Ivo Gamulin Gianni was born on 16 February 1971 in Jelsa on the Island of Hvar. As the youngest of 5 brothers he was welcomed as a prince into his big family, especially by his father Gianni, whose name he is using as his artistic name.
He spent his childhood in the warm community of his parents, father, a fisherman and mother Margarita, a devoted housewife who expressed her creative potential by writing poetry and publishing a book of poems in čakavština dialect. As a 5-year-old child, at Christmas Eve, Gianni first took a microphone in his hands and sang in the local church that was the centre of life in Jelsa and also the first concert stage Gianni had ever stepped on. The specificity of this concert was that, on this occasion, he sang a song his mother wrote lyrics and music for. A shy, modest child who didn’t like being exposed, such as Gianni, sang his first solo then, without seeing this, not even in his wildest imagination, as his future profession. Living in a small town without music school complicated his interest for music, especially for playing organs and harmonium, which he was taught by sisters of the local church. He grew up with church music and folk chants that he had been a part of as acolyte in the church, as a part of intimate milieu of Jelsa and its inhabitants. His interest in music overpowered all his interest in school. During secondary schooling his interest for classical music that he enjoyed so much grew, but, at the time, nobody, not even himself, couldn’t foresee his talent and operatic tenor potential. When he arrived to Zagreb in 1989 to study theology he was led only by desire to become a teacher of religion, but music found its way back into his life again. Seeing an advertisement for Palma Church Choir he decided to apply without any hesitation. Since there was a lack of tenors, he was lucky enough to pass the audition with an uneducated voice, and that was how his path and development as a singer began, with the conductor of Palma, Ankica Gavran, as the first one who showed confidence in him.
In 1995, he founded a vocal ensemble called klapa Jelsa in Zagreb and later he recorded two CDs with them. The same year he attended choir audition at Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, where he instantly got a permanent engagement. The theatre that has enchanted him has become his home and ideal job position. After finding his teacher, prof. Stojan Stojanov, Gianni dedicated himself to acquiring classical vocal technique and developing his voice. Very soon it became clear that his career would not end in the choir, and Maestro Vladimir Kranjčević saw this and offered him a chance to sing solo. After 5 years spent in the choir, in 2001 he sang his first solo in opera Traviata. A small role of Giuseppe changed his life and was a spring board for top tenor position he soon his found his place in and started getting bigger roles.
Since 2001 Ivo Gamulin has played a series of noted roles in operas: Traviata, Aida, Don Carlos, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Simon Bocangera (G. Verdi), PLAŠT (G.Puccini), Boris Godunov (M.P. Mussorgsky), Tristan and Iseult (R. Wagner) West Side Story (L. Bernstein), Coriolanus (S. Šulek).
In collaboration with the symphonic orchestra and HRT choir he appeared in: Animal Farm and Glagolic Requiem (I. Kuljerić), Petar Svačić (J. Gotovac), Porin (V. Lisinski), Vukovar Requiem (D. Bobić), Pozdrav Svijetu (M. Kelemen), Muka Gospodina Našega Isusa Krista (B. Papandopulo), KRUNIDBENA MISA (W.A. Mozart) and STIHOVI POKAJANJA (A. Schnittke).
At Varaždin Baroque Nights he participated in many performances: Vivaldi’s Spiritual Music with Slovenian chamber choir and Slovenian philharmonic, Musical Performance from the Opus of J.Bajamonti with Split chamber orchestra and festival choir and first world performance of Cavalli’s opera Pompeo Magno directed by Paul Eastwood. He appeared with Slovenian chamber choir in the performance of Croatian Mass by B. Papandopulo, and together they recorded a CD. Also, he appeared with Slovenian philharmonic in Ljubljana, Križevci, Varaždin and Požega, with symphonic orchestra of RTV Slovenia, HRT choir and Croatian National Theatre choir from Rijeka in a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and with chamber orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem. At 3rd International Tenor Competition he won the third prize, and in 2005 he was nominated for the Croatian Acting Guild prize, for the role of Ismaile in Nabucco (G. Verdi) and a young sailor in Tristan and Iseult (R. Wagner). He had honour to collaborate with operatic diva Ruža Pospiš Baldani, Paata Burchuladze, and his dream opera roles that he still hasn’t played are the role of Alfredo in Traviata and Rudolfo in La Boheme. Beyond the world of classical music and opera, his dream is a duet with Celine Dion. While he was studying classical singing, his role models were Domingo, Pavarotti and Corelli.
He presents himself to the wider public in 2007 with album released by Dallas Records Ljubav to si ti, which was promoted on 4th May at a big humanitarian concert in Varaždin Croatian National Theatre.
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