Faculty and Guest Artists, BIOA

 

img_9380Fabio Armiliato, Tenor

Fabio Armiliato is one of the most important tenors on the international opera scene, acclaimed for
his voice, his high register and connate musicality, his dramatic performances and the charisma which defines his characters. He was born in Genoa where he graduated from, the Niccolò Paganini
Conservatoire. His debut in Simon Boccanegra of Verdi made his career start quickly and led to some of the most important roles at several famous opera houses of the word, such as the Metropolitan
Opera House of New York, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, L’Opéra de Paris, the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, Teatro Real in Madrid and the Wiener Staatsoper.

He is considered passioned and exciting, thanks to his performances as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, for which he’s considered the tenor of most recall. He has had great success in many opera houses and opera companies including Arena of Verona, Teatro Real in Madrid, the Fenice of Venice and the Opera of Rome’s very important Japanese tour. As Mario Cavaradossi he came back to sing at La Scala, conducted by Lorin Maazel, and to the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden in London, under Antonio Pappano’s baton.

Among several successes during these last seasons, mostly important is his debut in La forza del destino at the Opéra of Monte Carlo, La Fanciulla del West in Rome (His unforgettable encore of Ch’ella mi creda during the 1st performance) and Tosca at Caracalla, where he celebrates 20 years since his debut at Caracalla. Between 2009-2010 he starred in Turandot, at the completely re-built Petruzzelli-Theatre in Bari. He performed also with enormous success and unanimous ovation the role of Rodolfo in Luisa Miller at the Opernhaus in Zürich. Then, he was the main male character in a new production of La Fanciulla del West, at the Puccini Festival, for the 100th anniversary of this opera. The 2011 season started with the expected and great debut in Otello at the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liége. After this, he received the 1st Tito Schipa International Award on August 3rd in Ostuni as well as honorary citizenship of Recanati, in the name of Beniamino Gigli. Fabio Armiliato is also one of the main actors of Woody Allen’s movie, “To Rome With Love”, which was released in June 2012.

 

Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet
Soprano

Dramatic soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet has established herself as a leading force in the German and contemporary repertoires. Having begun her singing Italian and ‘spinto’ Russian roles, she has naturally progressed into the more dramatic German soprano – and more recently ‘Zwischenfach’ – repertoire. Her intense stage presence has been widely praised by critics, with the New York Times proclaiming her a ‘spine-chillingly powerful’ performer. Recent performances include the title role of Ariane et Barbe-bleue for Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg. Future engagements include Herodias for the Deutsche Oper Berlin in a new production conducted by Maestro Runnicles, and she will repeat the role for the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg.

Recent highlights include the 2012 release as the title role in Strauss’ Elektra with the London Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Valery Gergiev; the title role of Ariane et Barbe-bleue in Barcelona and Dijon; Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle for Nantes, Angers, and Paris; Leonore in Fidelio at the Teatro San Carlo; Katerina Izmailova in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for the Florence May Festival and Teatro Municipal Santiago; Goneril in King Lear for Frankfurt, Elektra for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Edinburgh International Festival, and LSO under Maestro Valery Gergiev; and Cassandre in Les Troyens for Opéra National de Paris.

In Europe, Charbonnet has appeared at major opera houses including the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Opéra National de Paris; Teatro Real, Madrid; Oper Frankfurt; Opéra National de Bordeaux; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Teatro Comunale di Firenze; Teatro La Fenice; and Bregenz Festival. Her major roles include Ortrud in Lohengrin, which she has sung for both Frankfurt and Dallas Opera, Kundry in Parsifal, Venus in Tannhäuser for Geneva and Toulouse, Sieglinde in Die Walküre, and Brünnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen, both for the Opéra National du Rhin. Her portrayal of Isolde was described in Opera magazine as ‘every inch the passionate Irish princess, at first a bundle of fury, then wholly possessed by the love potion. Her soprano smouldered hotly below, blazed thrillingly on high.’

