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Maestro Vito Clemente (Music Edition Director)

     VITO CLEMENTE is the winner of IX Competition for Orchestra Conductors of the European Community 2002 “Franco Capuana” with “Manon Lescaut” by Puccini.

     He won the first prize “Mitsubishi UFJ Trust” with “Maria Stuarda” by Donizetti as the “best production of the year 2012” in Japan.

“Don Pasquale” in San Paolo (with director Enzo Dara) won the first prize as the best production of 2010 in the State.

     He earned an honors degree in Orchestral Conducting, Piano, Vocal Chamber Music, Band Instrumentation, Choral Music, Composition and a University Degree in Musical Discipline. His professors were Roberto Duarte, Rino Marrone, Gustav Kuhn and Myung Whun Chung in Accademia Musicale Chigiana.

     Nowadays, Clemente is Chief Conductor of the “Tommaso Traetta” Chamber Orchestra and also Artistic and Musical Director of: Traetta Opera Festival, AMIFest, Japan Apulia Festival, Società dei Concerti Traetta of Tokyo, Tokyo Academy of Music, Idea Press Musical Editions USA of New York – musical section. He is the artistic consultant di Tokyo Musica Association.

He was musical director of Teatro della Fortuna (Fano) and of the Lucanian Symphony Orchestra.

 

     Teacher at the Conservatory “Nino Rota” (Monopoli), he is winner of four competitions for teacher’s posts and winner of national and international competitions and scholarships.

 

     Clemente conducted “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the Teatro Petruzzelli for Fondazione Lirico Sinfonica Petruzzelli e Teatri di Bari in the first season - 2009/2010 - of the Theater after the fire that destroyed it, and inaugurated some operistic seasons: 2007/2008 (“Il Barbiere di Siviglia”) and 2010/2011 (“Cavalleria Rusticana”/”Il Tabarro”) of Ente Autonomo Regionale Teatro di Messina, 2003, 2005, 2006 of Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto (“La Traviata”, “Oberto, “Conte di San Bonifacio”, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”) and Bergamo Musical Festival 2009 (“Linda di Chamounix”).

 

     He conducted in 2007, in 2008 and in 2015 concert “2 agosto” of International Competition for Composers for Radio3 and RAI 3, RAI 5 contemporary music (Antonioni, Colla, Corghi, Ferrero, Festa…) and performances for pope John Paul II and the President of Italian Republic, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro.

He conducted many times various Orchestras, such as:

  • Bari Symphony Orchestra

  • Lecce Symphony Orchestra

  • O.T.Li.S. “Rossini” Orchestra

  • Tokyo Chamber Opera Theatre Orchestra

  • Teatro Comunale of Bologna Orchestra

  • Arena of Verona “Toscanini” Orchestra

  • Teatro Marrucino Orchestra

  • Friuli Venezia Giulia Orchestra

  • City of Grosseto Orchestra

  • Sinfonica “Rusia

  • “Tchaikovsky” Chamber Orchestra

  • UFRG of Porto Alegre

  • Filarmonica Marchigiana (“Lucia di Lammermoor” in Theatre of Jesi and Treviso)

  • Abruzzo Symphony Orchestra

  • Orchestra of Capitanata (“Tosca”)

  • Pro Arte Orchestra

  • Milano Classica Orchestra

  • Rumenian Chamber Orchestra on tour at the Philharmonic de Stat Transylvania

  • The Philharmonia Mediterranea

  • The Plovdiv Bulgarian Philharmonic Orchestra

  • the Tirana Academy

  • Symphonic Orchestra of Paranà

  • Theatre San Pedro Orchestra - San Paolo –

  • Taconic Opera Orchestra of New York.

 

Recordings:

  • CD “L’Histoire du soldat” by Igor Stravinsky with Michele Mirabella (Nea), “Linda di Chamounix” by Gaetano Donizetti (Dynamic),

  • “Miserere” and “Le Serve Rivali” by Tommaso Traetta - first world recording - (Nea)

  • “Stabat Mater” by Nicola Bonifacio Logroscino - first world recording - (Nea),

  • “Colombina e Pernicone” by Francesco Mancini and “La Serva Padrona” by Giovan Battista Pergolesi (Kicco Music)

  • “Dialoghi” and “Cristo la sua ora” (Velut Luna), “Agli ulivi e alla notte”

  • 3CD “Profili”, “Percorsi”, “Ispirazioni” (Nea) dedicated to the italian ‘900

  • Soundtracks for “L’amore ritorna” by Sergio Rubini and “Ho voglia di te” by Luis Prieto

  • CD to Raffaele Gervasio (TACTUS) **** by Le Monde de la Musique

  • DVD “Stabat Mater” by Pergolesi with Katia Ricciarelli (Jubilaeum Collection),

  • DVD “Bach eterno” (Planeta De Agostini).

