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My name is Alessandro and I am an Italian tenor and pianist. I live in Newmarket, Suffolk, and I teach Singing and Piano. I think mus...

Monday, 28 October 2019

Venice!

Dear friends,

some 10 days ago I was again, after some years, in Venice for a concert!
The Italian pianist Francesca Cardone, who lives in Salzburg, invited me to join her for a concert dedicated to Franz Liszt and his relationship with Italy: she performed some piano pieces inspired by Italian art and literature (Raffaello and Dante) and together we did the 3 Sonnets by Petrarca set to music by Liszt in the 1840s.
These 3 pieces are written in a style quite close to the Italian Opera, and as Liszt was a great pianist himself - one of the greatest ever indeed - also the piano part is very interesting.
Here you can listen to the second Sonnet, I' vidi in terra, first read by Anna, then performed by Francesca and me.

We had the great honor to perform in the wonderful Palazzo Grimani, which was the Doge's family Palace and today is a wonderful museum. It was a great emotion to sing in the hall on the first floor, with the big windows on the Canale on one side and on the Palace's court on the other.








Saturday, 5 October 2019

Fundraising Concert for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

Hi everybody!

A new fundraising event is organised by my friend Cedric Ghevaert - like every year, on the last Sunday of October Cedric invites lots of musician, professionals and amateurs, to perform and raise funds for a different charity. This time the money raised with tickets and donations will go to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

I will perform some songs with Cedric and the beautiful Ave Maria for voice and organ written by Battista Pradal with the great organist Anne Page; there will be the Stagecoach Newmarket choir, members of the Newmarket Chamber Orchestra and many others!

Join us on Sunday 27th October at 4 pm at All Saints Church: tickets are on sale for £10 from Sweet's Newsagent in Newmarket or online. Tickets will also be available on the door for £15.

See you there!



Saturday, 21 September 2019

Next events

Good morning!

I'm very happy to invite you to a couple of events which will take place during the next weekend:

Saturday 28th September at 7.30 pm there will be an Italian Evening at St Mary's church in Cheveley to raise funds for the upkeep of the building.
I will be there helping to set the "Italian mood" singing some songs with my good friend Cedric Ghevaert:



The following day, Sunday 29th, there will be the first Newmarket Music Box meeting after the summer stop!


Beethoven and the Prog Rock group U.K.: what do they have in common?
They say that everyone in the world can be linked by no more than 6 connections: join us while I will take you through the six degrees of separation between Beethoven's 9th Symphony and U.K.'s In the Dead of Night!
Who knows the way which will lead us at the end of the path... Come at 101 Duchess drive, CB88AL at 2.30 pm next Sunday and you will find it out (and, of course, enjoy some cake...)!
Here's the link to the Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/496573107568547/

and to the Newmarket Music Box site:
https://newmarketmusicbox.wixsite.com/mysite

Music and food... How can't you join us?
Hope to see you there!

Friday, 20 September 2019

Back to the UK - Again!

Hi everybody!

I had a wonderful summer back in Italy, with quite a few concerts and the opportunity to spend again some time with family and friends.
More than anything, I appreciated the concert we did to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the publication of the first poetry book by the London poet Anthony Howell: with my great friends cellist Riccardo Pes and pianist Michele Bravin, we put up a programme revolving around Anthony's poems and his activity as performance artist and dancer. Amongst others, Riccardo and I performed three pieces by Battista Pradal and with Michele we did two songs by the great Michael Nyman - each one of them of course was a poem by Howell set to music. Two of the three Pradal pieces had in this occasion their world premiere (we performed the first one earlier this year in London at a poetry reading at The Room organised by Anthony himself), while I am quite sure the Nyman songs were performed for the first time in Italy. Anthony joined us to read his texts set to music by the two composers and a selection of the poems he wrote during his previous trips to Italy.
We were very glad the concert was sold out and the audience really appreciated the programme!


Anthony Howell  

Michele Bravin and Riccardo Pes

Michele and me

Michele, Anthony, composer Battista Pradal, me and Riccardo


I remember with pleasure two other performances. I sang again the role of Alfredo in Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, precisely 15 years after my first performance of it and with the same soprano singing Violetta, my dear friend Anna Viola, and I had the opportunity to sing for the first time Rodolfo in Bohéme by Giacomo Puccini with a lot of great singers - amongst the others the wonderful Giorgio Caoduro!

The last concert of this summer was in Croatia, where I return every year with great pleasure, and a few days after it I was back to the UK, ready to finally have a good holiday in Scotland! We did a nice trip: we went near Dumfries, in the South, for a friend's wedding, and then we drove up to the North to take the ferry to the Orkney. Claudia and I really love Scotland and we had a wonderful time there!

Here I am, wearing my kilt at the wedding...

The Highlands


Claudia and I took this little plane at the Orkney to go from Mainland to the little island of Papa Westray!

Monday, 1 July 2019

Last Concerts in UK

Hi everybody!

The last weeks have been quite busy with performances in Dublin and London, the series of performance lectures on the History of Italian Opera and the beginning of the exam period for some of my students!

The Bloomsday concert at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin was a great success: the reading room was full of enthusiastic music and literature lovers, who enjoyed the links between Italian and Irish operas and James Joyce's life and books explained by Professor John McCourt.
My colleagues Ilaria Zanetti and Alessandra Sagelli from Italy and Simon Morgan and Noel O'Grady from Ireland were great and we had great fun!