Charbonnet’s concert repertoire includes Schoenberg’s Erwartung with Jukka-Pekka Saraste in Cologne, and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with Pierre Boulez at the BBC Proms. Engagements in the 2013-14 season included role debuts as Kostelnička in Jenůfa for La Monnaie, Brussels, and the Mother in Il Prigioniero in Barcelona, as well as Erwartung with Susanna Mälkki in Amsterdam. Looking further ahead, Charbonnet will add roles to her repertoire including Klytemnestra in Elektra, and Amneris in Aida.

 

img_9110Alfonso Antoniozzi, Baritone, Stage Director

Alfonso Antoniozzi is an internationally acclaimed Italian baritone and opera director. Trained by the master Sesto Bruscantini, Antoniozzi has performed on such esteemed stages as La Scala, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Berliner Staatsoper, Paris Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Concertgebouw in Amersterdam, the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, & San Fransico Opera, and many more all over the globe.

His vast repertoire includes the array of Buffo operas by Rossini & Donizetti, Verdi’s Falstaff, Puccini’s title role in Gianni Schicchi, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte & Don Giovanni. The Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, hails Antoniozzi as “…the best Italian buffo baritone.” Some of his memorable performances include Don Geronio in Il Turco in Italia, Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (at the Metropolitan Opera with Bruno Campanella & at the Arena di Verona with Claudio Scimone), Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (at la Scala with Riccardo Chailly), Fra Melito in La forza del destino (at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia with Valery Gergiev & also at La Scala with Riccardo Muti) & Don Deep in Il Viaggio a Reims (in Genoa under the direction of Dario Fo). Antoniozzi debuted a new production of Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias at the Macerata Opera Festival’s Lauro Rossi Theatre conducted by Pier Luigi Pizzi. In Rome & Palermo, he has also performed the four villain roles found in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffman.

The 2009-2010 opera season featured Antoniozzi’s long awaited debut in Puccini’s Tosca as Scarpia (Trento & Rovigo houses), followed by Don Pasquale (in Zurich), Barber of Seville (Hamburg State Opera) & a tour with Ensemble Matheus & L’elisir d’amore (at the Staatsoper in Berlin & in Beijing). Antoniozzi’s modern operatic repertoire includes Bernstein’s Candide (in Santa Cecilia with Jeffrey Tate), Benjamin Britten’s Death in Venice (in Genoa & Florence with Bruno Bartoletti) & The straw hat of Florence at La Scala (in Turin with Bruno Campanella). He has received unanimous praise by audiences and critics alike for his interpretation of Nino Rota’s Naples millionaire! (at the Festival della Valle d’Itria). In 2008, Antoniozzi made his directorial debut at the Tuscia Opera Festival with a new production of The Barber of Seville. In May of 2009, he also edited and directed a new production of Don Pasquale at the Teatro Comunale di Bologa. He also directed a new production of La Traviata at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, which was met with great success.

Alfonso Antoniozzi then returned to the stage singing in L’elisir d’amore at the Zurich Opera and the Staatsoper in Berlin and The Barber of Seville Tel Aviv and Lima. In recent seasons, he has played Matilde di Shabran at Covent Garden, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Adriana Lecouvreur at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona and at the Teatro Valli in Reggio Emilia, La Cenerentola at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and La fille du regiment in Savonlinna (in a touring production with the Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Cosi fan tutte at the Municipal Theatre of Piacenza and the Opera of Oviedo, Don Pasquale at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Cosi fan tutte at the Glyndebourne Festival, Falstaff at the Teatro Regio in Turin, La Cenerentola at the Opéra de Montpellier and at the Liceu in Barcelona, The Italian Girl in Algiers at the Zurich Opera & The Barber of Seville in Hamburg.

