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A year-by-year look at As.Li.Co.'s productions and cast.

As.Li.Co was founded over 50 years ago on the premise of educating and promoting young operatic talent within Europe. Since that time, it has remained committed to its mission and has been the stepping-store for many prominent young artist on the verge of professional careers. View the Interesting Facts Sheet for insight into little-known facts about the company.

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As.Li.Co. (Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana) was founded in 1949 by Senator Giovanni Treccani degli Alfieri on three fundamental principles: 1) To identify young, exceptional operatic talent; 2) To provide musical and theatrical training for these artists; and 3) To produce operatic performances of the highest caliber in which to display these artists. To this day, As.Li.Co. has remained staunchly committed to its mission and has led the way in pioneering new initiatives and increased opportunities for young singers. Below is a timeline detailing some of the highlights of As.Li.Co's history:

1949 December 31 - As.Li.Co. was established as a not-for-profit organization.
1950 In its first year, As.Li.Co. auditions 326 young singers from which 29 were selected to participate in training and performance. Only singers from Italy were eligible. Competition opens to all European Union residents in 1994.
1950 July 6 - Opening night of the first season. A production of Rigoletto was presented at Teatro Nuovo di Milano.
1951 The young Carlo Bergonzi debuted as Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera and Don Alvara in La Forza del destino.
1953 The young Italian soprano, Renata Scotto, sang Violetta in the season's production of La Traviata.
1953 The first printed version of the rules and regulations for the annual competition sponsored by As.Li.Co. became available. The new regulations instituted an age limit for participants.
1954 Understanding the need for collaborative efforts in promoting young artists, As.Li.Co. began its 20 year collaboration with AIDEM di Florence. This is one of many collaborations for additional performance opportunities for young artists that As.Li.Co. formed.
1954 Luis Alva portrayed Alfredo Germont in La Traviata.
As.Li.Co. toured France and Spain with a "Festival of Italian Opera."
1956 Piero Cappuccilli debuted as Tonio in I Pagliacci.
As.Li.Co. collaborates with The American Opera Auditions of Cincinnati. Young artists from both companies participated in an artist exchange: American singers perform in As.Li.Co. production while European young singers perform in Cincinnati.
1958 Mirella Freni debuted as Mimi in La Bohème.
1968 A new musical law was enacted throughout Italy that redefined the relationship between the state and public and private musical organizations in terms of funding. Art. 8 of this law recognized As.Li.Co. and Il Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto as leading performance venues for young singers.
1969 Katia Ricciarelli premiered as Mimi in La Bohème.
1970 Intensive role preparation courses began with Mario Cordone, Olimpio Ferrarotti, & Vittorio Patanè as the first instructors.
Il Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto and As.Li.Co. united to create one national competition for young singers.
1982 Daniela Dessì debuted as Flaminio in Flaminio by Pergolesi.
1983 As.Li.Co. joined the Circuito Lirico Lombardo—As.Li.Co. created productions tour opera houses throughout Lombardy. (Como, Brescia, Cremona, Pavia, Bergamo, Mantova) thus providing additional venues and greater exposure for young artists.
1994 As.Li.Co.'s annual competition opened to all singers, citizens of European Union countries.
1996 EurOperaStudio was founded with the aim of promoting increased communication and resource sharing with training programs and opera companies throughout Europe. As.Li.Co. president, Bruno Dal Bon, became the association's first President.

1996 The official chorus of As.Li.Co. is formed with Maestro Alfonso Caiani as its director.
1997 Opera Domani is established in collaboration with the Regione Lombardia. This project provides interactive training of an opera to school-aged children and their teachers. Each year, the production associated with this project tours throughout Italy. Preparation and training is provided to students and teachers in all tour locations.
1998 Progetto Don Giovanni - A revolutionary project which brought together young singers from EurOperaStudio affiliated training centers. Premiering in 1998 in Cologne, Germany and then in Vichy, France, this co-production toured in 1999 throughout Italy.
2001 After years of productions at various different performance venues, As.Li.Co. makes a permanent home at Teatro Sociale di Como
2002 Singers from all European countries are deemed eligible to audition in the annual competition.

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