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Romain RollandRomain Rolland

Romain Rolland was born in 1866 in Burgundy town of Clamecy in the family of notary. As a boy, he already showed great talent, so his family decided in 1880 (especially under pressure from the mother) to move to Paris in order to get the best education. Here Rolland graduated as a history major in the years 1886 to 1889 of the elite Ecole Normale Supérieure school and then went on to study for two years in Rome, where he also began his literary activity. In the years 1893-1912 he was a professor of art history at the Ecole Normale and taught music history at the Sorbonne. He was also a music critic and wrote music memoirs. Since 1912, he devoted himself exclusively to artistic activity.

In 1904 Rolland began work on his important work, Jean-Christophe novel that he published in 1914 and for which he was awarded the 1915 Nobel Prize “… as a token of high honor for honorable idealism of his literary works and for sympathy and love of truth, with which he describes different types of people “(quoted from justification of Swedish Academy). Larger amount of the monye prize associated with this win, Rolland largely devoted to alleviate the suffering of people affected by the First World War. His humanist and pacifist views were exhibited in his work in both newly established Red Cross, but also by influencing public thinking thorugh many essays in politics, philosophy, theater and music. He quickly became one of the strongest spirits of cultural Europe of his time.

Many years of work on Jean-Christophe contemplated Rolland so much that after completion of the work, he desired to write something less extensive. He himself writes about this: “It is a reaction against decade of nausea in armor of Jean-Christophe, which, although it was made to fit, was too tight at the end. I felt an insurmountable desire for Gallic happiness and recklessness.” Tough result of this was a novel Colas Breugnon in 1919, which domesticated name was Good man is still alive. The novel takes place in Rolland’s native Burgundy and is probably the most read and most popular of his works. In addition, at this time he wrote two more novels Pierre et Luce (1920) and Clerambault (1920).

From 1922 to 1933, Rolland was working on his second novel titled L’âme enchantée and became well-known figure in world culture so that after the occupation of France by Nazi Germany, the Nazis did not dare to arrest Rolland so it would not lead the global backlash. Despite the fact that Rolland heavily criticized fascism and its representatives.
In addition to prose works, Rolland is the author of wide range of biographies of major world figures (eg, Beethoven, Michelangelo or Lev Nikolajevich Tolstoj) and also a number of plays designed for so-called folk theater. In his theatre works for the wide audience that would introduce them deep moral ideals, Rolland saw possibility for advancement of mankind.
Romain Rolland died in 1944 in Burgundy, in the town of Vézelay near his birthplace.


Dusan_Rapos(2)Dusan Rapos
Dušan Rapoš, also known by his pseudonym Sui Generis (“of its own kind”) or SG, was born in 1953, in Moravany in Eastern Slovakia. In 1982, he graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts, Department of Film and TV documentary. In 2000, in Las Vegas he married a popular Czech actress and poet Eva Vejmělková. Alternately he lives in Havířov and Bratislava. As an artist and producer he often works for various foreign productions.

To European cultural public, he is best known as the audience favorite director and screenwriter. His films, from which we would like to recall at least titles Falošný princ (1984), Fontána pre Zuzanu I. (1985), II. (1993) a III. (1999), Rabaka (1989), Utekajme, už ide! (1986), Studňa mladosti (1987), Dido (1988), F.T. (1990), Karel Kryl – kdo jsem…? (1994) and Suzanne (1996), have been seen by millions of viewers not only in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, but also abroad.
He holds a number of significant, especially foreign, awards. His family musical comedy Fontána pre Zuzanu 3, won the highest awards at international film festivals in Atlanta and Philadelphia. As a theater director, playwriter and composer, he is responsible for successful monodrama Maria (1990), which was played for several seasons in Bratislava Teatro and was also enthusiastically accepted by well demanding Parisian audience.

