Roberto De Simone

Roberto De Simone

Roberto De Simone (Naples, 25 August 1933) is an Italian theater director, composer and musicologist.
Grandson of Roberto De Simone (stage and film actor), began studying piano at age six. In 1946 he enrolled at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella in Naples to fifteen years performing the Concerto for piano and orchestra K. 466 by Mozart, for which he also wrote the cadenzas. Later, with the performance of Concerto No. 3 in C Minor for piano and orchestra by Beethoven, is listed as one of the most deserving students of Italian conservatives and is chosen to participate in the National Award named after Giuseppe Martucci, where it ranks among the top finishers.
In 1957 he began a concert career that alternates with popular searches expressiveness of Campania, with a side business as a composer and musicologist. Leaves after the concert and studies - enrolled at the faculty of Humanities at the University of Naples Federico II - to focus solely on the musician and the deepening of Campania popular traditions.
Belong to this period the music written for television shows and theater of Sophocles' Oedipus the King, The Long Night of Medea, directed by Corrado Alvaro Maurizio Scaparro, I Raffaele Viviani Achille Millo, History of the Camorra, played on Rai TV drama in the 1978.
In recent years began working with the Autunno Musicale Napoletano as a substitute teacher and harpsichordist of the Orchestra Scarlatti.

In 1967 the meeting with a group of young people interested in a new proposal of popular music, Giovanni Mauriello, Eugenio Bennato and Carlo d'Angiò. With them he led to the creation of the Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare, which becomes the facilitator, the researcher and the maker of musical materials.
Roberto De Simone's experience that lives from 1967 to 1974 with Nuova Compagnia di canto popolare has a twofold importance: on the one hand we can find enclosed some of the key elements of his way to the theater, on the other you can find in it a new way of conceiving and proposing popular music.
He stands as the first objective the recovery and the re-proposal of the cultural, theatrical and musical tradition of the popular music in Campania, both oral and written. The popular repertoire is not repeated in an arbitrary manner, but resting on cultured systems such as writing and processing metrics. A work of this kind involves a real research on the field, De Simone, and the elements of the group should, in fact, to investigate during the popular festivals, gathering interviews in villages of the field, to find traces where the tradition has already been lost. Meanwhile, attention is also paid to the document classical tradition: material library, articles, as well as essays on past forms of Villanelle, Laudi and Strambotti absolutely necessary for the recovery and re-enactment of the traditional music of the Campania region.
After a period of exclusive musical activity, the group emphasizes the progressive nature of his theatrical performances, so in 1974 it presented at the Teatro San Ferdinando di Napoli a rereading of the Cantata dei Pastori of Andrea Perrucci and in 1976 they present La Gatta Cenerentola work written and to musicated by De Simone, who will determine the success but also the breaking of relations with some members of the NCCP.

After the experience with the NCCP, Roberto De Simone continues his work of renewal through a closer collaboration with the group of artists Media Aetas, which finds Virgilio Villani, former star of the wonderful Gatta Cenerentola and of Masaniello; with Media Aetas the research don't start from the folklore of oral culture but from a historical basis.
In addition to the masterpieces La Gatta Cenerentola (1976, 1985, 1989, 1998) directed by Dominico Virgili and L'Opera Buffa of Del Giovedì Santo (1980, revived in 1999), among his finest performances would include Masaniello (1975), Mistero Napolitano (1977), La Festa di Piedigrotta (1978), Li Zite 'ngalera (1978), Eden Theatre of Raffaele Viviani (1981), La Lucilla Costante di Silvio Fiorillo (1982), Il Bazzariota, or the lady of the good humor of Dominico Macchia (1983), Le Religiose alla moda di Gioacchino Dandolo (1984), Cantata per Masaniello (1988), Le Tarantelle del Rimorso (1992), The 99 disgrazie di Pulcinella (1994), Le Cantatrici Villane di Valentino Fioravanti (1998) , L'impresario in Angustie (2001).

