Alessandra Mandese is an Italian actress born in Taranto and living in Brindisi.  She obtained the diploma as a prose actress of the triennial school of “Theatrical Expression and Performance” from the Puglia Public Theatre in Bari under the direction of Orazio Costa Giovangigli.  At the same time she attended DAMS (an acronym for Artistic, Musical and Theatrical Disciplines) at the University of Bologna, specialising in the theatre.  Taught by Orazio Costa she became enthused by poetry readings, learning the technique of the maestro’s “mimic art method” which leads the pupil to a complete self-identification with the phenomenon which generates the poetical and theatrical word.  In particular, in this context, she has been drawn to Dante, thanks to the sonnets of Vita Nuova, the subject of study and research within the academic syllabus.

As an actress she took part in short films for the cinema and in numerous theatrical shows and recitals.  She worked as an authoress, moderator and director on radio for various broadcasters and as a moderator and presenter of events, displays and shows.  She is also a professional speaker and the voice for numerous documentaries as well as radio and television spots.  She teaches recitation, elocution, expressive reading and elements of the history of the theatre at private and public institutions.  She is currently moderating a daily radio broadcast from the Idea Radio station in Puglia.

In the three readings which can be heard on this web page, Alessandra Mandese lends her voice to Francesca da Rimini in verses 88-142 of Canto V of Hell and in two dialogues between Paolo and Francesca, extracted from the tragedy Francesca da Rimini by Gabriele D’Annunzio.  The musical background comes from the symphonic poem of the same name by Tchaikovsky.  The male voice is that of Giuliano Turone.

The three readings, taken from a play reading staged in Brindisi on June 4th 2014 (Francesca da Rimini. Un contributo di Dante e Boccaccio alla lotta contro la violenza sulle donne – “Francesca da Rimini.  A contribution by Dante and Boccaccio to the struggle against violence towards women”), can also be listened to on the page with the relevant texts.


First reading:  Dante, Hell, canto V, verses 88-142:


Second reading:  D’Annunzio, Francesca da Rimini, Act II, Scene III:


Third reading:  D’Annunzio, Francesca da Rimini, Act III, Scene V: