Archi all'Opera
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About us

The founding members of the Quintet “Archi all’opera” are all part of the Orchestra of the Carlo Felice Opera Theatre in Genoa. While getting together to play chamber music, they discovered they wanted to open up a new chapter in their musical career by founding a string quintet. Their aim is to promote classical music …..and more!

Their broad and ever growing repertoire encompasses the highlights from different historical periods. It spans from Renaissance to the 20th century via Baroque, Neoclassicism and Romanticism to the present day with a series of modern music arrangements.
The quintet can count on a fruitful cooperation with solo opera singers, mimes and ballet dancers to make its performances all the more interesting and engaging.
Each piece is preceded by a brief introduction of the piece itself and its composer to engage the public and enable it to fully appreciate its extraordinary beauty.
The Quintet has performed in various venues, from the Carlo Felice Theatre to different concert halls, churches, schools, museums and embassies and it has been acclaimed both by the public and the critics.


“Archi all’Opera” members are :                                             

sommatiPier Domenico Sommati – Violin – He graduated from the Conservatory “P. Mascagni” under the guidance of Sergio Dei. He subsequently attended the violin specialisation courses with teachers of the calibre of Renato Zanettovich, Stefan Gheorghiu and Pavel Vernikov and the chamber music courses under the Trio di Trieste, Riccardo Brengola, Piero Farulli and Norbert Brainin.  In 1992 he joined the Orchestra of the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa as principal. He has performed as concertmaster with several symphony and opera institutions as well as chamber music ensembles.  In 1991 he received the Honour Diploma for chamber music from the Accademia Chigiana of Siena. In 1995 he recorded for Dynamic a cd of unpublished string trios by Paganini.  He performs with various chamber music ensembles.


ferrariMarco Ferrari ­­- Violin – He was born in Genoa and graduated with top marks from the Conservatory A. Vivaldi in Alessandria where he studied with Carmela Verso and Joseph Levine. He subsequently attended the international specialisation courses in Portogruaro under P.Vernikov and M. Peskanov. He has performed both as a soloist and with orchestras and chamber music ensembles with a repertoire ranging from opera to symphonic music to modern music and jazz. He went on numerous tours to Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Brazil and India. Since 1998 he has been working as a section violinist with the Carlo Felice Opera Theatre in Genoa.




franceseGiuseppe Francese – Violin and Viola –  He graduated with top marks from the Niccolo’ Paganini Conservatory of Music in Bari. He then went on to pursue his viola studies at the W. Stauffer Academy in Cremona under Bruno Giuranna, at the Academy of the “Teatro alla Scala” in Milan and the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma. He also graduated with top marks from the Musikhochschule in Aachen-Koln with Massimo Paris.  Since 2004 he has been working with the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa. He has performed with a variety of orchestras including the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, La Fenice Theatre in Venice, the Staatstheater in Saarbrucken (Germany) and the Macao Orchestra (China).  He was also principal violist with the Cagliari Opera Theatre and the Arturo Toscanini Foundation in Parma.  He holds a Law Degree which he obtained with a thesis on administrative law about “Le Fondazioni lirico-sinfoniche” ( the opera and symphonic foundations).




glavinaGiulio Glavina – Cello – He graduated from the Conservatory N. Paganini in Genoa. In 1987 he performed as principal cellist with the Italian Youth Orchestra during its European Tour. He has performed as a soloist at many different festivals and “teatri di tradizione”. In 1993 he passed the entry exam at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.  In 1997 he performed the C. Bolling suite for cello and jazz piano trio for the poet Hobsbawn.  He recorded for RAI and he made the first ever recording of Bruno Bettinelli cello and piano sonata (Rusty Records, Milan).  He holds a position with the Carlo Felice Opera Theatre in Genoa.



venialiElio Veniali – Double Bass – He is the principal double bass with the Orchestra of the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa. He graduated at the A.Vivaldi Conservatory of Music in Alessandria and won several competitions at the RAI Symphony Orchestra of Rome, the G. Verdi Opera Theatre of Triest and the Carlo Felice Opera Theatre of Genoa.  He taught at the Conservatory of Turin (Cuneo Division) for over ten years. He has performed with the most important Italian and foreign Opera Houses and musical Institutions and he participated in some major events such as Luciano Pavarotti’s China tour, the three tenors concert in Modena (Domingo-Carreras-Pavarotti) and Wagner’s tetralogy in Tunis under the direction of world famous conductors of the calibre of James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Carlo Maria Giulini and George Pretres.