May 3, 2019
Lavinia Bini, Luca Scarlini and Anna Toccafondi
Soprano, Actor, and Piano
Dante’s Women: a selection of songs by Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Zandonai, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco and inspired by the most important women who appear in Dante’s works: Francesca da Rimini, Beatrice, and the Virgin Mary.
Lavinia Bini (soprano)
Young and up and coming soprano Lavinia Bini graduated with honor from the “Luigi Cherubini” conservatoire in Florence. Particularly appreciated for her fine exquisite interpretative sensitivity, Ms Bini regularly collaborates with conductors as Riccardo Muti, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Michele Mariotti, Ottavio Dantone, Julian Kovatchev and directors as Damiano Michieletto, Pierluigi Pizzi, Emilio Sagi, Jean Pierre Ponnelle just to name a few. Winner of the Toti Dal Monte International Singing Competition, she recently starred in Tutino’s La Ciociara (Italian première), Un ballo in maschera (Oscar) in Cagliari; Rigoletto (Gilda), La Bohème (Musetta), Battistelli’s 7Minuti in Liege (word première); Idomeneo in Salzburg; I lombardi alla prima crociata (Viclinda) and L’Elisir d’amore (Adina) at the Regio in Turin; Don Giovanni (Zerlina) at the Comunale in Bologna, theatre with which she was on tour in Paris starring as Elvira in L’italiana in Algeri; Puccini’s Il Trittico in Modena and on tour; La Voix humaine in Benevento and she took part in the Idomeneo production at La Scala in Milan. Plans include: L’Ammalato immaginario (Erighetta) at the Festival in Martina Franca; Gianni Schicchi on tour in Italy; Carmen at the Opera in Florence; Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Bologna.
Luca Scarlini graduated in theatre history in Florence continuing his studies in England. Play writer, essayist, translator, art administrator and editorial consultant for many publishing companies, he works in many universities in Italy and he regularly writes publications for Teatro Regio (Turin), Sistema Musica (Turin), Amici della Musica of Perugia and Ravenna Festival, he also collaborates with Radio3 suite. He teaches in many schools and academies in Europe such as the Paolo Grassi, IED and Brera in Milan, collaborating also with different theatres and universities in Italy and Europe (Geneva, Vienna, Bruxelles, Ghent). Mr Scarlini is also an expert of History of Fashion, with a special attention to the relationship between Cinema, Literature and Visual Arts. He was curator of several exhibitions (he edited La penultima moda by Alfredo Panzini) and storyteller in many museums, palaces, churches and festivals. His book Sacre sfilate about Vatican fashion was published in May 2010. He works for Museo Ferragamo in Florence. He was the curator of the radio programme Museo Nazionale on Radio 3.
Anna Toccafondi (piano)
Anna Toccafondi graduated with honor in piano at the P.Mascagni Institute in Livorno and in chamber vocal music at the A. Boito conservatory in Parma under the guidance of Giorgio Sacchetti, then she attended masterclass with Elly Ameling, Walter Berry, Rudolf Jansen, Dalton Baldwin, Paul von Shilhawsky e Jörg Demus. She performed in recital in important Festivals in Italy and abroad with L. Poli, A. Corbelli, R. Abbondanza, A. Luongo, L. De Lisi. She stars with Luca Scarlini in several performances and plays “Parole e musiche in trincea”, “La Patria” , “D’Annunzio e la musica”, “Note e parole di donna”, “Viaggio musicale con Amerigo Vespucci”. Anna Toccafondi also created the show “Il canto di Francesca da Rimini” with Pamela Villoresi and Lavina Bini. Mrs Toccafondi is accompanist at the conservatory L. Cherubini in Florence collaborating also with the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Ann Arbor University in Green Bay. She recorded for Vocalia (M.Castelnuovo Tedesco’s Coplas) and for the NBB Records.
About This Event:
Date: May 3, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Sant'Andrea Church