Sergio La Stella
Substitute Maestro and Korrepetitor - Piano accompaniment - Score reading - Vocal repertoire practice - Course for pianists accompanying the dance
He completed his studies at Santa Cecilia in Roma, graduating in piano under the guidance of Maestri A. Tucci and S. Perticaroli. He took this further with Marcella Crudeli and A. Vojtovoz and graduated in Orchestra Conducting at the Conservatory of Frosinone under the guidance of Daniele Paris. He attended Leonard Bernstein’s further courses at S. Cecilia Academy and those of G. Rozdentvensky at Chigiana Academy in Siena. He débuted as orchestra conductor in 1992 at Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera with the ballets “Don Quixote”, “The Nutcracker Suite”, “Swan Lake” and “Giselle”. In ’94 he conducted “Manon Lescaut” there, and 96’ “La traviata” and “Aida” at Teatro Marinsky in Saint Petersburg and ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ at Novosibirsk State Teatre. Concert pianist and Maestro substitute for G.Albrecht, Yuri Ahronovich, B. Bartoletti, G. Gelmetti, Carlo Maria Giulini, A. Lombard, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Georges Prêtre, Nello Santi, J. Semkow, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Riccardo Muti, he has directed the orchestras of del Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro dell’Opera in Roma, the Conservatories of Milan and Santa Cecilia, Toscanini in Parma, ORL, Taiwan Philharmonic, the orchestra of Teatro Marinslky in Saint Petersburg, the envoy of M° Gergev, Wurttenbergische Philharmonie. On tour with Ruggero Raimondi and Reutlingen Philharmonic Orchestra, he conducted at the Theatre of Ginevra, Kultur und Congress Zentrum at Lucerna, Stadtcasino in Berne, Tonhalle in Zurich and Kozerthalle in Basel. He accompanied Katia Ricciarelli on piano and conducted her at Teatro Politeama at Lecce. Boleslao Lazinsky, the scene pianist in ‘Fedora’ with Placido Domingo, whose pianist and substitute he became in Tosca on the Opera Centenary in Rom. He collaborated with Münchner Philharmoniker for Iris by Pietro Mascagni and The swallow by G. Puccini with Maestro G. Gelmetti, who flanked him as pianist and lyric section teacher in the orchestra conducting course at Chigiana Academy, Siena, and Teatro dell’Opera, Roma where he played cymbals in Mozart and Rossini operas. He prepared the cast for Wagner’s Tetralogy and Die Schöpfung with G. Sinopoli. He was official pianist and orchestra director in the international contests “Mario Lanza”, “Martinelli e Pertile” and ” Voci dell’est” at Taipei, Neue Stimmen. He conducted the operas: the Barber of Seville and Gala at Teatro di Lecce, Teatro di San Severo and Teatro Cilea di Reggio Calabria, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly e Don Pasquale at Teatro Vespasiano in Rieti, Teatro Greco in Rome, lyric-symphonic concerts with the orchestra of Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the ballet “Carmen Suite” for L’Estate Romana, “Cavalleria rusticana” and “Pagliacci” at Teatro Romano in Minturno, concertos for the Roman Philharmonic Academy, at Teatro dell’Opera in Roma, “Cinderella” by Rossini for the Grange Park Festival in London, “Turandot” at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, “Maria Stuarda” at the Grange Park Opera Festival , Mozart’s “Requiem” for Nicola Calipari in Reggio Calabria Cathedral, ”La Traviata” for the Festival of Opera in Ville Tuscolane, “Maria Stuarda” and “Manon Lescaut” at the Royal Swedish Opera House in Stockholm, a series of concerts at Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, at Rome for UNESCO’s 60th anniversary celebrations, Rome’s RAI Orchestra with monographies by Goffredo Petrassi. He participated in Festival Severino Gazzelloni and the show in the villa ‘La Colombaia’ to commemorate the figure and work of Luchino Visconti (2010 to 2013). He played for live RAI 1 TV at the concert Nel nome del cuore in Assisi. Nel 2011, for 150 years of Italian Unity, he was the star of a Gala at the Acropolium in Carthage for Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, a recital at Tunisia’s Opera House in the presence of the highest figures in the state of Tunisia. He also performed in a series of concerts the Renaissance opera Alba