Dušan Rapoš original profession is a composer and is the author of dozens of film and stage music, which was composed mostly for German, Austrian, Swiss, but also for Slovak and Czech films, television and theater productions. His first full-length musical drama was the original Slovak- American Ballet, Children of the Titanic (1996), which he created in collaboration with renowned American choreographer Christopher d’Amboise of the New York City Ballet for the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. After the huge success of the film Suzanne, ballet Children of the Titanic was the second major artistic and civil testimony on global battle of humanity against juvenile drug addiction.
Non-commercial CDs Tenderness (1993), Anjeli hriechu (1996), Deti Titanicu (1996), Love Songs (2002), The Best of Dusan Rapos 2000, The Best of Dusan Rapos 2005, CD-Single Amore Vittoria (2005) and LP The Little Mouse in a Violin Case (1990), also have high artistic level and were recorded with top European symphony orchestras and conductors.

At the end of March 2002, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Slovak Philharmonic Choir has introduced, in its concert hall Redoute, festive Easter concert Amore Vittoria. This was a selcetion from the latest musical and dramatic works of Dušan Rapoš, ballet and opera drama, Pietro e Lucia. Opera-ballet drama Pietro e Lucia, which calls the humanity to resurrection of God and goodness in man, Dušan Rapoš wrote and composed based on the famous anti-war novel by the French writer Romain Rolland, Pierre et Luce. Arias were written by wife of Dušan Rapoš, actress Eva Vejmělková who was for the first time introduced to the public as a poet. Amore Vittoria concert, which took place in close cooperation with the American Embassy in Bratislava, was dedicated to the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in New York. Ballet and opera arias were heard in the administration of the leading soloists of the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava and piano virtuoso, now the director of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Marián Lapšanský. The concert was conducted by renowned American conductor Larry Newland of New York. For Christmas 2003, DVD with music film Rabaka was launched, which he directed from a screenplay by Boris Filan. Film about “lunatics who make a living through rock” in stylized acted form, captures the difficult musical beginnings of the legendary rock band Elán in times of totalitarian communism in Slovakia.

Dušan Rapoš has been for several years working as a composer on his new opera-jazz-rock fantasy aaaAndy! About the life of the founder of pop art of, Andy Warhol, whose parents came from Slovakia. Libretto was written by Warhol´s biographer and former professor of Rapoš from the Music Academy Ivan Stadtrucker. The author of the English texts of arias is poet and translator Ján Bajánek. As a producer, he implemented in April 2007 in Bratislava PKO, at the initiative of the former lead singer of the famous group The Buttons Dodo Šuhajda, a live concert of Slovak bigbeat scene of the 60s- “Legends 60”. In late March 2007. he completed as director for Czech Television Ostrava a documentary about the life of Moravians and Slovaks “Na pomezí” from cycle “Náš venkov”, based on a story by Jaromír Šlosar.

From October to December 2007, Slovak television broadcasted 10-part television documentary series about Slovak rock legends of the 60s, Slovak Big Beat, whose screenplay was written Ľuboš Jurík and Dodo Šuhajda. Series and DVD with the concert was released in 2008 by Slovart as a 3DVD and eponymous book. The authors of the project Ľuboš Jurík, Dušan Rapoš and Dodo Šuhajda have been awarded the Crystal Wing in 2008. Slovak Big Beat series, which Rapoš also produced, is among the most repeated projects in Slovak Television.

