LEONARDO SAGLIOCCA is an italian bass-baritone. He was born in Florence. After an audition with the world famous baritone Gino Bechi, he was encouraged by him to begin the Opera singing career and began singing studies in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole under Elio Lippi, Donatella Debolini and Gianni Fabbrini. This school of music was founded by the world famous viola player of the “Quartetto Italiano”, Piero Farulli.
After that, Leonardo Sagliocca continued his formation in the University of Music of Florence, the “Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini” under the scottish soprano Kate Lafferty Gamberucci.
At the age of 23 he was noticed by the world famous italian baritone Rolando Panerai who immediately invited him to join his class of international singers and engaged him for the operas "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" by Gioachino Rossini, "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi and "Gianni Schicchi" by Giacomo Puccini.
In 1996 he was invited also by the great baritone Leo Nucci to sing beside him in Verdi's "La Traviata".
Leonardo Sagliocca won the 1998 edition of international competition “William Walton - the actor-singer”,sponsored by The Prince of Wales, Charles, which gave him the chance to improve his acting and singing talents with world famous artists like James Lockhart, Graziella Sciutti, Jonathan Papp (Royal Academy of Music, London), Corradina Caporello (Juillard School, New York) and perform the opera "Gianni Schicchi" by Giacomo Puccini in front of the Prince. During this Master Class Leonardo Sagliocca was invited for a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music of London.
Other peaks of his career:
In 1999 he was singing in the Dome of Genova (Genua,Italy) with the Orchestra of Teatro Carlo Felice, the main theater in Genua, under Herbert Handt.
The same year he was invited by the great specialist of Rossini's Operas, Luis Alva, to sing the role of Mustafa in the Opera "L'Italiana in Algeri" of G.Rossini in Lima, Peru.
Also in 1999 he was invited in Lucca by the american former tenor and conductor Herbert Handt to sing world premiere of works by eminents composers. The most famous one,winner of the Academy Award for his career, Ennio Morricone, author of many unforgettable soundtracks of famous movies like "Days of Heaven","The Mission","The Untouchables","Nuovo Cinema Paradiso". Ennio Morricone was present at the rehearsals and at the concerts,cooperating with Leonardo Sagliocca and the other musicians.
In 2001 he took part at the TV show "Sette per Uno", brodcasted by the main italian channel "RAI 1" on saturday night, viewed by more then 7 million people.
In 2005 Leonardo Sagliocca is invited at a very important season, The South Bank Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the season of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Following, a "resumé" of the entire career of Leonardo Sagliocca:
He began the soloist career in 1993 in Italy and all over the world, in the fields of symphonic, oratorial, operatic music and from the middle age music to the contemporary.
He performed as soloist with the following Associations and Musical Institutions: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto, Sagra Musicale Umbra, Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago, Ravenna Festival, Nuova Cappella di Palazzo, Associazione Musicale Lucchese, Amici della Musica Firenze, Centro Busoni, Festival Internazionale di San Gimignano, Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, Centro Internazionale di Musica Antica, Tuscia Opera Festival, Orchestra della Toscana, Estate Regina, South Bank Centre, Jeszienny Salon Muszyczny, Szceczin, Musiksommer Loisachtal.
He performed together with world famous artists like: Gino Bechi, Rolando Panerai, Leo Nucci, Luis Alva, Gennaro Sica, Susanna Rigacci, Victor Micallef, Giorgio Casciarri, Duccio Dal Monte, Marina Comparato, Barbara Di Castri, Filippo Adami, Leonardo De Lisi, Alfie Boe etc.
He performed with the following conductors: Salvatore Accardo, Claudio Scimone, Alberto Veronesi, Lu Jia, James Lockhart, Massimo De Bernart, Jeffrey Tate, Vinko Globokar, Claudio Desderi, Filippo Maria Bressan, Herbert Handt, Alessandro Pinzauti, Marco Balderi, Jonathan Brandani, Elisabetta Maschio, Riccardo Cirri, Giuseppe Lanzetta, Federico Bardazzi, Fabio Neri, Riccardo Martinini, Sergio Siminovich, Marco Severi, Augusto Vismara, Giovan Battista Varoli, Piero Papini, Carlo Moreno Volpini etc.
He performed with the following directors: Paolo Miccichè, Luciano Alberti, Aldo Tarabella, Luca Ferraris, Riccardo Diana, Gennaro Sica, Graziella Sciutti etc.
He sang for the first time in the world works by Ennio Morricone, Luca Lombardi, Franco Mannino, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Riccardo Riccardi always in front of the composers and under their supervision.
He has also performed many recitals with piano players, small vocal groups, small orchestras and big orchestras in cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Munchen, Frankfurt, Koln, Kassel, Sczeczin, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Zurich, Lugano, New Zealand, Australia and regularly in Japan (Tokyo, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Niigata).
He is permanent member of high level Ensembles like the "Ensemble San Felice" of Florence,Italy, the "Nuova Cappella di Palazzo" of Lucca,Italy and the “Cappella Musicale di Santo Stefano” (http://www.cmss.it/enartisti/home.htm) of Prato, Italy
He is co-founder of the "Ensemble San Felice" (www.ensemblesanfelice.com), a vocal and instrumental group specialized in early music, with original instruments. Last year the Ensemble celebrated the 22nd season with titles as the "Six Brandenburg Concertos" of J.S. Bach, "Vespro della Beata Vergine" of C. Monteverdi, Haendel's “Messiah” and "The Fairy Queen" by H. Purcell.
He cooperated in quality of main contributor of the Director of the Courses, Federico Bardazzi, as talent scout, teacher and soloist singer with the "Maggio Fiorentino Formazione" (www.maggioformazione.it), the formation agency of the main theater in Florence and one of the more historical and important festivals in Italy, the "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino".
He recorded actually 8 cd's published and sold all over the world for the following labels (Tactus, Bongiovanni, Kicco Classic, Clavis)
He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Florence International Choir Festival (www.florencechoirfestival.com) and invited as member of the jury in important Festivals like The Singing World in Saint Petersburg and the Choral Festivals in Bratislava, the Credo Festival in Tallinn, the Nederlands Koor Festival, Haarlem, the Mozart Festival in Prague. He is also regularly invited as member of committee in official auditions.
He has been lecturer in the 10th World Symposium of Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea, in august 2014 (www.wscm10.org)
Leonardo Sagliocca is also the creator of the season “A Night at the Opera in Florence” (www.operainflorence.it), Italian Opera & Baroque. Young talents and international acclaimed singers from all over the world joined and will join that season.
Leonardo Sagliocca is invited all over the world to be member and President of international Jury in renowned Festivals like: Singing World in Saint Petersburg, Bratislava Youth Festival, Mozart Festival in Prague, Nederlands Koor Festival in Haarlem, Credo Festival in Tallinn, Juozas Naujalis Choir Festival in Kaunas.
In May 2015 has been invited for masterclasses on opera repertoire for soloists in China in very important institutions like Peking University (PKU), Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM), Peking and Xi'an Conservatory of Music (XACOM).
Other masterclasses for soloists and workshops on choral music are already scheduled in Russia, Japan, USA, Mexico, Brazil