ALESSANDRO SAFINA

The Italian tenor Alessandro Safina – born in Siena – discovered his passion for singing at very early age; he was only nine years old when he started studying music, and immediately showed a specific fondness and talent for classical music. His parents were ardent lovers of the opera, and instilled their son with this passion of theirs from the beginning. He started attending a musical academy when he was twelve years old.

At the age of 17 Alessandro applied at the well-established Conservatorio di Musica 'Luigi Cherubini' in Florence. His application was naturally accepted, and he was soon performing the leading parts of famous operas on various European stages. In 1989, he won the first prize at the 'Concorso Lirico Internazionale' in Mantova, a competition dedicated to Italian soprano singer Katia Ricciarelli. The prize marked the start of a brilliant career in the world of opera.

In 1990, the singer made his debut as 'Rodolfo', the male lead in Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, alongside Katia Ricciarelli. He went on to perform in some of the world's most prestigious venues, including the Barbican in London, Teatro Bibiena in Mantova (where he performed Paisiello's Il Barbiere Di Siviglia [video]), Basel (I Capuleti E Montecchi), Strasbourg (L'Elisir D'Amore), Marseille (Il Barbiere Di Siviglia once more) and at the Wexford International Festival in Ireland (Rusalka). He received lavish praise for his role as Vladimir Lenski in the opera Eugenio Onieghin, at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

Alessandro also provides particular attention to the 'holy' repertoire: he sang Gounod's La Messa in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, as well as Puccini's La Messa Di Gloria and La Petite Messe Solennelle, again alongside Katia Ricciarelli. As for operettas, he performed Sissi, Rose Marie, Orfeo All'Inferno and La Vedova Allegra in Teatro Verdi in Trieste and again Orfeo All'Inferno and La Vedova Allegra at Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Although Alessandro is entirely wrapped up in his love for classical music, and especially fond of the legendary tenor Enrico Caruso, he is also inspired by modern pop music like U2, Genesis, Depeche Mode and The Clash. In recent years he has shown the urge to combine the two musical genres, classical and pop - thus bringing classical music closer to the people.