OPERA VALLEY PROGRAM ITALIA
Sandro Santillo, Stage Director and Artistic Director
Director Sandro Santillo has been a teacher, technician, and director for many years in Italy, Germany, Spain, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Japan.
His knowledge of the scenic art, history, languages, and operatic interpretation have allowed him to have positions at universities in Milan, Aachen, and Tokyo as professor, lecturer, and master class technician, and as director in theatres throughout Europe and Japan.
He has a degree in Political Science and a Masters in Artistic Management and began his artistic career in both theatrical and television fields.
He was an assistant director working with Giorgio Strehler.
Operas he has directed during his career include many in the standard Italian operatic repertoire which our program may focus on such as Tosca, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, La Boheme, Macbeth, Madama Butterfly, La Forza del Destino, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and others. Theatres he has worked at include those in Bari, Rome, Brescia, Como, Bologna, Piacenza, the National Theatre in Brno, Bergen Festival, Maribor Theatre, and Theater Bunkakai in Tokyo.
World-renowned Italian soprano Barbara Frittoli established an important international operatic career in the 1990s and is considered one of the leading operatic sopranos of her generation.
Born in Milan, she studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, graduating with highest honors. After winning several international competitions, she began her operatic career in 1989.
1992 was one of Frittoli's great debuts, during which she appeared in Carmen in Philadelphia, La Bohème in Naples, Beatrice di Tenda at La Scala in Milan and Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Among the most significant performances of her career, Le Nozze Di Figaro (Contessa d'Almaviva) in Ferrara, Otello (Desdemona) at the Salzburg Festival and at the Teatro Regio di Torino with Claudio Abbado, Così Fan Tutte (Fiordiligi) at the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Ravenna Festival with Riccardo Muti, again with Colin Davis at Covent Garden.
Mimì and Micaela were her roles in her first season with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and she was Micaela at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London.
At La Scala, she played Leonora in Il Trovatore, Alice in Falstaff, Desdemona in Otello, La Contessa d'Almaviva in Le Nozze Di Figaro, Anaide in Mosè In Egitto, and Suor Angelica in Il Trittico.
Ms. Frittoli has worked with important orchestras and famous conductors all over the world: Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda.
We are fortunate to have Mrs. Frittoli participate in this program.
Fabio Armiliato is one of the most important Italian 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.
We are fortunate to have Mr. Armiliato participate in this program.
The Italian mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona has become a prominent singer in the bel canto repertory, specializing in the travesti or cross-dressing roles in Rossini's operas. As her career has developed, she has added music as far forward as the verismo period to her repertory.
Daniela Barcellona was born in Trieste, where she completed her musical studies under the guidance of Alessandro Vitiello. After winning numerous prestigious international competitions like the “Adriano Belli” award in Spoleto, “Iris Adami Corradetti” in Padua, and the “Pavarotti International Voice Competition” in Philadelphia, she made her debut in the title role of Tancredi at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in 1999, establishing herself as a reference interpreter for “en travesti” roles, which have brought her to walk the most prestigious opera houses worldwide, from New York’s Metropolitan Opera to La Scala in Milan, from the Royal Opera House in London to the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, from the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich to the Teatro Real in Madrid, from the Salzburg Festival to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, to name a few.
Her first major travesti role was as Tancredi in Rossini's opera of the same name at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pessaro in 1998. She has gone on to play similar roles at La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House in London, and other top venues.
Her repertory since the mid-2000s has broadened, including other bel canto composers, Baroque opera (she has worked with top historical-performance conductors Fabio Biondi and Ottavio Dantone), and, increasingly often, the operas of Verdi. She has ventured back into French opera, singing Berlioz's Les Troyens in 2011 and 2012, and into verismo with the role of Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, but has continued to sing the Rossini roles that made her famous.
We are fortunate to have Mrs. Daniela Barcellona participate in this program.
Luca De Marchi
Conductor, coach, accompanist Luca De Marchi has served as Repetiteur for the Prague State Opera. He has also worked with Opera houses and festivals in Italy (Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Ferrara Musica) Austria (Salzburg Festival and Bregenz Festival), Germany (State Theater Mainz, Darmstadt and Dortmund - as Head of the Musical studies), Switzerland (Lucerne Theater), Norway (Vest Norges Opera Bergen), Spain (Tenerife Opera Festival), China (NCPA Beijing) and Japan (Tokjo Bunka Kaikan).
He served as Italian coach for the Wiener Staatsoper for two years long and was Maestro al cembalo for performances of “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”. He has also appeared in orchestral concerts and recordings with the Wiener Symphoniker; and as harpsichordist with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in concerts in the United States, Canada, and Italy.
He appeared as guest conductor with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, the Janacek Opera House Orchestra Brno, the Prague Symphony
Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra and the Dortmund Philharmonic.
He has also partnered in master classes with Thomas Hampson, Grace Bumbry, Kerstin Meyer, Elio Battaglia, Giorgio Zancanaro and Katia Ricciarelli. De Marchi has held Masterclasses for the ISing Festival Suzhou (China) and for the Dmitri Hvorostovsky
State Academy of Arts (Russia).
From January 2020 Mr. De Marchi is be part of the permanent staff at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
Concert pianist, composer, accompanist and artistic director Irene Ninno was born in Terlizzi (Bari). She gradueted in piano performance at the Conservatorio "Niccolò Piccinni", Bari where she also studied composition.
She has studied with internationally renowned teachers such as Michel Beroff, Paul Badura-Skoda, Vincent Scalera and others.
She specialized at the Ecole Normale Cortot in Paris and attended the Sorbonne University for the faculty of musicology.
She has performed in concert as solo pianist and as an accompanist in Paris, London, Edinburgh, Rome, Naples, Bari, and Leon to name a few.
She has collaborated with various orchestras, including the Barcelona Metropolitan Orchestra, the “Suoni del Sud” Orchestra, and Bari Conservatory Orchestra. She has participated in numerous national and international competitions taking first prizes.
Besides performing, Ms. Ninno is the artistic director of the Kronos Piano Festival, an international piano festival in Apulia (Corato, Italy) and Ligature Festival in Apulia and Rome.