Alessandro De Marchi

Alessandro De Marchi © Martin Vandory

Since 2010, Alessandro De Marchi has been the artistic director of the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. He studied organ and composition at the conservatory of Santa Cecilia in his native Rome and then went on to study harpsichord, basso continuo and chamber music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. In 1989, he began collaborating with René Jacobs as a harpsichordist and assistant. After completing his studies, Alessandro de Marchi appeared as a harpsichord soloist in concerts and as a recitative accompanist in many international Baroque and Classical opera productions, until he started to pursue a successful career as a conductor.

De Marchi has since become one of the leading experts on the opera repertory of the 17th to the early 19th century and regularly conducts performances at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, at the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden, at the Komische Oper Berlin, at the Württembergische Staatsoper Stuttgart, at the Parisian Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, at the Opéra National Lyon, at the Teatro Regio Turin, at the Maggio Musicale Florence, at the Händel-Festspiele Halle, at the Theater an der Wien and at the National Theatre in Prague. In his native Italy, De Marchi shaped the Academia Montis Regalis into one of the leading period-instrument ensembles. As the ensemble’s first conductor, he is responsible for various opera productions and successful international guest performances.

De Marchi’s connection to the Ambras Castle Concerts and to the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music developed a long time ago. Here, he performed as concert harpsichordist and organist with ensembles including The Rare Fruits Council and together with Attilio Cremonesi. As a director of musical theatre, he conducted productions of Mozart’s "La clemenza di Tito", "Il re pastore", Pasquini’s "Sant’ Agnese", Haydn’s "L’isola disabitata", Pergolesi’s "L’Olimpiade" and "La serva padrona", Bach’s "Coffee Cantata" and Telemann’s "Flavius Bertaridus, König der Langobarden" in Innsbruck. Sony Classical has so far released four recordings of the Innsbruck Festival under the direction of Alessandro De Marchi: "Flavius Bertaridus, König der Langobarden" by Telemann, "L’Olimpiade" by Pergolesi, a vesper with works by Händel and Caldara and Francesco Provenzale's opera "La Stellidaura vendicante".

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