Sandro Naglia, born in 1965, earned a Master in Vocal Performance Degree from the Music Conservatoire of Pescara (Italy), and a Master of Humanities Degree from Rome University. He attended several Master Classes given by P. Esswood, J. Hamari, E. Werba, C. Desderi, and studied at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh (Great Britain) with A. Rolfe-Johnson and S. Walker.
As a tenor, he made his debut in 1987 at the Teatro Carcano in Milan singing Falla’s El retablo de Maese Pedro, and two years later he distinguished himself in Monteverdi’s Vespers of the Blessed Virgin conducted by Sir J. E. Gardiner in London, Venice and Bath Festival, recorded by DG-Archiv.
Since then, he has sung throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia and Oceania, regularly appearing in opera houses (Monte-Carlo, Rome, Bologna, Palermo), major festivals (Edinburgh, Flanders, San Sebastiàn, Schwetzingen, Utrecht) and concert seasons (Academy of S. Cecilia in Rome, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Musikverein, Wiener Konzerthaus, Konzerthaus Berlin, WDR, Radio France, Société Philharmonique de Bruxelles, S. Petersbourg Philharmonic, Lincoln Centre in New York, Frick Collection Concert Series) under such conductors as Sir J.E. Gardiner, S. Preston, G. Gelmetti, G. Ferro, S. Bedford, M. de Bernart, C. Desderi, R. Alessandrini.
Over the years, his repertoire has ranged from Renaissance and Baroque music (often performed with Early Music groups, as Concerto Italiano and La Venexiana, with which he has recorded many CDs awarded with Gramophone Award, Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Grand Prix du Disque) to Classic and Romantic operas, oratorios and symphonic works; from German Lied to XXth century music, including several first absolute performances to his credit.
He has recorded more than fourty CDs, including two more editions of Monteverdi’s Vespers (cond. N. Rogers - Classic Art; cond. D. Fasolis - Arts), Frescobaldi’s Arie Musicali (cond. R. Alessandrini - Naive-Opus 111), Händel’s Poro (cond. F. Biondi - Naive-Opus 111), Wolf-Ferrari’s Canzoniere (with A. Ballista, piano - Bottega Discantica) and the recital Song sketches - Da Dowland a Dylan (with F. Pavan, lute - Esperia).
After several years mostly devoted to conducting, he came back to singing as a member of VoxNova Italia, a contemporary music vocal sextet created by Nicholas Isherwood, whose debut was in January 2014 at Jacaranda Festival in Los Angeles. With this group, he has realized In the midst of things, a performance by J. Allora & G. Calzadilla based on a music score by Gene Coleman, almost 140 times from May to November 2015 at the Venice Biennale of Art.
He began to study conducting in 2000, and later on he attended advanced study classes with Nicola Samale, Dominique Rouits, Lior Shambadal and, mostly, with Deyan Pavlov in Bulgaria. He made his debut as a conductor in 2001 with Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. Since 2007 (Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the Spring Early Music Festival in Melbourne, Australia) conducting has become his main activity. In 2009 he made his debut with the Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali of Milan (in a Bartók/Stravinskij/Donatoni program), and in the same year he started a collaboration as principal guest conductor with the Orchestra da Camera “B. Marcello” of Teramo (Italy). In 2010 he has taken part in the International Conductors’ Festival in Kiev (Ukraine), where he conducted music by Mozart, Rossini, Prokof’ev, Sibelius with the “B. Lyatoshins’kij” Chamber Orchestra; he has come back to the ICF also in 2011 (Beethoven, Wagner, Šostakovič, Britten) and 2013 (Beethoven, Elgar, Piazzolla).
Moreover, he has conducted Plovdiv State Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria, Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungary), St. Petersbourg Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Orquesta del Reino de Aragòn (Spain), “T. Schipa” Symphony Orchestra of Lecce (Italy), I Solisti Aquilani, the Ensemble of the Mitteleuropäischer Barockorchester (in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas) etc.
Since 1996 he regularly teaches in courses and seminars in Italy and abroad, and was invited to give Master Classes by such institutions as University of Southern California Los Angeles, University of Oregon, University of Melbourne, Academy of Music and Opera House of Tashkent etc.
Besides musical activity, he devotes himself to literature: he has translated in Italian works by H. James, F. Pessoa and M. Duras, and he is author of several books, among which Mann, Mahler, Visconti: «Morte a Venezia» (1995; new edition: Roma, IkonaLíber, 2012), Festina Lente. Taccuini 1993-2007 (Chieti, Tabula Fati, 2011), Il processo compositivo in Gesualdo da Venosa (Roma, IkonaLíber, 2012), I paraggi e il mondo (Tabula Fati, 2014), Repertorio (IkonaLíber, 2014), La curvatura del cielo (Tabula Fati, 2016).