Charming beginnings: Davide Giangregorio

Davide was born in Benevento. In his hometown, he graduated from the “Nicola Sala” Conservatoire in Piano performance and Opera, there he also studied Organ and Chamber music. He studied style and praxis of the baroque repertoire with contralto Sonia Prina. Currently he studies with the mezzo Chiara Chialli. In 2012 he attended “Giovani all’opera” Academy in Stresa (Italy) under the guidance of Natale De Carolis debuting Don Basilio in Barbiere di Siviglia at 51^ Stresa Festiva. In 2013 he won the 67th competition of Teatro Lirico Sperimentale of Spoleto where he performed as Angelotti in Tosca and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. In the same year he was admitted at Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro with Alberto Zedda, singing at XXV Rossini Opera Festival in Il Viaggio a Reims (Don Prudenzio). In 2014 he was admitted in Accademia Teatro alla Scala where he studied with world renowned singers such as Renato Bruson, Luciana Serra and Luciana d’Intino. He studied style and praxis of the baroque repertoire with contralto Sonia Prina. He sang Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi and Dante in Schicchi e Puccini (world première) at the Teatro Municipale Piacenza, Masetto in Don Giovanni in most important Italian Theatres for As.Li.Co. (directed by Graham Vick). He made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in the role of Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola. He sang Moralès and Zuniga in Carmen for Turin Classical Music Festival, Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Cairo Opera House, bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem K626 with Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Massimo Bellini Catania, Gaudenzio in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino at La Fenice Venice, Colline in La Bohème at the Teatro Regio Turin, Ubaldo in Pergolesi’s Serva Padrona at the Festival Vicenza in Lirica and so many others.

Hello, dear Davide! It is such a pleasure for me to have you interviewed! I kept my eyes on you and discovered that you do not only have a wonderful voice, but you are also very determined to persevere and to become a better version of yourself everyday. How do you find your motivation? How do you keep focused?

Dear Ana, first of all, let me thank you for this interview. I discovered opera when I was 17 while I was studying piano at the conservatory. It was like a love at first sight and I immediately decided that opera singing would have been my future… my life. It’s like an always burning passion where you can take energy, motivation from and everything you need to face this hard career. Mostly at the beginning, I received a lot of “NOs”, for every audition or competition that I won; there were at least ten of them I lost and without a very strong motivation I wouldn’t be here telling my story.

Was the pandemic situation a threat or an opportunity for your career?

I think that in front of an event that you cannot control, the wisest thing to do is to accept it and take the decision to mantain a positive attitude in any circumstances. With that being said, the pandemic situation represented an opportunity for me, it gave me free time (a lot of free time) that I spent in several ways: I finally graduated in Piano at the conservatory (after seven years that I stopped studying piano in order to begin my opera singing career) I improved my English and I started studying German, I had time to read poetry and to finish some books and a lot of others little things that you forget to appreciate when you are into a frenetic singer life.

Read the entire interview here, in the 2th/2022 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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