About us

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Amakheru Duo originates from the artistic partnership of tenor Francesco Santoli and pianist Simone Di Crescenzo, who have joined their professional and human experiences moulding the project. The main purpose of the Duo is to rediscover and value some specific peculiarities of the tenor vocality, through a vast repertoire encompassing the tradition of the 17th century through the contemporary age.
The artistic rediscovery of Amakheru Duo finds its strength in the sung word as an expressive instrument to achieve a personal ideal of sound.
The study of both vocal technique and musical history brought the Duo to follow the artistic imprunt of the Italian Belcanto tradition, which, since the 17th century onwards has been passed on by great composers and instructors.

Amakheru Duo did not conceive the voice as the main instrument for the operatic representation, but as part of an unicum, where the piano accompaniment blends with it, exalting and supporting its expressive characteristics.
The selected repertoire is taken from the vast catalogue of chamber music and opera literature, all proposed in several themed projects inspired by epochs, places, characters as well as shapes and musical rarities, incorporating noteworthy artistic collaborations.
The Duo has recently performed at many prestigious festivals and theatres among which: the Giuseppe Verdi Foundation in Milan, the Verdi Theatre in Busseto, the Pergolesi Spontini Festival in Jesi, and the Rossini Theatre in Pesaro, performing next to artists such as: Sumi Jo, Vittorio Grigolo, and Daniela Dessì.


Francesco Santoli - Tenor

Graduating cum laude in Voice and Vocal Chamber Music at the “N. Sala” Conservatory of Benevento, he later pursued his studies at the “San Pietro a Majella” Conservatory in Naples. He refined his skills by working alongside renowned artists such as Renata Scotto, Opera Studio of the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome and Alberto Zedda at the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro. In the last years he has deepened his study of Belcanto, of the style and performance practice of the old Italian school, as well as the vocal chamber repertoire, under Simone Di Crescenzo’s guidance.

Throughout his career he has been engaged in significant title roles of Belcanto, showing a particular keenness for the repertoires of Rossini, Donizetti and Mozart. Amongst his debuts there are titles such as: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Il Viaggio a Reims, La Cenerentola, L’occasione fa il Ladro, Petite Messe Solennelle and Messa di Gloria by Rossini, L’Elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Campanello by Donizetti, Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte by Mozart, Orff’s Carmina Burana and many more.

Recently singing as a soloist in prestigious festivals and theatres, such as the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the Doha Festival in Qatar, the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari, the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa, and the Malibran Theatre in Venice (a production of the La Fenice Theatre).

Simone Di Crescenzo - Piano

The Maestro started studying music at the age of four, after graduating in Piano at the “L. D’Annunzio” Conservatory in Pescara, he specialised at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He studied Opera and was mentored by the acclaimed soprano Mirella Freni, and studied piano with Paola Molinari at the Centro Universale del Belcanto in Modena. He also studied Composition at the Milan Conservatory and Musicology at the University of Cremona.

Since the beginning of his career he has been collaborating with internationally renowned singers such as Sumi Jo, Daniela Dessì, Vittorio Grigolo, Luca Canonici, Atalla Ayan, Carmela Remigio, Adriana Maliponte and many others, in both the roles of vocal coach and pianist, performing in a number of prestigious festivals and theatres. In the realm of chamber music he has performed with several instrumental and vocal ensembles, he also collaborated with dancers of the La Scala Theatre Corps de Ballet in Milan. Recently he has been actively working for the Accademia Nazionale of Santa Cecilia in Rome, John Palmer Theatre in Lugano (Switzerland), Festival dei 2Mondi in Spoleto, Chamber Music Festival Tallin (Estonia), Comunale Theatre of Bologna, Festival delle Muse in Cremona, Rossini Theatre in Pesaro, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Stadttheater Klagenfurt (Austria), Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala Milan, Lauro Rossi Theatre in Macerata, Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi, Dal Verme Theatre in Milan and many more.

He has worked as an artistic direction assistant for the Scuola dell’Opera Italiana of the Comunale Theatre in Bologna, as well as for the Festival della Valle d’Itria, the Accademia del Belcanto “R. Celletti”, the Rossini Orchestra in Pesaro, the Italian Cinema Orchestra, the International Singing Competition “O. Ziino” in Rome and Salvadei Opera Award.