Thursday, October 22, 2015
Guglielmo Ratcliff
Wexford Festival Opera
Angelo Villari, Mariangela Sicilia
Annunziata Vestri, Gianluca Buratto
Francesco Cilluffo
Angelo Villari, Mariangela Sicilia, Annunziata Vestri, Gianluca Buratto
star in Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff in Wexford
Francesco Cilluffo conducting

Angelo Villari

Angelo Villari - Guglielmo Ratcliff

Born in Messina, Angelo Villari graduated in singing from the A. Boito conservatoire in Parma. In the past seasons he sang: Cavalleria Rusticana in Lecce, Pagliacci in Malta, Attila (Foresto) in Rovereto; Il Trovatore at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo; Madama Butterfly in Lübeck and in Bari; La Traviata in Malta; the main role in Ennio Porrino’s I Shardana at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari; conducted by Anthony Bramall in a new production by Davide Livermore (just issued in DVD by Dynamic). He starred in Casella’s La donna serpente, singing the main tenor role under Fabio Luisi for the opening of the Martina Franca Festival. Mr. Villari recently sang Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur in Como, Pavia and Cremona; Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Regio in Parma and with the Rome Opera at the Terme in Caracalla. Plans include: Madama Butterfly in Palermo and Alfano’s La Leggenda di Sakundala in Catania.

Mariangela Sicilia

Mariangela Sicilia - Maria

Operalia Prize winner Mariangela Sicilia is one of the most exciting Italian young sopranos; she has been seen, in the past seasons, in Massenet’s Cléopâtre at the Salzburg Festival; Il Viaggio a Reims, La Donna del Lago (Zedda conducting), L'Italiana in Algeri and L’Inganno Felice at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; Cilea’s L'Arlesiana at the Wexford Festival Opera and in Jesi; Rigoletto in Bari. Ms. Sicilia recently performed L’Elisir d’Amore in Madrid and in Monte Carlo; in Paris she performed in La Pietra del Paragone with Jean-Christophe Spinosi at the Théâtre du Châtelet and La Bohème (Musetta) under Mark Elder and Adriana Lecouvreur under Daniel Oren at the Paris Opera. She also sang: Petite Messe Solennelle in Saint-Etienne under Zedda; Guillaume Tell at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, (c. Mariotti; d. Vick); Orphée et Eurydice and La Bohème in Palermo; Verdi’s Quattro Pezzi Sacri (Concertgebouw) and new production of Benvenuto Cellini (Térésa) at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, directed by Terry Gilliam and conducted by Mark Elder in Amsterdam. Future plans include: Fauré’s Requiem at the Opera in Florence; La Scala di Seta and Mozart’s Requiem in Liège under Paolo Arrivabeni; Turandot (Liù) in Montpellier; Petite Messe Solennelle in Palermo and in Amsterdam at the Concertgebouw; Carmen at the Teatro Regio in Turin; Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) with the Opéra de Lyon at the Royal Opera House in Muscat; Mozart’s Requiem in Parma and Piacenza with the Toscanini Orchestra.

Annunziata Vestri

Annunziata Vestri - Margherita

Winner of “Lauri Volpi”, “Maria Caniglia” and Rosertum Lyric Contests, Mrs Vestri made her debut in 2003 as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly. An eclectic artist with bold acting qualities, she can boast a huge repertoire that spans from Bel Canto to Verdi and Puccini’s masterpieces. Mrs. Vestri regularly collaborates with theaters as: Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Teatro Regio in Turin, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, San Carlo in Naples, Opéra de Montecarlo, Teatro Regio in Parma, Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata, Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto. Amongst her recent engagements: Donizetti’s Belisario and Torquato Tasso at the Bergamo Musica Festival; Cilea’s L’Arlesiana at the Wexford Festival and in Jesi; La Clemenza di Tito in Trieste; Rigoletto in Naples; Carmen in Livorno, Lucca and Genoa; Il Trovatore in Schenkenberg; La Traviata in Bari; Madama Butterfly in Kiel, Florence and Bari; Andrea Chénier (Madelon) in Naples; Aida (Amneris) in St. Margarethen and in Kazan; Falstaff in Marseille. Mrs. Vestri made her film debut performing as Tisbe in La Cenerentola for the Opera movie directed by Carlo Verdone, conducted by Gelmetti and produced by Rada Film.

Plans include: Carmen, Suor Angelica and Falstaff at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Monte Carlo; La Cenerentola at the Rome Opera and at the Massimo in Palermo.

Gianluca Buratto

Gianluca Buratto - Mac Gregor

A noble and round voice, Gianluca Buratto is rapidly establishing himself as one of his most versatile basses of his generation. His recent engagements include: Bach’s B minor Mass with Savall in Madrid and Barcelona, both Mozart and Jommelli’s Betulia liberata with Muti in Salzburg and Ravenna and in Wroclaw under Rovaris; Mercadante’s Virginia at the Wexford Festival Opera; Mozart’s Mass in C minor KV 427 at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Nagano; Bach’s Johannes-Passion with Lopez-Banzo in Spain and Germany; Macbeth with Muti at the Salzburg Festival, Rome and Chicago; Solbiati’s La Leggenda in Turin with Noseda; Le Nozze di Figaro in Barcelona with Rousset; L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Seneca) at the Innsbruck Festival; La Bohème (with Chailly) and I Due Foscari in Valencia; Macbeth at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Rota’s Mysterium at the Vatican City, in Naples, Bari and in Milan (concert and recording) with La Verdi Orchestra; Rigoletto in Genoa under Luisi and in Bogotà; Handel’s Rinaldo and Admeto at the Theater an der Wien; Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques in Nancy and Paris; La Bohème in Rome and in Amsterdam; I Puritani in Florence; Rigoletto at the Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata; Le Duc d’Albe in London for Opera Rara; La Bohème in Palermo; Verdi’s Requiem in Manchester under Mark Elder. He had just starred in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Vespers on US tour and at the Wigmore Hall in London with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Plans include: revivals of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with the Monteverdi Choir and John Eliot Gardiner in Versailles; Die Zauberflöte in Liège under Paolo Arrivabeni; I Due Foscari in Amsterdam; Faccio’s Amleto and Turandot at the Bregenzer Festspiele; Semiramide in London for Opera Rara; Turandot in Montpellier; Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette in Beirut. In 2016 he will have his first solo recital at the Wigmore Hall in London.