In October 2008 he premiered his new feature film Cinka Panna about famous Gypsy violinist, who struggled with her destiny. Film was produced by company Attack and Slovak television from a screenplay by Ľubomír Slivka with cameraman Ján Ďuriš. The producer was Katarína Vanžurová. Cinka Panna in the first week of its launch in Slovak cinemas was ranking on the first place and just like Slovak Big Beat among the most frequently repeated projects of Slovak Television. At Gulf International Film Festival in Rosarito Baja Coast, near San Diego, Cinka Panna was awarded the Palme d’Or “for outstanding artistic achievement in cinematography”. Dušan Rapoš with poet Kamil Peteraj and artist Tomáš Roller created crazy world of 3D multimedia phones CMC – Crazy Mobile Community. As a producer and director – he prepares in Prague – in cooperation with Martin Production – staged musical drama Viva Africa, which arises from the third part of his cult film trilogy Fontána pre Zuzanu. As a composer and executive producer, he realized staged anti-war monumental 360° opera Pietro e Lucia for the company MJ Advisory, which had a very successful world premiere on December 2. 2010 in Prague in Tesla Arena. Currently, he is preparing Slovak premiere of the work and his international tour. The main producer of the project is MJ Advisory, s.r.o.Ak chcete preložiť dokument alebo webovú stránku, presuňte sem myšou príslušný súbor alebo odkaz.
In 2010, Artem Gallery awarded Rapoš a certificate “Identification Code of Slovakia” in recognition of his artistic creations. Currently Dušan Rapoš completed, as author and director, styled recording of the world premiere of his opera Pietro e Lucia, which he has prepared in collaboration with MJ Advisory and Radio and Television of Slovakia, RTVS. 85 minute TV version of the opera had its premiere on Holy Saturday during Easter and met with a positive response from fans and experts alike.

At the same time, he intensively develops in collaboration with writer and poet Ladislav Volk and poet Kamil Peteraj, the realization of musical feature film Salto Mortale, which is dedicated to icon of Slovak pop scene Marika Gombitová. Dušan Rapoš is one of the commercially most successful Slovak directors. As a composer, he leans towards Italian music school. Dušan Rapoš composed music for dozens of feature films and documentaries, commercials and also experimental films. He is the author of film, ballet and opera music. After completing the film Salto Mortale and have written scores of opera-jazz-rock fantasy aaaAndy! about the life of Andy Warhol, whose world premiere should be at the end of 2014 in New York, he would like to start his works as a director on movies Architektka, Diablov most a Koncert pre dvoje huslí.


Eva Vejmelkova_portraitEva Vejmelkova

She first appeared on the silver screen as a student of Ostrava Conservatory. Her acting career is very broad. She played princesses, dramatic roles, historical figures, contemporary girls and young women. Her attractive look has also been applied in several foreign images. She starred in Hollywood blockbuster Dragonheart. Popularity was brought mainly by film series Fontána pre Zuzanu and Básnici, but also television series Chlapci a chlapi. Foreign critics highly praised her performance in the anti-drug movie Suzanne. As a stage actress, she excelled in the monodrama Maria, to whom she wrote the libretto and in which she played in Paris. As a poet she participated on the texts of arias for opera-ballet drama Pietro e Lucia.


FILMOGRAPHY:

• 1999 Fontána pre Zuzanu 3
• 1996 Dračie srdce
• 1996 Suzanne
• 1996 Zázračná láska (TV film)
• 1994 Bludisko (TV film)
• 1993 Fontána pre Zuzanu 2
• 1993 Konec básníků v Čechách
• 1992 Kačenka a zase ta strašidla
• 1991 “Dido – Das Geheimnis des Fisches” (TV seriál)
• 1991 Licht der Liebe, Das
• 1990 John
• 1990 O Janovi a podivuhodném příteli (TV film)
• 1988 “Chlapci a chlapi” (TV seriál)
• 1988 Dobří holubi se vracejí
• 1988 Penelopy
• 1987 Jak básníkům chutná život
• 1987 Pávie pierko
• 1986 Fontána pre Zuzanu
• 1986 Miklós Akli
• 1985 Kára plná bolesti
• 1985 Tvář za oknem (TV film)
• 1984 Modrá hodina

moravcikJaroslav Moravcik

His professional career began in SĽUK as a dancer, later, he served as choreographer, head of dance and artistic council chairman. For SĽUK, he created eight full-length programs. For seven years he served as chief of ballet company in Austrian city of Mörbisch. He was also the founder and artistic director of the US SLUKA and was also at the birth of the Slovak Chamber Ballet. He has received several prestigious awards for choreographic and director’s work. He works with many professional dance and theater companies and his choreographies have become a major pillar of great entertainment programs in Slovak and Czech Television, as well as in films. He is currently working as a freelance artist and he leads dance group Attaché that focuses on the production of modern acoustic-dance show.

