Antonella and Paul: flute and voice

Antonella and Paul Antonella

The immediate dynamism and fun that dates back to their acquaintance in 2004, as well as the nonconformist spirit they share, brought about a continuous creation of performances and concerts.


They also conceived, created and performed a recital dedicated to the female figure within the Divine Comedy by Dante and a concert of French music of the beginning of the Twentieth Century for solo flute and voice.


Very far from any type of academic thinking, Antonella and Pali propose a vision of music and of performance with immediate resonance and active and emotional easy participation from the audience.

“Amadeus on Rocky Crete”. Tenor, flute and piano

The idea

We created this performance which proposes a delicious collage of many famous pieces and figures taken from the operas of the musical genius of Mozart.

Inspired by the story of Idomeneo, we freely associated the characters of Mozart’s main operas, resulting in a witty and pleasurable soap-opera with an happy end.

The libretto is by Pali and the original idea is of Antonella.

The story

Ideomeneo, king of Creta, tries to cheat Neptune, the sea god, in order to avoid the death of his own son Idamante, who is in love with the beautiful Trojan princess Ilia. Electra, the scheming princess of Argo, however, tries to separate them with almost any possible trick. At the same time Neptune and the Sea Monster play with the destiny of the poor protagonists, with disguises and illusions, creating a funny series of misunderstandings. With an appropriate use of famous arias taken form others operas, the tragedy develops towards a happy end, and even a triple wedding…


Adapted for voice, flute and piano, taken from Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Magic Flute and Figaro’s Wedding.

The backdrops

True to the old tradition of the troubadours, the performance is accompanied by projected images, that help the audience to follow the complicated plot!

Two different version are available: the first adapted for a child audience by Giulia Turato, and the second by the Art School Selvatico of Padua, with original oil paintings.

Paul van Gastel, tenor

Paul Van Gastel

Born in The Netherlands, studied classical dance and theoretical physics before entering in the Utrecht's Conservatorium to study singing with Marianne Blok. Consequently, his renaissance approach to life brought him to post-revolutionary Gdansk in Poland, where he joined the Cantores Minores Gedanenses, conducted by Joachim Gudel, for a total plunge into the East-European baroque tradition.

In 1994, Mr van Gastel moved to London, where he combined singing, dancing and acting, and where he was coached further by Nina Walker. In this period he sang the Orloge and Chat in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, Ravel, for Action France Musique in Paris, the title role in King Arthur, Purcell, for Floral Opera, London, Horatio in Hamlet, Thomas, with costumes by Vivienne Westwood in a production produced by Alan Sievewright, London, and the Gatto in Il Gatto con gli Stivali, Massimo Priori, direction Paolo Valerio and conducted by Maurizio Dini Ciacci, in a production sponsored by UNICEF which toured numerous well-known theatres in Italy.

Mr van Gastel moved to Italy in 2001 where he combines his career as a singer, actor and father with the management of work shops and teaching. In collaboration with the Teatro Nuovo, Verona, he acted in Confusione and created and performed Il Sogno di Amadè, directed by Paolo Valerio. In collaboratio with the Horus Ensemble, directed by Antonella dalla Benetta, he wrote and performed Amadè nella Rocciosa Creta, a soap opera based on Mozart's Idomeneo, and Hagoromo, by Massimo Priori. He was soloist for the Accademia Concertante, conducted by Mauro Tenaglia, in Beethoven 9 and the Nelson's Mass, Haydn, in several prestigious venues. He recorded a CD with Vivaldi cantatas with the Budapest Chamber Symphony, conducted by Mathis Dulack, and interpreted the Caller in The Flood, Stravinskkij, directed by Daniele Abbado and conducted by Stefan Anton Reck for the winter season of the Arena di Verona.

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