Rossinimania: here come the Italian Harmonists

13 August 2019

A new episode of Rossinimania: on Thursday 15th August at 11.00 a.m. at the Teatro Rossini there will be a performance by the Italian Harmonists, voices from La Scala in a Quintet that is unique in Italy.  The Italian Harmonists have modeled themselves on the Comedian Harmonists, an important Berlin vocal group active between 1928 and 1935, who, when the Nazis came to power,  were forced first to change some of their members, as three of them were Jewish, and later to disband.

Thanks to their common training as professional singers, and in the case of some of the group to their equally professional training as instrumentalists, these five voices from La Scala have prepared a concert offering famous gems of classical music in either historical or newly prepared and unpublished arrangements made by the pianist Jader Costa and by the tenor Massimiliano Di Fino: Boccherini’s Minuet; Brahms’s Hungarian Dance N° 5; Schumann’s  Träumerei in the arrangement by Bruno Seidler-Winkler;  Rossini’s famous La danza (harmonized for five voices) which, on this special occasion, will be accompanied by another two numbers from the Soirées musicales and by one of the most famous of all operatic arias: Figaro’s Cavatina from Il barbiere di Siviglia; Offenbach’s Barcarolle which will be offered in three different vocal ranges; the Overture to Nabucco, in their unpublished transcription.

The Italian Harmonists are: Massimiliano Di Fino (tenor), Luca Di Gioia (tenor), Andrea Semeraro (tenor), Giorgio Tiboni (tenor), Sandro Chiri (basso).  At the piano: Jader Costa.