September 28, 2019
Antonio Giovannini, Sandro Cappelletto, Marco Scolastra
Countertenor, Narrator, and Piano
The Lost Voice: Celebrating the life and music of Farinelli, the most famous castrato of all time.
Antonio Giovannini (countertenor)
Still very young he made his debut in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo in Crema, after that, Riccardo Muti chose him for the role of Matusio in Jommelli’s Demofoonte (Salzburg and Paris) and in Jommelli’s Betulia Liberata (Salzburg and Ravenna). In 2009 he made his debut at the Festival International de Musique Baroque de Beaune in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Al Ayre Español and Eduardo Lopez-Banzo. With a vast repertoire that includes Baroque and contemporary operas and works, past engagements include: world première in modern times of Vivaldi’s Orlando finto pazzo in Venice; Giulio Cesare (with Ruben Dubrovsky), Rinaldo, Agrippina and Radamisto in Kiel; Handel’s Agrippina with Il Complesso Barocco and Alan Curtis in Milan, Vienna and Madrid; Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine in London with La Venexiana and Claudio Cavina; Rodelinda and Hasse’s Artaserse at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca under Diego Fasolis; a new production of Tamerlano in Bonn; Vivaldi’s Teuzzone (Egaro) under Jordi Savall in Versailles, (recorded by Naïve – Vivaldi Edition). Recently he sang: Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica in Vienna and in Krakow with Modo Antiquo and Federico Maria Sardelli; Scarlatti’s Flora Pellegrina in Utrecht with B’Rock and Eduardo Lopez- Banzo; Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in Ravenna; Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti in Chicago and New York; Hasse’s Siroe in Athens, George Petrou conducting; the world premiere in modern times of Gasparini’s Bajazet with Auser Musici in Barga recorded for Glossa. Plans include his debut at the Musikakademie in Katowice with Il Re Pastore by Agnesi, and he will return again to Theater Hof for the title role in Handel’s Orlando. He will also record his first solo CD for Sony International with il Rossignolo.
Sandro Cappelletto (narrator)
Author and Music historian, Sandro Cappelletto was born in Venice. After graduating in Philosophy, he studied harmony and composition with Robert Mann. Among his most important publications are the first critical biography of Carlo Broschi Farinelli (La voce perduta), an analysis of Puccini’s Turandot, a biography of Beethoven, an essay on Gaetano Guadagni, a political inquiry into Italian opera theatre (Farò grande questo teatro!), Mozart – La notte delle Dissonanze, Da straniero inizio il cammino – Schubert, l’ultimo anno, Mozart. I quartetti per archi. He wrote about the history of modern and contemporary opera theatre: Inventare la scena: regia e teatro d´opera. With professor Pietro Bria, he edited Wagner e la musica degli affetti, a collection of essays and interviews about Giuseppe Sinopoli. Author for RAI channels, he created the RAI-Radio 3 program Momus and the Rai 5 TV program Inventare il tempo. He wrote several plays (Quel delizioso orrore, Solo per archi, Poiché l’avida sete, Vostro devotissimo Wolfgang Amadé) as well as librettos for the Italian composers Claudio Ambrosini, Luca Lombardi, Azio Corghi, Matteo D’Amico. In 2013 he wrote Che Verdi Viva! for I Cameristi della Scala and Gabriele Lavia. In 2000 he was invited by Giuseppe Sinopoli to direct both the dramaturgic and educational departments of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. In 2004 he won the D’Arcangelo Prize for music criticism, promoted by the Martina Franca Festival. From 2009 until 2013 he was artistic director of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana. As a journalist he writes for the Italian newspaper La Stampa. Academic of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, he has been scientific director of the volume Musica, issued by Treccani in the series Il contributo italiano alla storia del pensiero.
Marco Scolastra (piano)
Graduated with honor from the Conservatoire in Perugia, Marco Scolastra specialized whit Aldo Ciccolini and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
He performed in renowned Italian theatres and institutions such as: Sagra Musicale Umbra, Ravello Festival, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Regio in Parma, Auditorium Verdi in Milan, Comunale in Bologna, La Fenice in Venice, Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, San Carlo in Naples. He played in Austria (Vienna), Spain (Santander), Switzerland (Tonhalle and ZKO-Haus in Zurich, Konzerthaus in Bern), Canada (Montreal), Egypt (Alexandria), Monte Carlo, Russia (Conservatory Tchaikovsky in Moscow), Poland (Chopin Institute in Warsaw), Belgium (Festival van Vlaanderen), France (Orchestre National du Capitole in Toulouse), Japan, Germany, United States.
He collaborated with several orchestras: I Solisti Veneti (Claudio Scimone), Orchestra Verdi in Milan (Richard Hickox), Zurich Chamber Orchestra (Howard Griffiths), Berliner Symphoniker (Lior Shambadal), Moscow Soloists (Yuri Bashmet). Mr. Scolastra regularly works with musicians and singers: Vadim Brodski, Renato Bruson, Sandro Cappelletto, Max René Cosotti, Kodály Quartet, Raina Kabaivanska, Daniela Mazzucato, Elio Pandolfi, Marianna Pizzolato, Desirée Rancatore. He regularly appears in the TV program Inventare il tempo with Sandro Cappelletto on Rai 5.
He recorded for Phoenix Classics, Stradivarius, Brilliant Classics, RAI. Recent engagements include: Concerto for piano and strings by Alfred Schnittke in Milan; series of concerts in tour with the Wiener Concert-Verein; italian premiere of Philip Glass’s Tirol Concerto for piano and orchestra; La musica dell’anima with Pamela Villoresi; Rossini’s sins with Cinzia Forte and Sandro Cappelletto.
About This Event:
Date: September 28, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Sant'Andrea Church