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CHIARA PANACCI – soprano

Chiara wurde in der Toskana geboren, lernt von Kindesbeinen an Flöte und macht einen Abschluss am Istituto Musicale “P. Mascagni” in Livorno. Gleichzeitig zur intensiven instrumentalen Tätigkeit nähert und begeistert sie sich für die Oper, ihren Weg als Opernsängerin mit der Mezzosopranistin Vera Magrini beginnend. 1999 schließt sie ihre Gesangsausbildung am Instituto Musicale “P. Masagni” unter der Betreuung des Baritons G. Polidori “con lode” ab.

Sie war Finalistin und hat verschiedene Gesangswettbewerbe und Stipendien gewonnen, unter anderem von der Accademia di Alta Specializzazione für die Fondazione Cantanti d’Opera Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, wo sie bei den Sopranistinnen Magda Olivero und Raina Kabaivanska studiert hat. Darüber hinaus für Opera Singing und die Accademia di Specializzazione per Cantanti d’Opera, veranstaltet durch das Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino und die Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena.

Sie hat bei Bruno Moretti, Bo Price, Bob Kettelsohn und Bruno Rigacci studiert, darüber hinaus an den bedeutendsten Theatern und Einrichtungen in Italien und im Ausland gesungen, darunter: das Teatro Comunale in Florenz, die Stiftung Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago (bei Lucca), das Teatro Goldini in Livorno , das Teatro alla Pergola in Florenz, das Teatro Comunale in Bologna, das Teatro Verdi in Florenz, das Teatro Rinnovati in Siena, das Teatro Rendano in Cosenza, das Teatro Comunale Pavarotti in Modena, das Teatro Politeama und das Teatro San Carlo in Neapel, das Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, die Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi, die Arena estivadel Giardino in Boboli (Florenz), das Castello Sforzesco in Mailand, das Teatro di Mullheim (Schweiz), das Teatro romano in Sharm el Sheik (Ägypten) und weitere.

Sie verfügt über ein weites Repertoire – an dieser Stelle seien einige Ihre Rollen genannt: die Silvia in Zanetto von P. Mascagni am Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi von Puccini in der Spielzeit 2002 am Teatro Comunale in Firenze an der Seite des Baritons Rolando Panerai; Corinna in Il Viaggio a Reims von Rossini und Don Hector, La Canterina von F.J.Haydn in der Spielzeit 2004 am Teatro Comunale in Firenze; Adina in L’elisir d’amore von Gaetano Donizetti; Violetta in La Traviata, Desdemona in Otello, Alice Ford in Falstaff und Leonora in Il Trovatore von Verdi; Nedda in I Pagliacci von Leoncavallo; Micaela in Carmen von G. Bizet; Maria in Guglielmo Ratcliff, in Il piccolo Marat: Mariella und Lola und Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana von Mascagni; Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Mimi und Musetta in La Bohème, Liù in Turandot, Floria Tosca aus Tosca, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly von Puccini; Pamina und Papagena in Il flauto magico (Die Zauberflöte), Cosi fan tutte, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna und Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni von WA Mozart; Belinda und weitere.

Zuletzt hat sie Donna Anna in Don Giovanni von W. A. Mozart am Teatro Mullheim (Schweiz) interpretiert und Violetta in La Traviata auf dem Montecatini Opera Festival und am Teatro Pacini in Pescia gesungen. 2017 feierte sie mit der Rolle der Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana di Mascagni am Teatro E. De Filippo in Cecina (bei Livorno) Prämiere.

Anschließend widmet sie sich, in Zusammenarbeit mit bekannten Festivals und Musikervereinigungen, intensiv der Konzerttätigkeit in Italien und im Ausland. Auch ihre Konzertkarriere im Bereich der kirchlichen Werke ist beachtlich. So sang sie als Requiem Missa Brevis es Solemnis von W.A. Mozart in Dur, die Messe in Dur von F. Schubert, den Magnificat von J.S. Bach in D-Dur, die “Neue Symphonie” von L. van Beethoven, den Stabat Mater und die Perire Messe Solennelle von G. Rossini und das Requiem von G. Faurè (2009 im Dom von Lucca, anlässlich des Todestages von G. Puccini). Das zweite Requiem von Verdi hat sie im Dezember 2013 beim Abendmahl in Santa Croce (Florenz) aufgeführt.

HIROKO SAITO – soprano

Hiroko was born in Hokkaido in Japan, she began to study piano at the age of four and singing at eighteen years old.
She graduated in 2001 with excellent grades at the Otani University of Sapporo (Japan), where she was the secretary until 2008.

