Symphonic-Metal Opera conceived and produced by Mistheria
Unique interpretation of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”
with orchestra, choir, and all-star Metal cast!
The VIVALDI METAL PROJECT is a music creation born from an idea conceived and developed by Italian keyboard player, composer and producer MISTHERIA (solo artist, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock, Roy Z, Artlantica).
The project is a symphonic-metal opera based on Antonio Vivaldi’s Baroque masterwork “The Four Seasons”, featuring more than 130 amazing metal and classical artists, orchestra, a string quartet and three choirs from all over the world. The album features 14 tracks – all the movements from Antonio Vivaldi’s original score plus two original new songs written by MISTHERIA. The impressive roster of artists probably makes this titanic album the biggest all-star project ever!
Back in 2013, MISTHERIA started thinking about making a metal version of “The Four Seasons”, a masterpiece that he loved and kept listening to since his childhood. MISTHERIA started to play and record all the movements on the piano but then felt that a parallel symphonic-metal version would have been the perfect continuation. Therefore, he recorded and uploaded a short trailer on the web to start engaging musicians. A few days later, Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, TwinSpirits, Kim Bingham, The Italians, BADASS), who had already collaborated with Mistheria by recording bass on his previous solo album “Dragon Fire”, learned about the project and contacted MISTHERIA offering his support to work on the project as co-producer. Also, MISTHERIA made the “innovative” choice – never done so far – to add lyrics and singers to “The Four Seasons” which, as composed by Vivaldi, is an instrumental work. For this important task, he invitedDouglas R. Docker who perfectly translated the producer’s concept into brilliant lyrics. Additional lyrics were written by Mistheria, Rob Rock and Lance King.
A cast of 10 awesome arrangers joined MISTHERIA creating epic and memorable music, combining a standard metal band lineup with strings, orchestra and choir: Douglas R. Docker, Francesco Dall’O’, Frank Caruso, Gabriels, Keiko Kumagai, Nicolas Waldo, Pawel Penksa, Tomas Varnagiris, Yannis Androulakakis and Zhivko Koev.
The cast furthermore includes performances by Mark Boals (Malmsteen, Royal Hunt), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Angra), Edu Falaschi (Almah), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Mike Lepond (SymhonyX), Dani Löble (Helloween), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Mark Cross (Firewind, Scorpions), Steve Di Giorgio (Testament), Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius), Victor Smolski (Rage, Almanac), Ruben Israel (Delain), John Macaluso (ARK), Marco Sfogli (James Labrie), Chris Caffery (Savatage), Mark Wood (Trans Siberian Orchestra), Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork), Atma Anur (Tony MacAlpine), Vitalij Kuprij, Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen), Sean Tibbetts (Kamelot), Martijn Peters (Stream of Passion) and many more.
Moreover, the project features the “Sinfonietta Consonus Symphonic Orchestra” (Poland), the “Academic Choir Angel Manolov” (Bulgaria), the “Chamber Choir Ivan Filipovic” (Croatia) and the “Rock Academy Choir” (Croatia).
It took more than 2 years of intensive non-stop hard work to get the album done. Mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at “ARTESONIKA” recording studio in Italy and assisted by Fabio D’Amore, the album is a full 75 minutes of intense, passionate, fascinating, powerful and majestic experience!
The Album | The Four Seasons
Release Date: 22.07.2016 via “Pride & Joy Music” (www.prideandjoy.de)
Availability: CD (digipack), Digital Download, Vinyl (double album)
CD RELEASE (digipack w/24-page booklet): July 22nd, 2016 | Distributor for Germany, Austria, Switzerland is Edel. Other distributors in Europe include Plastic Head (UK), Sound Pollution (Sweden), Suburban (BeNeLux), Avispa (Spain), Audioglobe (Italy), Mystic (Czech Rep), Riva Sound (Bulgaria) and some others in several countries plus Plastic Head and NEH in North America.
VINYL RELEASE (double album): September 9th, 2016 | Same distributors as for the CD release.
TRACK-LIST (75 min): 1. Escape From Hell, 2. The Illusion Of Eternity, 3. Vita, 4. Euphoria, 5. Sun of God, 6. Immortal Soul, 7. Thunderstorm, 8. The Age Of Dreams, 9. Alchemy, 10. Stige, 11. The Meaning Of Life, 12. The Final Hour, 13. Grande Madre, 14. Doomsday
The EP | The Extended Sessions
Release Date: 19.01.2018 via “Pride & Joy Music” (www.prideandjoy.de)
“The Extended Sessions” EP is the follow-up release to the extremely successful “The Four Seasons” album release by VIVALDI METAL PROJECT which hit the shelves in Summer 2016 on CD & double vinyl on Pride & Joy Music. The album up to today is one of the label’s best sellers and now being continued with this valuable EP which will shorten the waiting time for the fans until the next full album!
Track information (playing time 49 min):
01. “THE FOUR SEASONS” – Unplugged Trio Medley [studio version] arranged by Mistheria
Violin: Abigail Stahlschmidt – Vocals: Tsena Stefanova, Angel Wolf-Black, Dimitar Belchev – Piano: Mistheria
02. “VITA” [original vocal session] – Spring #2 – Largo [Part 2] “Light”
03. “VITA” [instrumental version] – Spring #2 – Largo [Part 2] “Light”
Arrangement: Zhivko Koev / Music: A. Vivaldi – Zhivko Koev
04. “THE FOUR SEASONS” – Unplugged Duo Medley [live version] arranged by Mistheria
Kitee International Music and Art Festival (July 13, 2017 – Finland) “Sleeping Sun Concert”
Vocals: Tsena Stefanova – Piano: Mistheria
Mistheria | The Creator and Producer
Mistheria is a Pianist, Keyboardist, Keytarist and Organist, Producer, and Composer from Italy, engaged both in Classical and Rock/Metal genres.
