May 16, 2020

Adriana Di Paola, Monica Leone and the Soloists of La Scala

Led by Fabrizio Meloni (Principal Clarinet at La Scala), the chamber ensemble formed by the Principals of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, together with pianist Monica Leone, will accompany Adriana Di Paola in Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and other fine pieces for this kind of ensemble.

Adriana Di Paola (alto)
Born in Palermo, Adriana di Paola graduated from the Trapani Conservatoire, and then began specializing at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Young Singer Project in Salzburg. Prize winner at prestigious international contests, she now collaborates with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Accademia of Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro Regio in Parma and Real in Madrid. Among her most notable past engagements are Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski at the Glyndebourne Festival, Petite Messe Solennelle at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Pappano, Amelia al ballo at the Festival in Spoleto, Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Le nozze di Figaro, Ariadne auf Naxos, Rigoletto and Handel’s Silla in Valencia, L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Alessandrini/d:Wilson) and in Kiel, Dido and Aeneas in Florence under Stefano Montanari, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder in Rome, Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Logroscino’s Stabat Mater at the Trigonale Festival, Die Zauberflote (Cohen/Vick) and Carmen at the Macerata Opera Festival. Ms. Di Paola regularly collaborates with such conductors as Fabio Biondi, James Conlon, Sir Colin Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Kent Nagano. Future engagements include Falstaff in Palermo, The Magic Flute in Naples, Fux’s Gli ossequi della notte in Graz, and The Rake’s Progress at the Rome Opera under Daniele Gatti.

Monica Leone (piano)
Born in Campobasso, Monica Leone began studying the piano under the guidance of her mother, Carmen Mazzarino. She graduated from the Conservatoire San Pietro a Majella in Naples and furthered her studies with Michele Campanella at the Ravello Piano School and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she was awarded the Diploma of Honour. She has performed in prestigious concert venues such as Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, G. Verdi Conservatoire in Milan, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Amici della Musica in Florence, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti in Rome, Settimana Musicale Senese and Associazione Scarlatti in Naples. Monica Leone has played in France, Spain, Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Turkey, United States, China, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. She participated in the recording of the Petite Messe Solennelle for the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. She also performed as a soloist with Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Orchestra della Toscana, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan and Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese. She is enthusiastically devoted to chamber music in various forms and regularly plays in a duo with pianist Michele Campanella. Among her recordings are Bach’s Goldberg Variations, French Suites, English Suites and Inventions and Sinfonias.

I Solisti della Scala (ensemble)
Davide Formisano (flute)
Fabrizio Meloni (clarinet)
Gabriele Screpis (bassoon)
Fabien Thouand (oboe)
Jorge Monte De Fez (horn)
The ensemble was born from the dreams of Riccardo Muti, the Superintendent and Artistic Director of Teatro alla Scala in 1990. Composed of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Filarmonica della Scala’s Principals, its size varies in order to perform a repertoire that spans from classical to contemporary music. Since its foundation, the ensemble is regularly present in the chamber music seasons of Teatro alla Scala and appears in the main music halls in Italy and abroad including Carnegie Hall in New York, Musikverein in Vienna, Tonhalle in Zurich and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Among their most notable collaborators are M.W. Chung, D. Barenboim and the R. Muti himself as pianist. The various formations of the ensemble can boast recordings with some of the most important international labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Warner Classic, Sony, CPO, Amadeus and Limen Music.


About This Event:

Date:   May 16, 2020

Time:   7:00 p.m.

Price:   Free

Location:   Sant'Andrea Church