Alessandra Althoff Pugliese

Alessandra Althoff Pugliese – teacher of vocal technique and interpretation. Born in Dayton, Ohio, Alessandra Althoff completed her undergraduate studies in piano, composition, and voice in the USA. She began her professional career as pianist and organist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra on tour playing in all the major capitols of Europe. In Italy she earned her Master’s Degree in piano and musicology at the Villa Schifanoia and her voice degree at the Conservatory L.Cherubini in Florence, continuing her voice studies with Gina Cigna at the Accademia of La Scala in Milan, with Pierre Bernac at the Accademia M. Ravel of St. Jean de Luz, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Iris Adami Corradetti at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She made her operatic debut at the Festival Opera Barga as Suzel in Mascagni’s l’Amico Fritz and as the protagonist in La Voix Humaine by Poulenc. Subsequently she became a regular guest artist of major Italian theaters such as the Teatro La Scala in Milan, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the Teatro Comunale in Florence and in Bologna, the Teatro Politeama in Palermo, the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari as well as of the international festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia, the Wolftrap Summer Festival in Washington D.C., il Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, the Festival d’Automne in Paris, the Settimane Senesi, the Mahler Wochen in Toblach, the Fondazione Gulbenkian in Lisbon, the Madiera Festival, the Fruehlingsfest of the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Seattle Opera Festival, etc. She has recorded for CGD, Bongiovanni, and Fonit Cetra as well as for the major European radio and television stations.

She founded and directed the courses “Music in the Humanities” at the Gonzaga University in Florence and at the John Hopkins University in Bologna and has held Master Classes in vocal technique and interpretation at the Accademia Mantovana of Katia Ricciarelli, at the Accademia Villa Ca’ Zenobio in Treviso, at the Accademia Lirica in Padova and Monselice, at Miami University (USA), at the Palm Beach Opera, at the Frankfurt Oper, at OperaVerona, and at the Sommerakademie Universitaet Mozarteum Salzburg since 2001. In 1992, with her husband, the musicologist and music critic, Prof. Giuseppe Pugliese, she founded the Richard Wagner Association in Venice, which she currently presides, organizing the annual Giornate Wagneriane, the Concerts at Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, the visits and conferences at the Richard Wagner Museum, as well as coordinating the activities of the Centro Europeo di Studi e Ricerche Richard Wagner and its archives in the Richard Wagner Museum in Venice. In 2006 she organized the International Competition for Wagner Voices Venezia in collaboration with the Teatro La Fenice, and she is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Richard Wagner Societies in charge of the IGW Voice Competition. Fluent in Italian, French, German, and English.