Biography

Born in Florence in 1980, he graduated with honours in piano and singing at the Conservatory of Florence. He also graduated with honours in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Florence. He began singing as a treble voice in the Youth Choir of the Scuola di Musica in Fiesole under the baton of Joan Yakkey, performing as soloist in important productions of the Teatro Comunale in Florence. He started his vocal training with Silvia Bossa and he is following her masterclasses in vocal tecnique and interpretation ate the FLOA in Florence.

 

In 1999 he made his debut in the world première in modern times of Cavalli’s Eliogabalo at the Teatro San Domenico in Crema, singing the title role. He made his debut in Venice singing in the world première in modern times of Vivaldi’s Orlando finto pazzo, singing thereafter at Turin’s Teatro Regio as the solo voice in the ballet Io, Giacomo Casanova by the choreographer Karol Armitage. From his debut he has collaborated with such conductors as , Muti, Mehta, Letonja, Young, Bosman, Conlon, Marcon and directors as Decina, Taymor, Kemp, Armitage, De Capitani, Lievi.

 

His concert repertoire includes sacred pieces (Charpentier’s Te Deum, Carissimi’s oratorios, Monteverdi’s Magnificat, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater) as well as lieder, art songs and several contemporary pieces in world première performance. In 2002 he made his debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples in a concert of contemporary music conducted by Mauro Ceccanti, which had further revivals at the Teatro Olimpico in Rome and at the Teatro Metastasio in Prato. He also sang the title role in Hasse’s oratorio La conversione di Sant’Agostino, Caldara’s La Passione di Gesù Cristo at the Monteverdi Festival in Cremona and in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Orchestra del Friuli under Davide Pitis.

After winning the CittàLirica Opera Studio Competition, he was invited to sing as Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream,directed by Lindsay Kemp and conducted by Jonathan Webb (Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Teatro del Giglio in Lucca and Teatro Goldoni in Livorno). In September 2006 he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Azio Corghi’s Il dissoluto assolto. In 2007 he was invited again at the Monteverdi Festival in Cremona for Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. In 2007-2008 it is worth mentioning his successful debut as Miles in Britten’s The Turn of the screw conducted by Jonathan Webb and directed by Elio De Capitani at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, Teatro Grande di Brescia, Teatro Alighieri di Ravenna.

In 2009 he sang Matusio in the first première in modern times of Jommelli’s Demoofonte under Riccardo Muti in Salzburg, Paris, and Ravenna and made his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid in Händel’s Agrippina (Narciso) on tour also in Wien, Miland with Il Complesso Barocco under Alan Curtis. At Festival International Musique Baroque de Beaune he sang Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare and at Festival Monteverdi of Cremona he gave a recital of Handel’s Cantatas and Duets with Emma Kirkby. In October he was Cesar in a new production of Julius Cesar at Theater Kiel under Ruben Dubrovsky and in December he made a concert tour with the Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice di Venezia under Attilio Cremonesi.

In 2010 among his recent engagements, he made his debut in the Brahmssaal in Wiener Musikverein with a recital of Handel’s Arias with the Bach Consort under Dubrovsky and also made his debut in Handelsfestspiele in Halle with Handel’s Alessandro under Lopez-Banzo, singing the same opera in Beaune too. He sang in the world première of Adriano Guarnieri’s “Tenebrae” under the direction of Cristina Mazzavillani Muti at the Ravenna Festival and at the “Teatro dell’Opera” in Roma.

 

Mr. Giovannini participated in numerous prestigious productions, such as: Handel's Giulio Cesare (Tolomeo) at the Festival International Musique Baroque de Beaune with Al Ayre Español; again Giulio Cesare (title role) at Opernhaus Kiel, under the baton of Ruben Dubrovsky; Handel's Agrippina with Il Complesso Barocco and Alan Curtis at the MiTo Festival in Milan, at the Festival Barocco in Viterbo, at the Theater an der Wien and at the Teatro Real de Madrid; and Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine in London with La Venexiana and Claudio Cavina, Guarnieri's Tenebrae at the Ravenna Festival and at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome; Handel's Alessandro at the Halle Handelfestspiele and at the Beaune Festival; Jommelli's Betulia Liberata at the Ravenna Festival under Riccardo Muti; Rodelinda (Unulfo) at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca under Diego Fasolis; a new production of Handel's Rinaldo (title role) at the Opernhaus Kiel; a new production of Tamerlano (Andronico) at the StadtTheater Bonn under the baton of Ruben Dubrovsky; Bach's Johannes-Passion with Al Ayre Espanol and Lopez- Banzo; Vivaldi's Teuzzone (Egaro) under Jordi Savall in Versailles, (recorded by Naïve - Vivaldi Edition); Vivaldi's Tigrane at the Festival Opera in Barga; Scarlatti's Marco Attilio Regolo in Schwetzingen and a new production of Handel's Radamisto (title role) at the Opernhaus Kiel, both under Rubén Dubrovsky. More recently he sang: Vivaldi's Catone in Utica (Fulvio) at the Theater an der Wien and at the Opera Rara Festival in Krakow with Modo Antiquo and Federico Maria Sardelli; Scarlatti's Flora Pellegrina at the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht with B'Rock and Eduardo Lopez- Banzo; Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the Ravenna Festival under Pietro Borgonovo; Hasse’s Artaserse (Megabise) at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca under Corrado Rovaris.
He sang Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti for the Gala of the 2012-13 Season Opening in Chicago and New York (Carnegie Hall);
He obtained a great personal success as Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina at Theater Kiel, where he gasted in the same role until Juni 2013 and he made his debut at Göttingen Handelfestspiele in the role of Medarse in Handel’s Siroe.
On the 28th of April, ZDF it was released his film “Santini Netzwerk” where he was casted as the italian castrato Mariano Astolfi and in August was released the CD of the II book of Carissimi’s Arion Romanus; he starred in F. M. Sardelli new recording “Sacred Music” which will be released in 2015 for brilliant; among his recent successes he sang Handel’s Rinaldo in the title role at Ludwigsburger SchlossFestspiele which will be released in DVD for Arthaus; the title role in Hasse’s Siroe at Athens Megaron with Georg Petrou and the direction of Max Emanuel Cencic; the world premiere in modern times of Gasparini’s Bajazet with Auser Musici at Opera Barga Festival, which will be recorded for Glossa.
He gained a great personal success from public and press reviews for the World Premiere in Modern Times of Geremia’s “L’esaltazione di Mardocheo” in Rome which will be recorded for Brilliant Classic with Ensemble Seicentonovecento under the baton of Flavio Colusso and he made a successful return to Winter in Schwetzingen in the title role of Jommelli’s Fetonte, that he will perform until the end of January 2015; he was acclaimed as Rinaldo in Leverkusen and ended 2014 with a sold out Christmas Concert at Opera di Firenze with Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Federico Maria Sardelli. Among further engagements he will make his debut in Theater Osnabrück with Telemann’s Germanicus, he will sing a solo recital with La Risonanza and Fabio Bonizzoni at Saint Michel en Thierache Festival, he will make his debut in Buenos Aires with the title role in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso and he will be Rinaldo again in Bad Lauchtstädt with Lautten Compagney.
February, 2015

Nomination as Bester Nachwuchssänger 2015 for Orlando (title role) at Theater Aachen.

Antonio Giovannini, voce chiara e saettante, oltre che attore prodigioso. (Alessandro Mormile)

Antonio Giovannini ha una voce fenomenale: per estensione (siamo a un dipresso dalle tre ottave), omogeneità di registri (ora sopranista ora contraltista senza cesure né scollamenti di emissione), resistenza di fiati. (Paolo Patrizi)