Executive Council

Luigi Roni

Luigi Roni Founder and Artistic Director

Luigi Roni was born in Calamoni in the Vergemoli Comune (Lucca). He voice trained initially with Adriana Pizzorusso in Lucca, gaining a diploma at the Music Institute of Lucca. At the age of 22 he won the Adriano Belli contest at Spoleto and he made his debut at Spoleto in the role of Mestiphole in Faust, by Gounod. Shortly afterwards he sang this role again in Florence and Lucca. At a very young age he made his debut at the Rome Opera theatre with Aida and again at Caracella during the spring. He sang Ernani at Pisa, Don Carlo at Piacenza, Ernani at Fidenza, the Barber of Seville at Lucca and at many other theatres which had a tradition of presenting great opera. In 1996 he debuted at La Scala in the role of the grand inquisitor in Don Carlo under the direction of Claudio Abbado. He returned to la Scala every year up until 2010. For more than forty years he worked under the direction of some of the greatest conductors and directors.

He sang in the most famous theatres in Italy and the world. His last performance was at the Metropolitan in 2016. Tokyo, Moscow, Amsterdam, Oslo, London, Paris, Berlin, Bonn, Copenhagen, Madrid, Lisbon, Zurich, Geneva, North and South America, Johannesburg, Pretoria are the extent of his performances.

In 2000 he formed the itinerant music festival, The Serchio delle Muse, in the Garfagnana, in the province of Lucca.

During his 20 years as artistic director of The Serchio delle Muse, he attracted many artists of international fame to our region. He never accepted payment for his work as he did it for his love of the music, the people and the Garfagnana, to which he was always very attached. Luigi was a great artist and an exceptional person, a man of great energy and goodness. He died from Corona virus on the 26th march, 2020.


Imogen McNamara

Imogen McNamara Vice President

Imogen McNamara is a clinical and organisational psychologist. For many years she was a consultant to both small and large organisations assisting them with their development. She designed and implemented projects, and then evaluated them. She wrote and conducted training programs for staff and wrote and conducted leadership programs. She trained judges, barristers and lawyers for the Family Court at a national level.

A writer and a musician, she has worked with Serchio delle Muse for 13 years doing publicity.

Giuseppe Lucchesi

Giuseppe Lucchesi Administrative Director

Dr. Giuseppe Lucchesi has a degree in economic science with the focus on business management . For more than 35 years he has worked as a professional consultant to business concerns, as an auditor and consultant for workers and taxation.

He was elected to the committee for Serchio delle Muse for his professional experience and for his passion for music.

His professional studio is situated at Studio 92, località Rio del Chitarrino, Via Wiliam Austin Chapman, Fornaci di Barga (+39 0583-708368 +39 335-7766757 info@lucchesigiuseppe.it).

Matteo Marcalli

Matteo Marcalli

Matteo Marcalli has a passion for music, which started with playing in a band which then led to him studying at the High school for music, then to graduate in the French horn at the Institute superior for musical studies, ‘L.Boccheini’. He has collaborated with theatres and orchestras at both a national and international level, with orchestras in America, France, England and Switzerland.In Italy he has worked with the orchestra of the Florence Maggio Musicale, the orchestra for the Puccini festival, and as a soloist with the orchestra ISSM Bocherini, for the sinfonia concert of Mozart He took first place in the competition for conservatories from Tuscany underwritten by the Rotary Club from Montaperti, Castelnuovo,and Beradenga. As a teacher for music courses and nearby Institutes and localities. He is a supplementary teacher in French Horn and the Music High school of Lucca, where he had been a student.

At an artistic level, he is occupied with spreading awareness of music, creating, writing and directing and with music for original operas like Bianca Neve, collaborating with the artistic assistance of events with I’SSM.

Paolo Rinaldi

Paolo Rinaldi

Paolo Rinaldi has always had a passion for opera and he started to attend the first concerts organised by Luigi Roni after the flood at Fornovolasco. He then often assisted Marina Mazzanti, who together with maestro Roni, organised the summer concerts, during the early years of Serchio dell Muse. He became an active part of Serchio dell Muse in 2004, and provides valuable assistance at all of the concerts.

He the often assisted Marinella Mazzanti, who together with maestro Roni, organised the summer concerts during the early years of Serchio delle Muse in 2004 and provides valuable assistance at all concerts.