Friuli Venezia Giulia Choir

The Choir of Friuli Venezia Giulia was born in 2001 and since then it has performed almost 500 concerts including world premieres and concerts held throughout Italy and Europe. Characterized by the modular management of its staff, the ensemble can transform itself from a small ensemble, able to better interpret the Renaissance and Baroque repertoire, to a large symphonic choir. It collaborates with renowned interpreters of ancient, classical, contemporary, jazz, pop music and numerous European orchestras: the Capella Savaria in Hungary, the Solamente Naturali of Bratislava, the Venice Baroque Orchestra and the S. Marco Orchestra for ancient music, the Regional Orchestra of the FVG, the Orchestra of Serbian Radio Television, the Orchestra of Radio Television and the Philharmonic in Ljubljana, the Junge Philarmonie Wien, the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma, the Orchestra of Padua and Veneto, the Youth Orchestra Luigi Cherubini and many others for the symphonic repertoire. In addition to a considerable activity in Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Choir has been a guest of the most prestigious Festivals and concert seasons, among which the Monteverdi Festival of Cremona, the Quartet Society and Musical Afternoons of Milan, Emilia Romagna Festival, Musikverein of Klagenfurt, Stadttheater of Klagenfurt, Wien Musikwoche, Lubjana Festival, Mittelfest, Ravenna Festival, Festival MI.TO, Innsbrucker Festwoche der alte Musik, Les Concerts Parisien, Astana Festival, Matera 2019 and others.
He has been directed by over 80 directors including Riccardo Muti, Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman, Andrea Marcon, Filippo Maria Bressan, Luis Bacalov (recently deceased Oscar winner of which the Choir premiered the opera Estaba La Madre dedicated to the mothers of Plaza de Mayo and the Misa Tango), Bruno Aprea, Marco Angius, George Pehlivanian, Uros Lajovic. Significant collaborations for pop music with Andrea Bocelli, Tosca and Simone Cristicchi, ethnic concerts with the likes of J. Gasparyan, jazz performances with M. Stockhausen, E. Rava, J. Surman, K. Weehler, J. Taylor, G. Venier, with whom it often proposed premieres.
One of the choir's most ambitious projects is to perform, over the years, all over 200 Sacred Cantatas by J.S. Bach (half of the journey has already been completed) and during Easter 2012 the execution in Udine, in three consecutive evenings, of the Passion according to John, the Passion according to Matthew and the Mass in B minor, under the direction of Filippo Maria Bressan, Andrea Marcon and Paolo Paroni.
Concerts with Riccardo Muti have been broadcast several times on italian TV channel Rai 1 (in Eurovision) as well as concerts with Gustav Leonhardt on Rai 2 and Rai 3. In 2016 the Choir embarked on a collaboration with the famous cellist Mario Brunello who is leading the choir to the most important European billboards and festivals.

Mara Corazza

SOPRANO

Mara Corazza is a light and baroque lyric soprano. After graduating in piano at the “G.Tartini” Conservatory of Trieste under the guidance of Massimo Gon in 2000, she dedicated herself to chamber music and recorded as a duo for Rivo Tall. In 2008, following a long choral experience, she began the study of lyric singing and Sacred Music.
In 2012 she made her debut as solo soprano of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Choir with which she sang until 2016, chosen by M° Cristiano Dell’Oste in particular for the numerous Cantatas by J.S. Bach. She has performed as a soloist in important festivals including Ambronay in France, the Ravenna Festival, the Mittelfest in Cividale and the Schippers Festival with orchestras such as Mitteleuropa, La Chimera by E.Eguez, the San Marco di Pordenone on ancient instruments, Arrigoni, B. Marcello, Concentus and the Arparla baroque orchestra with which he ranged from the Baroque to the contemporary repertoire and performed several pages of Mozart’s sacred repertoire. She was directed by important conductors such as T. Koopman and F.M. Bressan and has held various opera roles: Anima in Anima e Corpo by De Cavalieri, Second woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Papagena in Mozart’s Zauberflote, Clorinda in La Cenerentola by Rossini and Serpina in La Serva Padrona by Pergolesi.
Since 2014 she performs as Artist of the RSI Choir, (Swiss Radio and Television of Italian language) of Lugano directed by Diego Fasolis and of the Ghislieri Choir & Consort of Pavia in important productions abroad (Switzerland, France, Austria, Germany) directed by Giulio Prandi, with whom he recorded music by Handel for the well-known magazine Amadeus. She has collaborated with many musical realities of the Region including the Virile Natissa Choir, the Artemia Children’s Choir, with the Pezzè quartet, the T. Schippers orchestra and recently formed the Trio In Cordis, a group dedicated to the discovery and diffusion of the Friulian repertoire and the ancient repertoire with special transcriptions for the organic with colleagues Mauro Pestel on guitar and Annamaria Viciguerra on harpsichord.
Since 1999 she has been teaching piano regularly in several private and municipal music schools where she also teaches theatrical workshops in the musical field. She studied Commedia dell’Arte with director Dario Ponissi, scenic art with Silvana Talarico, opera singing with Gloria Paulizza and Annamaria Dell’Oste, she perfected her repertoire of ancient music and Recitar Cantando with Lavinia Bertotti and Sara Mingardo and foundations of practice harpsichord with Paola Erdas.

Karina Oganjan

SOPRANO

Born in Riga (Latvia), but of Armenian and Tatar origins, soprano Karina Oganjan undertook the study of singing in Italy.
In 2012 she was awarded the National Prize of the Arts, chamber music section, in trio with M. Rinaldi (mezzo-soprano) and L. Zarcone (piano). With this training she has performed in prestigious venues, such as the Lingotto in Turin, the Auditorium Pollini in Padua and the Government Palace in Trieste.
As a soloist he has collaborated with the Orchestra of Padua and Veneto, the Orchestra of the Opera of Ljubljana, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Mitteleuropa Orchestra, the Ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi , under the direction of T. Severini, L. Pfaff, C. Boccadoro, J. Kyzlink, P. Paroni.
As interpreter of the music of the Armenian and Tatar tradition, he collaborated with the virtuoso of the duduk Djivan Gasparyan (Mittelfest 2011), in trio with C. Rojac, accordion, and F. Zigante, guitar (Teatro Comunale di Monfalcone, Season of the Normal University of Pisa), and with the Soloists of the National Academy of S. Cecilia (Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome). She performed in duo with the cellist Mario Brunello at the Olympic Theater in Vicenza, Argentina Theater in Rome, Mi.To Festival etc.

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