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Artistic Personnel

Orchestra

 

The history of the Arena di Verona’s Orchestra and its conductors began on 10th August 1913, when Tullio Serafin, with a historical Aida, inaugurated the first performance of opera in the Roman amphitheatre, Arena di Verona.

Musicians with widely varied musical education, culture and style have alternated on the podium of the world’s most evocative open-air theatre. These have included three conductor-composers: Pietro Mascagni who conducted Il Piccolo Marat in 1921, Riccardo Zandonai who conducted Giulietta e Romeo in 1939 and Mikis Theodorakis, who conducted the ballet Zorba the Greek in 1988.

 

Other conductors who have directed the Arena Orchestra over the years include Sergio Failoni, Antonino Votto, Gino Marinuzzi, Vittorio Gui, Franco Capuana, Francesco Molinari Pradelli, Rudolf Kempe, Argeo Quadri, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Lovro von Matacic, Elihau Inbal, Nello Santi, Peter Maag, Giuseppe Patanè, Michel Plasson, Anton Guadagno, Yuri Ahronovitch, Donato Renzetti, Andrea Battistoni, Gustav Kuhn, Daniel Oren, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Georges Prêtre.

The Arena di Verona Orchestra also performs during the winter season at the  Teatro Filarmonico and Teatro Ristori, with a repertoire ranging from Baroque to Romantic and Contemporary music. Its ensembles are also very active at regional level.

 

International tours are also important: in 1982 and 1984 in Vienna with Aida by Verdi; in 1986 in Vienna again with Turandot by Puccini; in 1987 in Luxor (Egypt) with Aida; in 1989 in Tokyo with Aida and in 1991 in Tokyo again with Turandot; in 1994 in Frankfurt with Nabucco by Verdi; in 1995 in Frankfurt again with La Bohème by Puccini; in 1995 in Vienna and Zurich with Nabucco; in 1996 in Berlin, again with Nabucco, through to Aida performed at Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle in 1997; in Beijing in 2000 with Tosca by Puccini; in February 2010, at the Tokyo International Forum Hall with Aida and a spectacular Gala with Plácido Domingo. In 2011, the Orchestra took part in the 26th edition of the Music Biennale Zagreb and the prestigious Masada - Dead Sea and Jerusalem Opera Festival, with an Opera Gala in Jerusalem and a performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at Masada.  Also in 2011, the Orchestra performed an imposing production of Puccini’s Turandot by Franco Zeffirelli at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, the Capital of the Sultanate of Oman, where it returned again in 2014 to perform Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi.

 

 

The following is a list of our orchestra’s permanent members:

 

First Violins

 

Peter Szanto (concertmaster)

Gunther Sanin (concertmaster)

 

Edmea Scotto Di Freca 1

Fahriye Ozlem Adiguzel

 

Paolo Arduini

Daniela Bozzolo

 

Dario Carbone

Serena Chien

 

Bruno Dona'

Elisabetta Fable

 

Roberto Lanni

Nicolae Nedelciu

 

Camillo Papitto

Eleonora Rotarescu

 

Mara Sistino

 

 

 

Second Violins

Viktor Csanyi

Leonardo Spinielli

 

Antonino Enna

Paola Pedrazzoli

 

Corrado Menegazzo

Giuliana Santi

 

 
   

Violas 

 

Giuseppe Mari 1

Zats Iakov 1

 

Alberto Danelon

Massimiliano Di Stefano

 

Malgorzata Maria Kulka

Elena Carla Mazzoni

 

Chiara Ommassini

Luca Pozza

 

Dunia Balloni

Sergio Gavioli

 

 

 

 

 

Cellos

 

Stefania Tosi

Sara Airoldi 1

 

Ilir Bakiu

Luigi Galizzi

 

Luigi Bonzanini

Walter Agarici

 

Riccardo Scandola

Savina Zampieri

 

 

 

 

 

Basses 

 

Marco Graziola 1

Luca Bissoli

 

Roberto Lorenzetti

Carlo Tazzari

 

Roberto Spagnoli

Ferrarini Paolo

 

 

Flutes / Piccolo

 

Gino Maini 1

 

 

Chiara Ronchi Piccinelli

 

 

 

Oboes / Cor anglais

 

Marco Fulvio Barontini 1

 

Fabrizio Baldon

 

Francesco Scandolari

Francesco Pomini (cor anglais)

 

   

 

 

Clarinets / Bass Clarinet

 

Stefano Conzatti 1

Maurizio Trapletti

 

Bruno Matteucci (bass clarinet)

 

 

 

Bassoons 

 

Paolo Guelfi 1

Lanfranco Martinelli 1

 