     The dvd “Le convenienze e le inconvenienze teatrali” by Donizetti (Bongiovanni) won the third prize in 2010 (XXXI Premio della Critica Musica e dischi sezione classica/vocale) and was chosen as “the best dvd of the month” (***** for Classic Voice) and “Seleccion” for Opera Actual.

 

     Mentionable performances: tournèe in Japan (Tokyo New National Theatre, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Aichi Prefectural Theatre of Nagoya, Festival Hall of Osaka, Fukuoka Symphony Hall, Kobe Kokusai Kaikan with “La Traviata”, “Macbeth” and “Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio” by Verdi, “Nina, ossia La Pazza per Amore” by Paisiello, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by Rossini, “Alcina” by Haendel, “Il Matrimonio Segreto” by Cimarosa, “Don Giovanni” and “La Finta Giardiniera” by Mozart, “Maria Stuarda” by Donizetti.

Others tournèe: Argentina (Buenos Aires - Teatro Avenida de Mayo), Portugal, Rumania. Hungary, Brasil (San Paolo, Porto Alegre and Curitiba),  Spain (Auditorium Nacional de Musica de Madrid) Czech Republic (“A.Dvorak” National Theatre - Ostrava), Quatar, Albania (National Theatre of Opera and Ballett, Palace of Congress, Tirana Chamber Orchestra), Macedonia (National Theatre of Opera and Ballett - Skopje), Germany (Munich Herrenchiemsee - Spiegelgalerie des Konigsschlosses) with Prager Kammerorchester, Korea (Daegu International Opera Festival), U.S.A. (Taconic Opera - New York).

 

     TV appearances: for RAI 1 and RAISAT (Festival di Pasqua di Roma) RAI 3, RAI 1, TELEMONTECARLO (“Premio Barocco”, “Katia e Mara verso Oriente”, “Note di Natale”  MEDIASET (“Gran Premio della Lirica” on CHANNEL 5) MEDIASET (“Il Suono del Natale” on RETE 4).

 

     He worked with Anna Caterina Antonacci, Ramin Bahrami, Pietro Ballo, Fabio Bidini, Paolo Bordogna, Fiorenza Cedolins, Robert Cohen, Enzo Dara, Roberto De Candia, Roberto Fabbriciani, Sonia Ganassi, Carlo Guelfi, Raina Kabaivanska, Denia Mazzola Gavazzeni, Bruno Praticò, Gloria Scalchi, Antonino Siragusa, Dimitra Theodossiou.

 

     Some critical comments on his conductions:

“You can admire the interpretative maturity of his conducting: his way of choosing times, his dialogues between orchestra and voices. He’s twice winner in a such terrifying test” (Giovanni Carli Ballola “L’Espresso”)

“He was able to draw out from Orchestra and Choir such natural sound and breath” (Guido Barbieri “La Repubblica”)

“He can obtain an ample sound and a symphonic breath from the Prelude; while accompanying singers, he shows his remarkable training in conducting, as he controls orchestral volumes in comparison with voices and remarks refined notes at the same time” (Mauro Mariani – “L’Opera”)

“His baton makes orchestra transparent and well measured and holds the stage reins” (Stefano Ragni – “La Nazione”)

“It is worth coming and listening to him before he leaves for a Japan tour” (Patrick Pen – “Il Tempo”)

"The orchestra plays extremely well, conducted ba a baton full of energy, frizzy but with gusto, with an innate sense of the theatricl pace most suitable to the various situations". (“Le Convenienze ed Inconvenienze Teatrali” DVD - Elvio Giudici “Classic voice”) 

“…lovingly shaped by conductor Vito Clemente…” (“Le Convenienze ed Inconvenienze Teatrali” DVD - William R. Braun “Opera News – A publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild)

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