Alfonso is an Italian tenor based in Brussels known for his stage presence full of charm and determination. Alfonso’s voice is resplendent with the bubbly, hearty colours of his native Puglia. He sings with warmth and clarity, elegance and expression. He is a true all-rounder.
From a very young age, Alfonso has had a special bond with music, a sort of magic mirror, which allowed him to bring out his scintillating personality, which in turn instilled in him a desire to work on and share his art. Alfonso’s voice is a remarkable gift of optimism, courage, authenticity and confidence, a promise of future aspirations.
Alfonso studied with the Belgian tenor Teun Michiels and coach David Miller. He has taken masterclasses with the world-renowned Professor Janice Chapman, from whom continues to receive private coaching, American soprano Peggy Bouveret in Barcelona, Belgian bass-baritone Nicolas Christou, and Italian baritone Antonio Juvarra. Alfonso is also very committed to developing more deliberate and original self-expression and more powerful stage presence. In February 2018 he took part in a special workshop for performers, dancers, actors, and singers, inspired by a theory called ‘emotional biochemistry’ developed by American doctor Candace Pert.
In July 2015 Alfonso sang his début role of Remendado in Carmen at the Santa Florentina de Caldes d’Estrac festival (Barcelona) conducted by Diego Martín Etxebarría. In 2017 he was part of a number of productions in Belgium, including Verdi’s Requiem and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. In June of the same year he sung solo in a production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in the Netherlands. In November 2017 Alfonso played Count Almaviva (Barber of Seville) in a shortened version of Rossini's masterpiece for a special project entitled ‘opera-for-schools’ in Italy. In September 2018 he sung solo in a concert with the Bruocsella Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of Oslo’s University, performing Mozart’s arias and the Missa in C Minor. During 2019 Alfonso will sing in the choir in a Belgian production of Berstein’s Candide under the musical and artistic direction of Patrick Leterme.
Alfonso’s other passion is for teaching. He is a fervent believer in sharing his singing skills. He is a faculty member of Voice.Academy (a school where art, science, passion and education are brought together through the medium of song) where he acts as a guest Italian-language coach for classical singers. In July 2018 he took part in an intensive performance and teacher training program in the UK, led by a multidisciplinary team of world-class vocal specialists, speech therapists and performance psychologists. Alfonso is also a behavioural Co-Active™ coach who encourages his clients in their reflective inquiry and personal development.
As a law and economics graduate from universities in Europe and the United States (University of Chicago), Alfonso was an international business lawyer before he decided to devote himself to music.