The voices of Francesca

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26 06, 2013

Ritvana Gjura

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Ritvana Gjura is an Albanian Student from Shkodër.  She is 16 years old (in 2014) and attends the eleventh grade of the language lycée “Shejnaze Juka” in Shkodër.  She is studying drama and her passion is the theatre, cinema and anything involving acting.   For this reason she has willingly accepted the task of reading the verses of Francesca da Rimini in Albanian and she has done it not only in audio but also in video.  She declares that reciting “makes her feel better” and makes [...]

26 06, 2013

SPANISH – Cristina Gimeno

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Cristina Gimeno Blas was born in Calatayud (Spain) and grew up in Daroca, then moved to Saragossa and, finally, to Valencia where she took her degree in psychology. In 1989 she moved to Italy, at Ivrea, the town where, at that time, Olivetti was still in business. There she found work as a translator and interpreter as well as a personnel training officer. This drove her to deepen her knowledge of the Italian language and to start to study Hispanic philology which, after some years, [...]

24 06, 2013

Igor Grčko

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Igor Grčko is a Croatian musician and theatre director whose professional training took place at Fiume (Rijeka) where he graduated on the violin in 1980 at the local Music School in Zagreb where he attended the Academy of Dramatic Art.  For many years he has lived and worked in Rome where he runs the drama school Centro Formazione Attori ( and where he has presented many theatrical shows characterised by innovative and avant-garde creativity. What are particularly interesting, in this context, are his interpretations of Ionesco’s plays [...]

22 06, 2013

Yuri Hara

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Yuri Hara (羽良悠里) is a young Japanese actress and lives in Tokyo.  She obtained a master's degree in Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities of Tokyo Women's Christian University. Yuri Hara is part of the theatre group “Merry Go Round Tokyo” where she also deals with dramatization, direction and choreography. Besides theatrical activity, she also works in the field of writing and translating literature for young people. Hara Yuri's blog: Her theatre group website: You can see Yuri Hara with her mates of the theatre [...]

20 06, 2013

Katia Ignatieva

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Katia Ignatieva is a young Russian lady, born and raised on the banks of the great Volga river, 700 kilometres from Moscow.  After school, driven by her interest in other cultures and the desire to travel and discover the world, she enrolled in the faculty of foreign languages where, thanks to some friends who were members of the local Esperanto Club, she was introduced to the language and became one of its devotees.    After graduation, she moved to Sweden and, for a number of years, [...]

19 06, 2013

Elżbieta Karczewska

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Elżbieta Karczewska was born in 1950 in a small town in Lower Silesia in Poland. During her childhood, playing with other children, she never had language problems even though there were Poles, Belorussians, Lithuanians, Greeks, Hebrews and representatives of other migrant nations who came there after World War Two. Their culture and lifestyle was varied and so then she announced her hope of travelling around the world in order to get to know as many nations as possible. To that end she studied, firstly, tourism, [...]

17 06, 2013

Hemdi Kfir

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Ms. Kfir was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is a language coach for singers and actors. As such, she has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera for the past six seasons.

16 06, 2013

Anastasia Kouveli

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Anastasia  Kouveli was born in Greece and moved to Italy years ago. She studied philosophy at the University of Trieste. She is now a teacher of Modern Greek at the Hellenic Foundation for Culture in Trieste and at the schools Dante Alighieri and France Prešeren of the same town. She has been a teacher of Modern Greek language and literature at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino (TS). She lives and works in Trieste. ------- Anastasia Kouveli has lent her voice to Francesca da [...]

14 06, 2013

Anna Lenardon

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Anna Lenardon was born in 1995 and lives in Udine where today (2013) she is attending the last year of the liceo classico high school.  In her free time she works as a tourist guide in Valvasone, a small mediaeval town near to Casarsa.  She likes this work a great deal because it puts her into contact with ever new people whose questions spur her on to find out ever more about the mediaeval history of her town.  She also works as a volunteer with the “Il [...]

13 06, 2013

Farideh Mahdavi Damghani

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Farideh Mahdavi Damghani is an Iranian lady of letters and a translator, born in 1963 in Teheran where she lives with her husband and three children. Right from the start she was taught by her father, a lecturer in Persian and Arab literature at the University of Teheran, to appreciate literature and the classics, European as well as Persian.  So it was that, right from the age of nine, Farideh began to read works such as the Iliad and the Odyssey, the Book of the [...]