18 September, 9pm
Palazzo Agudio, Malgrate
GIOVANNA MANCI (SOPRANO), ANNA FERRER (PIANO)
PROGRAM: CHOPIN AND THE MELODY
Bellini: La Ricordanza.
Chopin: 6 Canzoni polacche (Desiderio di fanciulla, Lontan dagli occh, Il mio tesoro, Malinconia, Canzone lituana, Le mie gioie)
Verdi: D'amor sull'ali rosee.
Bellini: Col sorriso d'innocenza
Liszt: Benedetto sia il giorno.
Puccini: Sole e amore.
Puccini: Vissi d'arte.
Catalani: Chanson groenlandaise
GIOVANNA MANCI (SOPRANO)
“Giovanna Manci has a rich voice of wide range, with a sweet phrasing and ringing high notes and poised, warm lower tones” (Josè Minervini). “Giovanna Manci confirmed her vocal and interpretative gifts. Her voice is powerful, her tone limpid, her phrasing perfectly controlled, her musical sensitivity is undisputable” (Paolo Pinto). “The excellent soprano Giovanna Manci has a lyrical voice but is extremely capable in the agility of Fanny’s difficult aria” (Andrea Merli). Culled from Giovanna Manci’s pressbook, the praises above, which refer to three different performances, describe the technical and vocal accomplishment of a lyrical soprano of great talent.
Born in Milan she studied Music and Voice with Fausta Corti Coppetti at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome. She won the International Voice Competition “Città di Cagliari”. She was invited by the Rossini Foundation in Pesaro to attend the course of the Accademia Rossiniana. She took part in Peter Maag’s Workshop in Treviso about Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro.
In the opera house, after her debut in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Rome Opera as Edita Gruberova’s standin, she worked with important regisseurs and conductors such as Fassini, Samaritani, Puecher, De Bosio, Menotti, Graziella Sciutti, Beni Montresor, Scaparro, Haider, De Bernart, G.P. Sanzogno, Marco Armiliato, Peter Maag, Hickox, Giovaninetti, Fabio Biondi, tackling many roles as a protagonist both in repertory operas and in rarities, among them, besides Lucia, Gilda in “Rigoletto”, Musetta in “Bohème”, the Countess in “Nozze di Figaro”, Fanny and Madama Cortese in Rossini’s “Cambiale di Matrimonio” and “Il viaggio a Reims”, Rachelina in Paisiello’s “La Molinara”, Eugenia in Cimarosa’s “Il marito disperato”. She was also Sophie in Massenet’s “Werther”, Cornelia and Ernesto in Alessandro Scarlatti’s “Il trionfo dell’onore” and “La principessa fedele”.
Taking part in numerous Festivals, she sang, among others, Grilletta in Haydn’s “Lo speziale”, Provenzale’s “La colomba ferita” (first modern staging) , the title role in Domenico Scarlatti’s “La Dirindina”, Serpina in Pergolesi’s “La serva padrona”, Bastiana in Mozart’s “Bastiano e Bastiana”, Betly in Donizetti’s “Betly ossia la capanna svizzera”( two-act version), Merlina in Hasse’s “La fantesca” (first modern performance) La Straniera and Lucy in Menotti’s “The Consul” and “The telephone”.
Her concert activity is very intense and has brought her to tackle a very wide repertoire – from Baroque to contemporary – with many rarities (and numerous first modern performances). She cooperated with artists, musicians and ensembles such as Rockwell Blake, Fred Sherry, Charles Rosen, Peter Maag, Lü Jia, Jan Latham-Koenig, Claudio Desderi, Vittorio Parisi, Fabrizio Ventura, Ernesto Palacio, Angelo Persichilli, the Gonfalone’s Chamber Orchestra, Gloria Banditelli, Antonio Florio, Giovanni Bellucci, the Scala Strings, the Solist of Sophia, the Virtuosi of Santa Cecilia, the Solisti Aquilani, the Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI, the Philharmonia Chorus of London, the Young Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.
She sang for many houses, festivals and associations, among them the Rome Opera House, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Great Hall of St. Petersburg’s Philharmonic , the Volkstheather at Rostock, Spoleto’s Festival of the Two Worlds, the Festivals of the Nations in Malta, the Orizzonti Barocchi in Palermo, the Festival Pontino, the new Rome Auditorium – Parco della Musica, the Accademia Filarmonica and the Oratorio del Gonfalone in Rome, the RAI, the Vatican Radio.
She has taken part in many radio and TV broadcasts, and many of her interpretations, both in opera and in concert, were broadcast by RAI – Radio Televisione Italiana, by the Vatican Radio and other Radio and Television programmes.
On CD she recorded, as a world premiere, Umberto Giordano’s “La cena delle beffe” and Valentino Fioravanti’s “Le cantatrici villane” for BONGIOVANNI in Bologna, G.B. Pergolesi’s “L’Olimpiade” for ARKADIA in Milan; G.C. Menotti’s “The Consul” for CHANDOS in London (first recording in the original language); Niccolò Jommelli’s “Miserere” for NUOVA ERA in Turin (first modern performance)..
ANNA FERRER (PIANO)
"Her splendid performance, her transparent sound and intensity in each passage define her refined musicality" (J. Comellas-Revista Musical Catalana).
"An exceptional personality and an emotional intensity. Her musical expression that evoke images of delicacy and strength has captured the public" (La Stampa, Italy)).
Anna Ferrer was born in Girona (Spain), and she is the fifth generation of a family of great musicians. She studied at the Conservatories of Girona and Barcelona, specializing in piano and chamber music with honors and awards. Subsequently, she had additional training with Emmanuel Ferrer, Roberto Bravo, Edith Fisher, Paul Badura-Skoda and Luiz de Moura Castro, Aquiles Delle Vigne.
Usually she performs in concert as part of chamber ensembles with renowned artists such as Igor Frolov, Claudi Arimany, Andras Adorjan, Maxence Larrieu, Giuseppe Nova, Massimo Mercelli, Thierry Huillet, François-Michel Rignol, Eugen Mantua, Annie Ploquin, Dalmau Gonzalez , Mirela Zafiri, Rosa Mateu, Giovanni Manca, M ª Dolors Alde (etc.) and as a soloist with various orchestras including the Chamber Orchestra of Bucharest, Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra, Artur Rubinstein, Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Orchestra of Moscow, Torun Symphony Orchestra , Bursa Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Mediterranea, ECO ... She performed throughout Europe and Asia participated in the most prestigious festivals.
She has recorded for various radio and television, as TVE, TV3, TV2, Canal Sur, BDD, Mediterranean, TV, TV Galicia, Catalunya Radio, Radio Timisoara. Recently she recorded a CD dedicated to Sarasate with the Austrian violinist Gernot Winischhofer.
Since 12 years, she helds directs the Department of Piano and Chamber Music of Girona’s Conservatory. Some of her students won several piano competitions. Anna Ferrer is a member of the Jury of the International Scriabin Piano Competition and the New Acropolis Interpretation Award Alcoy.
She taught several courses and masterclasses in collaboration with pianist Luiz de Moura Castro.