Choreographies of Jaroslav Moravčík bear the characteristics of his work: a distinctive movement vocabulary, humor, extraordinary sense for rhythm, dynamics and dance expression. He likes to use props and unusual choreographic practices. Perfect control of folklore material, but also the classical canon and modern dance with emphasis on rhythm can be seen in works such as: Čertoviny, Zo srdca, Haravara, Čarovné husle, Genesis, Zlatá muzika (SĽUK), Maškarný bál, Hra o svätej Dorote, Don Giovanni, Rusalka, Dcéra pluku, Veselá vdova, Červená čiapočka, Boris Godunov, Svätopluk (Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava), Kubo, Limonádový Joe, František z Assisi (New Scene, Bratislava), Židovská noc, Rakúska noc, Nemecká noc, Talianska noc, Pod cudzou vlajkou (Aréna Theater, Bratislava), Luskáčik (Bratislava Puppet Theatre), Od začiatku (Slovak Chamber Ballet), High Life (Wüstenrot Theatre, Bratislava), Báthoryčka, Adam Šangala, Peter Pan, Búrlivé výšiny, Divotvorný hrniec (Andrej Bagar Theatre, Nitra), Gypsy Roots, Viedenská krv, Čarostrelec, Žobravý študent, Modrá ruža, Polepetko (National Opera, Banská Bystrica), Bláznivý deň (VUS, Bratislava), Lýsistrata, Návšteva starej dámy (Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre, Zvolen), V rytme, Z rozprávky do rozprávky, Polepetko (Natinal Theatre Košice), Čierna mačka, Cimbal, tanec, husličky, Carmen a Don José, Miesto pre Rómov, Stratení ľudia, Kamene osudu (Theatre Romathan, Košice), Živá krása (PUĽS, Prešov), Čardášová princezná, Cigánsky barón, Maugli, Pobozkaj ma, Katarína, Pa-di-pa-ré, Báthoryčka, Diagnóza I21, František z Assisi, Mária Antoinetta (Jonáš Záborský Theatre, Prešov), Zvedavá rozprávka (Slovak Chamber Theatre Martin), Maco Maťo hľadá hniezdo ( Ján Palárik Theatre, Trnava), Cyril a Metod, Hviezdy folklóru (Bratislava), Balada pre banditu ( Žilina City Theatre).

Czech Scenes:
Šakalí léta, Kabaret, Zvonokosy, Šugar (DJM Ostrava), Čardášová princezna (Silesian Theatre Opava), Jedna noc na Karlštejně, Faust, Tři v tom, Veselé paničky windsorské, Hrátky s čertem, Nejkrásnější válka, Maryša, Romeo i Julia, Cesta kolem světa za 80 dnů, Nebe na zemi, Popelka, Sen noci svatojánské (Tešín Theatre), Cikáni jdou do nebe (VČD Pardubice), Malované na skle (Puppet Theatre of Ostrava), Manon Lescaut (National Opera in Prague), Cikánske kořeny (SD Ústí nad Labem)

Choreographies for Movies:
Fontána pre Zuzanu 2, Let bocianov, Muzika, Cinka Panna, Jánošík.
He worked as a choreographer on 360-degree opera Pietro e Lucia.


