The Embassy Of Italy Presents Note Italiane Across NZ


The Embassy of Italy in Wellington is pleased to present Note Italiane, a series of concerts featuring internationally acclaimed Italian musicians.

We welcome violinist Luca Ciarla and piano duo Spina-Benignetti, during their Oceania tours, and are proud to host New Zealand-based Lilia Carpinelli (soprano), Luca Manghi (flute) and Matteo Napoli (piano) for their first public performance together.

All concerts are free (apart from Ciarla’s one in Christchurch, co-hosted with Folk Music Club).

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Luca Ciarla

A creative and surprising violinist, Luca Ciarla easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds.

Luca owns the stage with his fiddle and a few toy instruments. With a loop pedal, he performs live all the parts, playing the violin like a guitar, a cello or percussion. In this imaginative landscape, Luca sings, whistles, plays other little instruments and adds new virtuoso passages; music is continuously evolving into a dazzling solOrkestra!

The programme features unusual arrangements of traditional Italian folk tunes, music from the Mediterranean area and original compositions.

Christchurch: Sunday 24 February, 7.30pm, Folk Music Club (for tickets contact venue)
Wellington: Wednesday 27 February 6 pm, St Andrews on the Terrace
Auckland: Thursday 28 February 6 pm, St Matthew in the City
Other dates in Hamilton, Motueka, Picton: Please see


Eleonora Spina and Michele Benignetti

Eleonora Spina and Michele Benignetti are two compelling, talented young musicians who come from strong and varied backgrounds as soloist and chamber musicians. Their partnership as a piano duo began in 2013 and immediately received positive acclaim. Winners of international music competitions, on June 2014 they obtained the prestigious ‘Diplôme Supérieur d’Exécution’ at the Ecole Normale de Musique ‘Alfred Cortot’ in Paris, with the mention ‘à l’unanimité’.

Both musicians have been appointed professors at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Soissons and at the Conservatory of Music and Theatre of Saint Quentin, where they live. The piano duo ‘Spina – Benignetti’ is an Official Yamaha Artists, since December 2017. They will perform a Recital Piano Four Hands with music by Busoni, Mendelssohn, Saint- Saëns, Schubert and Barber.

Wellington: Wednesday 6 March 6pm, St Andrews on the Terrace
Other dates in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Kerikeri: Please see

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Matteo Napoli, Lilia Carpinelli and Luca Manghi

Italian-born New Zealand based artists, international performers Carpinelli, Manghi and Napoli will perform in public together for the first time, with a special programme prepared especially for this occasion. Their recital for soprano, flute and piano will take us on a journey through Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera, with themes of popular arias by Vivaldi, Rossini, Puccini, Verdi as well as Italian traditional songs.

Wellington: Tuesday 12 March 6pm, St Andrews on the Terrace
Christchurch: Wednesday 13 March 6pm, The Great Hall at the Arts Centre
Auckland: Saturday 16 March 6pm, St Matthew in the City

Written By: Radio13