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THE BACKGROUND

The Opera was invented in Italy more than 500 years ago. The Opera Theater is the place where the human voice is able to achieve its maximum potential. Almost all the operas being performed today use a Libretto, which is text written in Italian.

This is why the Italian language is being studied throughout the world!

And did you know, that since Italian has the most balanced set of vowels and consonants per word, it is said to be the perfect language to sing?

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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. After his diploma as Maestro in Violin with Guido Furini at the Conservatory of Music “C. Pollini” of Padova, his native City, he specialized with 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 Leopold Hager at the Vienna Musikhochschule, he commenced his studies with M° Vincent La Selva at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and then is mentored by M° Piero Bellugi from 2009-2012, of whom he becomes Assistant in New York.

 
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After his debut at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice with its Orchestra and Choir for the 150th Anniversary Concert of the Unity of Italy, he was Assistant Conductor to M° Gustav Kuhn in the 2012-2013 Season at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl (Austria).  As Resident Conductor of the Teatro Carlo Felice of Genova in 2014, his debut in opera is with Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  He collaborated with important theaters and orchestras in Italy and abroad, such as the orchestras of: Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Il Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Arena di Verona, Teatro Verdi of Trieste, Teatro Petruzzelli of Bari, Shanghai Philharmonic, New York Chamber Virtuosi, etc..  Lately, he was in tournée with Hollywood actor John Malkovich with the project “Report on the Blind” (music by A. Schnittke) in Italy and abroad.  He is already guest to the most important music Festivals in Italy, such as the Ravello Festival, Spoleto Two Worlds Festival, Festival della Valle d’Itria, La Versiliana, the Venice Festival, Emilia Romagna Festival, Ljubljana Festival and MittelFest. He is President of the Venetian Community of New York.

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.