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Baroque music evening with Luigi Schifano – countertenor accompanied by the pianist Dino Imeri, directed by Dejan Proshev.
- Endowed with a dark and mellow voice timbre and an intense volume, Luigi Schifano is considered one of the leading Italian countertenors. He was born in Naples and at age 7 began studying Piano and later Singing at the Conservatoire of Music “Licinio Refice” in Frosinone. During his studies he discovers his true vocal nature that leads him to sing as a countertenor then pursues this specific and delicate study in Florence with the soprano Silvia Bossa. During 2006 and 2007 he attended the Opera Studio of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome, under the guidance of Renata Scotto. He also attended a Masterclass with Sara Mingardo at the Early Music Center “Pietà de’ Turchini” in Naples and several Masterclasses with Sonia Prina.In 2008 Mr Schifano took part in a few concert and opera productions at the prestigious Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome. In the same year he sang the Te Deum by M. A. Charpentier at the Church of Saint George in Tivoli and also at the Basilica of Sant’Andrea della Valle in Rome. Later on, he tours the major Abbeys of Lazio, with both Stabat Maters from Pergolesi and Vivaldi.
In 2009, in the occasion of the 250th Anniversary of the death of G. F. Handel, he performed in a few concerts with the Macedonian Philharmonic, singing arias from the most important operas and oratorios of the Saxon Composer, under the button of M° Alessandro D’Agostini. In December of the same year he took part of the Gala Evening in honour of the 15th anniversary of the bilateral relationship between the Republic of Macedonia and the Holy See in the Vatican Palace of Domus Internationalis Paulus VI in Rome, with the program entirely dedicated to the sacred music.
In 2010 he makes his debut as Endimione in Cavalli’s La Calisto at Teatro Marrucino in Chieti, as Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo and Euridice and as Telemaco in Gluck’s Telemaco in Pavia. He tours Sicily with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of his birth. In December of the same year Mr Schifano sings the alto part in Bach’s B minor Mass at the Basilica di S. Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome with the Orchestra Barocca ed il Coro Schola Cantorum dell’Aramus conducted by M° Osvaldo Guidotti. In March 2011 he took part in a Gala Concert at the Oji Hall in Tokyo and he sang Tommaso Traetta’s Stabat Mater (Neaples), performed for the first time ever in Japan, at the Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo under the button of M° Vito Clemente. In April 2011 he was engaged in a staged production of C. Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Macedonian National Opera, under the button of M° Alessandro d’Agostini. On the same stage he debutted the title role in the Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, in October 2011. In 2012 he sang in Diluvio Universale from Falvetti in Rome.
Recently he debuted the role of Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, the role of Garcia Lorca in Golijov’s Ainadamar at Theatro Municipal of San Paolo (Brazil) obtaining big personal success. He also sang Carmina Burana at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Roma and hold several Recitals in Tokyo, Genova and Trieste.
Luigi Schifano is a winner of a Special Prize at the International Vocal Competition Riccardo Zandonai in Riva del Garda edition 2010, a Special Prize at Ottavio Ziino Competition of Rome, in November 2011 as well as a Winner of the Sacred Music section at the Santa Chiara Competition in Naples in 2012.