Performers


bucciarelli LuciaMarina Bucciarelli- Lucia

After winning several vocal competitions, such as the AS.LI.CO. Competition, she sang in some of most important Italian theaters, Rossini Opera Festival di Pesaro, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro Sociale di Como. During the 2011/12 season she gained a gread success performing Rossini’s L’inganno felice at the Teatro Malibran of Venice, Don Quichotte (Pedro) at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari. She had also held a successful recital at the Musashino Cultural Foundation in Tokyo. She opened the 2012/13 season performing in La traviata at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, followed by Don Giovanni (Zerlina) at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova and La cambiale di matrimonio (Fanny) at Teatro Malibran in Venice, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at the Opéra de Marseille and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in Liverpool, Orfeo all’Inferno (Euridice) with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence and La cambiale di matrimonio (Fanny) in Ingolstadt with Georgisches Kammerorchester. During the 2013/14 she performed as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Nuovo Teatro Comunale di Bolzano, and as Jemmy in Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell at Teatro Regio di Torino and at Edinburgh Festival. She opened the 2014/15 season perfoming as Isabella in L’inganno felice at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, followed by Carmina Burana in Moscow and Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell during an American tour (Chicago, Toronto, New York) with Teatro Regio di Torino. Her upcoming engagements include, among others, La cambiale di matrimonio (Fanny) at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia and Bellini’s Norma (Clotilde) at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona.


Tiziana-Carraro-Tiziana Carraro- Lucia´s Mother

Tiziana Carraro, awarded the Italian Chivalric Order of Merit on June 2, 2011, studied piano and opera singing. She made her debut at the Festival della Valle d’Itria Martina Franca in 1991 in the role of Aquilla in Vivaldi´s Farnace, performance was very successful among the public as well as critics and Carraro has again performed at the festival in the following years.

She has performed in major Italian and International theatres, such as: Arena di Verona (Nabucco 2002/2003/2005, La Gioconda 2005, Rigoletto 2008), Teatro dell’Opera di Roma (Rigoletto 2006, Carmen 2008, La Gioconda 2012), Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (Il Crociato in Egitto 2007, Nabucco 2008), Teatro Massimo di Palermo (Aida 2008), Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova (Nabucco 2010), Sferisterio di Macerata (Don Carlo 2005, Rigoletto 2011), Terme di Caracalla (Nabucco 2007), Busseto Verdi Festival (Aida 2001), Teatro de la Pergola di Firenze (Aida 2003), Teatro Verdi di Trieste (Aida 2009, Maria Stuarda 2010, Samson et Dalila 2011), Atene Megaron (Aida 2001), Avenches Festival d’Opera (Il Trovatore 2006), Berlino Deutsche Oper (La Gioconda 2008), Liegi Opera Royal de Wallonie (Mefistofele 2007), Mosca Teatro dell’Operetta (Aida 2005), Strasburgo Festival di Musica (Verdi Requiem 2005), Tel Aviv New Israeli Opera (Don Carlo 2006, La Forza del Destino 2008, La Gioconda 2008, Nabucco 2010), Teatro Principal di Palma di Maiorca (Rigoletto 2010), Auditorium di Tenerife (Falstaff 2010) and Bilbao Auditorium Euskalduna (Verdi Requiem 2009).

As mezzo-soprano, she performed in various plays such as Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Trovatore, Eboli in Don Carlo, Fenena in Nabucco, Preziosilla in Forza del Destino, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Quickly in Falstaff, Laura in Gioconda, Carmen in Carmen, Dalila in Samson et Dalila, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda, Principessa di Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur, Beppe in Amico Fritz and Felicia Crociato in Egitto.