His illustrious discography includes recordings of La Bohème (EMI), Mr. Bruschino and our Sea (Ricordi / Fonit Cetra), The three lovers and Don Procopio (Bongiovanni), The Secret Marriage, Nina, or is mad for love and Linda Chamounix (Arts Records), The marriage of Figaro (Telarc), & The romance and the black man by Donizetti (Opera Rara). Antoniozzi can also be seen on DVD performing The Barber of Seville at the Teatro Regio di Parma and La Cenerentola at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. Antoniozzi is also a performer in televised productions from Teatro alla Scala (La Turca in Italia, The Barber of Seville and The straw hat of Florence).

 

img_8496Nicoletta Conti, Conductor

Born in Bologna, Nicoletta Conti studied pianoforte, composition and conducting at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and the Conservatorio di Musica G.B. Martini in Bologna. She also graduated from the University of Bologna in Musical Aesthetics at DAMS (disciplines of art, music and drama), Faculty of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Bologna, Musicology (with the equivalent of a Master’s Degree). She went on to continue her studies in conducting with Franco Ferrara (Siena), Leopold Hager (Salzburg), Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Kurt Masur(Tanglewood).

Winner of numerous prizes, including, inter alia, the First Prize Musica da Camera “Città di Stresa”, the Third Prize at Nicolai Malko for Orchestra Conductors (Copenhagen), she began her career as a conductor in Italy and abroad, dedicating herself both to the operatic and symphonic repertoire.
Following the conductor’s course held by Leonard Bernstein at l’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, she was chosen by Maestro Bernstein to be his assistant conductor and to make her debut with the “ Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia”.

At the Capitol she received the prestigious Minerva Prize for the arts, the first Italian musician to be awarded it. In 2006 she received the honour of “Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana” by the President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. She has since collaborated with important festivals and theatres, including Covent Garden, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Rossini Opera Festival, and the Festival of the Itria Valley. She combines her operatic work with a concert career, and has appeared alongside Luciano Pavarotti, Renato Bruson, Leo Nucci, and Daniela Dessì. Orchestras she has conducted include: Orchestra Arturo Toscanini, Orchestra of the Arena di Verona, the Tanglewood Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, the Kiushu Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian Symphonic Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Ferrara, Orchestra da Camera di Bologna, Orchestra “I Filarmonici di Bologna”, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Rishon Le Tzion Orchestra, Orchestra “I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano”, Stuttgarter Filarmoniker. Most recentley she has conducted Don Giovanni by Gazzaniga at the Teatro Regio di Torino, two contemporary operas in their premièeres oerformances at the Festival Mozart di Rovereto and at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Nabucco and Madama Butterfly in the Beppe De Tomasi production at Teatro di Ascoli Piceno and Teatro di Fano.

In August 2000 she assisted Maestro Antonio Pappano in London for the recording of the CD and film of Tosca with the Orchestra of Covent Garden. Maestro Conti received great acclaim when she conducted Madama Butterfly at the International Festival at Montepulciano. In August 2001 Maestro Conti assisted Maestro Pappano with the London Symphony Orchestra for the recording of Il Trovatore and most recently conducted a concert in Lisbon with Angela Gheorghiu.
She conducted the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra in the double bill of I Pagliacci and Suor Angelica for Opera Holland Park, and in a production of La Belle Helène for the theatres of Pisa, Lucca and Livorno. She conducted Il Trovatore, La Traviata and some Gala Concerts in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philarmonic.

Most recently she has conducted the Orchestra of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, the Israel Symphony Orchestra of Rishon LeZion, the Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano, the Verdi Orchestra in Milan, a production of “La Tragédie de Carmen” with the direction of Franco Ripa di Meana. In 2009 Nicoletta Conti conducted the annual concert for the European Parliament. Nicoletta conducts regularly in Japan. In March 2010 Nicoletta was selected as one of the three candidates for the position of Director of Orchestral activities at Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. This season, she will conduct Lucia di Lammermoor for Opera Sai Company in Tokyo and she will give a talk about Lucia di Lammermoor at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo.

