Music is the real illness!
Marco Voleri, born in Livorno in 1975, has a top level professional career. He decided to follow his “reckless dream”, as he calls it, quitting from a permanent job in an electrical shop and dedicating all his commitment to his passion for singing and for classical music.
Everything started with his diploma in singing at the music Conservatory G. Verdi in Milan under the mentorship of Master Delfo Menicucci. After this, he was chosen for a specialization course at the Teatro La Scala Academy with Master Carlo Gaifa. He studied elocution and recitation with Enzina Conte and took part in some Masterclass of opera repertoire with Master such as Mietta Sighele, Veriano Lucchetti, Janos Acs, Bruno De Simone, Enzo Dara, Renato Bruson, Gabriella Ravazzi, Mariella Devia. He went on studying at the Academy Belcanto in Modena under the mentorship of Master Mirella Freni.
He attended the prestigious Rotary International Opera Academy under the mentorship of Master Montanari. He collaborated, and still does, with supporting piano players and performers with worldwide renown, among whom Gabriele Baldocci, Bruno Canino, Roberto Prosseda, Daniel Rivera, Roberto Negri e Marcello Guerrini.
Through the years Marco performed in the most prestigious theaters in Italy and abroad, interpreting more than 40 opera roles and more than 100 opera programs.
He was directed by worldwide famous directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Beppe De Tomasi, Antonello Madau Diaz, Pierluigi Pizzi, Renzo Giacchieri, Renato Bruson, Walter Pagliaro, Nall, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Bruno Bartoletti, Miguel Gomez Martinez, Michele Mariotti, Daniele Callegari, Elio Boncompagni, Patrick Fourniller, Gustav Khun, Marco Boemi.
Since I was forced to look on the bright side of this life, I’ve often found beautiful things, intense encounters, positive energy and a will to fight until the end. Because it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, at the end of the day what is important is knowing you’ve done your best to achieve your goals. This is living, and not surviving.
In 2006 he won the Special Prize Pagliacci in the XII Concorso Internazionale Riccardo Zandonai in Riva del Garda and in the same year he was awarded with the role of Bardolfo in Falstaff in the contest in Rocca delle Macie.
In 2007 he was chosen for the role of the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, directed by Fabrizio Maria Carminati, and went on to win the contest Primo Palcoscenico 2007.
2008 was a year rich in experience and success, he debuted in Theater la Fenice in Venice with the opera “Death in Venice” by B. Britten, and in Theater La Scala in Milan interpreting Don Curzio as a solo singer in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.
In 2011 he sang the Traviata by Verdi with the soprano singer Mariella Devia in the Seul Centre Arts
In 2012 he hosted a few gala concerts in Luxenbourg and Germany, and in the same year he sang in the Boheme in the Theater La Scala, directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
In 2013 he sang Rigoletto by Verdi in the Xinghai Concert Hall in Canton, China.
In 2014 he interpreted the Emperor Altoum in Turandot in the 60 Festival Pucciniano.
But going back a year, it’s in 2013 that the real plot-twist takes place, when Marco decides to draw the curtain on his private life writing the book Sintomi di felicità (“Symptoms of happiness”, Sperling&Kupfer).
Nobody knew about his desease, Multiple Sclerosis. Until he decided to tell the world. He pours his soul into it, doing it for himself but also to give a signal of openness, taking off the mask he had worn to avoid prejudice, fearing he might lose what he had achieved with sacrifice in the previous years, so as to prevent multiple sclerosis to be labeled just as an invalidating desease.
These joyful moments aren’t over, because on December, 27th 2014 Marco Voleri was honored with the title of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian republic by president Giorgio Napolitano, for the results achieved in the social and literary fields with the release of his autobiographic book Sintomi di felicità (“Symptoms of happiness”).
On June 21st, 2015, in front of Pope Francis in Maria Ausiliatrice Cathedral in Turin, Marco Voleri was chosen as a solo tenor to sing Vavilov’s Ave Maria during the Don Bosco world bicentennial celebrations.