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CHIARA PANACCI – soprano

Chiara was born in Tuscany and started to study as flautist when she was a child, graduating at Istituto Musicale “P. Mascagni” of Livorno.
In parallel to the intensive activities instrumentalist she approached the knowledge and passion for the opera thus beginning its path opera singer with the mezzo-soprano Vera Magrini. In 1999 she attained an honors diploma in singing, at the Musical Institute “P. Mascagni” in Livorno under the guidance of the baritone M° G. Polidori and P. Soroga.

She was a finalist and has won numerous singing competitions and scholarships including the Academy of High Specialization for Opera Singers Foundation Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago where she studied with the sopranos Magda Olivero and Raina Kabaivanska and Opera Singing and the Academy of Specialization for Opera Singers organized by the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena.

She studied with Bruno Moretti, Bo Price, Bob Kettelsohn and Bruno Rigacci. She has performed in prestigious theaters and Foundations, in Italy and abroad, including:

the Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Foundation Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago (Lu), the Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, Teatro alla Pergola in Florence, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Teatro Verdi in Florence, the Teatro Rinnovati of Siena, Theatre Rendano of Cosenza, the Teatro Comunale di Modena Pavarotti, Politeama Theatre e Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, the Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini of Jesi, the Summer Arena of the Boboli Gardens (Fi), the Sforzesco Castle in Milan the Theatre of Mullheim (Switzerland), the Roman Theatre Sharm el Sheik (Egypt), etc.

Her repertoire is very wide and, among the many roles she has played, we quote: the role of Silvia in Zanetto by P. Mascagni at the Teatro Goldoni in LivornoLauretta in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini for the opera season 2002 of the Teatro Comunale in Florence next to the baritone Rolando Panerai; Corinna in Il Viaggio a Reims by Rossini and Don Hector in The Canterina of F.G.Haydn for the 2004 opera season of the Teatro Comunale of Florence; Adina in L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti; Violetta in La Traviata, Desdemona in Otello, Alice Ford in Falstaff and Leonora in Il Trovatore by Verdi; Nedda in I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo; Micaela we G. Bizet’s Carmen; Maria in Guglielmo Ratcliff, Mariella’s Il piccolo Marat and Lola e Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni; Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, Liù it Turandot, Floria Tosca will Tosca, Cio Cio San Madama Butterfly by Puccini it; Pamina and Papagena in The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte will Fiordiligi, Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni by WA Mozart; Belinda will Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, etc.

She recently played Donna Anna in Don Giovanni Di W. A. Mozart atTeatro Mullheim (Switzerland) and played Violetta in La traviata for MontecatiniOperaFestival and at Teatro Pacini Pescia.
Last October she debuted the role of Santuzza from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana at Teatro E. De Filippo in Cecina (LI).

In addition to theatrical it plays an intense concert activity in Italy and abroad, in collaboration with prestigious festivals and music associations.
Also significant was her concert career that has seen her star in performances of sacred works such as the Requiem and the Missa Brevis et Solemnis in C May by WA Mozart, Mass in G May by F. Schubert, the Magnificat in D May by JS Bach, the “Ninth Symphony” by L. van Beethoven, the Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle by G. Rossini, G. Fauré’s Requiem (in 2009 at the Cathedral of Lucca for the anniversary of the death of G. Puccini), the G. Verdi’s Requiem performed in December 2013 at the Cenacolo di Santa Croce (Florence).

Ha studiato con Bruno Moretti, Bo Price, Bob Kettelsohn e Bruno Rigacci. Ha suonato in prestigiosi teatri e fondazioni, in Italia e all’estero, tra cui: il Teatro Comunale di Firenze, la Fondazione Puccini Festival a Torre del Lago (Lu), il Teatro Goldoni a Livorno, il Teatro alla Pergola a Firenze, il Teatro Comunale di Bologna, il Teatro Verdi di Firenze, il Teatro Rinnovati di Siena, il Teatro Rendano di Cosenza, il Teatro Comunale di Modena Pavarotti, il Teatro Politeama e il Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, il Teatro del Giglio a Lucca, la Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini di Jesi, l’Arena estiva

del Giardino di Boboli (Fi), il Castello Sforzesco di Milano il Teatro di Mullheim (Svizzera), Teatro romano di Sharm el Sheik (Egitto), e altri ancora.

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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