The Verdi Theatre permanent Choir is inextricably linked to the opera house's production. It is divided into the eight registers of first and second sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, altos, first and second tenors, baritones and basses. It has always stood out for uniformity and vigor. The Choir has been conducted since the end of the II world war by choir masters of the caliber of Roberto Benaglio, Adolfo Fanfani, Giorgio Kirschner, Gaetano Riccitelli, Andrea Giorgi, Ine Meisters, Marcel Seminara, Luigi Petrozziello, Emanuela di Pietro, Lorenzo Fratini, Alessandro Zuppardo, Paolo Vero and Fulvio Fogliazza, whilst intensifying its involvement in the area of symphonic music over the past years.
Universally acknowledged by critics as one of the best choirs in Italian opera houses, even for the capacity expressed in singing the lyric-symphonic repertoire in the original language of non-national authors, it has been invited to perform not only in Italy (in particular as a long-time featured guest at the Festival of the Two Worlds in Spoleto), but also abroad, in Austria, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Korea, Japan and Oman both on its own or on tour together with the Verdi Theatre Orchestra. In 2016 it has opened the Dubai Opera with the operas The pearl fishers and The barber of Seville, two productions set by the Foundation itself.
The current choirmaster is Francesca Tosi.
Maestro del Coro
Born in Pietrasanta (LU), Francesca Tosi got a degree in piano at the Institute for Music Study “Pietro Mascagni” in Livorno with full marks and mention ad honorem under the guidance of Daniel Rivera and, at the same time, improving herself in chamber music with Franco Rossi and in conducting with Piero Bellugi. After an intense activity as a piano soloist (1992-1997), during which she performed the complete Beethoven concertos and the Concerto n. 2 by Rachmaninov with the Radio and Television Orchestra of Moldavia, Francesca Tosi has been a répétiteur at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (1997-2004). In this period she worked with famous conductors, among which Zubin Metha (Turandot and La traviata in a tour in Tokio, 2001) and Claudio Abbado (Simon Boccanegra, 2002). She played the Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini as main piano with the Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Luis Basso as conductor.
From 2005 to 2016 she has been Assistant Chorus Master at the Opéra de Nice (France), helping in training the chorus for important symphonic works (Beethoven’s Symphony n. 9, Mahler’s Symphony n. 2 and Verdi’s Requiem) and operas (Benvenuto Cellini by Berlioz, Gli Ugonotti by Mayerbeer, Peter Grimes by Britten, Parsifal by Wagner).
In 2015 she played again as piano soloist, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and David Garforth as conductor, in the performance of Concerto in G by Ravel and Concerto in F by Gershwin, for a series of shows of the Ballet de l'Opéra de Nice.
From 2006 to 2008 she has been a coach at the "Mirella Freni – Academy for opera singers Post-Graduate course” and, from 2008 to 2015, Chorus Master at the “Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago” for the operas Edgar, La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Rondine, La fanciulla del West and Turandot.