Andrea De Carlo, conductor

Andrea De Carlo

De Carlo leads with a sure hand and attention to nuance…there’s clearly a strong, capable conductor at the helm of this work, and the result is a success by every standard FANFARE (USA), Barry Brenesal, May 2019

Andrea De Carlo is among the most prominent exponents of Italian music. Although he is known mostly for his achievements in baroque music, De Carlo is equally at home in later styles, especially in classical opera and oratorio works.

He is Artistic Director of Baroque Festival Alessandro Stradella of Nepi and Viterbo, being Stradella’s passionate advocate.

De Carlo forms and is Artistic Leader of  Ensemble Mare Nostrum, with which he recorded an original orchestration of the Orgelbuchlein by J. S. Bach for the MA Recordings (USA) which received the Diapason d’Or Decouverte, and Le concert des violes, a collection of French polyphony for the label Ricercar (Belgium, OUTHERE group) which was awarded 5 Diapasons by the French magazine Diapason and with the Coup de Coeur of the Academie Charles Cros in Paris.

Although dedicated mainly to performing with groups on authentic instruments, De Carlo works with “modern” orchestras too and recently conducted Rameau with Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma. From 2017, he devoted to the operas of Alessandro Stradella. He directed the ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro at the Parco della Musica in Rome performing Stradella’s first opera La Doriclea, which came out as the fifth volume of The Stradella Project and achieved a great critical acclaim and for which De Carlo was awarded with the prestigious award of the German Critic Preis Der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik.

In 2012, De Carlo recorded Il Concerto Delle Viole Barberini, a CD of Madrigals and Roman instrumental music of the ‘600 for Ricercar (Belgium) and Nuevo España, a CD of Spanish and Mexican music for Alpha (France). In 2013 Occhi Belli, Occhi Neri, a CD of unpublished cantatas by Marco Marazzoli for Arcana (Italy) inaugurates a project on Roman music that will lead to the creation of the series The STRADELLA PROJECT, a CD collection dedicated to the works of Alessandro Stradella. The idea was born at the Baroque Festival Alessandro Stradella of  Viterbo of which De Carlo is Artistic Director. The first five volumes, La serenata La Forza delle Stelle and the oratorios S. G. Crisostomo, Santa Editta, Santa Pelagia (first world recordings) are winning accolades from international critics, always obtaining 5 Diapason among others.

Born in Rome, De Carlo began his musical career as a jazz bass player. Later approaching classical music, he held for many years an intense concert activity collaborating as solo double bass with important opera and symphonic institutions such as the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, the Orchestra Regionale Toscana and the Orchestra Regionale del Lazio.

Simultaneously with his musical studies he graduated in physics with the highest marks at the University La Sapienza in Rome. He then dedicated himself to viola da gamba collaborating with important early music ensembles, such as Elyma/Gabriel Garrido, the viol  ensemble Labyrinto/Paolo Pandolfo, Concerto Italiano/Rinaldo Alessandrini, La grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roi/JC Malgoire, with whom he performed in numerous concerts at international festivals and produced more than forty recordings.

Recent Press:

 De Carlo leads with a sure hand and attention to nuance…there’s clearly a strong, capable conductor at the helm of this work, and the result is a success by every standard.
FANFARE (USA) Barry Brenesal, May 2019

Carlo Vitali, May 2019

Andrea De Carlo (conductor) PREIS DER DEUTSCHEN SCHALLPLATTENKRITIK for the OPERA La Doriclea, March 2019

La direction du chef italien Andrea De Carlo parvient à sublimer les innombrables jeux stylistiques de l’écriture…
OPERA MAGAZINE Cyril Mazin, March 2019

L’interprétation qu’en propose Andrea De Carlo est passionnante : la caractérisation du continuo, parfaitement canalisée et bien enveloppante des voix solistes, éclaire ce jeu théâtral, des intrigues et registres mêlés…Andrea De Carlo affirme une belle intelligence de ce genre lyrique, en réalité si proche du théâtre.
CLASSIQUENEWS Lucas Irom, February 2019

À la tête de neuf superbes instrumentistes d’Il Pomo d’Oro, de Carlo magnifie la partition par son mélange de tact, de fermeté rythmique et de souplesse expressive. On n’en finirait pas de souligner les finesses de l’instrumentation, ou des inflexions …
L’AVANT SCÈNE OPÉRA Olivier Rouvière, January 2018

La direction énergique et souple d’Andrea De Carlo. Le maestro souligne la qualité des récitatifs (…) Vite, la suite!
DIAPASON 5/5 Denis Morrier, December 2018

Andrea De Carlo impose son sens délectable du phrasé, de la couleur instrumentale et du rythme (…) le travail realisé sur les récitatifs, en particulier, est un modèle du gout.
OPERA MAGAZINE Cyril Mazin, April 2018

Dieses Stradella-Projekt von Andrea De Carlo und seinem Ensemble Mare Nostrum (…) ein vorbildliches Projekt im Krisen geschüttelten italienischen Kulturleben.
DEUTSCHLANDFUNK Christiane Lehnigk, June 2017

Le soin apporté au texte, à son articulation, le relief millimétré et pourtant naturel des récitatifs en italien s’avèrent jubilatoires. On aimerait connaître de même tempéraments pour le Baroque français (….) à intégrer au sein de l’intégrale en cours des oratorios de Stradella, portée, inspirée par l’excellent chef et musicologue Andrea De Carlo.
CLASSIQUENEWS, Carter Chris-Humphray, May 2017

Ensemble Mare Nostrum