Il Pomo d’Oro, Riccardo Minasi – dirigent
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One of the world’s supreme countertenors, Franco Fagioli, will appear in Prague for the first time, accompanied by the famous ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro with Riccardo Minasi.
Born in Argentina, Franco Fagioli initially studied piano and then singing at the Superior Art Institute of the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. His international career took off in 2003, when he won the Bertelsmann singing competition ‘Neue Stimmen’. Franco Fagioli has since made regular appearances at opera houses in Buenos Aires, Karlsruhe, Bonn, Zurich, Essen and Genoa, at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, and also at a number of festivals, including those in Halle, Ludwigsburg, Innsbruck and Froville.
Franco Fagioli is one of the five countertenors to appear in the opera, TV, CD and DVD production of Leonardo Vinci’s Artaserse, which has been awarded many international prizes. His discography includes, among others, CD Arias for Caffarelli (with Il Pomo D’Oro, directed by Riccardo Minasi), in which Fagioli paid homage to the famous Italian castrat Caffarelli (1710–1783). In CD Il maestro Porpora – Arias he paid homage to the Italian composer Nicola Porpora (1686–1768). He also made an appearance on the CD with Johann Adolf Hasse’s Siroe – Re di Persia, as well as featuring on the world-premiere recording of Antonio Caldara‘s La Concordia de’pianeti.
In 2014, Franco Fagioli made his debut at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival with his programme Giambattista Velutti, the homage to another famous Italian castrat Velutti, 1780–1861). In the same year, there were two debuts with works by Mozart: Sesto in La clemenza di Tito in Nancy and Idamante in Idomeneo at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2015, Franco Fagioli is touring France and Germany in the role of Cesare for Leonardo Vinci’s opera Catone in Utica and with program Arias for Caffarelli, together with Il Pomo D’Oro and Riccardo Minasi.