Maria Chiara Bonazzi


Maria Chiara Bonazzi, manager of L’Archicembalo and cultural promoter

As a professional feature writer and foreign correspondent, Maria Chiara Bonazzi wrote for La Stampa for almost twenty years, 16 of which she blissfully spent in London. Among some 1,500 articles about culture and politics that she wrote for the Italian daily newspaper during that time, her many high-profile personal interviews stand out, with personalities such as Evgeny Kissin, Semyon Bychkov, Doris Lessing, Irish President Mary Robinson, Ian McKellen, Ian McEwan, George Steiner, Yehudi Menuhin, Rudolph Buchbinder, AS Byatt, Hanif Kureishi, Muriel Spark and Robert Altman among others.

While in London, Maria Chiara did some very interesting live television, since she used to be called as a TV panelist on BBC World Service 7am foreign press digest and on BBC News 24, where she regularly featured as a guest on their Europe Direct weekly broadcast.

She was a guest writer at The Guardian – in whose main office she was based for a few years -, contributed to the Times Higher Education Supplement and also wrote a few features for the cultural pages of the Financial Times.

For a couple of years, she reviewed the London theatre scene as a critic for the specialized Italian glossy monthly magazine Primafila. She regularly contributed to Epoca news magazine and occasionally to the cultural programs of Radio24, the broadcaster of the Italian business daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

Her knowledge of the classical music environment stems from a deep personal involvement.

Throughout the buzz of her time in London she led a not-so-covert second life as a singer, having been privately taught by great English baritone John Noble and coached by him in the opera repertoire for nine years. She knows exactly what it means turning from a mezzo into a full-blown spinto soprano, which is also a metaphor for the best surprises life might just have in store around the corner.

As a matter of fact, she has now moved into classical music and cultural promotion territory and she has become the manager and press representative of the Italian Baroque octet L’Archicembalo.

She had been dreaming of matching a superb live concert of a top Italian Baroque ensemble to the showcase of Vivaldi’s Turin original manuscripts for 10 years. In the spring of 2017, with the Biblioteca Nazionale hosting the second-ever exhibition of the Red Priest’s autographs in history, which coincided with the opening of a 3-week Vivaldi Festival held under the auspices of the Teatro Regio, it did all come true.

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