Maestro Claudio Morbo:
"The future of opera and art lies in the younger generations. If we manage to bring them to the Theaters and Opera Houses by offering them something charming and attractive, we will overcome all the existing challenges!"
DM Life & Business Magazine Writer
Claudio Morbo is one of the world- top opera and classical music Italian conductors.
He studied composition, choral music and chorus conducting with F. Prestia and I. Fedele and graduated at Torino and Milano Conservatory.
In Milano, with G. Bellini and in Roma with N. Samale, he studied opera conducting and finished his Post-graduated studies in Wien and in Szeged (Hungary).
Claudio Morbo won several great prizes. The highlights are the first prize at the International contest “Briccialdi” in Terni,in 1993., and second prize at the New London Chamber Choir 20th anniversary Composition Prize,in 2000.
Maestro Morbo worked in Italy and abroad (France, Spain, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Hungary), conducting orchestras such as: Orchestra Sinfonica of Szeged, Orchestra della Provincia di Lecco, Orchestra “Bruni” di Cuneo, Orchestra “G. Bizet” di Roma, Piccola Orchestra Italiana di Parma, Pinaroliun Sinfonietta, Nador Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, Euphon Ensemble di Torino, Orch "G.F.Ghedini" di Cuneo etc.
The 'Carissimi' orchestra in Rome invited him to conduct the opening concert for four concert seasons, in the fascinating residence of Collegio Nazareno in Rome.
In '97 Maestro Morbo recorded a CD conducting the "Camerata Ducale" orchestra in two concerts written by G. B. Viotti.
Today, Maestro Morbo is director and teacher of Composition and Orchestral-practice at Istituto Musicale "Corelli" in Pinerolo.
Since 2000 he is musical director of Summer Opera Festival in Fenestrelle, where he conducts fascinating performances of great operas, from La Bohème to Pagliacci, from Suor Angelica to Le Nozze di Figaro, in the charming stage of Fenestrelle fortress.
Since 2005 he has been Musical director of Summer Opera Festival in S. Marino, conducting Tosca, Trovatore and L'Elisir D'amore.
Maestro Claudio Morbo works as the Masterclasses teacher as well,specialised in italian opera repertoar. He conducts his Masterclasses for opera singers mainly in Stockholm and Budapest.
Masterclass held in august 2006, frequented by professional singers from all over the Europe , with its final concert at the Hungarian Radio Auditorium, was live broadcasted by Bela Bartok Radio.
He worked with famous opera singers- solists such as Ermonela Jaho, Enrico Iori, Mariana Panova, Francesco Medda, Manami Hama, Simona Bertini, Berle Rosemberg, Lars Bjòrling, Giovanna De Liso, Ignacio Encinas, Hiroko Morita, Ilia Aramayo Victor Garcia Sierra, Jeni Dundekova, Miro Solman, Andrea Ferreira etc.
We talked to Maestro Morbo about the reasons for becoming the conductor, past ,present and the future of the opera performances and about the upcoming International Voice Competition Boris Martinovich, where Mr.Morbo is a Member of the Jury.
1.Mr. Morbo, what made you choose a career as Conductor?
CM: At first I studied Composition and Orchestral conducting, but very soon I realised that I wasn't made to remain at home and compose the music for myself. I experience and live the music only when I have the chance to connect with other people, making music together with the other artists and musicians.
That's why I love conducting. It means to be with people and to challenge yourself every day. I love people, I cant stay away from the people!
2.What experience or collaboration has had the greatest impact on your life and career and why?
CM: I have been very lucky because I had the chance to meet truly great artists, fantastic orchestras and stunning singers. However, I have to confess that I prefer to most to conduct youth orchestras. It's hard to explain what young artist feels when he or she meets the works of Beethoven, Mozart or Verdi for the first time or any time at all! They may have less abilities than professionals , but they have that freshness of youth and spontaneity that gives
you a real thrill. Less perfection maybe yes,but thousand times more enthusiasm and passion for music and the art!
3.What motivates you in this challenging time?
CM:The immense love for music. And the pleasure to create music with other people.
4.How do you see the present and the future of performing arts?
CM:The future of the opera and art lies in the younger generations. If we manage to bring them to the Theaters and Opera Houses by offering them charming and attractive content and program, we will overcome all the existing challenges!
5.You are also one of the Jury Members of the prestige International Voice competition named by the world famous bass-baritone Boris Martinovich. Due to the Covid-19 situation and traveling restrictions, this year the competition is going to be held online .
Can you tell us a little bit more about the competition, what do you think about that initiative and what does it mean to you? How did this collaboration happen?
CM: For the people-in this case singers who are starting their career, competitions are absolutely important. It means to compare yourself to the others, to compare your skills, to check your reaction to the stress made by the callange and so much more!
I am personal friend of Mr. Boris Martinovich and I know his professional reputation on stage and in normal life. His wife Diane Martinovich ,who is general director of the competition, invited me to the Jury and I accepted it with great pleasure.
I'm sure this competion is going to be a great experience for everyone of us!
6.What is your message to the artists and young singers regarding the International Voice Competition Boris Martinovich?
CB: Three simple words, that have been my life-moto : NEVER GIVE UP!!!