1 - Cultural education, prizes and awards
Simone Fermani obtained his Ph.D. Composition Diploma at Perugia Conservatory in only three years (the regular course lasts ten years)
in 1983, and his Ph.D. Conducting Diploma at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome afterwards.
He then embarked on advanced studies with Franco Ferrara in Rome, with Leonard Bernstein, (as assistant),
in Vienna with Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra, Munich with Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra
and Rome, and with Peter Maag (as assistant) at Bologna, Padua, Venice and Bern.
In October 1995, Simone Fermani was awarded the Perrenoud Prize for conducting at the Fifth Vienna International Music
Competition in Vienna, Austria.
In November 2015 Simone Fermani has been appointed Guest Conductor at State Opera and Ballet Theatre "Natalia Sats" of Moscow
In 1997, Simone Fermani was enclosed in the Sixteenth Edition of Who’s Who in Music and Musicians’ Directory,
published at Cambridge, UK, and since 2010 his name is included in the prestigious The International Who’s Who.
All concerts and operas conducted by Simone Fermani are published
on the web by Spotify and by all other music portals.
2 - Experiences as Composer
Simone Fermani has composed two lyric operas:
"Orione" - opera in a Prologue and three acts - Libretto by Walter Zidaric from the comedy of the same name by Ercole Luigi Morselli (2020)
Download the cast,synopsis and orchestra set of “Orione”
"L'Ambasciatore (The Ambassador)" - opera in one act - Libretto by Walter Zidaric freely inspired by the novel "The death of Ivan I'lič" by Lev Tolstoj (2022).
Download the cast,synopsis and orchestra set of "The Ambassador"
3 - Experiences as conductor
Simone Fermani made his opera debut conducting “The barber of Seville”by Gioachino Rossini
at Opéra Marseille, giving encore of the “Finale” of Act 2 for all the performances.
In August 2015 Simone Fermani has been invited to conduct the opera “Orchestra rehearsal” at Birgitta Festival in Tallinn (Estonia)
scoring an important review on the influential and very important web magazine “bachtrack.com” by the music critic Simon Rees.
In May 2014 the State Opera House "Nathalia Satz" of Moscow has invited Simone Fermani to conduct the world premiere of the new opera
"Orchestra Rehearsal" created by the director Georgij Isaakian with musics by Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini and Gaetano Donizetti, and based
upon the famous homonymous movie by Federico Fellini. The opera has scored a huge success of audience and reviews, with also a great personal success of Simone Fermani as conductor.
The performance has been replied many times along 2014 season and it is still currently performed.
On September 4 and 5, 2013, Simone Fermani was invited to open the Verdi & Wagner Festival at Helikon Opera Theatre of Moscow
for the Celebration of the Bicentennary of the birth of the two famous Composers; he conducted “Un ballo in maschera” by Giuseppe Verdi,
scoring a huge success of audience, media and reviews. Here follows a choice of the most important articles and tv programs among the many reports given by the most important Russian TV, newspapers and music magazines which speak about this big success:
Itogi Ru- Moscow
RG RU-Moscow Helikon Opera web site
RG RU Moscow
RIA RU- Moscow
Interview at Radio The Voice of Russia-Moscow
Interview to newspapers Izvestia-Moscow
Interview to newspapers Novaya Gazeta-Moscow
By Giuseppe Verdi, Simone Fermani conducted: “Nabucco” in Parma, “La Traviata” at Belgrade National Opera, Serbia,
and “Messa di Requiem” in Santa Fè, Argentina.
By Gioachino Rossini he also conducted “L’italiana in Algeri” at Teatro Massimo, Palermo, “ The barber of Seville”
at Teatro Regio, Parma, and “La cambiale di matrimonio” at 49th International Summer Festival of Ljubljana.
He conducted also other well-known operas of the most famous composers of Italian opera repertory.
As guest conductor, Simone Fermani was invited by:
Youth Orchestra of National Academy “Santa Cecilia” of Rome; Haydn Orchester of Bolzano; Orchestra of Lyric Theatre of Cagliari; Orchestra “Capella Cracoviensis”
of Kraków (Poland); Orquesta Sinfonica de Santa Fè (Argentina); Symphony New Brunswick (Canada); Symphony Orchestra of the National Opera Theatre
of Maribor (Slovenia); Symphony Orchestra “Gioachino Rossini” of Pesaro (Italy) .
He also was invited to conduct at: Montreal, Ottawa (Canada); Bangkok (Thailand); Würzburg (Germany); Strasbourg, Belfort (France); Neuchatel (Switzerland); Murcia, Cartagena,
Santander - Palacio de Festivales (Spain); Rome - Terme di Caracalla, Florence, Milan (Italy); Belgrade (Serbia)..
4 - Experiences as artistic and music director
Simone Fermani obtained his Master in artistic management at Catholic University of Milan in 1996.
