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, also as his assistant, in Vienna with Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra, Munich with Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra and Rome, and with Peter Maag 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.

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.
Download review
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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 his ancestor 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:

Opera News
Itogi Ru- Moscow
RG RU-Moscow Helikon Opera web site
MK RU-Moscow
RG RU Moscow
RIA RU- Moscow
Interview at Radio The Voice of Russia-Moscow
Interview to newspapers Izvestia-Moscow
MN RU-Moscow
STRF RU-Moscow
Teatral on-line-Moscow
RG RU-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 - Descent from Giuseppe Verdi and Giuseppina Strepponi

Simone Fermani is the direct descendant of Giuseppe Verdi and Giuseppina Strepponi: infact, his Great Grandmother Luigia Fiandrini was their sole daughter.

In March 10th, 2015 the Conservatory of Music “Giuseppe Verdi” of Milan has officially presented the first publication of the book “Giuseppe Verdi e la trovatella di Ferrara” written by Simone and Giovanni Fermani, which tells the story of the descendance of Simone Fermani and his family from Giuseppe Verdi and Giuseppina Strepponi with also many documents that support this story.

In April 7th, 2015 the first channell of Russian National Television Russia 1 has broadcasted a film-documentary titled “Destiny” ("Судьба”), which also tells the story of the descendance of Simone Fermani from Verdi and Strepponi; the documentary has scored a huge audience of public both in Russia and worldwide.

Professor Hiroko Kato, famous Japanese musicologist and music critic whose fields of specializing are the life and the operas of Verdi, has recently published a new book on Verdi's operas and has devoted a chapter of it to the history of Giuseppe Verdi's daughter and the book of Simone and Giovanni Fermani that tells it.She also published an article on the same story in the official journal of the Verdi Society of Tokyo with even bibliographical references that confirm it and, for the Japanese television "Nikkei TV", she has recorded a video in which she presents the book of Simone and Giovanni Fermani and the chapter dedicated to the daughter of Verdi inserted in her new book.

Download the photos of Verdi, Fiandrini and Strepponi together
Download complete book in Italian
Download documentary
Download video of the introduction of the book of Hiroko Kato
Download the cover of the new book of Hiroko Kato about Verdi
Download the chapter devoted to Verdi's daughter
Download cover of the official journal of Verdi Society of Tokyo
Download the article of Hiroko Kato on Verdi Society's Journal

8 - Educational experiences

Winner of three competitions listed by the Italian Ministry of Education to teach at the Italian Conservatories of Music, in November 2007 Simone Fermani was appointed Professor of score reading at Conservatory of Music "Giuseppe Verdi" of Milan and in 2009 the Academic Council of the same Conservatory appointed him Professor of conducting.

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;
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