Antonio Giovannini - Counter-Tenor - W Print

Antonio Giovannini graduated with honors in Piano and Voice at the Music Conservatory in Florence, his native town. He also graduated in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University in 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 Eliogabalo at 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 choreography by 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. His concert repertoire includes sacred music as well as Lieder, art songs and the world première of several contemporary pieces.

After winning the Città Lirica Opera Studio Competition, he was invited to sing as Oberon in Britten's A 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 at the Monteverdi Festival in Cremona for a concert of arias and duets with Emma Kirkby and the ensemble Aura Soave. Mr. Giovannini 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; 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, Festival Barocco in Viterbo, 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. After that he sang: Guarnieri's Tenebrae at 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 Liberata at 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, (recorded by Naïve - Vivaldi Edition); Vivaldi's Tigrane at the Festival Opera in Barga; Scarlatti's Marco Attilio Regolo in Schwetzingen and a new production of Handel's Radamisto (title role) at the Opernhaus Kiel, both under Rubén 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; Scarlatti's Flora Pellegrina at the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht with B'Rock and Eduardo Lopez-Banzo; Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the Ravenna Festival under Pietro Borgonovo; Hasse’s Artaserse (Megabise) at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca under Corrado Rovaris; Handel’s Siroe (Medarse) at the Händel-Festspiele Goettingen under Lawrence Cummings; he also sang a solo concert in Osnabrück with Musica Alta Ripa.

Past engagements include: Händel’s Rinaldo in Ludwisburg, Leverkusen and Bad Lauchtstädt; Hasse’s Siroe in Athens; Gasparini’s Bajazet in Barga with Auser Musici; Jommeli’s Fetonte in Heidelberg; a baroque concert in Florence (Maggio Musicale) under Federico Maria Sardelli; Telemann’s Germanicus in Osnabrück; Mozart’s Lucio Silla (Cecilio) in Mannheim; Händel’s Orlando in Aachen; Handel’s Agrippina in Kiel, Rubén Dubrovsky conducting; the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo in Ludwigsburg with Lautten Compagney and Wolfgang Katschner; the title role of Siroe, Re di Persia in Athens; the first modern revival and recording of Gasparini’s Bajazet with Auser Musici and Carlo Ipata at the Festival Opera in Barga; Händel’s Rinaldo in Seoul; Mozart’s Mitridate in Schwetzingen; Handel’s Esther in Halle.

Plans include Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina in Hof.

Mr. Giovannini made his outstanding US debut singing Orff’s Carmina burana with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti in Chicago and New York (Carnegie Hall).

His repertoire also includes contemporary operas and works by Britten like A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon) and The Turn of the Screw.


June 2018

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