Francesco Cilluffo

Francesco Cilluffo - conductor

Conductor and composer, he graduated from the Turin Conservatoire, the Guildhall School of Music and the King’s College in London. Among his most notable appearances as conductor: Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules in Palermo; concerts with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago (Chile); Mozart’s Requiem (Levin edition), Duruflé’s Requiem op. 9 and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 14 with the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino; concerts tour with the ORT-Orchestra della Toscana; Cilea’s L’Arlesiana for the opening of the 2013-2014 season of Teatro Pergolesi in Jesi (just released in CD and DVD for Dynamic); Verdi Galas at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and at the Verdi Festival in Parma; Cavalleria rusticana in Sassari; Tancredi for the Circuito Lirico Lombardo (Pavia, Cremona, Como and Brescia), featuring the Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali; La cambiale di matrimonio at the Teatro Regio in Parma; Il barbiere di Siviglia in Genoa; Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Campiello at the Opera di Firenze-Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste; L’elisir d’amore at the Regio in Parma, at the Comunale in Modena and with the New Israeli Opera; Tutino’s Le Braci (world première) at the Martina Franca Festival; Nabucco in Kiel. Plans: a revival of Le Braci at the Opera di Firenze-Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; a new production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv; La Traviata at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège and in Charleroi; a concert with the Toscanini Orchestra in Parma.


Wexford Festival Opera, October 2015, 22nd, 25th, 28th, 31st

Angelo Villari, Mariangela Sicilia, Annunziata Vestri, Gianluca Buratto star in Mascagni’s Guglielmo Ratcliff in Wexford, Francesco Cilluffo conducting
20/10/2015 16.14.00
Simone Alberghini, Gianluca Buratto and Mariangela Sicilia star in La Bohème at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo
18/09/2015 15.07.00
Mariangela Sicilia and Giulio Mastrototaro star in L’Inganno Felice at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro
06/08/2015 17.09.00
Luciana D’Intino and Mariangela Sicilia sing in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Opéra National de Paris, Daniel Oren conducting and David Mc Vicar directing
18/06/2015 17.23.00
Mariangela Sicilia stars in Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini new production directed by Terry Gilliam and conducted by Mark Elder at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam
08/05/2015 15.47.00
Marianna Pizzolato and Mariangela Sicilia star in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice (vers. Berlioz) at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo
17/02/2015 15.02.00
Mariangela Sicilia stars in Verdi’s I Quattro Pezzi Sacri at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and Groot Omroepkoor
05/02/2015 11.58.00
Mariangela Sicilia makes her Opéra de Paris debut as Musetta in La Bohème, Mark Elder conducting and Jonathan Miller directing
28/11/2014 15.02.00
Mariangela Sicilia and Simone Alberghini will feature in Guillaume Tell at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Michele Mariotti conducting and Graham Vick directing
02/10/2014 10.34.00
Congratulations to Mariangela Sicilia Operalia Prize Winner 2014
01/09/2014 16.23.00
Mariangela Sicilia, Raffaella Lupinacci and Davide Giusti sing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle under the baton of Alberto Zedda in Saint- Etienne
28/03/2014 15.08.00
Mariangela Sicilia stars as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore in Monte Carlo
18/02/2014 12.45.00
Krystian Adam, Mariangela Sicilia and Biagio Pizzuti star in La Pietra del Paragone at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Jean Christophe Spinosi conducting
17/01/2014 16.09.00
Stage Door’s artists star in Cilea’s L’Arlesiana for the season’s opening night at the Teatro Pergolesi in Jesi. Francesco Cilluffo conducts Cilea’s rare masterpiece; in the cast, Annunziata Vestri, Mariangela Sicilia, Stefano Antonucci and Valeriu Caradja.
24/09/2013 17.39.00
Rossini Opera Festival: Mariangela Sicilia stars as Albina in La Donna del Lago, Alberto Zedda conducting
07/08/2013 16.00.00
Rossini Opera Festival: Mario Cassi, Mariangela Sicilia and Raffaella Lupinacci to star in L’Italiana in Algeri, Davide Livermore directing
06/08/2013 11.54.00
Stefano Antonucci and Mariangela Sicilia star in Rigoletto at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari
30/05/2013 13.30.00
Mariangela Sicilia and Adriana Di Paola sing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Jerusalem and Ravenna, Paolo Olmi conducting
22/03/2013 16.21.00
Annunziata Vestri, Mariangela Sicilia and Christopher Robertson to star in Cilea L’Arlesiana at the Wexford Festival Opera
10/10/2012 10.47.00
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