The Duo Alterno is an Italian duet made up of soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and composer-pianist Riccardo Piacentini. Italian composers, from Abbado to Zago, have created for them, exploiting the adventurousness and theatricality of this alternating duo. The Duo is considered one of the most significant reference points in the vocalpiano repertoire of works by composers ranging from the early 20th century to today. Duo Alterno made its debut in February 1997 at the Vancouver Italian Contemporary Music Festival, where they held concerts and masterclasses for the University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver Academy of Music. Since then, they have performed in the major Italian festivals and in more than forty countries in Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia.