Rodolfo Celletti

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Rodolfo Celletti

Rodolfo Celletti (1917–2004) was an Italian musicologist, critic, voice teacher, and novelist. Considered one of the leading scholars of the operatic voice and the history of operatic performance, he published many books and articles on the subject as well as several novels. [1]

Musicology Scientific discipline whose content is the practical and theoretical study of music

Musicology is the scholarly analysis and research-based study of music. Musicology departments traditionally belong to the humanities, although music research is often more scientific in focus. A scholar who participates in musical research is a musicologist.

Opera artform combining sung text and musical score in a theatrical setting

Opera is a form of theatre in which music has a leading role and the parts are taken by singers, but is distinct from musical theater. Such a "work" is typically a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and incorporates a number of the performing arts, such as acting, scenery, costume, and sometimes dance or ballet. The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble, which since the early 19th century has been led by a conductor.



Celletti was born in Rome on 13 June 1917. He served in the Italian army from 1937 to 1943, and after World War II, took a degree in law from the University of Rome. He became a successful business executive in Milan, and then created a second career for himself as a (self-taught) musicologist and critic. [2]

Rome Capital city and comune in Italy

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Sapienza University of Rome Italian university founded in Rome in 1303

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For many years he was the music critic of the Italian weekly magazine Epoca and was a regular contributor to la Repubblica , L'opera, Nuova rivista musicale italiana, Opera , and Amadeus. [3] In addition to his articles in specialist publications and The New Grove Dictionary of Opera , he published several books, most notably Le grandi voci (1964), at the time considered the most complete biographical and critical source available on the great operatic voices [4] and Storia del belcanto (1983), which has since been translated into English, French, German and Czech.

<i>la Repubblica</i> Italian daily newspaper

la Repubblica is an Italian daily general-interest newspaper. It was founded in 1976 in Rome by Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso and led by Eugenio Scalfari, Carlo Caracciolo and Arnoldo Mondadori Editore. Born as a radical leftist newspaper, it has since moderated to a milder centre-left political stance.

Opera is a monthly British magazine devoted to covering all things related to opera. It contains reviews and articles about current opera productions internationally, as well as articles on opera recordings, opera singers, opera companies, opera directors, and opera books. The magazine also contains major features and analysis on individual operas and people associated with opera.

The New Grove Dictionary of Opera is an encyclopedia of opera, considered to be one of the best general reference sources on the subject. It is the largest work on opera in English, and in its printed form, amounts to 5,448 pages in four volumes.

From 1980 to 1993 he was the Artistic Director of the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca. The Festival, which specializes in performing rare operas and the original versions of operas still in the standard repertoire, also provides coaching in vocal performance for young singers. Celletti taught voice both privately and in master classes, many of them at the Festival della Valle d'Itria. Amongst his former pupils are Denia Mazzola, Mariana Nicolesco, Angelo Manzotti, William Matteuzzi, Leonardo Villeda and Ramón Vargas.

The Festival della Valle d’Itria is a summer opera festival held in the south eastern Italian town of Martina Franca in the Apulia region. The Festival was founded in 1975 and performances are given in July and August each summer on a specially constructed stage in the outdoor courtyard of the Palazzo Ducale.

Martina Franca Comune in Apulia, Italy

Martina Franca, or just Martina, is a town and municipality in the province of Taranto, Apulia, southern Italy. It is the second most populated town of the province after Taranto, and has a population (2016) of 49,086. Since 1975, the town has hosted the annual summer opera festival, the Festival della Valle d'Itria.

Denia Mazzola - Gavazzeni is an Italian operatic soprano. In 1991 she married Gianandrea Gavazzeni (1909-1996) a famous conductor, 44 years older. She had the peak of her career between the years 1990 and 2000, when she retired from any major event because of problems in the quality of her voice. She is still singing in minor events and recitals organized by her foundation.

Celletti died in October 2004 at the age of 87. In August of the following year, the Festival della Valle d'Itria performed Cherubini's Requiem in C minor in his memory. [5]

Luigi Cherubini Italian composer

Luigi Cherubini was an Italian Classical and pre-Romantic composer. His most significant compositions are operas and sacred music. Beethoven regarded Cherubini as the greatest of his contemporaries.



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Notes and references

  1. Enciclopedia della musica (De Agostini Scuola); Fabris (6 August 2005)
  2. Healey (1998) p. 128
  3. Il Sagittario
  4. Sadie (1992) p. 795
  5. Festival della Valle d'Itria (August 2005)

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