California State University International Program Florence


daniela costa Daniela Costa

E-mail: DCosta

Website: www.Daniela-Costa.com
Teaches: Fall

Daniela Costa has achieved widespread acclaim for her natural and insightful performances as an accomplished Lieder accompanist, chamber musician, Italian diction coach for singers, lecturer, musicologist, and professor of Italian opera at several prestigious American Universities. She is currently Professor of Italian Opera at the Florence Center of California State University, Richmond University, Gonzaga University, and Smith College, and she has taught, lectured and performed at Georgetown University, Syracuse University, Sarah Lawrence College, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., Middlebury College, Northwestern Univerisity (Illinois), The School of Music of Fiesole, The Conservatorio Cherubini in Firenze, and the University of Siena.

She has written many articles on Vocal Chamber Music and translations of Lieder poems from German, French, English, and Spanish for the Amici della Musica of Florence, the Amici della Musica of Perugia, and Unione Musicale of Torino.

Since its first edition in 2009, she has been invited by the world-famous American conductor Lorin Maazel at his prestigious Castleton Festival in Virginia, as Head Coach of Italian Diction for the production of Italian Operas conducted by Maazel himself (in 2012 for Barbiere di Siviglia and Boh¸me) and as Professor of Italian vocal chamber music and language for the CATS program (Castleton Artists Training Seminar). Next summer (2013) will be Ms.Costa's 5th season with Castleton Festival.

As a Lieder accompanist Ms.Costa has performed for important musical institutions in Italy (Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Amici della Musica di Perugia, Amici della Musica di Firenze, among them) and internationally in various European countries, including Germany, Belgium, France, Norway, Switzerland, and Malta. She has performed with such distinguished singers as Debora Beronesi, Nancy Gustafson, Maria Costanza Nocentini, Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, and Silvia Regazzo.

She has been featured on international radio stations: in Italy (Rai and Radio Vaticana), Belgium (BRT and RBTF), and Germany (SDR), and she recorded two world premier CDs for Nuova Era Label that were much acclaimed by the national and international press.

As an advocate for contemporary music, Ms.Costa has performed works by Kurtag, Ligeti, and Takemitsu, among others, and she is strongly committed to exploring connections and similarities between composers, often presenting in her programs revealing juxtapositions of works. Daniela Costa was born in Rome and studied piano with Sergio Cafaro at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, composition with Gino Marinuzzi, and musicology with Fedele d'Amico at the Institute of Music History at the University of Rome.

Thanks to a grant from the European Community and the School of Music of Fiesole (Firenze), she further focused her work in chamber music with the famous Trio di Trieste and with Dario De Rosa and she completed an Advanced Degree in piano Chamber Music at the School of Music of Fiesole. Then for three years she studied Lieder repertoire specializing in German Lied and French Chanson with Irwin Gage at the Zurich Musikhochschule, where she was awarded two study bursaries from the Helvetic Confederation. She also attended master classes held by Elly Ameling and Paul Badura-Skoda.