Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Francesco Cilea, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Giacomo Puccini, Licinio Refice, Ottorino Respighi, Francesco Santoliquido, Francesco Paolo Tosti, Riccardo Zandonai
soprano Daniela Dessì
piano Simone Di Crescenzo
Ottorino Respighi Ballata, Luce, Nebbie
Licinio Refice Ombra di nube
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Sera
Francesco Cilea Nel ridestarmi, Foglio d’album (piano solo)
Francesco Paolo Tosti L’alba separa dalla luce l’ombra, Invan preghi, Goodbye!
Riccardo Zandonai Ultima rosa
Francesco Santoliquido Nel giardino
Ruggero Leoncavallo Aprile, Brise de mer (piano solo)
Giacomo Puccini Sole e amore, Terra e mare, Sogno d’or, Canto d’anime
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in collaboration with Spoleto Festival of 2Worlds
Daniela Dessì is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest performers of the current Italian repertoire, and especially for Verdi, Verismo and Puccini. Her artistic temperament, solid technique and constant music research have driven her to range from Monteverdi to Rota, embracing a wide repertoire of over 70 titles. In the last decade, the focus on the twentieth century opera repertoire has been steady, with international triumphs acknowledged in titles such as Adriana Lecouvreur, Tosca, Fanciulla del West, Il Trittico, Turandot, Sly, Francesca Da Rimini and many others. The interest and care with which the Soprano has faced this repertoire across the years, has earned her the credit of bringing a new light onto this musical period, often unjustly underestimated, for the viewing of the public and critics. Daniela Dessi’s merit is, in fact, to have given the bel canto aura back, in the highest sense of the term, to these operas, purifying a performance practice which is now unusual. Her strong artistic curiosity has therefore naturally led her to experience a recovery even for the early twentieth-century Italian chamber music repertoire. It is with these intentions, and with the collaboration of the young pianist Simone Di Crescenzo, that the project Novecento Italiano Rarities was created. This is a collection of authentic pearls, of romances, from well-known composers who have made a musical and experimental laboratory for later works, as well as minor composers who have enclosed moments of rare beauty into these pages. The musical program will also highlight the relationship between poetry and music. It is specifically designed to study the diversity of the literary source of inspiration, moving mainly on two different tracks: on the one hand, coming directly from the realist and decadent poetic production, on the other the rediscovery of fourteenth-century medieval literature, with its forms and its themes.
With a vast repertoire spanning more than seventy operas, today Daniela Dessi is confirmed as one of the world’s greatest sopranos and one of the reference singers for the repertoire of Verdi, Verismo and Puccini. Born in Genoa, she graduated from the Conservatorio Arrigo Boito in Parma (in voice and piano), later specializing in chamber singing at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. In 1980 she won first prize at the Concorso Internazionale Rai: Auditorium. Her début is in Genoa with the La serva padrona (Pergoles) at the Teatro dell’Opera Giocosa and she starts a great career: requested in the major theaters and festivals of the world, with a repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Prokofiev, and not forgetting the important contribution made to the Mozart repertory with great interpretations of Così fan tutte, Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni under the direction of Riccardo Muti. Daniela Dessi has a flawless technique and great dramatic instinct. She has collaborated with the most authoritative conductors including R. Muti, Z. Mehta, L. Mazeel, C. Abbado, C. Kleiber, R. Chailly, J. Levine, C. M. Gliulini, . L. Gelmetti, etc. Among her recent greatest successes, the début of Norma in Bologna (for which she received the Premio Abbiati in 2008), Andrea Chenier in Barcelona for the opening of the opera season of Liceu 2008, Tosca in Florence (52 years after Renata Tebaldi’s last encore, Daniela Dessi granted an encore of Vissi d’arte after a unanimous acclamation by the Florentine public), Fanciulla del West performed at Torre del Lago for the centenary of the work, etc. In the year 2010 she starred in Aida in Tokyo, in Andrea Chénier in Madrid, in New York and Genoa for Tosca, at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago where she celebrated the centenary of Fanciulla del West, in Parma for I vespri siciliani, in San Francisco for Madama Butterfly and Salerno for Francesca da Rimini. In 2011, the great and long-awaited début in La Gioconda at the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, where this opera had not been performed for 41 years, as Desdemona in Otello and as Leonora in Trovatore in Liegi with Fabio Armiliato, her partner in life and art, both operas have already been recorded for the label SoloVoce; in Vienna she sang the leading role of Madama Butterfly, and then, the duo recitals with Fabio Armiliato in Tokyo at the Tokyo Opera House City Hall / Takemitsu Memorial. The year 2011 ended with another very important début that will soon be a record product: the Vier letzte Lieder by R. Strauss, with the Orchestra Sinfonica of Rome. The new year full of commitments for the soprano, began with Madama Butterfly at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome with the production of Giorgio Ferrara, Maurizio Galante for costumes and sets by Gianni Quaranta, which was a huge success for public and critics. The month of March saw the interpreter of La Gioconda by A. Ponchielli at the National Theater in Mannheim and a great event as Adriana Lecouvreur at the Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, with Fabio Armiliato, in the production by David MacVicar next May. Daniela Dessi’s summer will mark her return in two major roles that won the Premio Abbiati of the critics in 2008; Norma at the Teatro Antico of Taormina that will be televised for the International circuit of Microcinema and Tosca, a role for which she is internationally recognized as a reference singer, at the Herodion Theater in Athens. The 55th edition of the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, saw her as the protagonist of a recital entitled: Novecento Italiano Rarities. It will be followed by a series of concerts in Brazil, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in a duet with the tenor Fabio Armiliato, accompanied by the Orchestra del Teatro Municipal in Sao Paulo and conducted by Maestro Abel Rocha. The fall season opened with the interpretation of Madama Butterfly for the great soprano at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo with the highly successful production staged at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome in the springtime. Madama Butterfly again in Malta and, in November, a début at the Thé‚tre National Marseille, in the role of Pauline in Poliuto by G. Donizetti. Daniela Dessi is credited with a very large discography, an important collection of video and CD Operas. Her passion for singing has allowed her to dedicate part of her time to teaching. She has also starred in several television programs devoted to the popularization of Opera. The great soprano has received important music awards including the prestigious prize "Abbiati" in 2008, the prize "Giacomo Puccini"- Torre del Lago in 2001 and the prize "Zenatello"- Arena di Verona in 2000. She was recently conferred, on August 2nd, the prize "Belcanto Rodolfo Celletti", as "absolute soprano".