As a composer De Simone writes, among others, il Requiem in memory of Pier Paolo Pasolini (1985), l'oratorio Lauda Intorno allo Stabat (1985), I Carmina Vivianea (1987), la Festa Teatrale composed for the 250º anniversary of San Carlo theater of Naples (1987), the melodrama Mistero e processo di Giovanna d'Arco (1989), the dramatic cantata Populorum Progressio (1994), the choral music for the Agamennone of Eschilo (1995), the Canto de li Cunti (1990), Eleonora, opera composed for the bicentennial the Neapolitan revolution (1999), Il Re Bello, opera (2004).
He also works on the music of the Eugenio Bennato's album
Non farti cadere le braccia.

He also edited and directed dozens of operas for the major theaters around the world. The cornerstones of his repertoire in this area is the sum of productions of works by Mozart (Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Idomeneo and The Magic Flute also that inaugurated the theater season at La Scala in 1990 and 1995), Giuseppe Verdi (Macbeth, Falstaff and Nabucco, which opened the season at La Scala in 1986), works by Gioacchino Rossini (remember Cinderella and The Italian Girl in Algiers), and those of Pergolesi (La serva mistress). In recent years, is involved with the shows Cholera (2003) and The King Bello (Politeama Theatre in Prato and Florence's Teatro della Pergola in 2004). Recently built and There we give you the hand (2007), Mozart's disguise in two stages.
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Roberto De Simone Discography Tracks


Roberto De Simone Quant'è Bello Lu Murire Acciso (Album) RCA, RCA Original Cast Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Compagnia Il Cerchio / Roberto De Simone / Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare Compagnia Il Cerchio / Roberto De Simone / Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare - La Gatta Cenerentola (Album) EMI Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Roberto De Simone Io Narciso Io RCA Italiana Italy 1977 Sell This Version
3C 064-18300 Roberto De Simone La Cantata Dei Pastori(LP, Album) EMI 3C 064-18300 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
none Roberto De Simone Il Canto I Suoni La Musica Nella Loro Tradizione In Campania - La Zona Vesuviana E Giugliano(LP, Album, Promo) Assessorato Al Turismo E Allo Spettacolo Della Regione Campania none Italy 1977 Sell This Version
SP 8059 Roberto De Simone La Fine Del Mondo Nel Nostro Solito Letto In Una Notte Piena Di Pioggia(LP, Album) RCA SP 8059 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
3C 164-18431/37 Roberto De Simone LA TRADIZIONE IN CAMPANIA(7xLP) EMI 3C 164-18431/37 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
CBS 70197 Roberto De Simone Fontamara(LP, Album) CBS CBS 70197 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
PL 31605 Roberto De Simone Media Aetas(LP, Promo) RCA Italiana S.p.A. PL 31605 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
RIEN CD 44 Media Aetas, Roberto De Simone Media Aetas, Roberto De Simone - Li Turchi Viaggiano(CD, Album) Oriente Musik RIEN CD 44 Canada 2003 Sell This Version
8016190043415 Roberto De Simone, Bruno Tommaso Roberto De Simone, Bruno Tommaso - Specula & Gemini(CD, Album) Rai Trade 8016190043415 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
RTP100 Roberto De Simone Bello Cantare(CD, Album, Promo) Rai Trade, Suoni Del Sud RTP100 Italy 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CI 38 Pino Donaggio / Roberto De Simone Pino Donaggio / Roberto De Simone - Concerto Per Venezia / La Canzone Del Sole (7", Jukebox) Carosello CI 38 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
CI 20253 Roberto De Simone La Canzone Del Sole(7") Carosello CI 20253 Italy 1970 Sell This Version
DG 1125 Roberto De Simone Regina Davvero / Ad Eleonora(7") Dig-It International Records DG 1125 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
3C 040-70086 Roberto De Simone Con La Partecipazione Dalla Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare / Tavares Roberto De Simone Con La Partecipazione Dalla Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare / Tavares - «La Gatta Cenerentola» II° Coro Delle Lavandaie / Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel Part II(12", Promo) EMI, Capitol Records 3C 040-70086 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
3C 006-18230 Roberto De Simone / Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare / Compagnia Il Cerchio Roberto De Simone / Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare / Compagnia Il Cerchio - La Gatta Cenerentola(7") EMI 3C 006-18230 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
Roberto De Simone Con la Partecipazione Della Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare Roberto De Simone Con la Partecipazione Della Nuova Compagnia Di Canto Popolare - II° Coro Delle Lavandaie Archeo Recordings Italy 2016 Sell This Version