Alvise Casellati is considered one of the emerging talents of the latest years. He is President and Music Director of Opera Italiana is in the Air, an event with the aim of promoting knowledge and appreciation of Italian Opera targeting in particular the young generation. Recent performances include the concert in Regatta Park, Miami, on April 13, 2019 and in Central Park, New York, on July 1, 2019.
His debut in Italy was at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice where he conducted the Orchestra and Choir for the 150th Anniversary Concert of the Unity of Italy. He has been since then guest to the most important music Festivals, such as Ravello Festival, where he conducted for 3 years the famous Dawn Concert, Spoleto Two Worlds Festival, Festival della Valle d'Itria, La Versiliana, Ljubljana Festival, Emilia Romagna Festival, MittelFest in Cividale del Friuli, Baltic Music Seasons in Jurmala, Viva Musica Festival in Bratislava, Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música and Gabala International Music Festival.
It is under his conducting that actor John Malkovich had his Italian debut in July 2017 at Emilia Romagna Festival with “Report on the Blind” with music by A. Schnittke in Forlì, Cividale del Friuli, Ljubljana and Zagreb, and in 2018 in Jurmala and Bratislava.
As Resident Conductor of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa in 2014, he made his opera debut with Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and then Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore. He was also Director of the Ensemble Opera Studio (EOS) at Teatro Carlo Felice, where approximately 30 young singers were selected out of more than 600 international candidates to work as the stable company of the Theater.
He collaborated with important theaters in Italy: Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Teatro Lirico in Cagliari etc.. He further worked with Italian and foreign orchestras, such as: Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice, Orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra of Teatro Carlo Felice, Petruzzelli Orchestra, Teatro Verdi Orchestra, Arena di Verona Orchestra, Orchestra of Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Haydn Orchestra of Trento and Bolzano, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Orchestra of Padova & Veneto, Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Orchestra Sinfonica Abruzzese, I Solisti Aquilani, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Bari, Sanremo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Salernitana, Teatro Rendano Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, I Virtuosi Italiani (Verona), Orchestra Filarmonica di Benevento etc. Among the Orchestras abroad: Central Park Symphony Orchestra, Xi’An Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, New York Chamber Virtuosi, Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, Kiev Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra, etc..
He has worked with internationally acclaimed soloists, such as Leo Nucci, Carlo Lepore, Irina Lungu, Arturo Chacon Cruz, Benedetto Lupo, Alessandro Taverna. He collaborated also with many young soloists, prize winners of international competitions, as part of his mission of nurturing talents in music that he then expanded through Opera Italiana is in the Air. To mention a few: Michelle Bradley, Maria Mudryak, Antonio Poli, Maria Teresa Leva, Marc Bouchkov, Roberto Giordano, Josu de Solaun, Eun-Sun Hong, Gennaro Cardaropoli, etc.
He is the Founder and President of the Venetian Community of New York. He has been also Managing Director of the Foundation for Italian Art and Culture in New York.
After his diploma as Maestro in violin with Guido Furini at the Conservatory of Music “C. Pollini” in Padova, his native City, he specialized with Felice Cusano and Taras Gabora. Further, he received a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Padova (School of Law), a Master Degree (LL.M.) at Columbia University, School of Law in New York focusing on copyright; he further participated in a course of “Executive Management” at Harvard University. He was also admitted to the New York and Italian Bar. Drawn to orchestral conducting by Leopold Hager at the Vienna Musikhochschule, he commenced his studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and then was mentored by Piero Bellugi, of whom he became Assistant to his Orchestral Conducting Masterclass in New York in June 2010. He was Assistant Conductor to Gustav Kuhn in the 2012- 2013 Season at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl (Austria).
Sensitive and secure the baton of Alvise Casellati, who was able to extract from Rossini's precious writing, from time to time, brilliant or delicate colours. The conductor imposed in general nice speedy tempos, but never excessive. He always accompanied the voices with respectful authority. Excellent performance of the orchestra, particularly appreciated in the famous symphony...
Great applause to the wonderful cast...masterfully conducting the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra was Alvise Casellati
Beautiful representation... The orchestra of Sanremo was conducted by Alvise Casellati...
...found a good balance between voices and orchestra
Venice's Orchestra Filarmonica La Fenice was brilliantly conducted by Alvise Casellati, who created a strong emotional effect on the audience...on Faure, Pelleas and Melisande, he was good at revealing discretion and elegance...the sense of intimacy of the score, its interior, elusive beauty, calibrating instrumental colours and expressive shades