SIMONE DI CRESCENZO
Simone Di Crescenzo, born in Guardiagrele (Chieti) in 1985, began his musical studies when he was just four years old. He graduated brilliantly in Piano from the Conservatory "Luisa D’Annunzio" in Pescara, where he had always stood out among the best students. He later specialized with internationally renowned masters such as Antonio Ballista (Milan), Paolo Bordoni (Bologna), Bruno Canino (Florence) and Piero Rattalino (Lanciano). He graduated from the Accademia di Arti e Mestieri at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he attended a post-graduate training course for independent musical activities. He owes his opera formation to the famous soprano Mirella Freni and the pianist Paola Molinari, with whom he studied at the Centro Universale del Bel Canto in Modena, where he was also a master collaborator. After receiving his high school diploma, he studied Musicology at the University of Cremona and Composition at the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi" in Milan. He has participated in numerous music competitions: "32nd Coppa Pianisti d’Italia"- Osimo, "6th Premio Seiler"- Rome, "Nuovi talenti per piano e canto- Rotary Club"- Pescara, "Premio città di Caserta", and many others, proving to be always among the winners and earning considerable acclaim. He has performed for numerous shows, organizations and concert associations, as a soloist and as part of various vocal and instrumental ensembles, performing in prestigious venues. Among his last concerts: at the Chamber Music Festival in Tallinn (Estonia), the Amici del Loggione at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro Lauro Rossi in Macerata, the Teatro di Cassia in Roma; the Teatro Marrucino in Chieti; Villa Viviani in Florence, the Festival delle Muse of Cremona, Piazza Maggiore in Bologna; the Associazione "Giuseppe Verdi" in Busseto, the Amici della Musica in Alcamo. He is very active in chamber music circles, collaborating with numerous musicians and singers of international importance, for concerts and as musical assistant. He was the piano master for the opera Carmen by G. Bizet, performed in concert form at the Teatro Angeletti in Macerata, where he returned for the productions of Madama Butterfly by G. Puccini and La Traviata by G. Verdi. In April 2012 he was responsible for the music and vocal coach for a new production of Tosca by G. Puccini at the Stadttheater of Klagenfurt (Austria). Always attentive to the problems of the musical reality, both in artistic and pedagogical spheres, he was the author of essays and articles of musicological nature published in specialized magazines and periodicals, including Musica e Scuola, Il Trovatore, Golfo Mistico and was curator of the program notes and listening guides in collaboration with several theaters, including the Teatro Dal Verme and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro della Fortuna in Fano, the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro, the Teatro Lauro Rossi in Macerata. From 2008 to 2010 he was artistic and organizational director for the project MITOfringe at the MITO International Festival Settembre Musica in Milan-Turin, where he cured a playbill with over 60 concerts, and where he also served as production manager. In 2010 he was engaged at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, where he held the position of assistant artistic director for the Scuola dell’Opera Italiana, and was also the artistic secretary, master trainer and vocal coach. In the same year he was Musical Director and author of the project "Impariamo l’Opera! Ė Madama Butterfly Pocket" carried out with the Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi. In 2011 he was assistant art director at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca and Musical Director for the Accademia del Belcanto "Rodolfo Celletti" of the Fondazione Paolo Grassi. In 2011 he was artistic and organizational director and responsible for a series of concerts organized with the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini in Pesaro at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, the Teatro della Fortuna in Fano and the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro. He holds the post of artistic coordinator at the International Opera Festival of Miskolc "Bartůk +" (Hungary). He is a member of the Centro Studi Giacomo Puccini in Lucca, the Fondazione Milano per La Scala and has been artistic director of the Premio della Lirica Salvade, awarded to the director Pierluigi Pizzi. He received an Honour Diploma for the section Critica Musicale of the XII TIM - Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Rome.