Samuele Bellanova was born in Italy and now resides in the USA. He is a passionate writer and is deeply studied in Philosophy, Opera, and Symphonic music. He is fluent in Italian, German, English, and Hebrew. Opera was a natural part of his life through his Italian cultural and traditional upbringing. Samuele spent four years at the opera house in Bonn and it was the Maestro, Eugene Kohn, who suggested to pursue a serious career in opera still holds a major influence in his life to this day. During his time in Bonn, he had the honor of observing and learning from the great opera legends such as Grace Bumbry, Eva Marton, Placido Domingo, Giuseppe Giacomini, Giacomo Aragall, Francisco Araiza, Lando Bartolini, Mario Malagnini, Gian Carlo del Monaco, and Luigi Lamberti, to name a few. He went on to continue training his voice in Italy under the tutelage of Mario del Monaco’s beloved wife and the great tenors, Franco Ghitti in Venice & Maestro Ferri in Rome.
He continued his career singing several concert tours throughout Germany and Italy. His opera repertoire is a vast one with signature roles such as the Duke of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Don Carlos, Canio in Pagliacci, Faust of Boito, Radames in Aida, Manrico in Trovatore, and Pollione in Bellini’s Norma sung on stages mainly in Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Netherlands, & Italy. Highlights of his career included singing the role of Cavaradossi in a 25,000 seat open air arena in Sicily to celebrate the 100 years of Tosca, as well as the honor of being invited to sing for Ambassadors of several countries.
Never feeling quite comfortable being the center of attention that comes with being an opera singer combined with his strong Jewish faith, several years ago he changed his course temporarily to serve another more humble purpose with his voice. His main focus became solely singing as a Cantor, and with that was honored to be asked to assist in preparing some of the vocalists with the Hebrew language and the interpretation of the traditional Jewish prayers and tunes found in Noam Sheriff’s powerful “Mechaye Hametim”, which will be conducted by Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic in its American Premier in Carnegie Hall this October. He also devotes a lot of his time to Master Classes with specific emphasis in Singing in Italian and German, and when stepping back on the opera stage focuses on roles such as Andrea Chenier, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Alvaro in Verdi’s Forza del Destino, and Othello to accommodate the natural path of his Dramatic Tenor Voice.