Biography

Gloria Bruni

Gloria Bruni

Gloria was born in Oschersleben/ Bode in the Harz Region of Germany.
Her father was a physicist and due to his work the family moved to Hamburg in 1963.
Gloria’s passion for music was ignited early on: already at school Gloria started to compose and sing. She was spotted by a music teacher for her musicality and natural singing skills as well as for her talent on the piano and violin. This drove her to greater commitment in her early musical endeavours.

Music became the centre of her life: she began to study composition with Diether de la Motte and singing with Naan Pöld in Hamburg, continuing her studies first in Munich, and then in Milan (Italy).

In addition to the obligatory study of the piano Gloria also took on the violin, performing as a violinist in the Camerata Academica and with the Mozarteum Sommerakademie Orchestra in Salzburg, participating in several tours and performing, amongst others, at the Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
After completing her training as classical singer, she performed at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago and at La Scala in Milan, with the Mozart Players of London at the Semper Opera House in Dresden, and at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

Gloria became aware of her ever-growing experience as a composer whilst exploring very different musical forms.  All her compositions are recognisable by her characteristic writing and her stylistic versatility.

As a composer Gloria explores diverse musical forms around themes that are dearest to her childhood and to religious music.
Her passion for these themes and her love of expressing it through composing music is reflected in many of her compositions.
Requiem a Roma” for choir and orchestra, was performed in Rome in November 2000 and subsequently in PolandGermanyItalyAustria, Palestine, Israel and Belarus; the musical “The Thorn Birds“(libretto was written by the Australian author Colleen Mc Cullough herself), which premiered in the United Kingdom in 2009; the  opera Pinocchio , which premiered in Hamburg in 2008 and had two major Italian productions in the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli (2013) and the Teatro Regio di Parma (2015) with the sponsorship of the Collodi Foundation; the “Symphony No. 1 – Ringparabel“ for choir, orchestra and two soloists which, after the Hamburg premiere (2012), was successfully performed in Istanbul, Turkey (2013) and Minsk, Belarus (2014).

In 2018 the “Symphony no. 1 – Ringparabel “ debuted as an openair ballet in front of Tempio di Hera at Selinunte and Ericlea Minoa, Italy. In February 2019 this ballet performance was staged in the Teatro Bellini, Naples, as well as in the Teatro Comunale ,Treia , Italy.
With the extraordinary direction of Kent Nagano, on 22 December 2018 the public of the Hamburg State Opera attended the premiere  of „The Magic Pancake“ (Der verzauberte Pfannkuchen ), a mini-opera of twenty minutes. Other significant compositions are the aria – “Angelo di Dio”, the “Bell Song”, the Hymn – “Li (e) bertas” and the “Rosary Prayers“.

In 2018/19, Gloria Bruni´s Ringparabel-Symphony,  has thus become a work for music, theater and dance and was staged as a ballet and performed in several theaters in Italy (Napoli, Treia, as well as open air in front of Ancient Greek temples in Selinunte and Eraclea Minoa) directed by Aurelio Gatti.

Under the direction of Kent Nagano, the audience of the Hamburg State Opera in December 2018 saw the premiere of “The Magical Pancake“, a twenty-minute mini-opera.

Gloria is currently involved in the composition of “The Creation” (The Creation), together with the librettist Lauro Ferrarini and with Hamburg designer Peter Schmidt.