Curriculum vitae

Sergio Foresti, one of most popular Italian baritones of his generation on the international scenes for  Handel’s and Vivaldi's repertoire, is marked by strength and stage presence even in the major Mozart roles and a vast repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Puccini. Among the recent debuts, the role of Giorgio Germont in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi at the National Theatre of Szeged in Hungary. The recording of Handel's Germanico for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, a recently rediscovered work, was the voted recording of the month of October 2011 by BBC Music Monthly and Sergio Foresti  had a very good review in the German magazine Opernwelt. In 2011 he debuted also the role of Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, in 2013 the role of Ford in Verdi's Falstaff and   in 2014 Schaunard in Puccini's Bohème on a tour in Holland and Belgium.

In 2009 he was chosen by the giant Spanish film director Carlos Saura to interpret Leporello in Io, Don Giovanni , his latest masterpiece based on the creation of the famous Mozart’s opera. Sergio Foresti has worked with directors of  international prestige such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Ottavio Dantone, Fabio Biondi, Jordi Savall, Clemencic Rene, Rene Jacobs, Federico Maria Sardelli, Giovanni Antonini, Enrico Gatti and was directed by directors such as Luca Ronconi, Toni Servillo and David McVickar.

Among the recent successes of 2009 the title role in Vivaldi's Tito Manlio in Ravenna with the Accademia Bizantina directed by Stefano Montanari, Simon in Judas Maccabaeus by Handel with the leadership of Rolf Beck and Antinoo in Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria by Monteverdi directed by Alessandrini.

He graduated in singing and piano at the Istituto Musicale "Orazio Vecchi" in Modena and vocal chamber music at the Conservatory "Luigi Cherubini" in Florence with honours and honorable mention. Sergio Foresti debuted in 1998 in L’Olimpiade of Vivaldi (Alcandro) directed by Alessandrini and then has interpreted various roles in operas by Monteverdi, Cimarosa, Handel and Salieri in the major European theaters.

After his debut at the Teatro Vivaldi nell'Olimpiade Rendano of Cosenza in 1998, he played the role of Pluto in Orfeo by Monteverdi at the Styrian Festival in Graz . In 2000 he sang the role of Bertrand in Orleanskaja Deva by Tchaikovsky, Le Nozze di Figaro (Count) at the Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland.

The same year he debuted the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Teatro di Bassano del Grappa, he sang Il marito disperato of  Cimarosa (Marchese Castagnacci) at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, directed by Toni Servillo and L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna in season of 2001/2002, directed by Graham Vick. He was at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Teatro Comunale of Bologna for Giulio Cesare by Handel (Achilla), conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini and directed by Luca Ronconi, he played the role of  Valens in Handel's Theodora in Salamanca, directed by Vincent Boussard, at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, at the Teatro Sociale of Como, at the teatro Grande of  Brescia and the Teatro Franschini of Pavia with L'Orfeo (Pluto). At the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and in Innsbruck he performed Eliogabalo of Cavalli (Nerbulone) directed by Vincent Boussard and the direction of René Jacobs. During the 2004/2005 season he played the role of Antinoo in Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria at the Staatsoper Berlin, conducted by René Jacobs, the same work in Cremona, Como, Brescia, Pavia conducted by Ottavio Dantone,  L’Incoronazione di Poppea in Strasbourg, directed by David McVickar, Montezuma of Vivaldi with Ensemble Modo Antiquo in Rotterdam. This was followed by concerts with the RIAS Kammerchor Freiburger Barockorchester and a recording for Harmonia Mundi in the role of Publio in La Clemenza di Tito on a tour in Brussels, Cologne, Paris and Berlin, and  the Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Gelsenkirchen.

In August 2006 he received critical acclaim with his portrayal of Danao in Cavalli’s Ipermestra conducted by Mike Fentross at the Festival van Oude Muziek in Utrecht. At the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, he sang La Passione di Gesù Cristo by Salieri under the direction of Ottavio Dantone. In January 2007 she sang L'Orfeo (Caronte) and a staged version of Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine at the Staatsoper Berlin with René Jacobs. He sang recently Orfeo with Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italian tour in Italy and Spain and Bruges, recorded for the label Naïve. Monteverdi's L'Orfeo is also performed in Vienna at the Theater an der Wien with The Double Bande and René Jacobs. In 2007 he also played the role of Theodorus in Mattheson's Boris Goudenow in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Hamburg, the oratory of Caldara Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo (Fariseo) in Paris with René Jacobs, Melisso in Handel's Alcina at the Staatsoper in Munich directed by Christopher Moulds. He recently attended a production of Orfeo at La Scala in Milan with Rinaldo Alessandrini and directed by Robert Wilson.
Sergio Foresti has performed with numerous ensembles including the National Academy of S. Cecilia in Rome, the Reverdie, Il Giardino Armonico, Europa Galante, the Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, Byzantine Academy, Clemencic Consort, Capella Reial, Ensemble Six Voices, the Chapel of San Petronio in Bologna, the Accademia Chigiana, and has recorded for RAI, Radio France, Radio Francophone Belgian, RTSI, WDR.

He has recorded La Clemenza di Tito (Publio) with René Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi (CD received the 2006 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Album"), the Judas Maccabeaus for Sony Classics, the works of Vivaldi L’Olimpiade (Alcandro) with Rinaldo Alessandrini (Opus 111/Naïve) Arsilda Regina di Ponto (Cisardo) and Tito Manlio (title role) with Modo Antiquo of Federico Maria Sardelli (CPO). He also recorded for  Virgin, Chandos, Stradivarius, Dynamic, Tactus, Bongiovanni, Arcana, Divox.




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