 

Francesca Pedaci, Soprano

Winner of the national «As.Li.Co.» competition in Milan and the «Toscanini-Verdi» competition in Parma, Francesca Pedaci made her debut in the title role of La Cecchina, ossia la buona figliola by Niccolò Piccinni. This was followed by a great success at the Teatro alla Scala in Luigi Cherubini’s Lodoiska, conducted by Riccardo Muti. In the meanwhile she graduated in Languages summa cum laude.

Among the operas she performed in the past seasons, we won’t forget Capriccio (Cantante Italiana) by Richard Strauss, Zemlinski’s Il compleanno dell’infanta (Ghita), Orfeo ed Euridice, La cambiale di matrimonio (Fanny), Rossini’s La scala di seta (Giulia), Otello (Desdemona), Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) at Teatro alla Scala, Scottish Opera, Narodni Theater at Praga, inauguration of Palafenice in Venice and at Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina where she was much acclaimed as Donna Anna with an exciting success of public and critics alike:“Ci ha positivamente impressionati la brava Francesca Pedaci che nei panni di Donna Anna è buona interprete, nobile e drammatica al punto giusto ed impeccabile quanto ad eleganza della vocalità” (La Sicilia 9 – Giugno 2010). “Su tutti ci è piaciuta – e molto – Francesca Pedaci, magnifica Donna Anna: una spanna, e forse più, sopra gli altri, per il timbro, la potenza vocale e la cura del fraseggio mostrati” (Matteo Pappalardo – La Gazzetta del Sud 4 – Giugno 2010). Donna Elvira in the world tour included Aix en Provence, Bruxelles, Piccolo Teatro in Milan, Tokyo conducted by Daniel Harding, director Peter Brook, at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Carmen (Micaela), Il flauto magico (Pamina), I quatro rusteghi (Felice), Il turco in Italia (Fiorilla), Weber’s Der Freischütz (Annetta), Falstaff (Alice), La vestale, La molinara (as the protagonist), Mendelssohn’s Der Sommernachtstraum, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle and Stabat Mater at Wexford Festival, conductor Maurizio Benini, Beethoven’s IX Symphony, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung and Donizetti’s Requiem, conductor Gianluigi Gelmetti.

She usually performs in the principal national and international theatres, such as l’Opéra Comique of Paris, the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, the Basel Opera Theatre, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Teatro San Carlo of Naples, the Lincoln Center of New York and Metropolitan Opera where she sang Mimì in La Bohème and the same role in Edimburgh, Glasgow and at Detroit, Michigan Opera Theatre. The Concertgebouw of Amsterdam (in the exciting Christmas Gala Concert conducted by Riccardo Chailly), and the Schwetzinger Festival conducting by Gianluigi Gelmetti and at Teatro Bellini in Catania Cantata Academica, conductor Alun Francis. She then performed in Turandot (Liù) at the Scottish Opera and performed with great success in Le nozze di Figaro (Contessa) in Bologna. Mozart, Don Giovanni as donna Anna at Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina, Mozart Requiem, with Haydn Orchestra in Bolzano conductor Rolf Beck.

Francesca Pedaci’s recordings include the Scala production of Lodoïska for Sony with Riccardo Muti, Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) conducted by Gustav Kuhn and Pacini’s Saffo (title role) conducted by Maurizio Benini, La passione di Cristo, by Caldara (Giovanni), conducted by Fabio Biondi and Suor Angelica (Suora infermiera), conducted by Antonio Pappano. At Wexford Festival she sang Saffo and this appearance brought her much success with the public and critics alike: “Francesca Pedaci was a stirring heroine, with a Callas-recalling command of trenchant phrase and utterance … “ (Andrew Porter, “The Observer”); as Saffo “ … reveals not only a dramatic soprano that will certainly go far, but also a powerful stage presence of sometimes remarkable intensity … “ (Della Couling, “The Independent”).

 

Guenko Guechev, Bass-Baritone

Guenko Guechev is an internationally renowned Bass-Baritone. He has taken his natural aptitude for music and his gift of language-fluency and applied them with fervor to the specialty of 19th and early 20th century operatic interpretive vocal styles. He has appeared internationally in more than 1000 opera performances.