She oftens sings church music such as Requiem by Mozart and Verdi, 9th Symphony by Beethoven, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi and Rossini, Dies Iste a Risurrezione di Lazzaro by Perosi and Judith Triumphans by Vivaldi.


mezzaro PietroMatteo Mezzaro – Pietro

Graduated in renaissance singing, organ and composition, the young tenor Matteo Mezzaro is also a specialist in baroque and romantic repertory. He sang in concert under the guidance of such prestigious baton as Zubin Metha, Ottavio Dantone, Gustav Leonhard, Christopher Hogwood, Ton Koopman, Michael Radulescu, Filippo Maria Bressan, Jordi Savall. Currently he is studying operatic repertoire with the tenor Sergio Bertocchi. He made his role debut as Paolino in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio aegreto at Teatro Malibran in Venice. During the 2010/11 season he performed as Beppe in Donizetti’s Rita, as Tenore Guglielmo in Donizetti’s Le convenienze e inconvenienze teatrali in Pisa, Lucca and Livorno under the baton of Federico Maria Sardelli, as Demetrio in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at Wielki Theater in Poznan, as Mitrane in Mayr’s Demetrio at Festival Opera Obliqua (first performance in modern times), as Mitridate in Vivaldi’s Il tigrane at Festival Opera Barga (LU) under the baton of Federico Maria Sardelli, as Arlecchino in Karol Szymanowski’s Mandragora and as Uriel in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung at Festival de Santander. During the 2012/13 season he gained a great success as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at Teatro Alfieri di Asti, as Mozart in Korsakov’s Mozart e Salieri at Teatro Verdi di Pisa, as Eurillo in Scarlatti’s Gliequivoci nel sembiante at Teatro dei Differenti di Barga, as Dott. Cajus in Falstaff at Teatro della Fortuna di Fano, as Marchese della Conchiglia in Piccinni’s La Cecchina at Piccolo Festival of FVG and as Rustighello in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia at Teatro di Padova. He opened the 2013/14 season making his role debut as Fracasso in La finta semplice by Mozart at Theaters of Como, Pavia and Cremona, followed by a new production of Gianni Schicchi (Gherardo) by Puccini at Teatro Regio di Parma and Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro (Conte Alberto) at Teatro Verdi di Trieste. He opened the 2014/15 season performing Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) presso il Teatro Sociale di Como in Pavia and Cremona, followed by Die Zauberflöte (Tamino) at Teatro dell’Aquila di Fermo and Requiem by Mozart at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. Among his future plans are L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino) al Teatro Manoel in La Valletta, Die Zauberflöte (Tamino) in Oman, Carmina Burana in Moscow and R. Strauss’ Capriccio at Opéra of Metz. Also active in symphonic and sacred field, he sang Mayr’s Requiem, Signorini’s Johannes Paulus II, J. S. Bach’s Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Haydn’s Theresienmesse, Messiah, Te Deum in D major and Ode for S. Cecilia’s day, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Listz’ Via Crucis and Missa Solemnis, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Britten’s Saint Nicholas, just to name a few.


Gianfranco MontresorGianfranco Montresor – German Artilleryman

Gianfranco Montresor was born in Verona. He got his degree from the College of Music in Brescia. He made his debut in 1993 in Teatro Filarmonico in Verona in La Gattabianca by Paolo Arca, followed by roles of Escamillo in Carmen at the Festival of San Severo and Marcello in La Bohème at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. His repertoire includes Madame Butterfly (Sharpless), Cavalleria rusticana (Alfio), Fidelio (Don Pizarro), Don Carlos (Rodrigo), La Traviata (Germont), La Bohème (Marcello), Carmen (Escamillo), L’Elisir d’amore (Belcore), Assassinio nella Cattedrale, the Barber of Seville (Figaro), Attila (Ezio), Simon Boccanegra (Paolo Albiano), Othello (Iago), L’Enfance du Christ by Berlioz and Sly by Wolf Ferrari. Between 2004 and 2005, Montresor made ​​his debut as Figaro in The Barber of Seville in Seoul and has appeared in a new production of La bohème at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, conducted by Donato Renzetti. He also appeared in the world premiere of the opera Marco Tutino, La Bella e La Bestia in Modena Opera House.