Domenico Faccin

Emilio Gueli

 

 

Horns 

 

Andrea Leasi 1

Paolo Armato 1

 

Domenico Guglielmello

Michele Mazzon

 

Claudio Carta

Oreste Campedelli

 

 

Trumpets 

 

Massimo Longhi 1

Angelo Pinciroli 1

 

Marco Resimini

Elena Foroni

 

 

 

 

 

Trombones 

 

Giancarlo Roberti 1

Diego Gatti 1

 

Emanuele Breda

 

 

 

Bass Tuba 

 

Giambattista Micheletti

 

 

 

Harp 

 

Laura Recchia 1

 

 

 

Timpani 

 

Paolo Rossini 1

Gianluca Ubaldi 1

 

 

Percussion 

 

Alessandro Carobbi (xylophone, vibraphone marimba & suchlike)

 

 


1 Principals

Chorus



 

 

The  Arena di Verona’s Chorus dates back to the very beginning of opera performance in the Amphitheatre, on 10th August 1913. Its first Chorus Masters were Ferruccio Cusinati and Vittore Veneziani. They were followed by Giulio Bertola, Corrado Mirandola, Tullio Boni, Aldo Danieli, Armando Tasso, Romano Gandolfi, Marco Faelli, Giovanni Andreoli, Salvo Sgrò and Vito Lombardi. 

All the glorious moments of Verona’s Amphitheatre infallibly coincide with performances of operas with a fundamental choral role and an impressive use of multiple voices which allows the delivery of grandiose performances which are most adept to the immense spaces of the Arena.  It is no coincidence that the Arena’s operas par excellence are those with the most chorus parts, such as Aida, La Gioconda and Nabucco. The “Va’ pensiero” from the latter continues to arouse thrilled ovations from spectators, who never tire of asking for repeat performances.

The following are the great operas in which the Chorus plays an essential role:  AidaNabuccoLa Forza del destino, OtelloIl Trovatore, Carmen,TurandotLa GiocondaNorma, Mefistofele, Faust, Samson et Dalila and Boris Godunov. As well as its fundamental contribution to the operas, the Chorus has also staged unforgettable concerts at the Arena: Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust and Perosi’s Resurrezione di Cristo.  The Chorus also performs alongside the Arena’s Orchestra during the winter opera and symphonic season at the Teatro Filarmonico and the Teatro Ristori as well as in other venues in Verona and Italy.

The Arena di Verona’s Chorus also has important international performances to its credit: Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle from 1977 to 1980, the Vienna Stadthalle in 1980, ’82, and ’84, in Luxor (Egypt), in the locations in which Aida is set, in 1987, in Tokyo in 1989 and 1991, Beijing in 2000, as well as in Munich, Frankfurt, Zurich, Dortmund, Hamburg and Stuttgart. In 2011 it performed at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman, starring in a magnificent Turandot by Franco Zeffirelli, and in 2014 it was there again to perform Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi.


The following are the members of our Chorus:


Chorusmaster Vito Lombardi

 

 

First Tenors

Angel Julio Harkatz Kaufman

Gianluca Gheller

Marco Spanu

Alex Magri

Salvatore Schiano Di Cola

Enrico Sammarchi

Hubert Zingerle

Amerigo Iori

 

 

Second Tenors

Renzo Litrico

Gianni Scardoni

Andrea Bonaldo

Giancarlo Galtieri

Dario Righetti

Antonino Scarbaci

 

Baritones 

Arnaldo Anselmi

Manrico Canovi

Alessandro Andreoli

Giuseppe Martinelli

Nicolò Rigano

 

 

Basses 

Nikolay Arsenov

Francesco Azzolini

Alessandro Cazzato

Giancarlo Frison

Gabriele Lombardi

Valentino Perera

Roberto Santini

Maurizio Pantò

Alessandro Reschitz

 

 

Sopranos 

Daniela Forapani

Flavia Maria Giordanelli

Elena Benedetti

Barbara Bettari

Sonia Bianchetti

Laura Caceffo

Anna De Faveri

Patrizia Diodato

Carola Freddi

Loredana Mele

Grazia Montanari

Manuela Schenale

Emanuela Simonetto

Francesca Veneri

Mariella Geloso

 

 

Mezzo-sopranos 

Marina Alberti

Alessandra Andreetti

Antonella D'amico

Elena Rita Maria Grassia

Mirca Molinari

Silvia Ruffo

Liliana Santinello

 

 

Contraltos

Sabrina Canola

Patrizia Biondi

Barbara Massari

Tiziana Realdini

Tamara Zandonà

Sonia Zaramella

Chiara Campara