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Visiting Artist

Antonio Giovannini

Antonio Giovannini graduated with honors in Piano and Voice at the Music Conservatory in Florence, his native town. He also graduated with honors in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Florence. He started singing as a treble voice in the Youth Choir of the Scuola di Musica in Fiesole under the baton of Joan Yakkey, performing as soloist in important productions of the Teatro Comunale in Florence.

In 1999, he made his debut as the title role in the world modern première of Cavalli's Eliogabaloat the Teatro San Domenico in Crema. He made his Venice debut performing in the world modern première of Vivaldi's Orlando finto pazzo, and singing thereafter as the solo voice in the ballet Io, Giacomo Casanova by choreographer Karol Armitage at the Teatro Regio in Turin. Following these successful debuts, he has collaborated with such conductors as Mehta, Letonja, Young, Bosman, Conlon and Marcon, and directors Decina, Taymor, Kemp and Armitage.

His concert repertoire includes sacred music (Charpentier'sTe Deum, Carissimi's oratorios, Monteverdi's Magnificat, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater) as well as Lieder, art songs and the world première of several contemporary pieces. In 2002, he made his debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in a concert of contemporary music by Mauro Ceccanti. He also sang Carlo Rebeschini's oratorio La conversione di Sant'Agostino, Caldara's La Passionedi Gesù Cristo at the Monteverdi Festival in Cremona and in Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalmswith the Orchestra del Friuli. After winning the Città Lirica Opera Studio Competition, he was invited to sing as Oberon in Britten'sA Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Lindsay Kemp and conducted by Jonathan Webb in Pisa, Lucca and Livorno. In September 2006, he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Azio Corghi's Il dissoluto assolto. The following year, he was invited at the Monteverdi Festival in Cremona for Monteverdi's Orfeo and he was also Miles in Britten's The Turn of the Screw conducted by Jonathan Webb and directed by Elio De Capitani at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona. In 2009, he was invited back to the Monteverdi Festival in Cremona for a concert of arias and duets with Emma Kirkby and the ensemble Aura Soave. He also participated in the modern premiere of Jommelli's Demoofonte (Matusio) under the baton of Riccardo Muti at the Salzburger Festspiele, at the Opéra Garnier in Paris and at the Ravenna Festival.

Mr. Giovannini participated in numerous prestigious productions, such as: Handel's Giulio Cesare(Tolomeo) at the Festival International Musique Baroque de Beaune with Al Ayre Español; again Giulio Cesare (title role) at Opernhaus Kiel, under the baton of Ruben Dubrovsky; Handel's Agrippina (Narciso) with Il Complesso Barocco and Alan Curtis at the MiTo Festival in Milan, at the Festival Barocco in Viterbo, at the Theater an der Wien and at the Teatro Real de Madrid; and Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine in London with La Venexiana and Claudio Cavina. More recently he sang: Guarnieri's Tenebraeat the Ravenna Festival and at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome; Handel's Alessandro at the Halle Handelfestspiele and at the Beaune Festival; Jommelli's Betulia Liberataat the Ravenna Festival under Riccardo Muti; Rodelinda(Unulfo) at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca under Diego Fasolis; a new production of Handel's Rinaldo (title role) at the Opernhaus Kiel; a new production of Tamerlano (Andronico) at the Opera in Bonn under the baton of Ruben Dubrovsky; Bach's Johannes-Passion with Al Ayre Espanol and Lopez-Banzo; Vivaldi's Teuzzone (Egaro) under Jordi Savall in Versailles, then recorded by Naïve for the Vivaldi Edition; Vivaldi's Tigraneat the Festival Opera in Barga; and Flora Pellegrinaat the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht with B'Rock and Lopez-Banzo.

His future plans include: Scarlatti's Marco Attilio Regolo in Schwetzingen and a new production of Handel's Radamisto(title role) at the Opernhaus Kiel, both under Ruben Dubrovsky; Vivaldi's Catone in Utica (Fulvio) at the Theater an der Wien and at the Opera Rara Festival in Krakow with Modo Antiquo and Federico Maria Sardelli; Orff's Carmina burana with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti in Chicago and New York (Carnegie Hall).

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