Anna Malavasi (mezzo soprano)
Anna Malavasi was born in Mantua and began to study singing in 1997 at the G. Rossini Conservatory of Pesaro. She studied singing with the soprano Fiorenza Cedolins, and obtained her diploma with the highest marks at the conservatory of Novara. She took part in the first masterclass held by Mirella Freni in Bologna, and was a pupil of Teatro Regio’s Verdi Opera Studio (Parma), under the direction of Renata Scotto. In 2001 she sang Doralice in La Gazzetta, directed by Dario Fo, for the Rossini Opera Festival and in 2002, after study at the Rossini Academy under Alberto Zedda, she sang Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims. In 2003 she won first prize at Rome’s Second International Competition of Sacred Music. She has since enjoyed a busy career both in concert and in the opera house, with rôles including Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello, Laura in Luisa Miller and Ines in Il Trovatore.
Bruno Taddia (baritone)
Bruno Taddia was Born in Pavia and received distinction for the Diploma in Violin from the Genoa Academy of Music. He continued his studies in ‘Experimental Composition’ at the “Giuseppe Verdi” Music Academy in Milan, as well as opera and concert singing under the guidance of Paolo Montarsolo. Bruno’s first foray into the musical world was as a violinist, however, after attending the “Accademia Rossiniana” courses in Pesaro under the guidance of Alberto Zedda, he made his debut at “Rossini Opera Festival 2001” as Don Alvaro in Il viaggio a Reims, under the direction of Emilio Sagi. After participating in the AsLiCo International competition in 2002 for the role of Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri by Rossini, he was engaged in several productions by the “Circuito Lirico Lombardo” and subsequently invited by the most distinguished theatres in Italy and abroad. He regularly collaborates with some of the most destinguished conductors of the day, such as Muti, Gelmetti, Abbado, De Bernart, Zedda, Barbacini, Rovaris, Allemandi, Frizza, Rizzi Brignoli, Zanetti, Callegari, Aprea, Gibault, Fogliani, Sardelli, Gandolfi, as well as notable directors, among whom the Nobel laureate Fo, Martone, Pizzi, Olmi, and others.
Razek-Francois Bitar was born in Aleppo and studied at both the University of Damascus and the Higher Conservatoire of Damascus. Subsequent studies took him to the Conservatorio Niccolo Paganini in Genoa and the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia. He is now based in Rome and in Berlin. He performed as Ramiro in Mozart's La finta giardiniera in 2002. Since then he has appeared in numerous roles, including The Voice of Apollo in Britten's Death in Venice , Orfeo in Graham Vick's production of Orfeo ed Euridice by Gluck, and as Roberto in Griselda by Vivaldi.
Lorenzo Muzzi (baritone)
He began his artistic career very early playing bass in major theatrical institutes in Italy and abroad. Thanks to having won the Spoleto contest in 1988, he made his debut as Don Giovanni and as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro. He has had important roles under famous directors and conductors. His part in the premiere of the trial of Alberto Colla (directed by D. Abbado) at the Valli Theatre, Reggio Emilia and at the Piccolo Milan in 2002 was outstanding. He has recorded many DVDs with the Dynamic, Hardy Classic, Bongiovanni and Opus Arte labels. He has lived in Anversa, Belgium since 2009 where he works with the pianist and vocal coach Sabrina Avantario. After a long vocal research he has established his voice as baritone.
Antonio Marani (bass)
Specializing under Cloude Thiolas and Rodolfo Celletti, extending his knowledge of the performing arts under Virginio Puecher and French and German Camera Music under Elio Battaglia and Gerard Souzay, Antonio Marani won the Conegliano Veneto Chamber Music Contest in 1986. A flexible timbred bass, his vaste repertoire ranges from seventeeth century to contemporary music. He has been a guest of famous theatres and festivals both in Italy and abroad and has been conducted by Benedetti Michelangeli, Kuhn, Maag, Oren Chailly, Thielemann, Veronesi, Jurowsky and Desderi.