Professor Guechev was born in Bulgaria. He received his bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Performance from the Sofia State Conservatory of Music. After graduation, he continued his vocal study at the “Tchaikovsky Conservatory” in Moscow, Russia.  He was chosen from hundreds of young singers to study with the legendary operatic bass Boris Christoff in Rome, Italy.

Professor Guechev instantaneously became known and sought after. He performed leading roles in productions of Carmen, Nabucco, Boris Godunov, Don Giovanni, Barbiere di Seviglia, Aleko, Macbeth, and I Puritani with every major Bulgarian opera company. Since then Mr. Guechev’s career has grown internationally. He has sung leading bass roles in productions of Il Trovatore, La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata, and Un Ballo in Maschera, Macbeth, Boris Godunov in the countries of Austria (at the Salzburg Festspielhaus), Germany (Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin), Switzerland, Greece, Belgium & the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, France, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland.

In 1999 Guenko Guechev’s made his US opera debut in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Pittsburgh Opera. He has also appeared in Lortzing’s Tzar und Zimmerman, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Britten’s Albert Herring with Opera Delaware, Opera Syracuse and Natchez Opera Festival.

Recently Mr. Guechev has performed solo recital in memory of the great basso Boris Christoff in Washington DC and the role of Rabbi Azriel in the multi-media opera Dybbuk by the Israeli-American composer Ofer Ben-Amots at the Pittsburgh Jewish Festival. He has released on CD with the Gega New Classical label the “Songs and Dances of Death” by Mousorgsky and “Michelangelo Suite op. 145” by Schostakovich and the CD “Nostalgia” with songs by Peter Tschaikovsky and Gorgiy Sviridov. He was featured on the CD “Russian Jewish Classic” with songs by the composer Leo Zeitlin, released by Toccata Classics label in 2015.

Professor Guechev is a tenured associate professor of voice and former chair of voice and director of opera at the Mary Pappert School of Music in Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In his voice studio professor Guechev works with the students on fundamental vocal technique and wide area of vocal and operatic repertoire. His true passion and expertise is in developing and guidance of substantial operatic voices capable of singing Verdi, Puccini and Wagner.

His students Ekaterina Shcherbachenko, Andrey Nemzer and Alianna Whiteaker-Chudecke won prices in many prestigious international competitions like Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, Placido Domingo’s Operalia, Gerda Lissner Foundation competition, Cardiff’s singer of the world-international voice competition and the Fiorenza Cossotto International Voice competition.

As the director of the Duquesne University Opera 2003-2017, prof. Guechev produced and directed a wide range of fully staged operas in collaboration with Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra including Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, The Medium/The Telephone by Giancarlo Menotti, Cavaleria Rusticana and Zanetto by Pietro Mascani, Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, La Finta Giardiniera, The Magic Flute, by W.A. Mozart, Mavra by Stravinsky, The Dialogue of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, La Serva Padrona by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Il Matrimonio Segreto by Domenico Cimarosa.

Since 2007 professor Guechev has given numerous masterclasses in China at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Xian Conservatory of Music, Minzu University of China, Shanghai Normal University, Jinan University and Qingdao University Conservatory of Music.

Prof. Guechev is the founder and Chairman of the board of the Euro Atlantic Art Foundation, CEO of the Phoenix Art Network ltd. 2014-present, Director of Education of Inter Atlantic Music Foundation 2002-2013, Founder and faculty of Duquesne Lirica Roma 2009-2015, Puldin Operatic Summer Academy 2002-2004, Founder and Director of Puldin International Opera Competition 2002-2006, Fiorenza Cossotto International Voice Competition 2016/2017, Bologna International Opera Academy for young artists in Bologna, Italy 2016-present.

 

Xiu-ru Liu, Mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Xiu-ru Liu was born in China. She graduated with distinction from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Beverly Sills called Xiu-ru a “true mezzo” after listening to her sing a solo during a master’s class in China. Ms. Sills urged Xiu-ru to enhance her studies and talents in the United States. Xiu-ru received a full scholarship from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where she successfully earned her Masters degree and Performance Certificate.

