Royal Opera House, Mumbai in association with Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, Mumbai, Furtados and Avid Learning presents this performance celebrating 2018 as the Rossinian Year- the 150th Death anniversary of the famed Operatic composer, and, is dedicated to him and his wife. Italian artistes, Soprano Maria Chiara Pizzoli and Harpist Marianne Gubri will perform classical arias by Rossini and Isabella Colbran- the singer, muse and wife of the Italian composer. The arias, sung in Italian, were composed for accompaniment by piano or harp and were published between 1805 and 1809. Contemporary renditions of these arias were recorded by the duo in a First World Recording for the Italian record label Tactus and a selection of these will be performed by them on our stage.
Maria Chiara Pizzoli attended the singing course at the Conservatorio "G.B. Martini" in Bologna and the "G.Frescobaldi" Conservatory of Ferrara. Within the Conservatory it is immediately brought to debut on Opera Stage, productions in collaboration with the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. She began her solo activity with the role of Tamiri in Mozart's work "IL RE PASTORE". She has participated in numerous concerts in collaboration with "Cappella Teatina" and musicians of "Europa Galante" and "Giardino Armonico". Under the direction of M. Herbert Handt she recorded the Mass of Glory by Rossini, with Torre del Lago orchestra. At the Teatro Regio di Parma she supported several roles including: Butterfly, Turandot, Traviata, Suor Angelica, Barbiere di Siviglia, Bohème, and Carmen. A finalist at the International Competition "Anselmo Colzani" 2003, she won the first prize as the best Mozart performance at the Competition Nuovi Orizzonti 2006, and was ranked second in the competition. She also won the contest "Città di Pistoia 2006" for the role of Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni" by W.A.Mozart. She currently teaches lyrical singing at the Gardart School of Music and continues her activity as a soprano.Read more
Marianne Gubri started studying the Harp at a young age and obtained a Bachelor Music Degree in 1997. In 2002, she achieved her Diploma in Ancient Harp at the Conservatory of Tours, and the Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies Degree in Musicology at the University F. Rabelais of Tours (Centre d’ Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance), Venice (Università Ca’ Foscari. Her performances include numerous concerts and international tours in places such as Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil and Mexico, USA, China, Dubai. She has performed as a soloist, in a duo and with different music ensembles specialising in traditional, classical and antique music. Some of these include; Ensemble Doulce Mémoire, Ar Strobineller, Ensemble Francesca Caccini, Il Concento, Sensus, Ensemble Korymbos, Ensemble Produzioni Armoniche, Silentia Lunae, Accademia degli Astrusi, Ensemble Armonia delle Sfere, Ensemble Lorenzo da Ponte, Hrap & Hang, Celtic Dream and more. Marianne has participated in more than 10 recordings for labels such as: Mondo Musica, Tactus, Alman Music, L'Empreinte Digitale, Brillant Classics. From 2006 to 2008, Marianne taught Renaissance and Baroque harp at the Conservatory of Ferrara, then in Pesaro, Parma and Vibo Valentia, and for Colorado University. She is also the director of the Bologna Harp Festival.Read more