Italian evening, Alessandro Fantoni, tenor, Giorgio Martano, piano, Italy

Alessandro Fantoni-tenor   Alessandro Fantoni was born in Genoa. He studied at the Opera House Academy of Zürich, Switzerland, and he perfected his studies with Roberto Sèrvile. He debuted with him as Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) and Ismaele (Nabucco) in Piacenza. Fantoni made his first debuts with the Danish National opera in Aarhus where he performed several leading roles from the Italian repertoire. His roles in the core tenor repertoire and he has worked with such acclaimed conductors as Fabio Luisi, Nelo Santi, Marco Armilato and has been stage directed by Barrie Koski and Grischa Asagaroff among others. Recent performances take him at the House of Music in Moscow, at the theatre “Carlo Felice” in Genoa, at the Arena di Verona and Teatro San Carlo. He has performed under the auspices of the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation and in concert he has performed Beethoven IX Symphony in Tokyo and Rossini’s Little Solemn Mass in Marseille. Alessandro Fantoni is winner of several prizes at competitions in Italy. Giorgio Martano-piano   Giorgio Martano is a pianist and harpsichordist. He studied and graduated in Italy and during his studies he gained experience accompanying singers in the lyric repertoire. He completed his studies as repetiteur at Teatro La Scala Academy, where he has been called to collaborate both as pianist and music assistant for several lyric productions and at La Scala Ballet Academy to accompany ballet lessons at the piano. In 2012 he won the audition as repetiteur in Teatro Sociale di Como, where he still collaborates as repetiteur and stage assistant. Since 2014 he has also collaborated with Stanislavskij Theatre in Moscow for several productions as vocal coach and musical assistant and in 2015 he also won an audition at Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, where he worked between 2015 and 2016. Giorgio Martano is regulary invited to hold masterclasses as pianist and vocal coach at Opera academies. In 2015 he auditioned for Riccardo Muti at the Academy in Ravenna, where he worked as pianist in a production conducted by M° Muti. Since 2015 he also collaborated in productions held in theatres such as Dubai Opera House and Muscat Royal Opera House. Giorgio’s experience also encompasses projects in musical education, collaborating in productions inspired by the lyric repertoire for children of all ages.