Matteo Falcier

I think that technology will never be able to give the emotions that a human voice can offer.
Alice Lechner

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by Alice Lechner
October 9, 2023
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INTRODUCTION

Graduated with the highest honours from Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milano, Matteo Falcier is currently studying with the soprano Francesca Patanē. He made his debut in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto at the Stresa Festival. In a conversation with Bianca L. Nica, Matteo talks about his M Giorgio Strehler’s Le Nozze di Figaro at Teatro alla Scala, about the Italian premiere of Paliashvili’s Daisi at the Teatro Massimo Bellini and about his plans in terms of repertoire. Moreover, he finally found the courage to talk about his son’s story and what are the most common misconceptions about autism.

BIOGRAPHY

One of the most charismatic tenor on his generation, Matteo Falcier graduated in singing with highest honours at Conservatory G. Verdi in Milano, then he attended the Accademia della Scala for leading singers and the improvers vocal course at Accademia “Rodolfo Celletti” in Martina Franca (TA). He is currently studying with the international soprano Francesca Patanè. He debuted in 2010 in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto sung Paolino, before at the Stresa Festival and after at Teatro Regio di Torino. In 2016 he debuted the roles of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème at Circuito Lombardo, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff at Luglio Musicale Trapanese and Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in the Japanese tournée with the Wiener Staatsoper conducted by M. Riccardo Muti. In 2017 he successfully played the roles of Tebaldo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and Alfredo Germont at the prestigious Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli in Verdi’s La Traviata directed by Ferzan Ozpetek; then he took part in the opera in concert Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the New Zealand Opera, featuring the international Soprano Serena Farnocchia leading the title role, and after he performed Alfredo Germont with major success in the Japanese tourneè of La Traviata for Teatro dell’Opera di Bologna. Last he debuted the iconic tenor role of Duca di Mantova in Verdi’s Rigoletto at Circuito Lombardo. In 2018 he performed the role of Beppe in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, singing with tenor Fabio Sartori, soprano Carmela Remigio, conducting M. Carlo Rizzi. In season 2018/2019 he sung again in his debut role of Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto at Opéra Royal de Wallonie and then he debuted the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Opéra de Nice and Théâtre d’Antibes, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Spiridione in Donizetti’s Il Campanello at Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Amintore Galli (Rimini) and Teatro Comunale Alighieri in Ravenna and Arnoldo in Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell at the Teatro Sociale in Como and Teatro Grande in Brescia followed by Rigoletto (Duca di Mantova) for the Jerusalem Festival, Pagliacci (Beppe) for the Teatro Lirico of Cagliari. In July 2020 he sang in the Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana Concert in Ravenna under the botton of Maestro Riccardo Muti with the duet between Turiddu and Santuzza. In March 2021 he sang in the concert La Messa op. 20 by Ponchielli at the Verona Philharmonic Theater.

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INTERVIEW

Dear Matteo, nice to meet you! It’s a pleasure to have this conversation with you! My questions find you shortly before Le nozze di Figaro at Teatro alla Scala. Can you give us a little spoiler regarding the production? What does this stage mean to you? Dear Alice, nice talking to you! I’m so pleased to chat […]

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.

BIANCA L. NICA

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