Born in Florence countertenor Filippo Mineccia gained international recognition being considered by many as one of the greatest specialists in the repertoire of the glorious castrato era.
As a child, he studied singing at the Fiesole School of Music, joining its Polyphonic Choir. After graduating in voice and cello from the Luigi Cherubini Music Conservatory in Florence, he studied with Gianni Fabbrini and Donatella Debolini.
Filippo Mineccia distinguished himself by winning prizes both in national and international singing competitions.
He collaborates with ensembles such as Accademia Bizantina, Les Talens Lyriques, I Barocchisti, Il Complesso Barocco, La Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini, Opera Fuoco, La Barocca, Ensemble Inégal, Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum, Capella Cracoviensis, Divino Sospiro, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Auser Musici, Cappella Mediterranea.
Mineccia has worked with conductors including Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Václav Luks, Christophe Rousset, David Stern, Antonio Florio, Thomas Hengelbrock, Michael Hofstetter, Adam Viktora, Javier Ulises Illán, Ruben Jais, Enrico Onofri and the late Alan Curtis.
He has performed numerous Handel opera roles including Cesare and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare, Alessandro in Tolomeo, Unulfo in Rodelinda, Dardano in Amadigi, Silla in Lucio Cornelio Silla, Ottone in Agrippina and Oronte in Riccardo Primo.
Filippo was seen on stage as Ottone in Monteverdi’s Incornazione di Poppea conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi at the Liceu Barcelona, as Endimione in Cavalli’s Calisto under Christophe Rousset in Strasbourg and as Tamerlano in Gasparini’s Bajazet. He also appeared in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Very much in demand for oratorios, his repertoire comprises Francesco Provenzale’s Passione and Stabat Mater, Antonio Caldara’s Passione di Gesù Cristo, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Haydn’s Missa Cellensis, Bach’s St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Easter Oratorio, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and Stabat Mater. He sang Bach’s Magnificat accompanied by the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrockat the Tokyo NHK Hall.
Filippo Mineccia has issued several solo albums dedicated to unknown composers such as Attilio Ariosti, Leonardo Vinci, Niccolò Jommelli, Francesco Gasparini, Johann Adolph Hasse among others. He released the CD “Siface, L’amor castrato” (Glossa) and an album dedicated to the Neapolitan composer Giovanni Paisiello (Pan Classics).
With Il Complesso Barocco and the late Alan Curtis he has recorded Handel’s Giulio Cesare (CD, Naïve) and Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte (DVD, Dynamic). For Naïve, he has recorded a DVD with Handel’s Agrippina in a production staged by Robert Carsen at the Theater an der Wien.
Recent and future engagements include Demetrio in Handel’s Berenice (Handel-Festspiele Halle), Achille in Francesco Sacrati’s Finta pazza with Leonardo García Alarcón in a new production of the Dijon Opera (Dijon, Geneva, Versailles), the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo under the baton of Jean-Christophe Spinosi (Brest, Lyon, Versailles, Moscow, Theater an der Wien), Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Dresden Semperoper), Anassandro in Riccardo Broschi’s Merope conducted by Alessandro De Marchi (Innsbruck Festival of Early Music and Theater an der Wien) and Ottone in Monteverdi’s Incornazione di Poppea with Spinosi at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Filippo sings Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Dixit Dominus in South Korea under Jordi Savall.