Shanghai, Chengdu, Osaka, St. Petersburg, San Josè de Costarica, Hohhot and in many Italian cities Modena, Genoa, Catania, Turin, Rome, Belluno etc.
He was lucky enough to act alongside many great actors, of which he has been the “shoulder” for years: Oreste Lionello, Leo Gullotta, Gianfranco Iannuzzo, Vincenzo Salemme, Massimo Dapporto, Lauretta Masiero, Chiara Noschese, Piero Nuti, Adriana Innocenti , Gennaro Cannavacciuolo, Elio Pandolfi and many others.
Expert connoisseur of the dynamics of the theatrical world, he has always organized high quality theatrical seasons, in compliance with the established budget.
He has published many essays: In the presence of that Saint 2005 four editions and 2013; It was said that I had to stay… 2006; From Santa to Pina, the great women of Verga 2006 two editions; Puccini has a nice booklet 2005 and 2013, In favor of the scherzo, do grace to reason 2006 and 2013; The tale of the “Cavalleria rusticana” 2005; Unconvinced realist 2005; On the side of Don Pasquale 2005; I kissed you before killing you 2006 and 2013; Of the world, soul and life is love 2007 and 2014; Joyful and terrible life 2007; Are genius and crime really incompatible? 2006 and 2012; The obsessions of the Princess 2008 and 2012; From the Burlador de Sevilla to the dissolute punished: the adventure of an immortal 2014; The man of sand and the king of operettas 2014; A great theme with variations: the stone guest 2015; And I want to cry out for peace and I want to shout for love 2015; From Triboulet to Rigoletto 2011 and 2016; A very special 2016 triptych, published by the Social Theater of Rovigo, the Verdi Theater of Padua, the Municipal Theater of Modena, the Bassano del Grappa Festival, the Verdi Theater of Pisa, the Alighieri Theater of Ravenna.
He contributed to the volume “Una gigantesca follia” – Looks on Don Giovanni for the ETS publishing house
As a writer, ho wrote 11 poetry books and in 2012 published a collection of his best works “Poesie 1996-2011” at the ABEdizioni publishing house. It is in the anthology of contemporary poets “Modern times” published by Libroitaliano World. Music critic of You-ng magazine, for the same magazine he has serialized the novel “The unconscious trinity”.
He is the author of the libretto Italian versions of the operas: Rimskji-Korsakov Mozart and Salieri; Telemann Il maestro di scuola (both represented at the Teatro Sociale in Rovigo and at the Verdi theater in Pisa); Dargomiskji The stone guest staged at the Verdi theater in Pisa, Lehar The Merry Widow (staged in Lucca, Livorno and Pisa)