Albert Buttigieg began his musical education at the Johann Strauss School of Music in Malta. He is currently mentored by Ms Juliette Bisazza Zanni. He holds a Licentiate from the Trinity College of Music in Voice performance.
Arianna Art Ensemble
The Arianna Art Ensemble, founded in 2007 by lutenist and composer Paolo Rigano and harpsichordist Cinzia Guarino, promotes the dissemination of the Renaissance and Baroque vocal and instrumental repertoire through its own performances with period instruments, the choice of correct historical performance practice and the rediscovery of unpublished manuscripts, in particular by authors linked to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The ensemble also promotes the experimentation and performance of contemporary music with period instruments.
Born in Malta, Claire Debono graduated with an MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2005 she won a place in William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix.
Born in Turin, Danilo Pastore is one of the most appreciated young Italian countertenors.
He graduated with honours from the Conservatory “Guido Cantelli” of Novara, with Roberto Balconi, and completed his studies, graduating summa cum laude from the Post-graduate Academy of Higher Artistic and Musical Education “Lorenzo Perosi” of Biella, with Manuela Custer, and the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” of Ravenna, with Alda Caiello. He also graduated, summa cum laude, in Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa and in Linguistics at the University of Turin.
Considered one of the most promising stage directors of his generation, Fabio Ceresa is the winner of the 2016 International Opera Awards for “Young Director”. He began his career at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, collaborating with many of the most important contemporary directors, including Luca Ronconi, Deborah Warner, Patrice Chéreau, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Peter Stein, Eimuntas Nekrošius and Richard Jones, as well as participating in the restaging of historical productions by Giorgio.
Born in Verona, the Countertenor - Male Soprano Federico Fiorio studied under the guidance of Lia Serafini and Patrizia Vaccari, graduated with honours from both the F. A. Bonporti Conservatory and the Parma Arrigo Boito Conservatory. He attended masterclasses
Driven by his passion for the Italian vocal repertoire of the 18th Century, Giulio Prandi founded in 2003 the Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri he regularly conducts in the major European concert halls and festivals: Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Teatro alla Scala, BOZAR Bruxelles, Ambronay, Chaise-Dieu, Oude Muziek Utrecht, Enescu Festival of Bucharest, Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, Monteverdi Festival of Cremona, Festival della Valle d’Itria.
Winner of the prestigious Abbiati Award 2019, as best costume designer for the production of Vivaldi's “Orlando Furioso” directed by Fabio Ceresa for the Teatro alla Fenice in Venice, Giuseppe Palella has already had a long career working for the most important Italian and foreign opera houses, specializing in the Baroque repertoire. He started his career iin 2007 with Alan Curtis in the sacred action for music of the "David" in Florence. His musical studies as an opera singer and those of art and sculpture make him an original designer with a classic line.
Second Prize Winner of the world’s most prestigious opera
competition Operalia in 2022 of which he was the only Countertenor, Nils Wanderer is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a member of its opera course and received a full scholarship under the tutelage of Andrew Watts, Siegfried Gohritz, Edith Wiens and Tobias Truninger.
Raffaele Giordani holds a Master Degree in Chemistry at Ferrara University, Italy. His passion for music compelled him to attend the music and performing arts school “Conservatorio Frescobaldi” in Ferrara obtaining a Master Degree in Canto Rinascimentale e Barocco with honours. He is currently under the supervision of M. Luisa Vannini.
Rufinus Widl (1731-1798)
Father Rufinus Widl (26 September 1731 – 12 March 1798) was a Bavarian Benedictine monk and a lecturer at Salzburg University from 1767 until his death.
Widl was born in Frauenwörth, Frauenchiemsee, His most famous work today is the opera Apollo et Hyacinthus to music by Mozart which was an entr'acte to a play performed by students at Salzburg University with the name Clementia Croesi, which was also written by Father Widl, and first performed in 1767. Widl died in Obing, Bavaria.