A native of Venice, Italy, Nicolò Ceriani begins his musical studies in Trieste guided by Franco Gulli. He plays piano and violin and is only twelve, when he starts touring with the Glasbena Matica Orchestra as a violinist. The Orchestra travels for six years especially in eastern Europe performing the most famous pieces of the symphonic repertoire. When he is eighteen, Mr. Ceriani founds and directs his own chamber orchestra and, as soloist violin, he plays the most famous concerts of the baroque and neoclassical (Mozart, Vivaldi, Marcello, Tartini, Corelli, Torelli, Albinoni, Bach, Haydn) in central Europe. At the same time, after completing his classical studies, he attends the course of ancient literature with Filippo Cassola and Franco Serpa (his professor of latin and music history). During that period of time, he is committed to an intense teaching activity at the Orff-Schulwerk and a continuous contribution as music reviewer. He writes programs and essays for theaters and associations in Italy, regarding specifically the german theatre of the beginning 19th century.
Approaching his thirties, he practices vocal studies, joins the Arena in Verona Choir and next the Teatro Verdi in Trieste. Here, as main performer and comic leader, he founds the group “Giovani in Opera” producing a great series of one-act farces or short comic operas of the theatre of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries adapted for an extensive performing activity in the alps adriatic countries. The pieces were often national premieres or rediscoveries of authors such as Paisiello, Galuppi, Gnecco, Vaccaj, Mosca, Generali, Farinelli, Lortzing, Weber, Dittersdorf, Cherubini.
He perfections his vocal skills with Rodolfo Celletti and, in the middle of the nineties, starts his career as a soloist in Italy and Europe participating in more than ninety productions in well-known theaters (Salisburgo, Monaco, Santander, Budapest, Venice-La Fenice, Teatro Filarmonico and Arena di Verona, Opera di Roma, San Carlo di Napoli, Verdi di Trieste and more) directed by prestigious conductors (Santi, Tate, Oren, Gatti, De Bernart, Renzetti, Zedda) and famous producers (De Ana, Pier’ Alli, Zeffirelli, Pizzi, Martone, Landi).
In the recent years, he alternates the literally funny roles of “baritono buffo” (Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro, Tokio, Nijgata, Sydney, Bombay) with the more traditional lyric ones (Puccini’s Marcello, Sharpless and Lescaut, the Conte di Almaviva, Guglielmo and Don Giovanni in Mozart).
Recently he has sung the roles of Valentine in Faust by C. Gounod, Germont in La Traviata by G. Verdi, Don Geronio in Il Turco in Italia, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri by G. Rossini, Barone Zeta in La Vedova Allegra by F. Lehàr, Capulet Père in Romèo et Juliette by C. Gounod, Dulcamara in L’Elisir D’Amore by G. Donizetti, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti by L. Bernstein, Il Dottor Stone in Help, Help the Globolinks by G. C. Menotti, Phedros in Der König Kandaules by A. von Zemlinsky and Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart.
He is an active performer of oratorio and liederistica. It is worth mentioning a recent tournée with Schubert’s Winterreise.
Growing up and living in Trieste, he specializes also in the operetta, participating constantly at the International Festival in Trieste, singing in eleven productions at the Verdi, Rossetti and Tripcovich theaters and making his contribution to the arrangement of more than ten productions. Among them the first in Italy edition of Milloecker’s Gasparone with Elio Pandolfi (new dramaturgical and rhythmic translation).
As an author he produces “Ma chi è questo Lacaze?” (Bolzano, Italy 2005 and other italian cities), “Il signor G 1 e 2 ” (Turin, 2006) and is now working at the stage adaptation of the operatic entertainment of Moliere’s commedie-ballet “Le Bourgeois gentilhomme” in the original version created by Hofmannsthal with music by Richard Strauss.