Born in Rome, Roberta Mameli graduated in singing at the Nicolini Conservatory in Piacenza and in violin, followed by master classes with Bernadette Manca di Nissa, Ugo Benelli, Claudio Desderi, Enzo Dara.
She is regularly guest of the most important Opera Theaters and Music Halls, working with conductors as C. Abbado, U. B. Michelangeli, F. Bonizzoni, F. M. Bressan, D. Callegari, C. Cavina, A. Curtis, O. Dantone, P. Goodwin, Chr. Hogwood, C. Rovaris, F. M. Sardelli, J. Savall, Diego Fasolis, J.L. Tingaud and J. Tate.
Much in demand for the Baroque repertoire, Roberta Mameli works with several Ensembles on period instruments, as Accademia Bizantina, Contrasto Armonico, Ensemble Inégal, Il Complesso Barocco, L’Arte dell’Arco, La Risonanza, La Venexiana, Le Concert des Nations, I Barocchisti and Modo Antiquo.
Highlights of her career include: Monteverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Il ballo delle Ingrate in Cremona and Regensburg; Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista (Herodiade) at festivals of Utrecht, Viterbo and La Chaise-Dieu; Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (Nerone) under the baton of C. Cavina in Hannover, Regensburg, Paris, Milan and Periguex; Fux’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Proserpina) with Le Concert des Nations conducted by J. Savall at the Styriarte Festival; Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Santander Festival; Pergolesi’s L’Olimpiade (Aristea) at the Opera Rara with Accademia Bizantina and O. Dantone in Cracow.
Among her latest performances, Handel’s Athalia (Josabeth) with Capella Cracoviensis / P. Goodwin; Vivaldi’s Teuzzone (Cino) with Le Concert de Nations / J. Savall in Versailles (rec. naïve); Il novello Giasone (Isifile) by Cavalli/Stradella at the Festival in Martina Franca; Mozart’s Requiem with Choir and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Chr. Hogwood at the Anima Mundi Festival Pisa; Così fan tutte (Dorabella) under R. Terakado at the Hokutopia Festival, Tokyo; Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Minerva) at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in Regensburg with La Venexiana / C. Cavina; Handel’s Deidamia (Nerea) at the Theater an der Wien and in Braunschweig, Handel’s Ariodante (Ginevra) in Turin and Bucarest, Handel’s Orlando (Angelica) in Versailles, all of them with Il Complesso Barocco / A. Curtis; Scarlatti’s La Giuditta (title role) with La Venexiana / C. Cavina in Cracow; Handel’s Agrippina (Poppea) and Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso (1714) (world premiere) at the Festival de Beaune with Modo Antiquo / F. M. Sardelli; Handel's Agrippina (Poppea) at the Operkiel under R. Dubrovsky; Handel's Amadigi (Melissa) at the Theater an der Wien with Il Complesso Barocco; Handel's Serse (Atalanta) with J.-Chr. Spinosi at the Konzerthaus Dortmund; Vivaldi’s L’incoronazione di Dario with Accademia Bizantina (European tour and rec. Näive); Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (Euridice) with Modo Antiquo at the Festival de Beaune; Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica (Cesare) with Complesso Barocco on a European tour; Vivaldi´s Farnace at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of F. M. Sardelli, Monteverdi´s L´Orfeo at the Enescu Festival in Bucarest; Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna) with R. Terakado at the Hokutopia Festival Tokyo; Messiah in Prague with Collegium 1704 / V. Luks; Haydn´s Die Schöpfung with the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Jean-Luc Tingaud in Belfast.
Recent engagements included: Handel´s Giove in Argo (Iside) with L´arte del mondo conducted by da Werner Ehrhardt at the Händel Festspiele in Halle; Traetta´s Armida (title-role) under the baton of Diego Fasolis at the Festival della Valle d´Itria; Handel´s Teseo with Modo Antiquo und Federico Maria Sardelli at the Beaune Festival.
In the present season Roberta is giving her solo recitals and Operas at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and at the MITO Festival in Milan, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna) at the Opernhaus of Kiel, Adonis in Torrejon's La Púrpura de la Rosa at the Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Jommelli's Isacco at Opera Rara in Kraków, Monteverdi's Vespro della Beata Vergine in Tokyo and Recitals in Osaka, Tokyo and Hiroshima; Vivaldi's Motezuma at the Festival di Cervantino-Mexico; Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at Teatro Regio of Turin; Salieri's La Scuola de' gelosi in Leverkusen and recordings.
Her recordings include: Vivaldi’s Teuzzone, Orlando Furioso (1714), Catone in Utica and Incoronazione di Dario for Naïve; Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Cavalli’s Artemisa for Glossa; Zelenka’s Il diamante for Nibiru; Solo Album Lacrime amorose for Dowland and Company (Japan); Solo Album with Handel’s Cantatas for Ayros; her Glossa solo album ’Round M: Monteverdi meets Jazz, has been one of the 2010 best selling CDs; Cavalli's Giasone, Paisiello's Il geloso sincerato for Bongiovanni;Vivaldi’s Mottetts and Baroque Concertos,Psalm,Chamber Music by F.M.Sardelli for Brilliant Classics; Vivaldi's Il Farnace (Cd and DVD) for Dynamic.
Born in Lugano, Switzerland, Luca Pianca studied with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum Salzburg and has been working together with Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Concentus Musicus Wien since 1982.
He is co-founder of Il Gardino Armonico and works as lutenist at the Zurich Opera House. He performed as partner of soloists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Eva Mei, and Silvia McNair. With Teldec – his exclusive label – he recorded more than 20 CDs, e.g. the complete recordings of lute repertoire by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi.
Luca Pianca gives about 80 to 100 concerts per year, there are solo recitals from the Musikverein Vienna to the Carnegie Hall New York. In 2001, he worked together with rockstar STING.