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Raffaele Pe

Raffaele Pe vor weißem Hintegrund

His enormous expressiveness makes him one of the most important countertenors in Italy. Raffaele Pe, born in Lauden in 1985, shines in great baroque roles under star conductors such as René Jacobs or Jordi Savall.

About the artist

Raffaele Pe singt auf der Bühne bei der styriarte 2019


A leading artist in the baroque scene of the new generation, Raffaele Pe’s unique voice embraces a vast musical repertoire that extends from Recitar cantando to contemporary works. 

He collaborates with conductors and directors of the likes of Jordi Savall, John Eliot Gardiner, William Christie, Giovanni Antonini, Graham Vick, Claus Guth, Pierluigi Pizzi, Damiano Michieletto, to name just a few of those who first noticed the uncommon talent of this exciting performer.  

One of today’s finest Handel interpreters, Raffaele has played some iconic roles from most of his works including Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, Orlando, Serse, Nerone, Tamerlano, Arbace, Aci, Disinganno, upon the invitation of theatres and institutions like Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Teatro Real de Madrid, Opéra National du Rhin, Teatro Colón de Bueno Aires. 

Among his greatest passion, the music of Monteverdi, Cavalli and the lesser-known Italian composers of late XVII Century, that he revived in numerous “modern time premieres” around the world including Cavalli’s Hipermestra at Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Melani’s Empio Punito and Marazzoli’s Amore Malato at Teatro Verdi di Pisa, and Cavalli’s Veremonda at Spoleto Festival US.  

A valuable recitalist, Raffaele has always combined an intense theatrical activity with appearances in some of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe including the Berliner Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, Philharmonie de Paris, Barcelona Palau da Musica, London Wigmore Hall. 

A tireless promoter of the baroque culture he founded the music and art collective La Lira di Orfeo with whom he conceives musical projects for various media, including his latest solo album “Giulio Cesare A Baroque Hero” that received critical acclaim internationally and was awarded with the eminent Abbiati Prize in 2019. 

Styriarte visitors already know him from the Fux.OPERNFEST Vol. 2 (2019) in which he appeared in the role of Apollo. At the Fux Festival 2021 he embodied Amore, this production is also available as a Video on Demand. In December 2020 he also took part in the streaming production of Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" conducted by Jordi Savall, available in the Styriarte media library.

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