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Bruno De Simone

BRUNO DE SIMONE 

Born in Naples, he studied singing with bass-baritone Sesto Bruscantini in parallel with his school and then university education.

After winning numerous singing competitions, including the Teatro lirico sperimentale Adriano Belli in Spoleto, he began his career in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century dramma giocoso and in opera buffa, of which he was immediately an ideal interpreter thanks to his scenic predisposition and ductile vocality.

 

He has taken part in the most important productions of opera buffa that have been staged in recent years: compositions by Salieri, Haydn, Galuppi, Pergolesi, Paisiello, Tritto and Cimarosa (of whom he is the performer of nine roles) form the initial nucleus of his vast repertoire. He has taken up several little-performed 18th-century compositions, including Pergolesi’s Lo frate ‘nnamorato (Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1990). However, it is mainly around Rossini and Donizetti that Bruno de Simone has been able to build his international career: Don Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri, Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory, Pacuvio in La pietra del paragone, Isidoro in Matilde di Shabran, Germano in La scala di seta, Don Pasquale and Malatesta, Marchese Boifleuri in La Linda di Chamounix, Dulcamara and Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore.

 

He also took part in the operas of the Da Ponte-Mozart trilogy – Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro and Conte), Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso) and in Don Giovanni (Leporello, in which he was the first performer at the Arena di Verona in the 2012 season) – and, thanks to his versatility, he has extended his repertoire to Verdi (Fra’ Melitone in La forza del destino, Falstaff and Ford), Puccini (Gianni Schicchi, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Marcello and Schaunard), Mascagni (Kyoto in Iris), Cilea (Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur) and Wolf-Ferrari (Il segreto di Susanna and Le donne curiose). During his career he has performed in numerous theatres, festivals and opera foundations in Italy – Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, San Carlo di Napoli, Opera di Roma, La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, as well as the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Ravenna Festival and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro – and abroad – Barcelona (Liceu), Paris (Opéra), Berlin (Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper), Vienna (Staatsoper), Zurich, Munich, San Francisco, Washington, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Madrid (Teatro Real), Seville, A Coruсa, Bilbao (ABAO), Liège, Geneva.

 

Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Roberto Abbado, Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, J. Lopez Cobos, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Daniel Oren. Among the directors: G. Cobelli, H. De Ana, Mario Martone, Luca Ronconi, Pier Luigi Pizzi, E. Sagi, Tony Servillo and Franco Zeffirelli.

Bruno De Simone

BRUNO DE SIMONE 

Born in Naples, he studied singing with bass-baritone Sesto Bruscantini in parallel with his school and then university education.

After winning numerous singing competitions, including the Teatro lirico sperimentale Adriano Belli in Spoleto, he began his career in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century dramma giocoso and in opera buffa, of which he was immediately an ideal interpreter thanks to his scenic predisposition and ductile vocality.

 

He has taken part in the most important productions of opera buffa that have been staged in recent years: compositions by Salieri, Haydn, Galuppi, Pergolesi, Paisiello, Tritto and Cimarosa (of whom he is the performer of nine roles) form the initial nucleus of his vast repertoire. He has taken up several little-performed 18th-century compositions, including Pergolesi’s Lo frate ‘nnamorato (Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1990). However, it is mainly around Rossini and Donizetti that Bruno de Simone has been able to build his international career: Don Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri, Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory, Pacuvio in La pietra del paragone, Isidoro in Matilde di Shabran, Germano in La scala di seta, Don Pasquale and Malatesta, Marchese Boifleuri in La Linda di Chamounix, Dulcamara and Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore.

 

He also took part in the operas of the Da Ponte-Mozart trilogy – Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro and Conte), Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso) and in Don Giovanni (Leporello, in which he was the first performer at the Arena di Verona in the 2012 season) – and, thanks to his versatility, he has extended his repertoire to Verdi (Fra’ Melitone in La forza del destino, Falstaff and Ford), Puccini (Gianni Schicchi, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Marcello and Schaunard), Mascagni (Kyoto in Iris), Cilea (Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur) and Wolf-Ferrari (Il segreto di Susanna and Le donne curiose). During his career he has performed in numerous theatres, festivals and opera foundations in Italy – Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, San Carlo di Napoli, Opera di Roma, La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, as well as the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Ravenna Festival and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro – and abroad – Barcelona (Liceu), Paris (Opéra), Berlin (Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper), Vienna (Staatsoper), Zurich, Munich, San Francisco, Washington, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Madrid (Teatro Real), Seville, A Coruсa, Bilbao (ABAO), Liège, Geneva.

 

Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Roberto Abbado, Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, J. Lopez Cobos, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Daniel Oren. Among the directors: G. Cobelli, H. De Ana, Mario Martone, Luca Ronconi, Pier Luigi Pizzi, E. Sagi, Tony Servillo and Franco Zeffirelli.

Alan Freiles

ALAN FREILES 

Conductor, Violinist, President of the New Assonances Foundation. The homonymous Orchestra was born within this Foundation, which has recorded the first recordings in modern times of Italian violin compositions for Tactus and Achord Pictures and orchestra (integral of the Pugnani and D 'Ambrosio Concerts, the Illersberg concert).

