Marco Di Felice 

Marco Di Felice graduated in Modern History at Macerata University. In 1991, he began his study of operatic singing with Sergio Bertocchi, Paride Venturi and Raimundo Metre. He attended a number of courses to complete his training, including a Master Class with Leyla Gencer, the Accademia Rossiniana with Alberto Zedda and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Gianluigi Gelmetti. In addition to carrying out many concert appearances, he won a number of prizes at national and international competitions. Among these were the First Prize of the European Competition at the Teatro Comunale in Modena, the First Prize of the International "Di Stefano" Competition – making his first appearance in La Traviata (Giorgio Germont) as a consequence – and the First Prize of the International Competition at the Arena di Verona.

In 1997, he started his career as a soloist, particularly in roles in the Rossini and Mozart repertoire, singing in a number of important theatres. These included the Comunale in Bologna, the Donizetti in Bergamo, the San Carlo in Naples, the Verdi in Florence, the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liège, the Liceu in Barcelona, the Opera de La Coruña, La Fenice in Venice and also at the Strasbourg Festival.

In 2000, he made a great impression in Rossini’s L’Equivoco stravagante, conducted by Alberto Zedda. At the same time, he also performed roles which belong to the large, nineteenth-century repertoire. For example, he sang the part of Marcello in La Bohème at the Staatsoper in Hannover, Seid in Il Corsaro (“The Corsair”) at the Megaron in Athens, Gérard in Andrea Chénier at the Opera in Athens, Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra at the Fenice in Venice and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the New National Theatre in Tokyo. His career has also encompassed such operas as Wolf-Ferrari’s La Vedova scaltra and Prokofiev’s L’Amore delle tre melarance (“The Love for Three Oranges”).

From 2003, he began to specialise in the eighteenth-century composers Donizetti, Verdi, Gounod and Puccini. In July of the same year, he first appeared in the part of Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Carlo Felice in Genoa and in the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Teatro dell’Opera in Graz. Subsequently, he also made a first appearance in Orff’s Carmina burana. Other important first appearances have been as Renato in Un Ballo in maschera (“A Masked Ball”) in Rovigo and Trento and as Count di Luna in Il Trovatore (“The Troubadour”) in Sassari.

He returned to Genoa for Verdi’s Il Corsaro and sang in Simon Boccanegra in Cagliari, as well as in Andrea Chénier at the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata. In addition, he appeared for the first time in the part of Don Carlo in La Forza del destino (“The Force of Destiny”) at the Teatro Sociale in Rovigo. Among more recent performances were La Traviata at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (“The Barber of Seville”) at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and Macbeth at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno.

In the summer of 2006, he first appeared in Pagliacci and Aida at the Arena di Verona, later singing in Carmen at the Fondazione Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Otello in Rimini and Cavalleria rusticana at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Amongst his forthcoming engagements will be Ernani and Falstaff at the Teatro Regio in Torino, Cavalleria rusticana for the San Carlo in Napoli and Macbeth in a production by the Associazione Lirica Concertistica Italiana. In 2008, he will be Germont in La Traviata in Detroit. Recently, he was awarded the “Bastianini” Prize at the 35th anniversary of the Fondazione Arena di Verona. the summer of 2007, he will take the part of Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida at the Arena di Verona.

May 2007

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Second Concert RistoriSaturday 25 October
at 20:30
in Teatro Ristori
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