Maria Conti Gallenti joins the EQ team as an Italian diction coach.
Barbara writes, “EQ mezzo-soprano Julia Dawson introduced us to Maria, who is now a valued colleague and has been insightfully preparing our Pulcinella soloists and assistant conductors with a very detailed approach to the diction (both Italian and Neapolitan) and history of the vocal arias included in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.” Welcome Maria!
Maria Conti Gallenti was born in Messina (Sicily) and since 2015 teaches Italian opera repertoire at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main.
After studying piano in Rome and Pescara with Bruno Aprea and Bruno Mezzena, she specialized in contemporary music with Giacomo Manzoni and began an intense concert life as a soloist and chamber music partner. At the same time, she was Professor of Piano and Score Reading at the Conservatory Pergolesi of Fermo (Italy).
Later on, she developed a growing interest in vocal music, cooperating for many years with opera and lieder festivals, competitions and master classes such as: Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Renata Tebaldi Foundation in San Marino,Toti dal Monte Opera Competition in Treviso …
Various collaborations with the Ensemble Modern for the Frankfurt Opera House and the AMH Foundation (Akademie Musiktheater heute) reflect her interest in modern and contemporary music.