Adjunct Professor of Italian
Office Location: Fine Arts Center
Professor Stefano Vignati is currently Teaching Artist in Voice / Vocal Coaching, Drake Opera Theater Conductor and Professor of Italian Language 001 and 002 at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.
He was born in Rome (Italy), where he studied Piano and Composition, Music History and Musical Analysis at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome. He also graduated also in Italian, Latin and Greek Language and Literature at Liceo Classico “Socrate” in Rome. In addition M° Vignati has studied Conducting and participated in International Masterclasses with H. Baumann, A. Joo, N. Hansalik Samale, and V. Delman. He earned the Artist Diploma in Conducting at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music, under the guidance of Lawrence Golan.
M° Vignati began his professional career in 1990, conducting Concerts in Italian Opera houses and enlarging his area of experience outside Italy.
His operatic repertoire includes performances of more than 30 Operas titles including Carmina Burana and Verdi’s Requiem. M° Vignati has conducted many prestigious Orchestras in United States, China, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenija and Italy collaborating with world famous Artists as: Mariella Devia, Lina Wertmuller, Janet Perry, Alexander Malta, Michele Campanella, Pierre Amoyal, Alfonso Antoniozzi, Mirco Palazzi, Svetla Vassileva, Marco Vinco, Nicola Ulivieri, Ramin Bahrami and Bruno Praticò.
For RAI, the Italian national TV broadcasting, he conducted a Symphonic Concert for “I Concerti di Rai Tre” (1996) and two production of Le Nozze di Figaro and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Prima della Prima 2007, 2008) M° Vignati recorded several CDs in 1997 including the operatic works of Verdi produced by De Agostini di Novara, Handel’s Julius Caesar, and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
In January 2011 M° Vignati has been nominated Artistic and Music Director of one of the most important European Festival, the Festival Barocco di Viterbo (43rd edition). He is also Music and Artistic Director of the Tuscia Operafestival in Italy and the Italian American Opera Foundation in the United States.
He has been guest conductor at UNM Orchestra (Pope Joy Hall, Albuquerque, NM) from 1997 to 2003 and since 2014 at the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra in China, where he will conduct Symphonic Concerts for four seasons at the QinTai Concert Hall. In 2016 he conducted the production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” and in 2017 “Alice Ryley” by M. Ching and The Old Maid and the Thief by G. C. Menotti for Drake Opera Theater. He is also co-founder of The Opera Project DSM.
As a Conductor, M° Vignati is currently represented by the Royal Artists Management in Monte-Carlo (Monaco) www.royalartistsmanagement.com