That same year, she moved to Italy. Hiroko made her debut in Italy with Italian Opera Florence (“Rami musicali” association)
She debuted as Giovanna in “Rigoletto” by G. Verdi in 2011, as Kate in “Madama Butterfly” by G. Puccini in 2012, as Violetta in “La Traviata” by G. Verdi in 2012, as the Paggio in “Rigoletto” di G. Verdi in 2016.

Dream debuted in Kitami International Art Festival 2017 (Japan).
She sang as part of the choir in “La Traviata” by G. Verdi in 2017 and in 2018, she formed the musical unit MuGica and expanded her activity in Japan.
Hiroko’s repertoire ranges from the works of Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, and Verdi.

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VERONICA LAZZERI – soprano

Veronica Lazzeri was born in Empoli. She began to study singing with soprano Cristina Pagliai, immediately after she entered the “L. Cherubini” music conservatory in Florence, where she graduated in singing in the class of Benedetta Pecchioli.
With the “Città di Firenze” choir she sang at the Teatro della Pergola, at the Teatro Comunale, at the Auditorium of Santo Stefano in Ponte Vecchio, and Villa Bardini.

In 2011, with the G.Puccini Conservatory of Music of La Spezia, she sang as a soloist the “Choral Fantasy” of Beethoven at the National Auditorium of Bayreuth in Germany. In 2012 she sang at the Turin Theater “Il Lingotto”, at the Naval Academy of Livorno, the Orsini Fortress of Grosseto, Villa Favard in Florence, at the Florentine Music Center, Naples Municipal Theater, Naples Cathedral, with a wide repertoire that ranges from “Requiem” “,” Così fan tutte “,” Il ratto del serraglio “,” Don Giovanni “” Cronung Messe “by WAMozart,” Il Messia “by Handel,” Stabat Mater “by G. Rossini” Requiem “by G. Verdi and “Messa di Gloria” by G.Puccini. Also in 2012 she joined the OperaFestival staff of Florence as a chorister, staging “Aida” by G. Verdi and “Carmina Burana” by C. Orff, at the Abbey of S.Galgano and the military nautical academy of La Spezia.

From 2013 he sings as a soloist in the Italian Opera staff in Siena and Florence. In November 2013 he participated in the “XX Grand gala des jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques” in Montreal, Canada, as an Italian representative, thanks to a competition she won in Benevento. Veronica sang at the “Salle du Petit Opèra” at the “Salle Jean eudes” and at the “Salle Bourgie, musée des beaux-arts de Montréal”. In March 2014 she participated in the VIII “Giulio Neri” contest, winning the public prize. In 2015 she took part in the II “Silver cultural prize” competition, ranking first. In July 2015, with pianist David Boldrini, she opened the concert season “Songs and music” of Muru in Corsica.

SARA OTELLO – harpist

Sara graduated in harp in 1992 at the “L. Cherubini di Firenze” Conservatory under the guidance of Professor E. Rossi. In ’92 she won a scholarship at the School of High Musical Improvement of Saluzzo. Very young, she began her concert activity both as a soloist and in chamber music orchestras, collaborating with the first parts of the most important Italian and foreign orchestras. She performed in duo with D. Clevenger, first horn of the Chicago Simphony Orchestra;

with M. Marasco, first flute of the Tuscan Regional Orchestra and internationally renowned soloist; with P. L. Horvat, shoulder of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino of Florence; with L. Benucci, first horn of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; with F. Meloni, first clarinet of the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra; with A. Oliva, first flute of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra; with A. Dell’Ira, first trumpet of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra.
She attended advanced courses with J. Liber, the first harp of the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra, with G. Albisetti soloist and with C. Antonelli soloist.

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FLORIANDRE DEZAIRE- harpist

Floriandre Dezaire was born in 1995 in Paris, she started studying solfege at the age of 3 and playing the harp at 5 years old at the Regional Academy of music of Paris and actually finishing her degree at the conservatory of Florence. At age of 14 she played with the Orchestra of Radio France at la Salle Pleyel in Paris and at 16 played with the Philharmonie of Paris at the Zenith of Paris. During the same year she followed a master class with Genevieve l’Étang, who is an actually teacher at the National Academy of dance and music in Paris. At age of 17 and 19 she won two International contests in France. During her last year at the Academy of Paris she went on a tournée around Florence for five concerts. She started studying in Belgium at the Royal Academy of Brussels but very soon joined Florence to live in her favorite city and finish her studies. During those three years in Florence she played in many concerts as a soloist as like, the big project in Florences’ museum, strings city, for two consecutive years. She also collaborated three times with the regional orchestra of Tuscany where they did a tournée of five concerts in all Tuscany. Now she is playing as main harpist at Opera in The Kitchen.

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