Andrea Bocelli is one of the few great artists in the world whom, for artistic skills and personal characteristics, can interpret this project. A mellow and recognizable voice like a signature, which resounds in over eighty million records, a tenor voice ranging from Belcanto to Verismo, Andrea Bocelli has been declared everywhere in the world the testimony of the highest Italian vocal tradition.
He has always been committed to spreading messages of positivity, hope, and perseverance at a global level, and in supporting social causes in the area of scientific research, fight against poverty, universality of primary education. He is then perceived, everywhere, as a fellow voice that gives voice to the world. Having improved under the guidance of Franco Corelli, Andrea Bocelli initially reached an important level of fame when he won Sanremo Music Festival in 1994. At the same time he started his dazzling classical career, by facing on stage – directed by Lorin Maazel, Seiji Ozawa and Zubin Mehta – the titles of important lyrical repertoires: from Macbeth and Il Trovatore to Madame Butterfly, La Bohème, Tosca up to French masterpieces such as Werther, Carmen, Roméo et Juliette.
Numerous recognitions include the star on the Walk of Fame of Hollywood that has been shining since 2010 in his honour. A record holding artist, of concerts in front of huge audiences, he beat all disco records. For example his CD Arie Sacre (with the baton of Myung-Whun Chung) has become the best selling classical album ever published by a solo artist.
Protagonist of concerts, invariably sold out, in emblazoned venues such as the Carnegie Hall, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera House, among the most recent recordings of Andrea Bocelli, Manon Lescaut under the baton of Plácido Domingo, Turandot and Aida conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Convinced that solidarity is the only intelligent response to inequality, and that therefore, it is not only a surge of the heart and a moral duty, but also an act of intelligence, his name since the 90s has been among those of people involved in important events related to philanthropy and to the support of the disadvantaged.
In 2011 Andrea Bocelli has given birth to the Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) in order to enhance, and not to disperse the richness of relationships, and the bond of trust that he has gained, and gains, with many people, in every part of the world he has been, where he is, inevitably, considered, a point of reference in music but also in ethics.
The Foundation was created to help people in difficulty, due to illness, disability, poverty and social exclusion, by promoting and supporting national and international projects that foster the overcoming of such barriers and help them to realize their full potential.
At the opening of the world Economic Forum 2015 in Davos, he was given the Crystal Award, a prestigious award to the artist, the man, the philanthropist.
The event "Il Grande Mistero" in Barcelona will be followed by the presence of Andrea Bocelli at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia which will be held in the month of September 2015.
MARCELLO ROTA - Conductor
Marcello Rota has quickly established himself as one of his generation’s most exciting italian conductors. A frequent guest of some among the world’s most important opera companies, he has conducted performances at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Roma, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro dell’Opera in Roma, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, Arena in Verona, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Royal Albert Hall of London, Palais Des Beaux Arts in Bruxelles.
He has been a regular guest of important orchestras including, Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI of Torino, Orchestra “Arturo Toscanini” of Parma, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Galizia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Auckland and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. His large operatic repertory include over forty operas by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini.
Since 2004 he is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra of Prague with which he has recorded for Victor – JVC. He is a regular guest at the Teatro alla Scala, where he conducted Nino Rota’s ballet La strada in 2006, the ballet Le Parc in 2007 and the trilogy Voluntaries, Century Rolls and Bella figura (2008/09).
ANASTASIYA PETRYSHAK - Violinist
Born in Ukraine in 1994, she began studying the violin with Marta Kalynchuk at a very early age. In 2005 she moved to Italy to study with Maestro Savatore Accardo at Accademia Internazionale “Walter Stauffer” in Cremona and at Accademia Chigiana in Siena. Graduated with honors at Conservatory Arrigo Boito in Parma, subsequently she also graduated at high specialization course at International Academy “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola. In 2015 she obtained the degree in musical and artistic training with honors at Istituto Monteverdi of Cremona, under the guidance of M°Laura Gorna. A winner of several international competitions, she has appeared as soloist in recital-concerts in some among Italy’s major theaters and concert halls, including Teatro Grande in Brescia, Duomo in Milano, Metropolitan Pavilion of New York, Sala Nervi of Vatican in Rome, Teatro la Fenice di Venezia, Teatro Verdi di Busseto, Teatro Ariston di Sanremo, under the baton of important conductors. She took part as guest in several Italian and international musical broadcasts and TV documentaries, including CBS USA, EBS international, “Che Tempo che Fa” and “Festival di Sanremo” of RAI Italian Radio Television. She regularly collaborates with the Museum of the Violin of Cremona, the Stradivari Foundation, the Milan Polytechnic and the University of Pavia, studying the structural and acoustic aspects of the Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri del Gesù. instruments that are part of the collection of Museum of the Violin of Cremona. Since 2010 she has been regularly working as a soloist and in duet with Andrea Bocelli in several concerts getting great success of public and critics.
ORQUESTRA SIMFÒNICA DEL VALLÈS
The Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès (OSV) (Vallès Symphony Orchestra) was founded in 1987 under the aegis of l’Associació d’Amics de l’Òpera de Sabadell (Association of friends of the Opera, Sabadell). The following year, it became the only symphony orchestra in Spain to constitute a limited company (S.A.), in which the musicians and their co-workers are owners and shareholders.
This singular way of working, a completely new idea in this country, makes the OSV a very special orchestra, one whose relationship with its public, its concerts and its quality are like no other.
The orchestra's energetic programme - more than one hundred concerts a year - is based, on the one hand, in the town of Sabadell, where it performs a season of symphonic concerts and is also the TITULAR orchestra of the Opera in Catalonia cycle; and on the other hand, at the Palau de la Música Catalana (Catalan Music Palace), where the cycle Symphonic concerts at the Palau consists of ten concerts annually.
In recognition of the orchestra's work in the promotion of great symphonic music, in 1992 it received the Premi Nacional de Música (National Prize for Music) from the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan autonomous government).
The Orquestra Simfònica de Vallès is a member of the Asociación Española de Orquestas Sinfónicas, AEOS (Spanish Association of Symphonic Orchestras), the umbrella organization of professional Spanish orchestras.
From the 2009-2010 season onwards, Rubén Gimeno will be the OSV's Principal Conductor.
Past Principal Conductors of the orchestra are: Albert Argudo, from 1988 to 1992; Jordi Mora, from 1993 to 1997; Salvador Brotons, from 1997 to 2002; Edmon Colomer, from 2002 to 2005 and David Giménez Carreras, from 2006 to 2009.
The OSV is sponsored by Fundació Banc Sabadell (Sabadell Bank Foundation), Obra Social Unnim (social projects Unnim), Ajuntament de Sabadell (Sabadell Town Hall) and Bardet Grup, and receives the support of the Cultural Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya and of the Institut Català de les Indústries Culturals (Catalan Institute for Cultural Industries).
POLIFÒNICA DE PUIG-REIG
Founded in 1968. Apart from this intense activity whithin Catalonia, it has also perfomed in different places of the Spain State, as well as in the majority of European countries and also in: Israel, México, Venezuela, Philippines, U.S.A., Canada, Singapoore, Malaysia, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú, Cuba, Argentine and Chile (in the last two as Catalan Cultural Embassy of the President de la Generalitat of Catalonia).
Its repertoire includes all sort of pieces and styles reflecting different times with special predilection for the XX th. Century. Should be mentioned some magnificient pieces suchs as : The Messiah by G.F.Händel, The Creation by Joseph Hadyn, The Requiem by W.A. Mozart, The Symphony nº 9 “Choral” and Solemnis Mass by L.V. Beethoven, The Symphony nº 8 by G.Mahler, El Pessebre by Pau Casals, La Cantata de la Terra by J.A. Amargós, and choir part of the operas Aïda and Nabucco by G.Verdi and Cristopher Columbus by Leonard Balada, Turandot by Puccini, Elias de F.Mendelssohn.
The choir also plays folklore and popular music from all countries and dramatic musical pieces such: Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell, A Chorus Line, Show Boat, Cats.....Due to its roots it is considered as an excellent interpreter of choral “Sardanes”, which most performances have been together with the well qualified “cobla” (orchestra for sardana playing) “La Principal de la Bisbal”, with whom it shares some records.
Many times it has performed together with very prestigious musical associations such as the: Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orquestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona. It also has been conducted by the well-known maestri: Manuel Cabero, Albert Argudo, J. Pérez Batista, Antoni Ros Marba, Josep Pons, Joan Lluis Moraleda, Uwe Mund, Franz-Paul Decker, Alexander Radbahari, Jean Bernard Pommier, Edmond Colomer, Trevor Pinnok, Lawrence Foster, Salvador Mas, Salvador Brotons, Antoni Ros Marbà, Giuliano Carella, Nello Santi, Eiji Oue, Renato Palumbo.
The Polifònica has make several TV performances on TVE (the Spanish TV) and TV3 (the Catalan TV.) within the country and other TV companies abroad while touring.
In 1993 on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, was awarded with the “Creu de Sant Jordi” (Cros of Saint George) of the most important price of Catalonia’s Goverment.