He was the founder of the Symphony Orchestra of Catholic University of Milan, where he covered also both the positions of Artistic and Music Director
of the orchestra from 1991 to 2001.
As artistic director he designed, managed and conducted 9 concert seasons of 55 symphonic and opera performances done in the Concert Hall of the University.
Under his guidance, the orchestra went on 20 Italian, 8 European (in France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and Slovenia) and three intercontinental tours: in Thailand (twice)and in Canada
Guest conductors were Riccardo Muti and Peter Maag and, among the several soloists, special prestigious guest soloists of the Orchestra
were: Susanna Mildonian, Maxence Larrieu, Rocco Filippini, Francesco Manara, Vincenzo Balzani and others.
The celebrated Italian composer Niccolò Castiglioni composed and dedicated to the orchestra the score "Abendlied ("Evening song"), published by Ricordi.
It was premiered in November 20,1995 under conducting of Simone Fermani, in presence of the Author.
In June 1997 Simone Fermani founded the Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana, currently still operating also as Regional orchestra of Marche (Central Italy),
where he covered also both the positions of Artistic and Music Director from 1978 to 1980.
5 - Recordings
Luigi Cherubini: “Requiem in C minor for choir and orchestra”
Choir of the Municipality of Milan
Symphony Orchestra of Catholic University of Milan
Conductor: Simone Fermani
Chorus Master: Mino Bordignon
Label: Recordis – CD 001-2001
Live recording: Milan, Church of S. Maria delle Grazie, March 17, 1999
Season 1999 – “An evening with Cherubini”
6 - Rediscovery and recostruction of the sistrum of Gioachino Rossini
Simone Fermani discovered from the original score and rebuilt the sistrum, an instrument designed by Gioachino Rossini
for the orchestra of “Il barbiere di Siviglia (The barber of Seville)”, which was lost after the first performances of this opera in Rome on February 1816.
He patented his discovery and actually he is the owner of the only specimen of this instrument in the world.
The sistrum was used for the first time after its rebuilding in the performances of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” conducted by Simone Fermani
at Opera de Marseille in 1998.
In 2006 Simone Fermani was appointed by the “Gioachino Rossini” Foundation of Pesaro to write an article which describes his rediscovering and reconstruction of the sistrum
and in June 2007 this article was published in the official Bulletin of the Foundation, recognizing officially the instrument..
Download the article of Rossini Foundation of Pesaro
Download the photo of sistrum (© 1997 Simone Fermani - all rights reserved worldwide)
Teatro alla Scala of Milan included for the first time the sistrum in its production of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (the Barber of Seville)” staged in September/October 2021 and conducted by Riccardo Chailly
thus performing this opera according to Rossini’s original intentions. The sistrum in particular has aroused considerable interest from the media and the public.
Download the press review of Teatro alla Scala about sistrum
Download the music critic on “Corriere della Sera”
Download the article about sistrum at Teatro alla Scala
The instrument had received much attention also from the media: in November 2007 the sistrum was special guest during the very popular broadcasting
of the first channel of the national Italian television RAI, named "Unomattina".
Download the article and the pictures of the sistrum taken at Rossini’s birthplace in Pesaro
Download the article about sistrum – Il Giornale - Milan
Download the article about sistrum - Il Giorno - QN - Milan
Download the article about sistrum - Il Resto del Carlino – QN - Bologna
7 - Educational experiences
Winner of three competitions listed by the Italian Ministry of Education to teach at the Italian Conservatories of Music,
Simone Fermani was appointed Professor of score reading and has taught at the Conservatories of Music of: Cagliari (1999), Alessandria (2000-2006), Novara (2006-2007), and at
Conservatory of Music "Giuseppe Verdi" of Milan from November 2007 till October 2022 whe he retired; here, from 2009 till 2015, he also taught conducting by appointment of the Academic Council
of the Conservatory.
He has been invited to hold Master Classes of Italian opera for conductors and singers in the following European Music Institutions:
Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, in 2019;
Conservatoire de Musique de Nantes, in 2022,
Conservatorio Superior de Musica of La Coruña, Spain, in 2011 and 2015;
Latvian Academy of Music "Jazep Vitols" of Riga, Latvia, in 2011 and 2012;
Conservatorio Superior de Musica of Vigo, Spain, in 2012 where he conducted a selection of “The Barber of Seville” by G. Rossini;
Lithuanian Academy of Music of Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2011.
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Video 1:G.Verdi "Otello" - Act 4 Introduction and canzone del salice
Video 2:G.Verdi "La Forza del destino" - Ouverture
Video 3:G.Donizetti "Lucia di Lammermoor" - Act 2 scene of madness
Video 4:G.Rossini "The barber of Seville" - Act 1 cavatina Figaro "Largo al factotum"
Video 5 G.Rossini "The barber of Seville" - Finale Act 2 with encore