Music Degree – Piano Degree (2005) at the Conservatory of Music “Vincenzo Bellini” of Palermo vote with 9/10 . – Main Examinations of the Master’s degree in Classic and Modern Ballet (all with a score of 30/30 cum laude) held at the Music Conservatory “Arrigo Boito” in Parma. – Studies of Musical Composition (five years) of Reading Score and Chamber Music at the Cons. Mus. “V. Bellini” of Palermo. – University Studies (two years) at the Faculty of Arts (Musical Disciplines – DIM, ex DAMS) of “University” of Palermo and main examinations carried out: Aesthetics of Art, History of Early Music, Medieval and Renaissance History of Modern Music , Modern History, etc …). – Harpsichord Master Class with Maestro Enrico Baiano at the Conservatory of Palermo. – Studies of Harpsichord, Organ, Basso Continuo and Practice Executive of Ancient Music. -“Maturità Classica”(2003) with a score of 98/100 at the Classical High School “G. di Rudinì -Villa Mamiani” of Palermo. Foreign language: Study of English at the Classical High School.
Major/Principal Teachers and Master Classes: Ennio Pastorino An Li Pang Mario Feninger Piero Rattalino Ilia Kim Aurelia Spagnolo
Professional Certification, Licensure, Accreditation / Awards: Recipient of the 2011 “Teresa Stolz” Verdian Prize of Honour from the Club Lirica Verdiana, Busseto as ambassador of the music of Giuseppe Verdi, and in recognition of his exceptional interpretative qualities of Verdi’s music.
Other Awards: I Prize: fifth national piano competition “City of Solarino”, May 1995 (solo piano). I Prize: international competition “Rovere d ‘Oro” 2009, chamber music. I Prize: European Competition of Music “Antonino Miserendino”, 2000. I Prize: section piano four hands, XI National Contest. “Benedetto Albanese” (2006). IV National Competition A.Gi.Mus., Second prize (I was not awarded) section chamber music. II prize (I was not awarded) piano solo category at the European Competition of Music “Antonino Miserendino”, 2000. IV national competition “Benedict Albanian” (1999) Special Award “best piano accompanist”.
Coaching/Teaching/Repetiteur Experience: Highly respected Coach and Repetiteur for opera singers in Italy and Overseas. Students currently working at the highest level of the profession. Vocal Coach in the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China). Repetiteur for Ballet and Modern Dance in Italy and Overseas.
Highly respected Piano instructor, with several students celebrating high distinctions in national and international competitions. He was repetiteur and teaches Operatic Repertoire at the “Juliet Academy of Music” in Verona. 2013 he played in Masterclasses at the Palazzo Maffei in Verona, with the great soprano Katia Ricciarelli, with whom he continues to collaborate.
Performance Experience : Concert Pianist in various Italian cities (Milano, Roma, Venezia, Bologna, Verona, Torino, Parma, Reggio Emilia, Como, Mantova, Cremona, Udine, Perugia, Trieste, Treviso, Palermo, Busseto, etc.) Concert Master and Operatic Musical Director; Concert Duo alongside Angela Gandolfo, having won several important competitions; Harpsichord Concert Master (Maestro al Cembalo). Chamber Pianist for important events, concert master and master collaborator for several important theatrical foundations, and operatic entities in prestigious venues such as: “Parma canta per la SLA” Concert featuring: Michele Pertusi, Marco Spotti, Enrico Giuseppe Iori, Luca Salsi, Romano Franceschetto, Lucetta Bizzi, Paola Sanguinetti, Franco Federici; Auditorium del Carmine e Auditorium Paganini di Parma; Teatro Verdi di Busseto; Club Lirica Verdiana; Circolo Falstaff di Busseto; Casa Natale di G. Verdi; Sala dei concerti di Roncole Verdi; Teatro Bibbiena di Mantova; Teatro “A. Bonci” di Cesena; “Museo Casa Puccini” di Torre del Lago (inaugurating the restauration of Maestro G. Puccini’s Piano-forte, alongside Aquiles Machado); Orchestra Filarmonica of Udine with the Quintetto d’ Archi “Caffè Italiano”; o Istituto di Cultura Germanica; Teatro Manzoni di Bologna; Teatro Magnani di Fidenza; Palazzo Maffei di Verona (“Before the Opera Verona”, “Memory of Verona”, Operatic concert “L’ Emozione della Voce”), “Casa Pascoli” (Villa – Museo del Poeta G. Pascoli) in Toscana; Teatro Carcano in Milan, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II di Milano, Museo del Novecento in Milan (concert celebrating and alongside Edda Moser),Teatro San Babila e Nuovo Teatro S. Babila, Teatro Derby, Teatro Orione, Teatro della Luna, in Milan; Auditorium dell’Accademia di Romania in Rome.
Vocal Coach and Rehersal Pianist in the NCPA (National Center for Performing Arts) of Beijing (China-2014) for La Traviata by G. Verdi (with Zangh Liping, Warren Mok, Liao Changyong, Hennig Brockhaus (stage director), Andrea Battistoni (Conductor), Trovatore, Nabucco (with Placido Domingo) and Otello. Vocal Coach and Rehersal Pianist in the NCPA (National Center for Performing Arts) of Beijing (China-2014) for Don Pasquale by G. Donizetti (Conductor Daniele Callegari, Stage Director Pier Francesco Maestrini, with Bruno Praticò) and Vocal coach of Aida and Carmen. Vocal Coach, Chorus Conductor and Pianist in the NCPA’s Concert Hall (National Center for Performing Arts) of Beijing (China-2014) for a Great Verdi Concert and a Master Class, both conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. Vocal Coach, Chorus Master and Rehersal Pianist in the Tianjin Grand Theatre for “La Traviata” by Verdi (2014 and 2015). Stage Director Yi Liming, Conductor Tang Muhai. Vocal Coach and Rehersal Pianist in the NCPA (National Center for Performing Arts) of Beijing (China 2015) for Norma by V. Bellini and Vocal Coach, Rehersal pianista and harpsichord for Nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart (Conductors Daniel Oren and Lu Jia). Master Class to the Central China Normal University of Wuhan (2015). Vocal Coach and Chorus Master in the Shanghai Opera House (China) for “La Traviata” of G. Verdi (2016). Stage Director Yi Liming.
