Biography

Born in Rome, Riccardo Pisani is graduated with honor in Renaissance and Baroque Singing from the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in Rome where he studied with Sara Mingardo. In 2000-2003 he was a puer cantor of the Cappella Musicale Pontificia “Sistina” and he began his vocal studies with Claudia Nizza. Interested in Baroque and chamber music vocal repertoire he attended several specialisation courses with René Jacobs, Victor Torres, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Furio Zanasi, Alfredo Bernardini, Alessandro Quarta.

In 2012 he was awarded a special prize at the International Competition of Sacred Music. In 2013 he took part in Ambronay Baroque Academy directed by Leonardo García Alarcón, with the role of Apollo in Monteverdi’s Orfeo. In 2014 he was selected as Orfeo (title role) by René Jacobs for the Professional Formations of the Royaumont Foundation. Then started an increasingly intense concerts activity, in particular distinguishing at international level in various monteverdian roles (Orfeo, Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria, Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda) and in the baroque repertoire, especially Italian.

Riccardo has sung with renowned groups such as La Venexiana (Claudio Cavina), Concerto Romano (Alessandro Quarta), Concerto Italiano (Rinaldo Alessandrini), Cappella Mediterranea (Leonardo García Alarcón), Cantar Lontano (Marco Mencoboni), Mala Punica, Tasto Solo, Arte Musica, De Labyrintho, Il Canto di Orfeo and with conductors such as Jonathan Webb, René Jacobs, Federico Maria Sardelli, Diego Fasolis, Carlo Ipata, Pedro Memelsdorff and Francesco Cera. He recorded for Ambronay Éditions, Glossa, Outhere Music, Brilliant Classics, Bottega Discantica, Armonia Universal e Melos Antiqua, Dynamic and for the radios Vatican Radio, Deutschlandfunk and ORF. He performed at prestigious festivals including: Utrecht Early Music Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Bach Akademie Stuttgart, Festival dei Due Mondi Spoleto, Resonanzen at Wiener Konzerthaus,
DeSingel Antwerpen, Festival d’Ambronay, Sagra Musicale Umbra, Misteria Paschalia in Krakow, Urbino Musica Antica, Sagra Musicale Malatestiana, Festival Van Vlandeeren, Festival Monteverdi Vivaldi, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Rheinvokal, MA Festival Bruges, etc.; as well as in prestigious theaters and concert halls: Kölner Philharmonie, Kiev Philarmonie, St. Petersburg Philarmonie, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino, Opéra de Reims, Bozar in Bruxelles, Opéra de Vichy, Teatro Verdi di Pisa, Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Grande Auditorio en Centro Cultural de Belém, Chapelle Royale de Versailles, Auditorium TAP of Poitiers, etc.

Riccardo Pisani sang the operas Il ritorno di ulisse in Patria and l’Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, La Dafne by Marco da Gagliano, L’Arianna By Monteverdi/Cavina, il Girello by Jacopo Melani, L’Empio punito by Alessandro Melani, l’Orfeo dolente by Domenico Belli, La Calisto by Francesco Cavalli and Dido and Aenes by H. Purcell. In 2019 he released his first solo album dedicated to Giulio Caccini for the label Brilliant Classics.