In 2005/2006 he sang the role of Escamillo in Carmen in Madrid, Jago in Othello and was part of the cast Il dissolute assolto in Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon. He also went on a European tour together with Andrea Bocelli.
Recent commitments included the world premiere Teneke, new operas Fabio Vacchi at La Scala in Milan and the role of Lescaut in Manon Lescaut and Werther at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Gambler at La Scala and at the Berlin Staatsoper, Don Gregorio from Donizetti at Teatro Bellini in Catania and Monterone in Rigoletto a Mantova.

Upcoming projects include La Traviata in Trieste and La Battaglia di Legnano in the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.


Mario MalagniniMario Malagnini – Jesus Christ

Italian tenor Mario Malagnini for a long period of time belongs to European vocal elite. His first steps in music were associated with instruments such as trumpet and trombone. During his military service, he discovered his vocal talent, which he then developed from 1980 at the Milan Conservatory of Giuseppe Verdi. After winning at the contest of Tito Gobbi, he became a student of the famous baritone. Besides him he even further studied with the singing legend Giuseppe di Stefano. The first success of the young tenor included winnings at the best vocal competitions of Enrico Caruso in Milan and on Belvedere-Wettbewerb in Vienna in 1984. In the same year he made his debut in Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo as Corrado in Verdi’s Le Corsaire. In 1985 he was first introduced in Germany in the opera house in Frankfurt as Radames in Aida. The milestone of his career was a performance at La Scala in 1986. Alongside Kati Ricciarelli, he performed as famous character Alfredo in Verdi’s Traviata. Next, the path of already renowned tenor led from one famous stage to another. At the Arena di Verona, he presented Foresto in Verdi’s Attila, Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Radames in Verdi’s Aida, the Glyndebourne Festival audience saw him as José in Carmen. In the opera house in Monte Carlo, he sang the role of Pollione in Bellini’s Norma, in the famous Italian Teatro Fenice in Venice, he portrayed the character Marcello in Leoncavallo’s La Boheme, and then came the opera scenes in Vienna, Munich, Berlin, Houston, Cologne, or Budapest. Slovak audience also was able to see Malagnini, in 1986 and 1990, when he was present at the Festival Zvolen Castle Games as Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca. He was also successful as Cavaradossi at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Verdi´s Stiffelia in Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon, Verdi’s Manrico on the Roman Festival di Caracalla and a great return to the stage of La Scala, where in 2004 Malagnini played roles of Loris in the production of Giordano´s Fedora and subsequently as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Michel Plasson. In the discography of the artist, you may find interesting little opera titles such as Donizetti’s Emilia di Liverpool in edition of Opera Rara, Leoncavallo’s La Bohème (company Nuova Era), or Verdi’s Robbers produced by Bayer Records.


Paolo_PecchioliPaolo Pecchioli – French Commander

His major concert performances include concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Auditorium di Milano, Münchener Rundfunkorchester, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano G. Verdi, Orchestra Toscanini di Parma.

He recorded Alidoro in La Cerenentola for Sony with Carlo Rizzi and the Munich Rundfunk Orchester alongside Vesselina Kasarova. His other recordings include: DVD Cleopatra by Lauro Rossi (Cesare Ottaviano Augusto) directed by Pierluigi Pizzi, DVD Aida (Il Re) – directed by Franco Zeffirelli, and the world premiere Jazz Te Deum and Sacred Concert of jazz musician and composer Giorgio Gaslini.

Paolo studied with Nunzio Rigg and Mario Antonietti. He also worked with artists such as Renata Scotto, Carlo Bergonzi, Elio Battaglia, Leo Nucci, Magda Olivero, Vincenzo Scaler, Robert Kettelson and Giovanni Reggiolo.

http://www.pecchiolipaolo.com/


Music & Dancers


ANDREA POPOV SMEJKALOVA as LUCIA - photo

 Andrea Popov Smejkalová- Lucia


IVAN POPOV as PIETRO - photoIvan Popov- Pietro


natalia nemethova anjelNatália Némethová- Angel


martiš ivan_smrtIvan Martiš-Death