The Concert on Tuesday 18th August at 8.30 p.m. in the open-air theatre established in Piazza del Popolo is dedicated to Rossini’s buffo [comic] music: the trio composed of Alfonso Antoniozzi, Paolo Bordogna and Alessandro Corbelli will offer a concert on the theme L’ABC del Buffo [the ABC of the Buffo] together with the Filarmonica Gioachino Rossini conducted by Michele Spotti.
Alfonso Antoniozzi, baritone and stage director, was born in Viterbo and studied with Sesto Bruscantini. He began his brilliant career with Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, and went on to perform in the leading opera houses of the world. Beginning in 2008, he has worked as director in the theatres of Astana, Bologna, Cagliari, Genoa and Parma, at the Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires, at the Otsu Nikikai Opera Foundation, at the Festival della Valle d’Itria and at the Tuscia Opera Festival.
The Milanese bass-baritone Paolo Bordogna has appeared with success on the most prestigious international stages, with conductors such as Roberto Abbado, Yves Abel, Marco Armiliato, Bruno Campanella, Alan Curtis, Alessandro De Marchi, Dan Ettinger, Jesús López-Cobos, Michele Mariotti, Kent Nagano, Evelino Pidò, Stefano Ranzani, Donato Renzetti, Corrado Rovaris, Christophe Rousset, Claudio Scimone, Alberto Zedda.
The baritone Alessandro Corbelli, born in Turin, has sung numerous Rossini rôles in the world’s most important opera houses. His repertoire includes operas by Mozart, Donizetti, and Puccini which he has sung at La Scala and in Munich, Cologne, Genoa, Madrid, Barcelona, Toulouse, Rome, Naples, Florence, Turin and at the Festivals of Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg. He won the Abbiati Prize for his Leporello in Don Giovanni at La Scala.
The concert programme will include the Overture and Germano’s aria “Amore dolcemente” (Alessandro Corbelli, Alfonso Antoniozzi) from La scala di seta; Geronio’s Aria “Se ho da dirla, avrei molto piacere ” (Paolo Bordogna) and the Duet for Geronio & Selim “D’un bell’uso di Turchia” (Paolo Bordogna, Alfonso Antoniozzi) from Il turco in Italia; Don Magnifico’s Cavatina “Miei rampolli femminini” (Alessandro Corbelli), Magnifico’s opening to the Finale of Act One “Intendente! Direttor!” (Alfonso Antoniozzi), Don Magnifico’s Aria “Sia qualunque delle figlie” (Paolo Bordogna) and the Duet for Dandini and Don Magnifico “Un segreto d’importanza” (Alfonso Antoniozzi, Alessandro Corbelli) from La Cenerentola; the Duet for Geronimo and Count Robinson “Se fiato in corpo avete” (Paolo Bordogna, Alessandro Corbelli) and the Overture from Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa; Agata’s Cavatina “Lazzarune, scauzacane” (Paolo Bordogna) from Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali by Gaetano Donizetti; Don Pasquale’s Cantabile “Ah! un foco insolito” (Alessandro Corbelli) and the Duet for Malatesta and Don Pasquale “Cheti, cheti immantinente” (Alfonso Antoniozzi, Alessandro Corbelli) from Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti; Beaupertuis’s Aria “È una cosa incredibile” (Paolo Bordogna) from Il cappello di paglia di Firenze by Nino Rota; Falstaff’s Monologue “Ehi! paggio! … L’onore!” (Alfonso Antoniozzi) from Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff.