Vincenzo La Scola

Vincenzo La Scola was born in Palermo and as young singer met Luciano Pavarotti at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago in 1979.

He was recommended by the great tenor to study with his singing teacher in Modena, Arrigo Pola. In 1982 he won the Alessandro Ziliani award at the "Voci verdiane" competition in Busseto, wich gave him the opportunity to make his debut as Oronte in "I Lombardi".
He was coached in this role by Carlo Bergonzi, who became his new teacher. The influence of the two distinguished tenors is clearly evident in his stylish singing and mastery of vocal technique, in wich he was also helped by his studies with the celebrated Rodolfo Celletti.

In 1985 a Scola embarked on his international career singing Nemorino in "L" Elisir d"amore" at the Theâtre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels conducted by Sir John Pritchard.
His success was such that he was immediately invited to appear in major European opera houses including Barcelona, Berlin, Bilbao, Cologne, Munich and Paris, and in the most important italian opera houses, singing in productions of "L"amico Fritz", "La fille du régiment", "Rigoletto", " Lucia di Lammermoor", "Un ballo in maschera", "Ernani", "La Traviata", "La Bohème", "Roberto Devereux" and "Lucrezia Borgia".

In 1988 he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan in "L"elisir d"amore", conducted by Giuseppe Patané, whereupon Riccardo Muti immediately invited him on the La Scala tour of Japan and the former Soviet Union, where he appeared as Tebaldo in "I Capuleti e i Montecchi". This led to a La Scala recording of Rigoletto for EMI/Angel, conducted by Maestro Muti. La Scola also appeared at the Teatro comunale, Bologna in Mascagni"s "Le maschere", conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti and recorded by Ricordi. He was reinvited for the next season in "Giovanna D"Arco", directed by Werner Herzog and conducted by Riccardo Chailly, which was filmed for a video release by Teldec and he has been re-invited to appear in that theater every subsequent season.

During those two years, a Scola career continued to develop internationally and he added new repertoire and musical centers to his already impressive schedule. He sang his first Verdi Requiem at the XXXIII "Festival dei due Mondi" in Spoleto, conducted by Daniele Gatti, appeared opposite Edita Gruberova in a concert version of "Roberto Devereux" in Vienna"s Konzerthaus and sang "Rigoletto" in Bonn. He appeared in "La Traviata" at the Teatro Regio in Turin and at Vienna"s Staatsoper, where he subsequently sang in "L"elisir d"amore". In "La Bohème" he appeared in the open-air arena at the Festival in Macerata, at the Genova Opera House, Covent Garden in London.

Appearances in more major italian opera houses followed with "Lucrezia Borgia" at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples; "Rigoletto" at the Teatro dell"Opera, Rome; and the title role of "Ernani" at the Festival of Martina Franca, wich was recorded for the Nuova Era label. He also returned to La Scala and to the Vienna Staatsoper in "La Traviata", appeared in Bilbao in "Un ballo in maschera" and at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin in "L"elisir d"amore". He also made his United States debut at the San Francisco Opera in "I Capuleti e i Montecchi".

In 1992 La Scola returned to the Teatro comunale, Bologna for a production of "Roberto Devereux" conducted by Gianandrea Gavazzeni, made his debut at la Fenice, Venice in "Rigoletto", at the Zurich Opera in Rigoletto, where he also sang in "La Bohème" opposite Mirella Freni and at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona in "La Traviata". Zubin Mehta invited him for the Verdi "Requiem" with the Los Angeles Philarmonic and, in his debut at the Houston Grand Opera, he added another role to his repertoire, the title role of "Les contes d"Hoffmann".

Critics and public alike acclaimed La Scola in "Beatrice di Tenda" at La Scala in January, 1993 and in March he made his debut in Amsterdam singing the Verdi Requiem with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestr conducted by Riccardo Chailly. In April he sang in a new production of "Rigoletto" at the Teatro comunale, Bologna, and he sang in "Rigoletto" and Rossini"s"Petite Messe solennelle" during the Comunale"s visit to Japan in the summer, again under the baton of Riccardo Chailly.

In the summer of 1993 La Scola returned to the Arena di Verona to sing "La Traviata" and he joined Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra for the Verdi Requiem on a tour of Israel. In september he appeared in "L"elisir d"amore" in Bilbao and the following month in Zurich he added yet another important Verdi role to his repertoire, the title role in "Don Carlo". He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Rodolfo in "La Bohème" in November of 1993, scoring a great success with the company.

Highlights of the 1994-95 season included: his first performances of Pollione in "Norma" in Ravenna (recorded live by EMI and released last fall); "L"amico Fritz", "Un ballo in Maschera" and "L"elisir d"amore" in Zurich; Boito"s "Mefistofele" at La Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti (recorded live by BMG/RCA for an August 1996 release); and Verdi"s rarely-heard "Jérusalem" in Turin.

He returned to sing the Duke in "Rigoletto" in the MET"s New York Parks concerts in June of 1995, including the opening concert in Central Park. He traveled to Japan in september with La Scala for performances of "La Traviata" and the Verdi Requiem led by Riccardo Muti. In the 1995-96 season, a Scola appeared at the Zurich Opera in "Simon Boccanegra", with the Houston Grand Opera in "La Bohème", at La Scala in "Nabucco", and he returned to Covent Garden for Alfredo in "La Traviata" in July 1996. Subsequently, a Scola sang a special evening of psalms with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philarmonic in Jerusalem in celebration of the city"s 3000th anniversary; and he performed the verdi Requiem at the Salzburg Festival and in Copenhagen with the Maggio musicale fiorentino under the direction of Maestro Mehta.

Highlights of La Scola 1996-97 included a return to japan with the Maggio musicale fiorentino for "Lucia di Lammermoor"; then "Tosca" and "Roberto Devereux, as well as debut performances as Radames in "Aida" with Nikolaus Hamoncourt, in Zurich; Rossini"s "Petite Messe solennelle" to open the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia"s season in Rome; "La Bohème" at the Washington Opera; "Tosca" and "La Traviata" at the Metropolitan Opera; and the Verdi Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony and in Verona with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philarmonic. In Zurich, he performed in an impressive total of six productions at the Opemhaus.

The season 1997-98 includes such highlights as performances of the Verdi Requiem at the Salle Pleyel in Paris with the Berlin Philarmonic and Claudio Abbado in October; l""L"elisir d"amore" in Florence; "La Traviata", "La Bohème", "Roberto Devereux" and "Elisir" in Zurich; "La Bohème" in Chicago opposite the Mimi of Mirella Freni; "Simon Boccanegra" and "Don Carlo" in Bologna as well as "Tosca" at the Arena di Verona in the summer of 1998. In october he his at La Scala di Milano to sing "L"Elisir d"amore", after ten years of his debut with the same title.In addition to this operatic activity, La Scola will also appear at the Vatican in a Christmas concert in the presence of Pope John Paul II.

In addition to the recordings already mentioned, a Scola has recorded a disc of Puccini and Tosti songs entitled "Avanti Urania!" for EMI;"L"elisir d"amore" for Naxos; "Beatrice di Tenda" for Rizzoli records; the "Petite Messe solennelle" for Erato; "Genesi" by Franco Battiato for Fonit Cetra; a concert entitled "La grande notte di Verona" togrther José Carreras and other famous singers, for a video issued on the Polifon label; and "a Scola in concerto al Teatro comunale di Bologna" on the Bongiovanni label.

The season 1999 includes performance of "Verdi"s Requiem" in Jerusalem with Riccardo Muti, "Tosca" for the opening night of the season 1999-2000 in Bologna, and "I due Foscari" at the Opernhaus of Zurich. La Scola has signed a exclusive contract with EMI/London for crossover music and his first album isreleased on october.
In the same year sings "Werther" for the first time and comes back to Wien for "Ernani".
La Scola sings also in a recital"s tourneé in Japan.

The 2001 is the year of the celebrations for the Anniversary of the death of Giuseppe Verdi, and La Scola is invited to sing Verdi"s Requiem in Parma"s Dom on the night of the anniversry (January 27th) under the direction of Maestro Gergiev. And also in Dresden (dir. Giuseppe Sinopoli), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Zubin Metha)., Daniele Gatti at the Royal Albert Hall for the PROMS.
La Scola sings at the Prinz Regent Theater in München "Luisa Miller" under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel.

In the same year sings with M.o Claudio Abbado the new production of Simon Boccanegra for Ferrara Musica and Verdi"s Festival of Parma. Is the winner of the Award as "Best Tenor 2000" by the italian classic magazine "L"Opera".

The president of the Italian Republic invited him to partecipate as Special Guest at the traditional New Year Concert in Rome.

Open the 2002 season of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo with "Les contes d"Hoffmann".Under the baton of Maestro Claudio Abbado sings on "SImon Boccanegra" at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

He writes and interprets a new show called "Dedicated to Mario Lanza" in which says the life of the Great Tenor and sing the most famous Arias.
In november 2003 release his special Tribute to Mario Lanza by Edel Records and RAITRADE, after is return to the MET, with " La Boheme", and the opening season in Torino as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra.
On the Christmas eve 2003, is invited by Maestro Myung Chung and the Tokyo Philarmonic for a specia event called "Christmas in Tokyo" and "New Year in Tokyo, televised live by Asahi Television and NHK Television.

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