Born in Florence 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, Collegium 1704, Capella Cracoviensis, Divino Sospiro, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Auser Musici, Cappella Mediterranea, Ensemble Matheus, Bach Consort Wien.
Filippo has worked with conductors including Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Václav Luks, Christophe Rousset, David Stern, Jordi Savall, Antonio Florio, Thomas Hengelbrock, Javier Ulises Illán, Ruben Jais, Enrico Onofri and the late Alan Curtis.
He has performed numerous Handel opera roles including the title role in Giulio Cesare and Tolomeo in that same opera at the Versailles Royal Opera, Unulfo (Rodelinda) at the Opera Rara Festival in Krakow and Ottone (Agrippina) at the Theater an der Wien where he also embodied Tamerlano in Vivaldi’s Bajazet. For the Handel Festival in Halle, his roles include Demetrio (Berenice), Dardano (Amadigi) and the title role in Lucio Cornelio Silla.
Filippo was seen on stage as Caino in A. Scarlatti’s oratorio Il primo omicido alongside Philippe Jaroussky at the Salzburg Mozarteum and Montpellier Opéra, as Ottone in Monteverdi’s Incornazione di Poppea conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi at both the Liceu Barcelona and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, as Endimione in Cavalli’s Calisto under Christophe Rousset in Strasbourg, and as Tamerlano in Gasparini’s Bajazet at the Opera Barga Festival. He also appeared in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Rome Opera.
Very much in demand for sacred music, he sang Bach’s Magnificat accompanied by the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock at the Tokyo NHK Hall and performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Dixit Dominus alongside Jordi Savall in South Korea.
Recently, Mezzo has filmed the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi and Vivaldi Filippo presented at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles.
He has appeared in rare and lesser-known operas, starring as Achille in Francesco Sacrati’s Finta pazza with Leonardo García Alarcón in Dijon, Geneva, Versailles, and as Anassandro in the first modern performance of Riccardo Broschi’s Merope conducted by Alessandro De Marchi in Innsbruck and Theater an der Wien.
Filippo Mineccia has issued several solo albums dedicated to unknown composers such as Attilio Ariosti, Leonardo Vinci, Niccolò Jommelli, Francesco Gasparini and Johann Adolph Hasse. He has released the CD “Siface, L’amor castrato” (Glossa) and an album dedicated to the Neapolitan composer Giovanni Paisiello (Pan Classics).
For Naïve, he has recorded Robert Carsen’s production of Agrippina at the Theater an der Wien (DVD) and the title role in Il Tamerlano with Ottavio Dantone and his Accademia Bizantina (CD).
Recent and future engagements include Albinoni’s Zenobia, regina de’ palmireni (Cleonte) and Porpora’s Orpheus (Aristeo) both at the Theater an der Wien, Hasse’s Semele (Giove) under Claudio Osele for the Easter Festival in Rheinsberg, Giuseppe Scarlatti’s Portentosi Effetti della Madre Natura (Ruggiero) in Potsdam and Ludwigsburg. He also performs in Monteverdi’s Orfeo under Fabio Biondi in Berlin, Hamburg, Barcelona, Madrid, Vienna… and in Antonio Caldara’s Morte d’Abel alongside Massimo Mazzeo/Divino Sospiro for the Arsenal Metz. With the complicity of Leonardo García Alarcón, he reprises Sacrati’s Finta pazza in Amsterdam, Antwerp and Dortmund and Potsdam. Filippo returns to Versailles for a “3 Countertenors” recital and a “Stabat Mater” programme.