Associazione Corale Goriziana C.A. Seghizzi is pleased to present the jury of the 20th International Chamber Singing Competition for solo voice “Seghizzi.”

Artistic Director and President of the Jury

Eddi de Nadai

Eddi De Nadai, formerly Maestro Collaborator at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Staatsoper in Hannover, Verdi in Trieste, Lyric Experimental in Spoleto, Sociale in Trento, graduated in piano and harpsichord at the Venice Conservatory, studied conducting with Romolo Gessi, Donato Renzetti, Lior Shambadal and Deyan Pavlov. 

He was guest conductor at the Izmir Opera House and, from 2009 to 2013, at the Bolshoi Theater in Tashkent.

He carries out an intense activity collaborating with prestigious orchestras (Orchestra of Padua and Veneto, City of Ferrara, Mitteleuropa Orchestra, Slovenian Radio and Television, Cordoba Symphony, Orpheus Kammerorchester Wien, Bacau Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, Kiev String’s Orchestra, Albanian Radio and Television, Opera of Belgrade and Ljubljana, Astana Opera) and important soloists such as Bruno Canino, Rocco Filippini, Enrico Pieranunzi, Luciana D’Intino, Katia Ricciarelli, directing a vast symphonic and operatic repertoire in Italy and abroad.
Recently he conducted Nabucco and Aida at the Taormina Opera Stars, Madama Butterfly at the Pucciniano Festival in Torre del Lago, The little sweep by Britten at the Verdi Theater in Pisa, La Cecchina by Piccinni and Maria de Buenos Aires in Piazzolla at the Teatro Comunale in Treviso. He inaugurated MittelFest 2016 in Cividale with the world premiere of Menocchio by R. Miani. He conducted the world premiere of Mauro Montalbetti’s Still Requies at the Milan Triennale and at the Teatro Grande in Brescia.

He is the founder and artistic director of the Orpheus Ensemble, which is dedicated to instrumental literature of the twentieth century.

He is also the creator and artistic director of the project “All Opera, guys! for the dissemination of the contemporary operatic repertoire for children, now in its fourteenth edition: in recent years he has created and directed The New Dress of the Emperor by Paolo Furlani, Arcibaldo Sonivari by Mario Pagotto, The little sweep by Benjamin Britten, La Fuggitiva by Lucio Gregoretti , New Year’s Eve by Renato Miani, The Wizard of Oz by Pierangelo Valtinoni, Christmas Tale by Carlo Galante. Il Vestito nuovo dell’Imperatore di Paolo Furlani, Arcibaldo Sonivari di Mario Pagotto, The little sweep di Benjamin Britten, La Fuggitiva di Lucio Gregoretti, La notte di San Silvestro di Renato Miani, Il Mago di Oz di Pierangelo Valtinoni, Racconto di Natale di Carlo Galante.

Collaborator with internationally renowned singers, he has given concerts for prestigious institutions and important festivals throughout Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, Argentina, Mexico and the United States.

From 2002 to 2010 he was official pianist at the Gorizia International Vocal Chamber Music Competition

He is a teacher at the Milan Conservatory.


Anna Maria Chiuri

She graduated from the Conservatorio Boito in Parma and then perfected her skills with Maestro Franco Corelli. One of the most sought-after and appreciated mezzo-sopranos in the Italian, German, and French repertoire, she is a regular guest at major Italian and European opera houses.

Her repertoire is extensive and includes: Fricka in RHEINGOLD and WALKÜRE at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo with the direction of Graham Vick; Eboli in DON CARLO at the Teatro Regio in Turin under the direction of Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Hugo De Ana, at La Scala in Milan under the direction of Fabio Luisi; Klythämestra in ELEKTRA with the direction of Gustav Kuhn, and Herodias in SALOME with the direction of Nikša Bareza, both directed by Manfred Schweigkofler, in theaters in Bolzano, Modena, Ferrara, and Piacenza; Amneris in AIDA with the direction of Paolo Arrivabeni and Ulrica in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA with the direction of Massimo Zanetti at the Opera Royal de Wallonie; FALSTAFF in concert form in Tel Aviv under the direction of Zubin Mehta; Azucena in IL TROVATORE at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Annina in DER ROSENKAVALIER at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of Zubin Mehta and directed by Eike Gramss, ADRIANA LECOUVREUR at the Regio in Turin, LA FORZA DEL DESTINO at the Opera Sferisterio Macerata.

She has sung in IL TRITTICO by Puccini at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and at La Scala with the direction of R. Chailly, Herodias in the new production of SALOME at the Salzburger Festspiele under the direction of Franz Weiser – Möst, Ulrica in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the NCPA in Beijing, DON CARLO at the New National Theater in Tokyo, Barbara in VIOLANTA at the Teatro Regio in Turin. Among her upcoming engagements, she will sing Una Donna in INTOLLERANZA 1960 at the Salzburger Festspiele, LA FAVORITA in Piacenza, AIDA at the Arena di Verona, Ulrica in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Festival Verdi in Parma.