After his graduation – with full score – at Music Conservatory in “Organ and Composition” (L’Aquila, Italy), Mistheria started his career as soloist and working as session player. Besides his solo albums and performances, Mistheria gained is name thanks to several and prestigious collaborations, both in studio and live, with many international rock, metal and classical artists and bands such as Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Roy Z (Rob Halford), Rob Rock (Chris Impellitteri), Mark Boals (Ring of Fire), Edu Falaschi (Angra, Almah), Neil Zaza, John West (Artension, Royal Hunt), John Macaluso (TNT, ARK, Y. Malmsteen), to name a few.
Mistheria performed as soloist and as session player in Europe, USA, and Asia both as Pianist/Organist and Keyboardist/Keytarist. His discography counts 70+ albums including his own and other bands productions ranging from Classical to Metal, from New-Age to Soundtracks, from Pop to Rock.
Also, he works as producer, arranger, sound-creator/designer, teacher, endorser, and demonstrator for several hardware/software music brands.
Mistheria’s most huge creation and production is “Vivaldi Metal Project – The Four Season”, all-metal-stars project featuring more than 130 metal/classical artists, orchestra, string quartet and choir. The project worldwide is acclaimed as the biggest Symphonic-Metal Opera ever created.
Alberto Rigoni | Co-producer
Alberto Rigoni is an Italian bass player and composer, internationally well known for his career as a solo artist and as a member of the progressive rock band TwinSpirits. His solo albums (Something Different, Rebirth e Three Wise Monkeys, released worldwide between 2008 and 2012) also feature famous musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen), Michael Manring, John Macaluso (Ark, LaBrie, TNT) and many others. Alberto has also recorded for several international artists such as Italian pop singer Alexia.
Supported by Rock legend Rick Wakeman (YES)
Vivaldi Metal Project’s “The Four Seasons” album guest-list:
Mistheria, Alberto Rigoni, Sinfonietta Consonus Symphonic Orchestra, Innovative String Quartet, Academic Choir Manolov, Chamber Choir ‘Ivan Filipović’, ‘Rock Academy’ Choir, Mark Boals, Michael Lepond, Fabio Lione, Vitalij Kuprij, Michael Angelo Batio, John Macaluso, Dani Loeble, Marco Sfogli, Mark Cross, Andreas Passmark, Ruud Jolie, Rolf Munkes, Sergey Boykov, Benjamin Lechuga, Andrea De Paoli, Atma Anur, Csaba Zvekan, Steve Di Giorgio, Andy Midgley, Anna Portalupi, Nicolas Quinteros, Mirkko De Maio, Nicolas Waldo, Max Aguzzi, Maria Diese, Simone Mularoni, Dr. Viossy, Basak Ceber, Chris Adler, Tommy Denander, Douglas Docker, Pawel Penksa, Roger Staffelbach, Fabrizio Leo, Chity Somapala, Lars Lehmann, Pier Gonella, Emir Hot, Rick Renstrom, Maurizio Boco, Maria Diese, Giovanni Tomassucci, Dino Fiorenza, Keiko Kumagai, Goran Nystrom, Roni Sauaf, Andy Basiola, Nicolas Quinteros, Ivan Mihaljevic, Gabriels Shiro, Francesco Dall’O', Iliour Griften, Tom Asvold, Srdjan Brankovic, Niels Vejlyt, Stefano Sbrignadello, Filippo Lui, Katerina Simeonova, Giorgia Gueglio, Dimitar Belchev, Milan Polak, Rachel Pedri, Leonardo Porcheddu, Tomas Varnagiris, Richard Marks, Tony Liotta, Roberto Scarpa Meylougan, Chris Caffery, Fabio D’Amore, Henrik Klingenberg, Oliver Holzwarth, Rolf Pilve, Ruben Israel, Ilker Ersin, Raphael Saini, Sean Tibbetts, Gabriele Boschi, Huseyin Kirmizi, Martijn Peters, Victor Smolski, Michal Mierzejewski, Paolo Campitelli, Elina Laivera, Sarah Charness, Tsena Kercheva, Angel Wolf-Black, Felipe Andreoli, Tommy Vitaly, Lisy Stefanoni, Gorka Elso, Alina Lesnik, Ebru ‘Imtholiel’ Kilic, Ksenia Glonty, Alexandra Zerner, Caterina Nix, Alessio Lucatti, Bill Hudson, Michal Lapaj, Vincent Rain, Mayline, Ida Elena, Alexandra Laya, Beatrice Bini, Ksenia Milyavskaya, Nicoletta Rosellini, Lisa Agnelli, Ailyn, Katica Illényi, Diego Tejeida, Scheppel, Claire-Lyse von Dach, Marko First, Brittney Slayes, Jenny Oaks Baker, David Akesson, Julie Bélanger Roy, Aurelia Macovei, Nitza Oremort, Miljenko Djuran, Roxy Petrucci, Maria Papathanasiou, Mariana Brunel, Tore Moren.