Solisti dell’Opera Italiana
Giovanna Mambrini Flute
Giovanna graduated in 1995 from the Conservatory “Nicolini” in Piacenza, where she studied under the guidance of M. Michele Marasco. In 2003, she obtained an advanced diploma with highest honors from the Academy of High Specialization “L. Perosi” in Biella, where she studied in the class of M. Peter Lukas Graf. She attended the Academy of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, studying with M. Glauco Cambursano and M. Romano Pucci and the Toscanini Foundation of Parma AFOS course. She plays with numerous orchestras including the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma and the Orchestra of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, and, from 2001 to 2012, she has been a member of the Teatro Regio in Parma, where she serves as second flute. She currently holds the same role in the Orchestra of the Opera Italiana in Parma. Besides teaching at the Fiesole School of Music and the Music and Art Research Centre in Florence, Giovanna is also a lecturer at the Institute of Advanced Music Studies “R.Franci” of Siena and a lecturer for pre-academic courses at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “A.Peri” di Reggio Emilia.
Françoise Renard Viola
Françoise studied at the Conservatory of Besançon (France), where she won the highest award with three gold medals (in violin, viola and chamber music). She was admitted to the class of Bruno Pasquier at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris, where she won first prize unanimously for both viola and chamber music. She continued her studies in Bordeaux with Tasso Adamopoulos. Her extensive chamber music activity has included playing in duo with pianist Dora Cantella, with the quartet “Appelman,” with the string sextet “De l’Artois,” with the flute quartet “Dejean,” and with the group “Ricercata de Paris.” She also plays with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of France. From 2004 to 2012, she was a member of the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Parma. With that group, she participated in both the theater season and in many tours that took her to Mexico, Hong-Kong, New-Delhi, Beijing, and Muscat, playing under the direction of Y. Temirkanov, R. Muti, V. Fedoseev, and M. Plasson. Currently, she plays with the Orchestra dell’Opera Italiana and the Solisti dell’Opera Italiana. She teaches viola and chamber music for the summer courses organized by the Accademia Internazionale di Lasino, as well as teaching pre-academic courses for the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “A.Peri” di Reggio Emilia.
Massimo Tannoia Cello
First cello of the Opera Italiana and the Solisti dell’Opera Italiana, Massimo was first cello of the Teatro Regio di Parma from 2004 to 2012 and currently serves as guest first cello with the Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, and the Teatro S.Carlo di Napoli. He began studying the cello with Willi La Volpe and Giacinto Caramia at the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella di Nalpoli, perfecting it in Spain with Radu Aldulescu. He has played with the RAI orchestras of Naples, Rome, and Turin, and he has been a cello soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, the United Europe Chamber Orchestra, “I Solisti Aquilani,” “I Virtuosi dell’Accademia” di Firenze, and the Orchestra Fiati di Soncino (Cr). He has also been first cello in the Officina Musicale. He played at the 55th “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”; the “Karl Orff Sall,” the III Biennale of Monaco of Bavaria, and the “Queen Elisabeth Hall in London” for the European Arts Festival; the Great Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow; the Tchaikovsky Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; the Kammermusiksaal Philharmonie Haus in Berlin; the Mozartsaal Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna; Carnegie Hall in New York; the Municpial Theaters in Rio de Janeiro and San Paolo; the National Theater in Beijing; the Kyoi Hall in Tokyo; and the Ginko Hall in Fukuoka. He plays a Giuseppe Gagliano cello from 1785.
Roberto Scarcella Perino
Born in Messina, Italy, Roberto Scarcella Perino has been the recipient of very important honors and awards, including an International Competition for Children’s opera and the Musical Analysis International Competition N. Slonimskij.
He has written three operas: Verdi, Merli e Cucú (libretto by Gustavo Marchesi), presented in Busseto – Teatro Verdi, A caval donato (libretto by Flora Gagliardi) presented in Messina – Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, Pisa – Teatro Verdi, and New York – Casa Italiana of the New York University, and Blackout (libretto by Roberta Faroldi), presented in Tarrytown (NY) Music-hall and In Messina – Teatro Savio, and three ballets: Colapesce (Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimo’ Nov. 30th 2004), Constellations (ARDT-spring dance concert- NY may 21th 2005) with Aaron Severini choreographer from the NYC ballet and Basket-dance performed in Pisa and at the Weill hall at the Carnegie Hall in new York City.
Roberto holds degrees in Piano from the Conservatory Corelli, where he has studied with Sonja Pahor and in Composition from the Conservatory Martini. He also studied Composition with Azio Corghi in Rome at Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Milan at Accademia Petrassi. He graduated at the University of Bologna in Musicology and he taught Music Analysis at the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma.
He has written music for theater, choir, chamber ensemble, and for children’s productions, and has done orchestrations of numerous works. He studied conducting at the Julliard School of Music, where he was a student of Vincent La Selva and he is also a Language Program Coordinator at NYU. Every summer Roberto teaches a course of Italian Opera at NYU Florence.