She has also performed in Beethoven’s IX SINFONIA at the Lincoln Center in New York during the prestigious Mostly Mozart summer festival and at the Teatro Regio in Turin in Verdi’s MESSA DA REQUIEM at Rudolfinum in Prague and in Washington, in Bruckner’s TE DEUM at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of Zubin Mehta, in Mendelssohn’s EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM at the Teatro Regio in Parma under the direction of Jurij Temirkanov, in Berlioz’s LES TROYENS at the Teatro Bellini in Catania, in Mozart’s REQUIEM in Florence also under the direction of Zubin Mehta.

Anna Maria Chiuri’s discography includes on CD the contemporary opera PASQUA FIORENTINA by I. Capitanio (Bongiovanni), V. Bellini’s MESSA IN SOL, G.B. Sammartini’s PEZZI SACRI, A. Pärt’s L’ABBÉ AGATHON, and C. Saint–Saëns’ ORATORIO DE NÖEL, and on DVD the operas UN BALLO IN MASCHERA directed by Riccardo Chailly, live from the Leipzig Opera, IL TRITTICO by Puccini live from La Scala in Milan for Rai Trade, also under the direction of Riccardo Chailly, IL PRIGIONIERO, in the role of the Mother, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

She recently debuted at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as Herodias in Strauss’s SALOME.

Franco Trinca

Born in Rome, he successfully completed his musical studies in orchestral conducting, composition, piano, and choral music and choral conducting at the “S.Cecilia” Conservatory in Rome.

Subsequently, he attended advanced courses in orchestral conducting at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with Guennadi Rozhdestvensky and at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese with Donato Renzetti.

Since 1991, he has been living in Switzerland, where he has also obtained citizenship.

Currently, Franco Trinca holds the following positions: Music Director and First Kapellmeister of the Theater in Biel-Solothurn (TOBS), Music Director and lecturer at the “Schweizer Opernstudio” of the “Hochschule der Künste” in Bern, Artistic Director of the “Opéra de Genève.”

In addition to his symphonic activities, which have led him to conduct orchestras such as the Budapest Symphony, Rousse Symphony, Eurosinfoniker, Biel Symphony, Lucerne Symphony, National Orchestra of Porto, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, Bern Chamber Orchestra, Sanremo Symphony, and Genoa Philharmonic, Franco Trinca is actively involved in opera. He has conducted over a hundred different operas, including Nabucco, Il Trovatore, Macbeth, Rigoletto, and Un Ballo in maschera by G. Verdi, Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, and Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart, I Puritani by V. Bellini, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La scala di seta, Il Signor Bruschino (Dom Pedro V Theatre – Macao), and La Cenerentola by G. Rossini.

In recent seasons, he has directed various works, including Alcina by G. F. Händel, Turandot by G. Puccini (Sejong Art Center – Seoul), Gianni Schicchi by G. Puccini (Tokyo), and others.

Apart from his role as an orchestra conductor, Franco Trinca is also active as a concert pianist. He played for several years in a duo with the renowned clarinetist Gervase De Peyer and has a preference for accompanying singers in opera recitals or lieder performances.

Franco Trinca is fluent in Italian, German, French, English, and Spanish. His discography includes recordings such as Paul Hindemith’s “Kammermusik Nr. 3” (Nuova Era Records 1992), Geneviene Calame’s “Sur la margelle du monde” (Musica Helvetica 1995), Niccolò Piccinni’s “Le finte gemelle” (Dynamic 2002), W. A. Mozart’s “Klavierkonzert in Es Dur KV 482” (PanClassic – 2003), and Giovanni Paisiello’s “La Frascatana” (Bongiovanni – 2004).

He has also been involved in critical editions/revisions, including T. Traetta’s “Stabat Mater” (Ed. Kunzelmann), G. B. Pergolesi’s “Psalm – Laetatus sum” (Ed. Kunzelmann), G. Paisiello’s “La Frascatana” (Ed. Kunzelmann), and N. Piccinni’s “Didon” (Ed. Kunzelmann).


Nicholas Isherwood

He is currently one of the foremost singers of early and contemporary music worldwide. He has collaborated with renowned conductors and composers such as Joel Cohen, William Christie, Peter Eötvös, Paul McCreesh, Nicholas McGegan, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta, and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Additionally, he has worked with composers like Sylvano Bussotti, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, Olivier Messiaen, Giacinto Scelsi, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis, Pascal Dusapin, Luca Francesconi, Wolfgang Rihm, Francesco Filidei, Matteo Franceschini, and Vittorio Montalti. 

