Matteo Dalle Fratte

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Matteo Dalle Fratte was born in Asolo, near Venice. He studied Arts, Literature, History of Music and Musicology with Dr Anna Laura Bellina at the University of Padova and achieved a 5-year degree cum laude in 2003 with a thesis about Giacomo Puccini. He studied singing at the Steffani Conservatoire of Castelfranco Veneto and privately with the bass Paolo Badoer, a pupil of Gilda Dalla Rizza who was one of Puccini's favourite sopranos. He also studied piano at the Malipiero Institute of Asolo and at the Morello Institute of Castelfranco Veneto.

From 2006-08 Matteo was Artistic Director of the Theatre Auditorium Spazio Binario in the town of Zola Predosa, where he collaborated with the University and the Conservatoire of Bologna. In the same period he was employed by Kaleidos Musical Association as an organisational director of Baroque Music Tours around Italy. 

Matteo also worked for many years as a journalist and a music critic for the magazine Rassegna Melodrammatica of Milan and the newspaper Gazzettino. He published biographies of the soprano Gilda Dalla Rizza and the tenor Giovanni Lunardi and wrote the History of Teatro Sociale in Notiziario degli Amici del Museo of Bassano del Grappa. 

Matteo moved to London in 2008 and obtained a Masters in Music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he studied with Scott Johnson and Emanuele Moris. As a tenor he has performed in concerts and opera productions in the UK and Italy. His main repertoire focuses on the Italian romantic operas written by Verdi, Puccini and composers from the 'Giovine Scuola'.

He was appointed Professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2010, where he teaches Italian grammar and holds recitative classes and coaching sessions. Matteo has been an Italian coach at the National Opera Studio in London since 2010 and has coached opera productions including Raymond Gubbay's Aida at the Royal Albert Hall, Vivaldi's Olimpiade with La Serenissima and Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the Grange Park Opera.

Musical research and history of music are also part of his commitment, both as a performer and as a musicologist. One of his current research projects is the study of Italian phonetics for singers with the aim to establish a new Italian lyrics phonetic system from the performer's point of view. As a musicologist, Matteo has being working with the Claudio Monteverdi Foundation in London.