The Italian Conductor Stefano Vignati was born in Rome (Italy), where he studied Piano and Composition under the guidance of noted Maestri C. Savelloni, C. Ricci and T. Procaccini. He also studied History and Musical Analysis at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome with Prof. P. Luigi Petrobelli, obtaining the highest honors. Maestro Vignati has studied Conducting and participated in International Master Classes with H. Baumann, A. Joo, N. Hansalik Samale, Lawrence Golan and V. Delman. In 1990 he began his professional career in earnest, conducting Concerts in Italian theatres and enlarging his area of experience outside Italy.
His operatic repertoire includes performances of: Le Nozze di Figaro (1991, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007), Cosi fan Tutte and The Merry Widow (1992), Die Zauberflote (1995, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011), La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Gianni Schicchi, Il Campanello e Rigoletto (1993), L’Elisir d’Amore (1994, 1996), Don Giovanni (1994, 1999, 2004, 2009), Suor Angelica (1997, 2010), I Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana (1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2010), Il Trovatore (1998, 2004, 2005), Falstaff (2000), Julius Caesar , Verdi Requiem (2001, 2007, 2008), La Traviata (2003, 2005, 2008, 2010), La Bohème (2004, 2008), Carmen (2005), Carmina Burana (2007, 2010), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2008), La Cenerentola (2009), Gianni Schicchi (2012).
Since 1994 he has been the founder and the Artistic Director of the International Lyric Academy, a educational program which provides opportunities for Young Artists to perform in Italy. In 1995 M° Vignati conducted the Franco Ferrara Symphony Orchestra and was invited to conduct a concert for the series “I Concerti di Rai Tre” produced by RAI – Italian Radio/Television.
In February 1998, Maestro Vignati made his debut in United States (New Mexico) conducting the double bill Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci. Other prestigious engagements for 1998-99 season included: the opening concert of the International Festival of Liublijana (Slovenia) with the soloist Pierre Amoyal and the Concert Celebration for the centennial of George Gershwin at the Festival della Valle D’Itria in Martinafranca (Italy) with soloist Benedetto Lupo.
M° Vignati recorded in a CD in 1997 to the operatic works of Verdi produced by De Agostini di Novara, with noted operatic Artists as Janet Perry and Alice Baker. He also recorded G. B Pergolesi’ s Stabat Mater (1999) and G. F. Handel’s Julius Caesar (2001). In January 2002 Maestro Vignati was invited to conduct the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra in Texas. Since 2006 M° Vignati has been the Artistic and Music Director of the Tuscia Operafestival and has conducted the first three seasons the productions of “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Svetla Vassileva as the Countess and Lina Wertmuller as Stage Director, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” with Alfonso Antoniozzi (both productions filmed and recorded by RAI – Italian Radio Television), Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem and two Symphonic Concerts with soloist Michele Campanella, “Don Giovanni” with Nicola Ulivieri and Marco Vinco.
In 2008 he conducted also in several Concert the ORL (Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio). In February 2009 has been nominated Artistic Director of the Italian American Opera Foundation, and the following November he conducted La Cenerentola” by Rossini at Sassari’s Ente Lirico “Marialisa De Carolis” Italy.
Last engagement: Bruno Praticò Rossini Recital (Italy, July 2011, Usa – Los Angeles May 2012), Mariella Devia Recital (Italy, Sept 2011), Mozart’s Coronation mass (San Diego Oct 2011), La Traviata (Boston May 2012), Rigoletto (Los Angeles June 2012) A tribute to J. S. Bach with Ramin Bahrami (Italy, September 2012, Concert with Maria Solozobova (Zurich Tonhalle, October 2012).
Next engagement: Verdi Requiem (Viterbo, Italy and Aliso Viejo, Los Angeles 2013), two Concerts with Ramin Bahrami (August and October 2013) Beethoven Simphony n° 3 and Violin Concert (Zurigo, Tonhalle, October 2013), Concert with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra (QinTai Concert Hall, Whuan China November 2013) China Concert Tour with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra (Bejiing January 2014), Don Giovanni (Denver March 2014).
Maestro Vignati in January 2011 has been nominated Artistic Director of one of the most important Italian Festivals, the Festival Barocco (42th edition) and he is also the Musical Director of the Camerata Barocca “Claudio Monteverdi.
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