“Her magnificent voice, along with her dramatic ability makes her one of the most sought after mezzos”, as quoted by one advocate. Xiu-ru has appeared as Ramiro in La finta Giardiniera, Endimione in La Calisto, Arnata in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Azucena in Il Trovatore, Ulrika in Un Ballo in Maschera, Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Erda in Das Rheingold, Philipievna in Eugene Onegin, and Amneris in Aida with European and American opera companies. She has consistently exceeded expectations and astounded audiences in numerous prestigious cities, such as Salzburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, London, Paris, Zurich, Luxemburg, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

A devoted soloist accompanied by orchestra and oratorio societies throughout the United States and abroad, Xiu-ru performed the Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Durufle’s Requiem, and Bach’s B Minor Mass, St. Matthew Passion. Xiu-ru’s sincere sophistication and elegant artistry has tremendously influenced and delighted audiences and music critics alike. “Ms. Liu reveals a world of emotions with just a glance…mesmerizing as Suzuki”, Opera Review, May 2000. “A fiery, vengeful Azucena, a level of vocal color and musical discrimination rarely heard”, Ira Schwarz. “Ms. Liu added a sympathetic presence to Filippyevna’s every appearance” Opera News, Feb 1999. “Magnificent voice…her dramatic ability created a wonderful feeling of pathos”, Otaria, vol II #4.

Mrs. Liu is a devoted educator and internationally renowned voice teacher. She has given master-classes and private voice lessons not only in the United States, but in Europe and Asia as well. Mrs. Liu serves as a judge at the Puldin International Voice Competition held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She also has appeared on National TV’s live broadcast from Crystal Cathedral, Los Angeles singing sacred songs. In 2007 she joined the Duquesne University voice faculty. Many of her students successfully furthered their vocal studies in masters and doctoral programs in prestigious music institution like Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, just to name a few.

 

Paolo Poti, Vocal Coaching

Paolo Potì studied piano at the conservatory “Tito Schipa” in Lecce, Italy, and later at the Bologna Conservatory “Giovan Battista Martini”, where he got his piano diploma with high honors in 1994.

He worked as an accompanist in Lecce Opera Seasons at the Politeama Greco theatre from 2006 to 2015. In this period, he also worked as an accompanist for the operatic productions at Teatro Consorziale in Budrio, where he served as an accompanist for the masterclasses of American soprano June Anderson, and to all editions of the International singing competition “A. Colzani”. 

He’s worked as a vocal coach, accompanist and piano teacher in “Conservatorio Santa Cecilia” in Rome and in the conservatories in Frosinone and Pescara. 

He also studied harpsichord, specializing in continuo method and he is the cembalist of the prestigious chamber music ensemble “Bologna Baroque” with which he has recorded a CD and has written the continuo part for the first edition of the cello sonatas by Bolognese cellist Antonio Vandini. 

In his career, he has performed with singers, choirs and in instrumental ensembles in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Greece, UK and recently China. 

He’s a vocal coach in Bologna Conservatory where he collaborates with both vocal and instrumental classes. 

 

 

Giuseppina Coni, Vocal Coaching

Giuseppina Coni graduated in piano with honors, honors and honorable mention at the “Nicola Sala” Conservatory of Benevento, where she then obtained with honors the diploma in Organ and Organ Composition with Concezio Panone . She has perfected herself with Aldo Ciccolini, Edoardo Hubert, Richard Franck, Marco Grisanti, with the “Trio Tchaikovsky”, with the “Trio di Milano” at the Fiesole Music School, with the “Duo Ars” and with Kostantin Bogino at the ‘Ars Academy in Rome, where he attended the course of High Specialization in Chamber Music and subsequently won a scholarship, thanks to which he followed the course of Virtuosity in the same discipline. She has collaborated with famous musicians including singers Fiorenza Cossotto, Simone Alaimo, Sergio Bertocchi, violinists Beatrice Antonioni, Massimo Marin, Aldo Matassa, flutists Maxence Larrieu, Felix Renggli, Bernard Labiausse, José-Daniel Castellon, Marco Zoni, Antonio Amenduni , Roberto Fabbriciani, Enzo Caroli. She has been a theater and stage collaborator in the productions of Don Giovanni (Greek Theater of Taormina), Rigoletto (Teatro Gesualdo of Avellino), La Traviata, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucrezia Borgia, Norma (Cervinara Opera Festival) . She was assistant to the choir master Martino Faggiani for the Reate Festival 2010 and was therefore repeatedly called by M ° Faggiani to accompany the female choir of the Teatro Regio di Parma.