 

Until now he has conducted about 250 symphonic and opera repertoire performances, collaborating with artists such as Dimitra Theodossiou, Alberto Gazale, Olga Guryakova, Rolando Panerai, Flavio Cucchi, Sarah M'Punga, Susanna Rigacci and directing important orchestras such as: the Orchestra del National Theater of Belgrade, Orchestra of the Puccini Festival, Orchestra of the State Theater of Krasnoyarsk (Russia), Bohemian Symphony Orchestra of Prague, West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra of Mariánské Lázně (Czech Republic), Symphony Orchestra of Karaganda (Kazakhstan), Philharmonic Orchestras of Lugansk and Donetsk, also collaborating with the Verdi Theater of Pisa, Goldoni of Livorno and Comunale of Bologna.

 

He has directed numerous opera productions such as: Aida, Barbiere di Siviglia, La Bohème, Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, L’Elisir d'Amore, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Pagliacci, Rigoletto, Traviata, A masked ball, Turandot, Trovatore, Tosca (including a performance in the Salone dei '500 in Florence, in the presence of the President of the Senate of the Italian Republic Pietro Grasso). The City of Pisa Literary Prize awarded him a special attention prize.

 

As an artistic director of the Omega Association of Florence, he has organized six summer editions of the "Omega Opera Festival" and other events held in prestigious locations (in Florence Palazzo Vecchio, Basilicas of S. Maria Novella and SS. Annunziata, Piazza S. Croce , Villa Bardini, in Pisa Teatro Verdi, in Siena Teatro dei Rinnovati, in Arezzo Teatro Petrarca, in the province of Prato the Medici Villa of Artimino) which was attended by conductors such as Alberto Veronesi, Adriano Martinolli D 'Arcy, Stefano Romani , Valerio Galli, and directors such as Vivien Hewitt, Maria Elena Mexìa.

 

For a year he has been Vice-President of the Ami Mozart Association of Florence. He has promoted numerous musical projects for primary and secondary schools and universities on behalf of the National IRASE. He studied violin with Stefano Michelucci and Cristiano Rossi, and now he is professor of violin at the Liceo musicale Dante in Florence: he performs as a soloist as well as in chamber ensembles in string quartet (together with the violinist Massimo Nesi), in duo and trio with piano (with Marina Toppan and Luca Corda).

 

Finalist in the XVI edition of the Franco Capuana conducting competition, held in Spoleto (October 2009), he participated in various opera competitions as a juror: I Luigi Illica International Opera Competition (together with Ines Salazar and Rolando Panerai ), He presided over three editions of the OMEGA Opera Competition: in 2013 by Giovanna Lomazzi (vice president and casting manager As.Li.Co), in 2014 by mezzo-soprano Bruna Baglioni, in 2015 by Francesco Ernani (former superintendent of the most important Italian theatrical institutions).

 

As Artistic Director of the O.M.E.G.A. he is also responsible of the artistic managment of the symphonic and chamber concert seasons at the Auditorium S. Stefano al Ponte Vecchio in Florence and the Church of S. Flippo Neri in Florence, where high-quality ensembles and soloists such as the MDI Ensemble, the guitarist Flavio Cucchi, the soprano Susanna Rigacci, the pianists Michelangelo Gagliano and Giuseppe Tavanti, concerts that have obtained a notable public response and a high critical consensus. Several compositions were also performed there for a first time (opera performances and concerts by the O.M.E.G.A. association are frequently reviewed and filmed by the national press and Rai).

 

From 2009 to 2013 he was choirmaster of the Cathedral of Prato: during these years he has performed unpublished versions for choir and orchestra of many compositions by Perosi and has been repeatedly invited to the Church of S. Maria Maggiore in Rome by Valentino Miserachs Grau, former Dean of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. He recently conducted some concerts as part of the "Lucchese eighteenth century music" review, proposing, among other things, the first modern performances of sacred compositions by Giacomo Puccini senior, whose rediscovery continues together with Maestro Silvano Pieruccini.

 

After studying composition with Gaetano Giani-Luporini and Marco Gemmani, he graduated in orchestral conducting with full marks at the Venice Conservatory, under the guidance of Michael Summers: on this occasion he discusses a degree thesis on the composer, orchestra director and singing teacher Luciano Bettarini (at the Start-up Center at the Teatro Lirico in Florence and together with him studied singers such as  Franco Corelli, Giuseppe Taddei, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Ettore Bastianini, of whom he discovers the true baritone tone after his bass debut). By maestro Freiles from Prato, he studies in particular the production of lyrics and romances, performing for the first time some unpublished compositions for voice, harp and strings. He obtained a teaching diploma in music and violin at the Florence Conservatory under the guidance of Stefano Michelucci.

 

Graduated in literature from the University of Florence with a thesis in musical dramaturgy based on the rediscovery and reconstruction of the repertoires of Florentine theaters, in particular the Verdi Theater, formerly the Pagliano Theater (supervisor: Fiamma Nicolodi). In the symphonic-instrumental repertoire he has conducted the first performances of Andrea Portera and Luciano Bettarini. In addition, numerous compositions by: Bach, Bartòk, Beethoven, Bellini, Bizet, Boccherini, Brahms, Britten, Ciaikovskij, Chopin, Corelli, Dvorak, Elgar, Faurè, Gounod, Grieg, Haendel, Haydn, Mascagni, Massenet, Mendelssohn, Miserachs, Mozart , Offenbach, Prokofiev, Part, Picchioni, Pieruccini, Ravel, Rigacci, Rossini, Rodrigo, Satie, Schönberg, Sibelius, Suppè, J. Strauss, Stravinskij, Vivaldi, Wagner.