Born in Imperia, he showed a particular predisposition to music from an early age. At the age of 11, Maestro Gianfranco Brizio and his wife, soprano Josella Ligi, invited him to study opera singing, having noticed his natural attitude.
Studies and training:
He begins studying singing with mezzo-soprano Paola Pittaluga; in 2013 he participated in the “Santa Cecilia Opera Studio”, having the opportunity to study and be appreciated by the soprano Ms. Renata Scotto.
In 2015 he obtained the 1st level Academic Diploma with full marks under the guidance of the mezzo-soprano Gloria Scalchi, at the “Nicolò Paganini” Conservatory in Genoa.
In May 2016 he attended the High Specialization Academy of the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago while in 2017 he entered the Rodolfo Celletti Academy in Martina Franca, where he studied with masters such as Antonio Lemmo, Sherman Lowe, Chris Merrit, Stefania Bonfadelli, Domenico Colaianni, Carmen Santoro, Luca Gorla, Antonio Greco.
In February 2019, selected through an audition with Maestro Leone Magiera, he has the opportunity to enter the academy of “Higher Lyric Specialization and Career” of the “L.Pavarotti” theater in Modena.
In recent years, Raffaele has had the opportunity to be heard and advised by well-known singers and teachers, such as Mariella Devia, Leone Magiera, Nicola Martinucci, Michele Pertusi and Roberto Scandiuzzi.
Given his strong musicality, he is currently also deepening the Baroque repertoire with the alto Sonia Prina, while relying on the guidance of the tenor Ercole D ’Aleo to perfect the technical aspect.
In 2011 he made his debut at the Giocosa opera house in Savona in Il Signor Bruschino by Rossini (La Malfa / Courir).
From 2012 to 2015 he participates in various minor opera festivals in Liguria, Piedmont and Tuscany, where he has the opportunity to debut numerous second roles, collaborating with various conductors and directors (Romani, Zambelli, Galli, Beltrami, Giaroli, Bonajuto, Paloscia).
In 2015 he was Gastone in Verdi’s La Traviata during the summer season of the opera Giocosa in Savona (Sisillo, Monti), alongside the soprano Saioha Hernandez, among others.
In 2016, again in Savona, he participates in the staging of Rigoletto by Verdi (Romani, Bertolani) and Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti (Rolli, Brokehaus / Escobar).
In the autumn of the same year he was chosen for the Opera-laboratory project of the baritone Leo Nucci for the staging of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (Renzetti, Nucci) with replicas in Ferrara and Ravenna.
In 2017 she sang for the Valle d’Itria festival in Martina Franca in the project dedicated to Monteverdi entitled Altri Canti d’Amor (Greco, Eco di Fondo) and in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (NAGELE, Garattini), as well as various dedicated concerts to the opera figure of Orlando.
In the same year he debuted the role of Oebalus in Mozart’s early opera Apollo et Hyacinthus in Forlì (Raspanti).
In April 2018 he sings again at the Municipal Theater of Piacenza in Verdi’s Il Corsaro, with replicas in Modena (Beltrami, Pugelli / Pulvirenti) and in May of the same year he sings in the Duomo in Modena in Bach’s Magnificat (Bononcini).
In December 2018 he was again Gastone in Verdi’s La Traviata in Piacenza, with reruns and Rimini for the reopening of the A.Galli theater (Morandi, Nucci).
In February 2019 he was called for a sudden replacement in Busoni’s Rondò Arlecchinesco, performing in the Venetian theater La Fenice and at the Pollini auditorium in Padua, under the baton of Marco Angius.
In June he sang in the end-of-course show at the Pavarotti in Modena under the baton of Silvia Spinnato and directed by Enrico Stinchelli.
In July he was lucky enough to re-perform in Savona in Madama Butterfly under the direction of Jacopo Brusa and the direction of Mrs. Renata Scotto, receiving numerous appreciations from well-known colleagues and critics for stage and vocal presence.
He has just made his debut for the Cilea theater in Reggio Calabria, the role of Pang in Puccini’s Turandot, conducted by Manuela Ranno, directed by Renato Bonajuto.
Among the future commitments, the participation in the contemporary opera La Notte di Natale by Alberto Cara, performed in Savona and Modena, should be noted.
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CURRICULUM VITAE PERNA GIUSEPPINA
Giuseppina Perna, born in 1992, is a soprano from Irpinia who graduated with honors in opera singing in 2015 at the “Domenico Cimarosa” conservatory in Avellino under the guidance of maestro Enrico Turco.
From 2007 to 2015 she plays in the conservatory orchestra and collaborates with the youth orchestra of the Carlo Gesualdo theater as a violist (in 2013 they performed at the American embassy and performed “the Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” at the theater mentioned above).
Since 2005 she has been a member of several vocal groups, which perform in sixteenth-century madrigal repertoire, managing to rank in 2013 at the Arezzo International Competition and to perform at the Winchester Cathedral in England.
At the beginning of 2019 she obtained the master’s degree in Practice and Execution of the ancient repertoire under the guidance of Maestro Antonio Florio at the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatory, graduating with honors and special mention, performing on several occasions with the Scarlatti Association. of Naples.
His repertoire features collaborations not only in the lyric field, but also for projects ranging from ancient music (in March 2014 he performed an unpublished manuscript by Niccolo ‘Porpora at the Palazzo Zevallos in Naples and the “Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” by Monteverdi) to the contemporary one (“El Retablo de Maese Pedro” by De Falla and the “Concert for Christmas Eve” by Luigi Dallapiccola at the Eur Theater in Rome in 2015).
Also in 2015 she performed Malher’s Fourth Symphony conducted by the American director Phil Nuzzo and in 2016 she performed in concert with the Benevento Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Maestro Ciampa.
In 2017 she made her debut at the San Carlo Theater in Naples in the Concerto Zilberkant / Laca concert.
In 2018 she was Cleonte in Albinoni’s opera Zenobia regina de ’Palmireni performing at the Malibran della Fenice theater and the Mario del Monaco theater in Treviso.
She recently starred in the show “Shakespeare in Venice” at the La Fenice theater and performed as a solo soprano in Austria in Handel’s Dixit dominus and Bach’s Magnificat directed by M. Gianluca Capuano.