Since 2005 he has been a piano accompanist of the “E. Krakamp” national flute competition and the “D. Cimarosa” international flaut competition. With the violinist Xeni Loukidou in 2010 he performed the Four Seasons of the contemporary Greek composer Chronis Papamoschos.

From September 2010 she is the official pianist of Baby BoFe ‘of the Bologna Festival. He has recorded for the Casa del Suono in Parma, for Sifare Edizioni Musicali and for Bologna Festival. She is winner of competitions in which she has participated both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles (including “S. Cecilia” Competition in 1995, Competition “Gargano 1999”, National Competition “City of Caserta” in 2001, International Competition “Città di Barletta” in 2003, National Competition “Città di Formia” in 2004).

Since the age of nine he has been a successful soloist and critic of soloist concerts and in various chamber ensembles, from duo to quintet, with singers and instrumentalists, in Italy and abroad, playing among others at: Rome (Villa Torlonia, “La Stravaganza” Association), Bologna (Antoniano Theater, Sala Bossi), Parma (Auditorium del Carmine, “Chiostro d’estate” review, Festival Verdi), Milan (Teatro di Verdura), Ravello (Chamber Music Festival) ), Capri (Associazione Cultura Capri), Naples (Association of Professors Orchestra Alessandro Scarlatti, Associazione Napolinova), Benevento (review “Four nights of full moon”, review “Benevento City Show”, Teatro Comunale), Austria (Konzertsaal Lisztzentrum of Raiding, Konzertsaal Haydn Konservatorium of Eisenstadt), Greece (Vafopulio Theater of Thessaloniki, Grypario Theater of Mykonos), Germany (St. Andreas-Kirche of Seesen).

 

Miglena Slavova, Accompanist

Miglena Slavova was born 1983 in Bourgas, Bulgaria, into a musical family and began piano lessons at the age of five. She began vocal studies in her hometown in 2000, and 2 years later graduated from the music school with a double degree in piano and voice.
In 2007 she graduated from the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia, Bulgaria, as a voice student of Prof. Konstantza Vachkova. From 2007 until present, Ms Slavova has worked as a staff accompanist in the international music company, Opera 2001 – Spain. She has worked in Bourgas as an accompanist at their State Opera and as a vocal pedagogue at their “Native Song” choir.

Ms Slavova is recipient of more than 40 awards and diplomas. She has won national and international competitions as a pianist, singer, composer and accompanist.

She has participated in master classes of Ludmil Angelov, Boris Bloch, and Germain Mounier, and was invited by Paolo and Tamara Podubnaya (as a pianist); and served as accompanist to Mincho Minchev, Mikhail Angelov, Ifra Niemann, and Sarah Evstatieva.

In September 2014 Ms Slavova received the special award for outstanding opera accompaniment at the Boris Christoff international voice competition in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ms Slavova made her operatic debut in 2003 in the role of Papagena from “The Magic Flute” by Mozart. She also performed as: The Queen of the Night in “The Magic Flute,” Adela in “The Bat” – J. Strauss, The Page in both “Don Carlos” and “Rigoletto” by Verdi, and the soprano soloist in “Carmina Burana” by Orff.

Throughout her career, Ms Slavova has presented piano and voice solo recitals in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Spain and France.