Right after the concert, we moved to Áras an Uachtaráin, the presidential residence, to perform some pieces from the morning concert at the Garden Party for the President of Ireland and his guests. After the Party, the First Lady was very kind and invited us to stay for dinner with her, President Higgins and some guests, like the well-known film score composer Patrick Cassidy - we had a lovely time!




The week after, with my friend cellist Riccardo Pes, we joined Anthony Howell's poetry reading in London and performed for the first time in public "The Forbidden Rose", a setting by Battista Pradal of Howell's poem written especially for us.





Now, in a few days, I'll be back to Italy for a hot summer full of concerts!

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Italian Bloomsday

Hello everybody!

As the series of performance lectures on the History of Italian Opera is going on very well, I am getting ready for my last concert before going back home in Italy for the summer concert tour: next Sunday I will be in Dublin to sing for the Bloomsday!
Together with my friends soprano Ilaria Zanetti and pianist Alessandra Sagelli and Irish singers Simon Morgan and Noel O'Grady, we will perform at the National Library of Ireland for the "Italian Bloomsday". Ilaria and Alessandra are from Trieste - not far from my home, in the same region: Friuli - and Trieste has a special bond with Dublin, being the city where James Joyce lived between 1905 and 1906.
Our concert is part of the Bloomsday Festival, organised in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin. Here is the link at the event:
http://www.bloomsdayfestival.ie/fringe-programme-2019/2019/6/15/italian-bloomsday


The National Library of Ireland


After the concert, we will be guests at the Bloomsday Garden Party at Áras an Uachtaráin and we will perform for the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins. That will be a great honour!

Sunday, 5 May 2019

History of Italian Opera - Performance Lectures

Hello everybody!

Spring is here and I can't wait to do the first of the performance lectures I'm going to do in Ashley church about History of Italian Opera!
I will speak about birth and spreading of Italian Opera all around the world, from the 17th to the 20th century,  with lots of musical examples and, at the end of each meeting, a live performance with my good friend Cedric Ghevaert at the piano!
The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday 16th May at 7 pm. We look forward to meeting you there!


Monday, 1 April 2019

Concert in Aldeburgh // Performance Lectures in Ashley

Good morning everybody!

In the last ten days, I had the great privilege to join some wonderful colleagues, the Fairhaven Singers and the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of Ralph Woodward, to sing Beethoven Mass in C at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds and, last Saturday, at the Trinity College Chapel in Cambridge. It was an amazing experience - especially to sing in Trinity College, to be in this place out of the time, where so much of the cultural history of the past centuries has been made, to look up from the score in my hands and see the long aisle and the magnificent organ... wow! These are the times when I feel particularly lucky to do this job!



Please, visit the Fairhaven Singers site or their Facebook page and look out for their next performance!

The month of April will be relatively calm, but then in May some exciting events are planned: first of all, on Thursday the 16th at 7 pm at the Ashley church, there will be the first of four Performance Lectures on the History of Italian Opera:



Then, on Saturday 25th at 7 pm at the church of St Peter and St Paul in Aldeburgh, I will perform with pianist Jane van Tilborg two Song cycles, two real masterpieces: Schumann Dichterliebe and Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel:




 I look forward to meeting you there!

Monday, 11 March 2019

Concerts with Fairhaven Singers

Hello everybody,

I'm very happy to announce I will be singing in two concerts with the Fairhaven Singers, a wonderful Cambridge Choir conducted by Ralph Woodward.
I will join the choir and the soloists Eleanor Cramer, Bridget Hardy and Richard Latham to sing Beethoven's Mass in C, then the East Anglia Chamber Orchestra will perform Mozart's Symphony n. 35. Finally, the Fairhaven Singers will perform "Sappho Sings" by Jonathan Dove, a new piece written especially for them.

We will wait for you on Saturday 23rd March at the Apex Theatre in Bury St Edmunds and on Saturday 30th March at the Trinity College Chapel in Cambridge!
http://www.fairhavensingers.org.uk/2019/03/23/beethoven-mozart-and-dove-bury/


Before this engagement, I will go back to my hometown in Italy for a concert with Silvia Regazzo and Michele Bravin. Very nice programme and good friends... I'm expecting some fun!


See you soon!

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Concert in Lowestoft

Hi everybody!

I got back a few days ago after the concert in Wales, then this week I sang in Newmarket for the Voluntary Network Benefit Concert (it was a real pleasure sharing the stage with pianist Ralph Woodward!) - both the events were a big success!
Now I am ready to join again my friend Stephanie Lewis for a new event in Lowestoft, Suffolk, her birthplace!

Lowestoft is also the birthplace of one of the greatest British composer, Benjamin Britten, and his music will be performed in the first part of our concert. With Michele Bravin, who is coming from Italy to play the piano with us on Sunday 3rd March at the Trinity Methodist Church, we will sing a selection of Folksongs arrangements, of Michelangelo's Sonnets and Cabaret Songs, along with the wonderful and moving Abraham and Isaac, the second Canticle for mezzo, tenor and piano.
In the second part, the audience will listen to some Italian and French Opera arias and duets, by Rossini, Puccini, Mascagni, Saint-Saëns, Bizet.








I look forward to visiting Lowestoft and sing there with my friends!