Educated in the rich musical tradition of the Rome’s Conservatory as a conductor, composer, and pianist, Maestro Andrizzi, whose conducting has been praised as “admirable” by the Chicago Tribune and full of “spirit and thoughtfulness” by the San Diego Union Tribune, has become a versatile musician with a vast experience in the symphonic and operatic repertoires and a passion for the many areas of the musical arts. As a conductor, he has worked with world-class companies such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera, Chicago Philharmonic, Orchestra della Città di Ravenna, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Chicago Opera Theater, and New Philharmonic. He has also collaborated with important music festivals, including Millennium Park, Pitchfork, Ravinia, and Latino Music Festivals. Many international artists, including Ferruccio Furlanetto, Frederica Von Stade, Maurizio Baglini, Frank Almond, and Joyce Castle have performed as soloists with Maestro Andrizzi in concertos, operas, recitals, and recordings.
In addition to being a passionate conductor, Maestro Andrizzi is a dedicated educator. In fact, he has led the Orchestral Program at the prestigious Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University for several years and has often collaborated with international artist programs, including the Ryan Opera Center, Mediterranean Opera Festival and Studio, and the Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist Program. In addition, he has guest conducted in various university music programs, such as at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Finally, Maestro Andrizzi has collaborated with several orchestras to create and lead their Family, Education, and Holiday programs, ultimately creating a special relationship with the Chicago Philharmonic and conducting the orchestra’s outreach and side-by-side programs for several years.
Maestro Andrizzi is a recipient of the Honorable Mention Award at the International Competition for Conductors of Contemporary Music “4X4 Prize” and a winner of the “P. Barrasso” International Competition for Chamber Music. He has recorded for Albany Records.
Raised in the Chicagoland area, Mr. Corpus earned his bachelor of music degree in percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and received his master of music degree in music composition from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. As an internationally performed composer, his compositions have been heard across four continents. Highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, RHA Gallery in Ireland, Federal Justice Cultural Center of Brazil, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Chicago Cultural Center. In addition to concerts, he has been featured on CNN Money, the Sound of Silent Film Festival, 98.7 WFMT, the Connecticut Historical Society and Classical King FM: Second Inversion.
Before joining the Lake Forest Symphony, he served simultaneously as the Executive Director for the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, Education Coordinator for the Northwest Indiana Symphony and Drumline Instructor at Loyola University Chicago. Serving as the first Executive Director for the Hyde Park Youth Symphony, he focused on building a strong structure for the organization and established a flagship season sponsorship with the University of Chicago Medicine. While at the Northwest Indiana Symphony, he began multiple new programs including a music educator award, composition competition and a community hand drumming event in East Chicago, Indiana.
Ella is a director and artistic director of worldwide renown, as well as the director of The International Opera Awards ceremonies. Other directing credits include: the SWAP’ra Opera Gala at Opera Holland Park; The Magic Flute at Copenhagen Opera Festival; The Turn of the Screw and Mad King Suibhne at Bury Court Opera; The Jacobin, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lucio Silla, and Leonore young artist shows at Buxton International Festival; Louise and Otello at Buxton Opera House; a semi-staging of Puccini’s Il Tabarro at LSO St Luke’s; Triptych at Mariinsky II; an international tour of Eight Songs For A Mad King; an opera–ballet production of Renard; a reimagining of Dido & Aeneas as Dido & Belinda; an operatic film of King Roger for Random Acts and Channel 4; and a sell-out West End run of An Evening With Lucian Freud, starring Cressida Bonas. She was the associate director to Mary Birnbaum for The Juilliard School’s Dido & Aeneas (which premiered in New York), and led the European tour of the show to Opera Holland Park and The Royal Opera of Versailles.
In 2015 Ella became the first director to receive an International Opera Awards bursary, and in 2018 she was both an arts-and-culture finalist in the Women of The Year awards and a semi-finalist in the European Opera-Directing Prize. Her work has been supported by Arts Council England, The British Council, and Dutch National Opera with ENOA.
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The expressive beauty and powerful virility of internationally acclaimed baritone and Chicago-native, Franco Pomponi, has brought him to many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses and concert halls. He trained at the Juilliard Opera Center under Frank Corsaro and was awarded the prestigious DeRosa Prize. After, he joined the elite Lyric Opera of Chicago Young Artists Center.
His European debut came as Hamlet at the Liceu in Barcelona. That same season he created a sensation as Pentheus in The Bassarids of Henze at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris which brought him worldwide acclaim. Franco’s Chicago debut was as Germont in La Traviata with the Grant Park Symphony.
He has sung over 60 roles gracing the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, L.A. Opera, New York City Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Santa Fe Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Spoleto Festival, San Diego, Boston, Dallas, Bolshoi Moscow, Opernhaus Zürich, Grand Theatre Geneva, Lausanne, Opéra Comique, Royal Theatre Versailles, Montpellier, Opéra Nice, Opéra du Rhin Strasbourg, Tours, Vichy, Den Haag, Rotterdam, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Cagliari, Madrid, Greek National Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Budapest, Finnish National Opera, and many others. His Carnegie Hall debut was with the Philadelphia Orchestra as a soloist in the Eighth Symphony of Mahler and has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Orchestre du Paris, Orchestre Radio France, Qatar Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, Orquesta Nacional de España.
Originally from Southern Illinois, Kaytie moved to Chicago in 2012 to study orchestral percussion performance at Loyola University Chicago, where she received her Bachelors of Music in 2016. Upon graduating from Loyola, Kaytie became an Operations Assistant for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, where she now continues to work as Operations Coordinator as of 2018, working specifically to manage the Jazz program, Chamber Music program, the two most advanced orchestras (Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra), as well as the Chamber Orchestra and Composition Seminar. In addition to her position at CYSO, Kaytie simultaneously holds the position of Executive Director for the Illinois Council of Orchestras where she serves over 75 orchestral organizations statewide throughout Illinois through different means of consultation, professional development opportunities, and statewide award recognition.
Kaytie has also been working in freelance production management positions with various musical organizations throughout the Chicagoland area since 2013. She has managed concerts in the world’s most renowned concert halls, including State Academic Capella, Russia; Temppeliaukio Rock Church, Helsinki; Rudolfinum, Prague; Bartók Béla National Concert Hall, Budapest; Orchestra Hall, Chicago; Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago; and more, and hopes to continue to grow the list throughout her career.
In 2018, Kaytie was the recipient of the Arts Midwest’s Future Leaders’ Fund award. Award recipients are selected from a competitive pool of candidates stretching across the Midwest region who prove their potential of having a promising career in the next generation of leaders in the arts. With this award, she spent four days shadowing the CEO of Arts Midwest during the annual Arts Midwest Conference.
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