He has performed in prestigious venues worldwide, including La Scala, Covent Garden, Théatre des Champs Elysées, Salzburg Festival, Concertgebouw, Berlin Staatsoper, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Tanglewood. He has collaborated with directors such as Yuri Lyubimov, Tadashi Suzuki, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Sylvano Bussotti, Michael Hampe, Pierre Audi, and La Fura dels Baus.

The operatic roles he has performed include “Antinoo” in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria with Boston Baroque, “Plutone” in Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle Ingrate at the Opera of Angers, “Claudio” in Handel’s Agrippina with Nicholas McGegan, “Satiro” in Rossi’s Orfeo and “Pan” in Marais’s Alcione with Les Arts Florissants, “Joas” in Porpora’s Il Gedeone with Martin Haselböck, “Frère Léon” in Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise in the last production supervised by the composer, “Der Tod” in Ullmann’s Atlantis productions with the Bach Akademie Stuttgart, the Konzerthaus Berlin, and 2e2m, “Roméo” in Dusapin’s Roméo et Juliette at the Festival d’Avignon, Montpellier Opera, and on tour, “Lear” in Vision of Lear by Hosokawa for the Munich Biennale, the lead role in Mefano’s Micromégas, “Bartolo” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and the lead role in The Mikado at the Eugene Opera, “Truffaldino” in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Long Beach Opera, “Giovanni Falcone” in Nicola Sani’s Il Tempo Sospeso di Volo at the Teatro Cavallerizza in Reggio Emilia, the “Hotel Manager” in Adès’s Powder her Face in Lugo and at La Fenice in Venice, “Astrodamors” in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with Zoltan Pesko and La Fura dels Baus, and “The Witness” in Bussotti’s Tieste, the lead role in Luca Lombardi’s Il Re Nudo, all at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, “Generale Howard” in Zender’s Chief Joseph, I 7 tentativi di fuga dal silenzio and Der Tribun by Kagel, all at the Staatsoper Berlin, various roles in Zender’s Don Chisciotte at the Komische Oper Berlin, the bass in Solbiati’s Suono Giallo at the Opera of Bologna, Vittorio Montalti’s opera in Reggio Emilia, the man in the Foresta by Matteo Franceschini in Bolzano, the doctor in Filidei’s Inondazione at the operas in Rennes and Nantes, and “Lucifero” in the world premieres of Stockhausen’s Montag, Dienstag, and Freitag aus Licht at La Scala and the Leipzig Opera, and in Donnerstag aus Licht at Covent Garden. He has improvised with Steve Lacy, Joëlle Léandre, Sainkho Namtchilak, and David Moss, recorded over 65 CDs, and appeared in three films. He has taught masterclasses worldwide, served as a voice professor at schools such as the Ecole Normale de Musique, CNSMD in Lyon, and Calarts, and currently teaches voice and chamber music at the Conservatoire de Montbéliard. He has published numerous articles and a book, “The Techniques of Singing” (Bärenreiter, 2013).

Ivan Kyurkchuev

Ivan Kyurkchiev began his first violin lessons at the age of 5. Later, he continued his studies at the National School of Music in violin and classical singing under the guidance of Maestro Georgi Deliganev. He graduated from the State Academy of Music in Sofia, where he studied lyric singing with Professor Elena Kiselova.

After graduation, Ivan Kyurkchiev received a special award from the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture, the prestigious state scholarship to study at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. For two consecutive seasons, Ivan Kyurkchiev worked under the guidance of the legendary Giulietta Simionato, Giuseppe di Stefano, and Luciano Silvestri.

In 1984, Ivan Kyurkchiev won the Tenore Enrico Caruso Competition in Milan, which launched his international career. He performed in major theaters such as the Arena di Verona, Torre del Lago, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo, Teatro Reggio di Torino, Opera Marseille, Maggio Fiorentino, Teatro Bolshoi, and Carnegie Hall, just to name a few.

From 1996 to 1998, he accepted the position of General Director of the Opera Theater in Russe, Bulgaria. Under his direction, the theater performed in numerous European countries, including Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, gaining international prestige on some of the most eminent opera stages worldwide.

In 1998, Kyurkchiev assumed the position of General Director and Artistic Director of Opera Verdi Bulgaria. Under his guidance, Opera Verdi achieved a “miracle of Bulgarian opera,” with over 800 performances in Europe and North America, receiving immense critical and audience acclaim.

Kyurkchiev has been highly sought after on the juries of many international singing competitions, particularly the “Enrico Caruso” Competition in Naples, Italy, the “Ferruccio Tagliavini” Competition in Graz, Austria, and the “Franz Schubert” Competition in Russe, Bulgaria.

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