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4/11/2024, 7:00 p.m.

Adolfo Corrado2023 BBC Cardiff of the World Competition winner

Adolfo Corrado – bass
Michele d’Elia – piano

The Italian singer Adolfo Corrado (*1994) was the first bass in the history of the famous BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition to take the Absolute Winner prize. For this fine artist, it was “a dream come true…” The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition celebrated its fortieth anniversary in June 2023. It is one of the most important and probably the most influential world competition. It embarked world careers of many singers such as Bryn Terfel or Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Native of the Italian city Scorrano, Adolfo Corrado graduated from Tito Schipa Conservatory of Music in Lecce, and continued his musical studies in Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in the house’s Young Artist Project. His previous engagements include guest appearances at many important scenes, such as Milan’s La Scala (Andrea Chénier, May 2023), Teatro Petruzzelli (Don Pasquale, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème), Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia (Don Giovanni), Teatro La Fenice in Venice (La bohème). In March 2024, he will be Alidoro (La cenerentola) in Toulouse, followed by Lorenzo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) in Liège in May, and Timur (Turandot) in Palermo in September.

The singer will be accompanied by Michele d'Elia, an Italian pianist who collaborates with a number of renowned singers and works as a singing consultant at the La Scala Academy. Together, they will present the most beautiful opera arias of the Italian bel canto, as well as songs from Corrado's native region of Apulia, which he will sing in the local dialect.

The patronage of this and other projects was provided by the Minister of Culture Mgr. Martin Baxa.

Program

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683–1764)
Nature, amour, qui partagez mon cœur (Pollux)
Castor et Pollux, Act II

GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL (1685–1759)    
Invida sorte avara (King of Scotland)
Ariodante, Act II

ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678–1741)             
Se il cor guerriero (Tito)
Tito Manlio, Act I

DOMENICO SCARLATTI (1685–1757)
Sonate pour le clavecin in do minore, L 126

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)            
Madamina, il catalogo è questo (Leporello)
Don Giovanni, Act I

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Non più andrai farfallone amoroso (Figaro)
Le nozze di Figaro, Act I

GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792–1868)        
Marche et réminiscences pour mon dernier voyage
from Péchés de vieillesse, volume IX, no. 7
for piano solo

GIOACHINO ROSSINI
La calunnia è un venticello (Basilio)
Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act I

GAETANO DONIZETTI (1797–1848)            
Vieni: la mia vendetta è meditata e pronta (Alfonso d'Este)
Lucrezia Borgia, Act I

RICHARD WAGNER (1813–1883) / FERENC LISZT (1811–1886)
Paraphrase for piano solo on “O du mein holder Abendstern”

GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813–1901)            
Vieni, o Levita… Tu sul labbro dei veggenti (Zaccaria)
Nabucco, Act II

CHARLES GOUNOD (1818–1893)        
Le veau d'or est toujours debout (Méphistophélès)
Faust, Act II

This concert runs without an interval.

Program is subject to change

Project partners

UniCredit Bank

General partner
of the concert series

Benzina ORLEN

Main partner
of the concert series

Hlavní město Praha

The project is implemented with the financial support of the city of Prague.

Pramacom
Nadace ČEZ
Nadace Agrofert
ČEPS
Akontext
Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa
Klasika Plus
Ministerstvo kultury
Wine Food The Italians
Ambasciata d'Italia Praga
Italský kulturní institut Praha
Novoměstská radnice