The soprano Anna Maria Ferrante studied Humanities and Music in Rome, the city where she was born. After finishing her secondary education in the Classics, she studied Philosophy at La Sapienza University and Singing at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where she graduated with top marks.
At a very young age she won a number of international singing competitions, such as the Vincenzo Bellini in Caltanissetta, the Francesco P. Neglia in Enna and the Toti dal Monte in Treviso. The juries included personages of the opera world and artists such as Giuseppe di Stefano, Alfredo Kraus, Giulietta Simionato, Giorgio Vidusso etc. .
Winning the first prize in 1987 at the prestigious Giuseppe Verdi International Competition in Parma brought her to the attention of the Teatro Regio, where she debuted, before she had even graduated, in the role of Euridice in an important production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice
Immediately afterwards she played the role of Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin and at the Cork Opera House, where she received unanimous acclaim from the music critics.
Since then she has performed with illustrious conductors, among which G. Sinopoli, R. Bonynge, P. Maag, P. Bellugi, E. Plasson, A. Östman, Lü Jia and L.R. Salomon, in prestigious theatres and cultural institutions such as the Teatro Comunale of Florence, the San Carlo in Naples, the Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, the Carlo Felice in Genova, the Teatro Comunale of Treviso, Sala Verdi in the Milan Conservatoire, as well as the Rome and Naples RAI Auditoriums. The many roles in her repertoire include: La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvirain Don Giovanni, Liù in Turandot, Manon Lescaut.
In addition to opera, she has taken on the vocal-symphonic repertoire and sacred music: Cesar Franck’s symphonic poem Rédemption, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Anfossi’ s oratorio La Nascita del Redentore in the first mo dern performance, C. Saint-Saëns’s Oratorio de Noël, Pergolesi’s Salve Regina and Stabat Mater, Charpentier’s Te Deum, and Schubert’s Mass in G major, working with orchestras such as the Santa Cecilia Chamber Orchestra and with the well-known Orchestra da Camera di Padova e del Veneto.
She has recorded for Vatican Radio, Deutsche Grammophon, and for the Bongiovanni Inedita series, interpreting the N.Vaccaj’s cantata for soprano and orchestra Andromeda, and A. Vivaldi’s opera Ottone in Villa. With regards to teaching, in 1995 she ranked first on the Ministry of Public Education’s competitive examination, and was thus appointed singing teacher at the G. Verdi Conservatoire in Milan. Subsequently, in 2005, she moved to the Santa Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome. She holds master classes in Italy and abroad.
From 2004 to 2007 she taught Summer Specialisation Courses at the G. Verdi Conservatoire in Milan for a select group of students from the University of Osaka, Japan. Since 2005 of up to 2011, at the Castello of Maenza – Italy, she gave every year the Summer Courses, of which the last in collaboration with the Course of Conducting held by M° Luis Rafael Salomon. In 2007 she held a masterclass at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy in Warsaw – Poland. Since 2008 to 2009 she was invited to hold numerous masterclasses, by DPRK-Corea, while in 2010 she was invited to the Music Academy of Riga – Latvia, and at the Marijinsky Theatre’s Academy of Saint Petersburg – Russia. In 2012 held a Master at the Theatre of Daejeon – South Corea, and in 2013 at the Gheorghe Dima Academy in Cluj – Romania. In August 2013, she will hold a summer workshop at the Villa Bossi’s Academy, near Varese – Italy.
Many her students as Irene Favro, Ji Hyun Park and Deuk kyu Choi, are winners of International Competitions and have undertaken the artistic activity. The 2012 edition of the “Premio delle Arti”, competition reserved to the students of all italian conservatoires, has seen as the winner of the absolute first prize of Canto section, her student Li Keng. In the this year edition of the same Competition, her student Jessica Loaiza Perez, has received a special mention. She has been on the jury panel for the International Competition “Città di Ovada – Premio Franz Schubert”, at the International Competition of “Musical Interpretation – Città di Racconigi” and at the ASSAMI Competition of the G. Verdi Conservatoire in Milano,
together with the soprano Magda Olivero.
She is also a member of the Honorary Committee for the Lyric International Competition “Giacomo Lauri Volpi”. For the series in DVD “I Segreti della Musica”, submitted by Repubblica and l’Espresso and accomplished by Corrado Augias, she cured the sections “Strumenti d’autore”, for the numbers dedicated to Verdi, Puccini and Rossini.
Opera Workshop for Singers and Pianists
This course is intended for singers and pianists wishing to prepare for the type of work they will need to deal with in the theatre, and for singers with an active career wishing to prepare their repertoire.
According to the classical work pattern, the staging of an opera goes through several phases. The singer, who already knows the role to be interpreted, has to attend the “Music Rehearsal” (the conductor begins to rehearse with the singers before bringing in the orchestra, accompanied by a pianist), the “Staging Rehearsals”, the “Sitting Rehearsal” (the conductor rehearses with the orchestra and with the singers on the stage, but without stage movements), leading to the “Dress Rehearsal”.
Leaving aside these latter rehearsals, which require the presence of an orchestra, our course, alongside technical-musical study with a singing teacher, concentrates on the fundamental experience of the “Music Rehearsal”. It therefore also provides an opportunity for pianists wishing to prepare for the profession of “Korrepetitor”, which is quite different from that of “accompanist” . During the “Music Rehearsal” the “Korrepetitor” acts as the orchestra and, together with the singers, has to follow the conductor. Singers and pianist will therefore have the opportunity to learn something that is often underestimated in terms of difficulty and complexity: singing and playing under a conductor.
Pianists wishing to deal with the problems of accompanying will be able to work with the pianist of the Course.
Our Opera Workshop will therefore provide singers and pianists with an experience that will help them to avoid the sort of difficulties they often meet at the start of their profession.