Born in Naples, Italy (in the same street as the Legendary Tenor “Enrico Caruso”) Raffaele Pierno was already singing the most demanding Repertoire of Classic Neapolitan Songs for Tenors at the age of 17. He Start singing at very young age, as teenager Raffaele often used to entertain people performing in a Trattoria (Da Alfredo), where he was Discovered just like “Caruso” by his future voice Couch. His highly successful Debut was a Tribute Concert to the Greatest Tenor of all the times “Enrico Caruso”, which took place in their birth city (Naples).
As a student of the Ancient Italian School of Singing (La Vecchia Scuola Italiana di Canto), Raffaele studied very passionately for seven years, with the Baritone Maestro “Antonio Finizio”, from Teatro Reale “San Carlo” of Naples, a very close associate of another great Tenor of the past “Mario del Monaco”. At Conservatorio Domenico Cimarosa di Avellino, Raffaele graduated with a Diploma di Canto (Ramo Cantanti), in collaboration with “Pia Ferrara” (Soprano) and President of “Centro incontri Musicali” di Napoli.
After graduating, his career moved forward quickly and Raffaele immediately became a singer of choice for Public Festivals and Celebrations, not only in Naples, but all around Italy. As a singer not only of Neapolitan Songs but also Operatic Arias and Sacred Music, his popularity grew as he started making many appearances in the great Cathedrals of Italy, as well as becoming a popular favourite voice of Tourism and Culture right throughout Italy, Europe and Australasia.
Raffaele’s reputation took him all around Europe as a Concert Soloist as well as an Instructor in many of the Prestigious Music schools of the Continent. In Australasia, he was a popular Concert Soloist with The Hunan Province Symphony Orchestra (China) as well as in Australian Capitals, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, where he also appeared and performed in many prominent places.
Ironically, it was the Cardinal and Mayor of Naples who invited him to give a recital of Neapolitan Songs and Sacred Music, in the 700 year old Duomo of “San Gennaro” in Naples, one of the world’s most famous Architectural structures. To this day, Raffaele considers one of his career highlights to be giving a Recital for La Fondazione “Pasquale di Costanzo” in the Forum at Pompei near Naples.
In the past years, Raffaele has developed a show in collaboration with “Leslie Martin” (Soprano) “Sogno d’Italia”.
Raffaele had the opportunity to work with the well known International French Tenor “Roberto Alagna” on his Australian Tour, including Conductor “Stefano Miceli” (New York, Italy) an old friend and colleague of Raffaele from Naples, Italy. It was also an opportunity to meet up with “Siobhan Stagg”, who starred as Soprano on this tour.
Raffaele recently developed a new show called “Passioni Vocali” in collaboration with “Leanne Warne” (Pianist) celebrating Italian’s finest Operatic Arias, popular Italian and Neapolitan Songs.