Italica (Goffredo Mameli) by Ruggero Leoncavallo. At Rome he participated in ‘Concert for Solos in Summer’ in Campidoglio in the presence of the President of the Republic and ‘Concerto di Ferragosto’ in Piazza di Spagna. With the Tiberina Symphonic Orchestra he dedicated particular attention to holy music, conducting the Requiem of Mozart, the Messiah of Haendel, the Requiem of Fauré, Krönungsmesse and Missa brevis by Mozart, ‘Gloria’ by Vivaldi and the ‘Stabat Mater’s of Pergolesi and Boccherini. Since 2012 he has conducted the Orchestra Europa Musica in end-of-year concerts at Sorrento and for New Year at Teatro Traiano in Civitavecchia, an event to be repeated every year since with tenor Gianluca Terranova. From 2008 to 2013 he was responsible for the event “Toccata & Fuga”, a festival taking place at Piazza di Spagna in Rome with an accurate selection of the finest Italian romances and arias. With the ensemble Toccata & Fuga he enjoyed a series of transfers to New York, Tokyo, Shangai, Buenos Aires and Istanbul. This particular promotion of ‘belcanto’ in vast spaces over five years’ activity encountered over 700,000 spectators. He held masterclasses at Seoul and was maestro and conductor for the RAI broadcast Domenica in and the ‘Tour de chant’ Contest, devised by Pippo Baudo. Guest in numerous TV broadcasts on lyric and film music with Orchestra Città of Verona, Orchestra Regionale of Rome and Lazio and G. Verdi of Milan, he was the pianist for the film ‘To Rome with love’ by Woody Allen. With the renowned arranger and conductor Peppe Vessicchio he held concerto-lessons with the orchestra ‘Sesto Armonico’ called “Il belcanto del Belpaese”. In 2010, amid the spires of Milan Cathedral, he conducted the world première of Every Man, a morality play composed by Maurizio Fabrizio, with texts by the philosopher Walter Tortoreto with Milan Cathedral Chapel Choir and Orchestra Toscanini of Parma. In 2013, for Teatro Massimo in Palermo, he created the Ballet “Verdiana”, completely made up of music by Giuseppe Verdi, on the bicentenary of the composer’s birth. He also conducted the ballets ”Coppelia”, “Romeo and Juliet”, Georg Trakl and ‘L’après-midi d’un faune’ with Carla Fracci. Highly interested in philology, he participated in numerous concerto-conferences beside Bruno Cagli and Philip Gossett on the performance practice of Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi. He wrote an essay called “Musical, aesthetic and philosophical aspects of Wagner’s Tetralogia di Wagner”, published in “Sentieri della mente” by Bollati Boringhieri. For BONGIOVANNI he recorded the CD ‘The cello virtuoso’ with A. Noferini, for BMG ARIOLA ‘900 Musica Classica Contemporanea with pieces by F. Emilio Scogna, with RCA BMG ‘La tromba’ and ‘Una tromba in scena’ with M. Maur and for Warner Music ‘Recital’ with G. Terranova. The DVD of ‘Toccata e Fuga’ also appeared recently, recorded live in concerts at Piazza di Spagna and Fontana di Trevi. In 2017 he directed the ballet “Giselle”, sent for the first time by M° Garau, Artistic Director of the concert organisation “Marialisa De Carolis” at Sassari. He also conducted a series of concerts with Abruzzo’s Symphonic Institute, the soprano Martina Serafin and basso Alessandro Guerzoni. In 2018, in the field of celebrating Rossini, he conducted Stabat Mater with the orchestra Europa Musica and the Italian Choir. For Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, he also conducted a series of concerts for Petite Messe Solennelle. He was again invited by the Marialisa Concert organisation in Sassari to conduct ‘L’Italiana in Algeri’.
In 2019 and 2020 he conducted ‘Carmen’ at Massa Marittima with the Orchestra Europa Musica, a series of Mozart concertos with the Concerto K488 Symphony K550. He performed the continuo of ‘Idomeneo Re di Creta’ by Mozart at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, conducted by Michele Mariotti, and was Stage Musical Director for ‘Rigolettto’ conducted by Daniele Gatti at Circus Maximus for the Summer season of Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera 2020.
He directed the Taiwan Symphonic Orchestra in the final concert of the East Vocal Competition at Taipei. He directed the OLES of Lecce for the lyrical Gala in Copertino Castle, 2019 and 2020.