Concert by the Opera Carlo Fenice Academy Genoa


by Opera Charm Team
February 19, 2024

Music by Jacques Offenbach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gaetano Donizetti, Maurice Ravel, Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Verdi.

On the occasion of the awarding of the 'Croce di San Giorgio' honour to Francesco Meli, with the participation of Serena Gamberoni and the students of the Opera Carlo Felice's Accademia di alto perfezionamento

Saturday 17th February 2024, 6 p.m.


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On Saturday 17 February, the Liguria Region will award Francesco Meli with the honour ‘Croce di San Giorgio‘, destined to Italian or foreign citizens who have distinguished themselves for particular merits of cultural, social or moral value. On the occasion of the award ceremony at the Opera Carlo Felice, a free concert will be held at 6 p.m. with the participation of Francesco Meli, Serena Gamberoni and the students of the Accademia di alto perfezionamento per cantanti lirici. Performing in a selection of arias and duets from the 19th-century opera repertoire will be sopranos Gabriella Ingenito and Martina Saviano, mezzo-sopranos Giulia Alletto, Greta Carlino and Eleonora Marras, tenors Paolo Nevi and Manuel Caputo, baritones Gabriele Barrìa, Ernesto De Nittis, Gianpiero Delle Grazie, Willingerd Gimenez and Carlo Segura and basses Antonino Arcilesi and Davide Maria Sabatino; at the piano: Umberto Musso, Giuseppe Ottaviani and Mattia Torriglia.

The Accademia di alto perfezionamento per cantanti lirici, which this year reaches its fourth edition, is a reality aimed at selecting and supporting young opera talents in their growth. In addition to the opportunity to make their debut in the Carlo Felice Opera Season, the Academy’s students work alongside internationally renowned artists under the artistic direction of Francesco Meli and the coordination of Serena Gamberoni.

During the next appointments of the Carlo Felice Opera Season, Serena Gamberoni will be Mimì in La Bohème (on stage from 12 to 21 April), Francesco Meli will play Corrado in Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Corsaro (on stage from 17 to 26 May), while the students of the Academy will be the protagonists of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the opera with which the Season will close in June.

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Francesco Meli, born in Genoa in 1980, began his singing studies at the age of seventeen at his city’s Conservatory and continued them with Vittorio Terranova, subsequently making a name for himself in various opera competitions, including the Caruso, Zandonai and Tosti. In 2002, he made his debut in Puccini’s Macbeth, Petite Messe Solennelle and Messa di Gloria at the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, beginning an amazing career in the bel canto and Rossini repertoire. In 2022 he celebrates twenty years of career, eighteen years of collaboration with La Scala and also his twentieth role sung in the Milanese theatre, having made his debut at La Scala at only 23 years of age in Les Dialogues des Carmelites conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti. Francesco Meli has over fifty roles in the repertoire and has been conducted by the world’s leading conductors, working regularly with Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Frizza, Daniele Rustioni and Yuri Temirkanov. He has sung solo recitals at La Scala, London, Tokyo and St. Petersburg, in Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Gianandrea Noseda and Yuri Temirkanov at La Scala, London, Paris, Zurich, Moscow, Salzburg, St. Petersburg, Tokyo and Vienna. He won the Abbiati Prize in 2013 for Verdi interpretations, La Maschera d’oro, the Oscar della lirica, the Zenatello Prize at the Arena di Verona, the Orazio Tosi Prize, the Carlo Alberto Cappelli Prize, the Pertile Prize, the Lugo Prize, the Prandelli Prize, the Mascagni Prize, the Tiberini d’oro, the ISO d’oro, the Targa Labò and the Pavarotti d’oro. Since February 2020, she has been testimonial of the Renata Tebaldi Museum in Busseto. He is featured on numerous DVDs published by Deutsche Grammophon, Unitel, Opus Arte. He is the artistic director and one of the teachers of the Accademia di Alto Perfezionamento per cantanti lirici del Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.

The Accademia di alto perfezionamento e inserimento professionale per cantanti lirici dell’Opera Carlo Felice Genova, born in 2020, represents the link between the end of the academic course for young singers and their insertion into the difficult world of musical theatre. The artistic direction is entrusted to Francesco Meli, who has drawn on his theatrical experience to define the teaching guidelines, which focus on daily individual lessons in technique, vocal and theatrical interpretation. The students, after a public selection and through an immersive study experience of over three months, are ready for their big debut on the stage of the Opera Carlo Felice. Every year, the theatre’s management programmes the last title of the season, assigning all the roles of an opera to the talents of the Academy. Under the coordination of Serena Gamberoni and under the musical direction of Davide Cavalli, the young singers participate in masterclasses held each year by the greatest names on the international opera scene, such as Leo Nucci, Michele Pertusi, Elisabeth Norberg Schulz, Riccardo Zanellato, Rosa Feola, Chris Merrit and Roberto de Candia. In the 2023-2024 Season, the Academy is now in its fourth year.

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Opera Charm Team
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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.


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