Filippo MinecciaCountertenor

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Highlights

  • Cavalli: La Calisto (Endimione) – Strasbourg Opera
  • Handel: Agrippina (Ottone) – Teater an der Wien
  • Handel: Lucio Cornelio Silla (title role) / Amadigi (Dardano)  – Halle Handel Festival
  • Handel: Giulio Cesare (Tolomeo) – Versailles Royal Opera
  • Monteverdi: L’incornazione di Poppea (Ottone) – Teatro Colón Buenos Aires
  • Orff: Carmina Burana (Swan) – Rome Opera
  • Gasparini: Bajazet (Tamerlano) – Festival Opera Barga
  • Handel: Rodelinda (Unulfo) – Opera Rara Festival Krakow
  • Francesco Sacrati: La Finta pazza (Achille) – Dijon, Geneva, Versailles
  • Pergolesi: Stabat Mater – Versailles Royal Opera
  • Broschi: Merope (Anassandro) – Innsbruck Festival, Theater an der Wien

The warmth of tone of the counter-tenor, his impeccable diction, finely-honed articulation and his breadth of nuance compellingly evoke the art of the castrato. (Diapason)

Biography

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, Ensemble Matheus.

Mineccia has worked with conductors including Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Václav Luks, Christophe Rousset, David Stern, Jordi Savall, 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 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, Ottone (Agrippina) at the Theater an der Wien; the title role in Rinaldo, Alessandro (Tolomeo) and Oronte (Riccardo Primo). 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 Ottone in Monteverdi’s Incornazione di Poppea conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi both at 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 for the Rome Opera.

Very much in demand for sacred music, his repertoire comprises Francesco Provenzale’s Passione and Stabat Mater, Antonio Caldara’s Passione di Gesù Cristo, Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and Stabat Mater, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Missa Cellensis, Bach’s St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Easter Oratorio. He sang Bach’s Magnificat accompanied by the NHK Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Thomas Hengelbrock at the Tokyo NHK Hall.

Filippo 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, 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 published 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. Recently, Mezzo has filmed the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi and Vivaldi Filippo performed at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles.

Recent and future engagements include the title role in Vivaldi’s Bajazet (also called Il Tamerlano) for the Irish National Opera, Caïn in Scarlatti’s Primo Omicido under Philippe Jaroussky/Ensemble Artaserse at Salzburg Mozarteum and Montpellier, Cleonte in Tomaso Albinoni’s Zenobia for the George Enescu Festival Bucharest and a revival in Dortmund and Versailles of Sacrati’s Finta pazza with Leonardo García Alarcón and its Cappella Mediterranea. Accompanied by the newly founded Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal de Versailles conducted by Stefan Plewniak, Filippo records a project for 3 Countertenors which he presents at the Versailles Royal Opera. Additionally, he gives several concerts with Ensembe Nereydas (Spain), Arte dei Suonatori baroque orchestra (Letnica, Biecz), Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium), Divino Sospiro (Lisbon), Accademia Bizantina (Hamburg) and Warsaw Chamber Opera (Warsaw).

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