He has worked as Chorus Master and Musical Director for Verdi’s Rigoletto (2013), Il Trovatore (2014) and G. Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia for the Teatro Comunale “Mario Del Monaco” of Treviso (2013, 2014, 2015), furthermore he has directed, musically and staged, the following operas: Verdi’s “La Traviata”, “Rigoletto” and “Il Trovatore”, “Madama Butterfly” (G. Puccini), Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (G. Rossini). He was was appointed concert master (pianoforte) for Verdi’s “La Traviata” and “Il Trovatore” at the New Teatro San Babila in Milan. He was Musical Director for “L’ Elisir d’ amore” by G. Donizetti “Visto da Botero” (International Preview) for the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Busseto (Parma) featuring Eva Mei, Celso Albelo, Michele Pertusi, Victor Garcia Sierra and Manuel Lanza. In May 2014 he played and directed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Parma. As Maestro/Collaborator he has worked amongst and alongside the following: Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, Marcello Rota, Roberto Gianola, Daniele Callegari, Massimo Zanetti, Massimo Taddia, Francesco Ommassini, Andrea Battistoni, Marco Boemi.
He has been appointed Maestro-Collaborator for: The “Accademia Lirica del Mediterraneo” of Tenore Pietro Ballo, The “Accademia Lirica” of the Bass Franco Federici (Parma), Tenore Pio Bonfanti’s Vocal Performance Class. His Choral Experience extends to: Choir of Grand Theatre of Tianjin (China) for “La Traviata” of G. Verdi (2015); “Corale G. Verdi” of Parma; “Coro Voci Bianche – Corale Verdi” of Parma; “Coro Lirico di Parma”, “Coro lirico “M. Callas” of Cesena.
Maestro Barrali has toured: France (Nièce, Metz, Strasburg e Colmar); England (London); Sweden (Stockholm-Sala Nervi IIC “C.M.Lerici”); Swizerland (Zurich, Winterthur, Dietikon, Uster); Has played for the VI and VII International Lapedona Festival; Has held various concerts and directed operas in Venice as well as having played in several occasions for the “Amici della Musica di Desenzano sul Garda” (Verona); Concert at the Italian Embassy of Beijing for the “Prive” Collection of Giorgio Armani (2014). In 2010 he was the chief repetiteur for the grand benefit concert for the SLA (Sclerosi Laterale Amiotrofica) held at the Teatro Regio in Parma amongst some of the greatest singers in the city and continues to collaborate with them. Amongst the most celebrated on the international operatic landscape – Renato Bruson, Francesco Ellero D’ Artegna, Anna Maria Chiuri, Maria Luigia Borsi, Giuseppe Altomare, Katia Ricciarelli. In 2011 he performed in numerous recitals celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Italy’s unification. Amongst these; a concert attended by the Italian Consulate General in Niece as well as performing at the Italian Institute of Culture in London with the “Coro di Voci Bianche della Corale Verdi di Parma” alongside the celebrated M° Michele Pertusi (The event was awarded by way of a medallion by the President of the Italian Republic). Maestro Barrali has performed in concert in Parma at the prestigious “Sala “R. Gandolfi” of the Corale Verdi alongside celebrated Baritone Vladimir Stoyanov for the presentation of the award “Dal labbro al canto”.
Significant successes for his concert series in : Swizerland: at the Stadthofsaal in Uster-Zurich; Swizerland: The Stadthaus and Saal Pfarreizentrum St. Agatha of Dietikon (Zurich); Swizerland: Winterthur (Comitato Organizzazioni Italiane); Playing for the Guangzou Opera (Canton) in China (2013); Once again performing at the Teatro Regio of Parma in occasion of the 2012 Verdi Festival.
In 2013, the year of the bicentary of G. Verdi and R. Wagner, he dedicated a series of solo recitals (with Lisztian paraphrasing) as well as operatic concerts in commemoration of the great composers in Italy and in France; directed and performed in various representations of the “Popular Verdian Trilogy” in Medesano (Parma). Many Concerts with Duo Baldo in Teatro Guglielmi in Massa, in Teatro Comunale of Fauglia (Pisa), in San Miniato (Francigena Melody Road Festival). Concert with Maria Luigia Borsi in Virgin Gorda (British Virgin Islands) for “Loro Plata Great Careabbean Regatta 2015”). Maestro Barrali has worked and collaborated with the some of the highest names in the industry including: Katia Ricciarelli for the Festival del Veneto in Verona (2013) and the Bass Michele Pertusi (2013) in Parma, London and Busseto. He still played at the Teatro Verdi in Busseto (2013) for renowned baritone Renato Bruson and musicologist Philip Gosset (concert-conversation honoring the Shakespearean works musicalised by Verdi for the official events of 200° Anniversary birth date of Verdi).
Roberto Barrali continues to work with some of the most famous artists of the international opera scene (Renato Bruson, Bruno Praticò, Francesco Ellero D ‘Artegna, Anna Maria Chiuri, Maria Luigia Borsi, Giuseppe Altomare, Katia Ricciarelli, etc …).