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Opera Italiana gives the gift to the community to experience and listen for free, in a gorgeous outdoor space, the magic of opera and its sublime areas.

People of all ages and cultures who are not familiar with this art will immediately fall in love with it!
 
 

The PRESIDENT & MUSIC DIRECTOR

 
 
 
 
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Alvise Casellati  is considered one of the emerging talents of the latest years.  He is President and Music Director of Central Park Summer Concerts, an organization that produces an annual concert, Opera Italiana is in the Air, in Central Park, New York, with the aim of promoting knowledge and appreciation of Italian Opera targeting in particular the young generation.  

His debut in Italy is at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice where he conducts the Orchestra and Choir for the 150th Anniversary Concert of the Unity of Italy.  He is since then guest to the most important music Festivals, such as the Ravello Festival, where he conducted for 3 years the famous Dawn Concert, the Spoleto Two Worlds Festival, the Festival della Valle d'Itria, La Versiliana, The Ljubljana Festival, The Emilia Romagna Festival, MittelFest in Cividale del Friuli, the Baltic Music Seasons in Jurmala and Viva Musica Festival in Bratislava.  

It is under his conducting that actor John Malkovich has its Italian debut in July 2017 at the Emilia Romagna Festival with “Report on the Blind” with music by A. Schnittke in Forlì, Cividale del Friuli, Ljubljana and Zagreb, and in 2018 in Jurmala (Latvia) and Bratislava.

 
photo©Davide Cerati

photo©Davide Cerati

 

As Resident Conductor of the Teatro Carlo Felice of Genova in 2014, his debut in opera is with Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and then Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore.  He was also Director of the Ensemble Opera Studio (EOS) at Teatro Carlo Felice, where approximately 30 young singers were selected out of more than 600 international candidates to work as the stable company of the Theater.  

He collaborated with important theaters in Italy:  Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari etc.. He further collaborated with Italian and foreign orchestras, such as: Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice, Orchestra of Teatro Carlo Felice, Petruzzelli Orchestra, Teatro Verdi Orchestra, Arena di Verona Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Haydn Orchestra of Trento and Bolzano, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Orchestra of Padova & Veneto, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, I Solisti Aquilani, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari, Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Salernitana, Teatro Rendano Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, I Virtuosi Italiani (Verona), Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento etc. Among the Orchestras abroad, he collaborated with Central Park Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, the New York Chamber Virtuosi, Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra (Baku), Orchestra Sinfonica of Mar del Plata (Argentina), Voronezh Philharmonic (Russia).

He is Founder and President of the Venetian Community of New York. He was Managing Director of the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture in New York.

After his diploma as Maestro in violin with M° Guido Furini at the Conservatory of Music “C. Pollini” of Padova, his native City, he specialized with M° Felice Cusano and Taras Gabora. Further, he received a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Padova (School of Law), a Master Degree (LL.M.) at Columbia University, School of Law in New York focusing on copyright and he further participated in a course of “Executive Management” at Harvard University. He was also admitted to the New York and Italian Bar.  Drawn to orchestral conducting by M° Leopold Hager at the Vienna Musikhochschule, he commenced his studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and then was mentored by M° Piero Bellugi, of whom he becomes Assistant to his Orchestral Conducting Masterclass in New York in June 2010.  He was Assistant Conductor to M° Gustav Kuhn in the 2012- 2013 Season at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl (Austria).

www.alvisecasellati.com

 
 

Head of Artistic Department

 
 
 
 
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Dani Bedoni is a trained classical musician and business administrator who has been a passionate advocate for arts programs that ignite social change for over 30 years. With degrees from the Universidad Metropolitana and Conservatory Simón Bolívar both in Caracas, Venezuela, Ms. Bedoni has worked in financial roles at Iskia S.A. and Invercapital in Caracas, and Credit Lyonnais Bank in Paris.

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She is a member of the Education Committee of the New York Philharmonic, Board of Directors of Harmony Program, Board of Directors El Sistema USA, Board of Directors of International Contemporary Ensemble ICE, Board of Overseers of New England Conservatory, Board of Directors of KidzNotes in North Carolina, and a former member of the Advisory Board of Bravo Music Festival in Colorado and ProChamber Music in Venezuela.