Ferdinando Sulla

Guest Chorus Conductor

Ferdinando Sulla studied organ and composition at the Conservatory “S. Giacomantonio” in Cosenza (Italy) and deepens his composition and orchestration studies in Milan with composer Giampaolo Testoni. He graduated with full marks and honors in choral music and choral conducting, at the Conservatory “S. Giacomantonio” in Cosenza and in orchestral conducting at the “Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado” in Milan. Afterwards he deepens his conducting studies with Gilberto Serembe at the Italian Conducting Academy.

As chorus director he collaborated for important operatic and symphonic productions with Diego Fasolis and particularly with Fabio Luisi, whose has also been assistant conductor for several concerts and opera productions.

In the opera’s field he has conducted L’italiana in Algeri, Don Pasquale, La Cenerentola, Le donne vendicate, Il barbiere di Siviglia by Paisiello, Nozze di Figaro; he has debuted at the Rossini Opera Festival conducting the Miserere and the Messa di Milano by Rossini (works of which he edited the critical edition for the G. Rossini Foundation of Pesaro); then he has conducted at the: Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca; Festival Verdi in Parma; Festival Resurrexit in Siauliai on a special invitation by Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society of Vilnius; Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino of Florence; Teatro Regio of Parma; Auditorium of Milan; Fondazione Rete Lirica delle Marche; Teatro Rossini of Pesaro; Teatro Verdi of Padua; Teatro della Fortuna of Fano; Teatro dell’Aquila of Fermo; Teatro “Ventidio Basso” of Ascoli Piceno; Teatro “A. Rendano” of Cosenza; Auditorium Maximum of Cluj.

In the filed of symphonic repertoire he has conducted the: Orchestra and Choir of the “Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”; “Orchestra Sinfonica G. Verdi” of Milan; “Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini” Orchestra of Parma; “I Filarmonici Friulani” Orchestra; “Filarmonia Veneta” Orchestra; “Filarmonica Gioacchino Rossini” Orchestra; “Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini” of Pesaro; “Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto”; Orchestra and Choir of the State Philharmonic “Transilvanjia” of Cluj; “Orchestra I Pomeriggi musicali” of Milan; “Orchestra Magna Græcia”; Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra; “Orchestra I Musici di Parma”; “Roma 3 Orchestra”.

He has conducted the world premiere of works by Giampaolo Testoni and Paolo Furlani.

Graduated with full marks and honors in Musicology at the University of Milan, he made the critical edition of Alessandro nell’Indie by Vinci and collaborated with Davide Daolmi on the critical edition of Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, on the book Trovatore, amante, spia, and for the researches about Adelson e Salvini by Bellini and Don Pasquale by Donizetti. He has edited the critical edition of the Messa di Milano and the Miserere by Rossini for “G. Rossini” Foundation of Pesaro and Casa Editrice Ricordi of Milan, with whom continues the rediscovering project and enhance of Rossini’s sacred works. Indeed, he is currently editing the critical edition of the “Messa di Ravenna”, which will be conducted by him in August 2023, during Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Moreover, he is the new Scientific Director of “Centro Studi Vinci” in Crotone, for the rediscovery and enhancement of the Leonardo Vinci’s works, one of the most important composers of the Neapolitan school in the 18th century.

He was professor at the Accademia del Belcanto “Rodolfo Celletti” in Martina Franca, and currently he teaches at the Civica Scuola di Musica “Claudio Abbado” in Milan and at the “Accademia Teatro alla Scala” in Milan.

In May 2019 he was awarded by Rotary Club as “Young Execelece” for artistic merits.