Giorgio Berrugi, Tenor
Nominated by Placido Domingo as one of his heirs, Giorgio Berrugi is one of the most appreciated tenors of today for his unmistakable, warm Italian sound, his exceptional musicality and the expressive nuances of his interpretations.
Berrugi has performed in the most important opera houses, auditoriums and music festivals such as the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House in London, Lincoln Center in New York, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Opéra Bastille, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, Parco della Musica in Rome and Arena di Verona. He has worked with great conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Fabio Luisi, Andriss Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Oren, Gianandrea Noseda, Pinchas Steinberg, Nicola Luisotti, Myung-Whun Chung, Manfred Honeck, Roberto Abbado and Jaap van Zweden.
Recent engagements have included Macbeth at Festival Verdi in Parma, the house debut at Gran Teatre del Liceu in La Bohème, Ernani at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Madama Butterfly at Opéra National de Paris, La Traviata at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Damnation de Faust at Oper Frankfurt, Tosca at Opera di Roma, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Wiener Philarmoniker, L’Elisir d’Amore and La Bohème of the 120th Anniversary at Teatro Regio in Turin, La Bohème in Naples, at the Royal Opera House in Muscat in tour with Opéra de Monte-Carlo and in concert in Seoul with the KBS Symphony Orchestra, Simon Boccanegra at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Roméo et Juliette at Arena di Verona, Un Ballo in Maschera at at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari and at the Bolshoi in Moscow, Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera House in London and performances as a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem at Festival Verdi in Parma, in New York with the London Symphony Orchestra, in Milan with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, in Rome for Accademia di Santa Cecilia, in Lucerne, Hong Kong, Manchester, Dallas, Valencia and Riga.
Before becoming a singer, Berrugi graduated with honors in clarinet. He won major international awards both as a soloist and in chamber music and was the first clarinet of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma for five years.
He began his vocal studies in 2007 and after a few months he debuted as Rodolfo in La Bohème at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. From 2010 to 2013 he was a member of the ensemble of Dresden Semperoper, where he performed many important roles such as Don José in Carmen, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and Gennarino in the world première of Gisela, the last opera written by Hans Werner Henze.
His plans in the 2020/21 season include Il Corsaro at Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Eine florentinische Tragödie at ABAO Olbe Bilbao, Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Pavarotti in Modena, Madama Butterfly at Staatsoper Stuttgart, Tosca at Teatro Regio di Torino and at Greek National Opera.
Fabio Centanni is one of the internationally most sought after collaborative pianists in Italian Opera and Instrumental music.
Since 2006 he has closely collaborated alongside with Renata Scotto at the Opera Studio of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia where he has performed in numerous concerts at the Auditorium Parco della Musica as well as internationally supported by the Italian Embassy. Mr. Centanni served as Korrepetitor for the International Opernstudio in Zurich, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Orchestra Sinfonica di Savona, Grand Théâtre de Genève. For Radio3 Programm “La Barcaccia” he accompanied Raina Kabaivanska, Katia Ricciarelli, Daniela Dessì, Fabio Armiliato, Amarilli Nizza, and Roberto de Candia. In 2008 he served as accompanist for Natalie Dessay while preparing La Traviata with Renata Scotto.
He held Masterclasses at the “Estudio Voce” School in Rio de Janeiro (5 times, 2011-2013), at the Conservatoire National Supèrieur in Beyrouth, Lebanon (November 2013, February 2014) and at the Conservatorio of Verona organized by th Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
From January 2013 he is the pianist of Bernadette Manca di Nissa at the Conservatorio “G. P. da Palestrina” in Cagliari.
His expertise is not limited to opera but encompasses a wide-variety of instrumental and chamber music. Mr. Centanni regularly works with leading performers and experts in instrumental music at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia including Jacques Mauger (trombone), Carlo Tamponi (flute), Gabriele Cassone (trumpet), Guido Corti (horn), Andrea Lucchi (trumpet), Giovanni Bossone (fagott), Andrea Oliva (flute) and once at the Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome with Illya Grubert (violin).
Mr. Centanni received his Bachelor of Music with full honors from Santa Cecilia Conservatorio and both Specialization in Chamber Music and Piano from Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. His Post-Graduate Studies include the course of musical interpretation at Accademia Chigiana, Accademia “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola, Sommerakademie "Mozarteum" in Salzburg, and participation in the Master Class with Pavel Gliliov at Accademia Musicale Pescarese.
Recognition and honors include the First Prize Winner the 2nd Concorso di Terzo d’ Acqui (Alessandria) and 10th Concorso pianistico “ Città di Velletri”, Third Prize winner of Città di Sulmona” and the Critics' Prize in the 38th Concorso pianistico “A.Speranza".
Recent engagements as a collaborative pianist include the International Festival in Verbier (CH) from July 2009 until July 2012 where he accompanied Opera Masterclasses held by Claudio Desderi (2009), and Nelly Miricioiu (2010) , the International Violin Competition “Città di Brescia” in October 2010, the International Violin Competition “A. Postacchini” in May 2012, in May 2013 and in June 2014 .
2011-2012 he was the pianist of Sonig Tchakerian in her Master Course in Violin held at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Mr. Centanni is fluent in German, English, Portugues and his native Italian.
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