Barbara Frittoli is widely regarded as one of the foremost Italian sopranos before the public today. In opera she is internationally acclaimed for her interpretations of the great works of Mozart (e.g. Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Idomeneo) and Verdi (Otello, Falstaff, Simon Boccanegra and Messa da Requiem ). Born in Milan, she graduated with highest honors from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory. Today, she is as much in demand for opera as she is for symphonic works and recital.
Highlights of Barbara Frittoli’s 2007-08 included Cosi fan tutte with Maestro Riccardo Muti at the Vienna State Opera, a new production of Suor Angelica with Maestro Riccardo Chailly at La Scala and Le Nozze di Figaro at the London’s Royal Opera. Concert performances took her to Chicago, Tel Aviv, London, Berlin, Moscow, London and Vienna. In future seasons she is scheduled to return to the Metropolitan Opera for Don Giovanni and Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, a role which served as her San Francisco Opera debut in autumn 2008.
Among her career’s most memorable performances were Otello at the Salzburg Easter Festival (1996) and, again, at the Teatro Regio di Torino (1997) under Claudio Abbado; Così fan tutte (1994) at the Wiener Staatsoper, the Ravenna Festival (1998) under Riccardo Muti and Covent Garden (1998) with Colin Davis; Verdi’s Messa da Requiem (1997) with the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado; Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival with Lorin Maazel (1999); a live world telecast of Turandot (Liù) from the Forbidden City (1998) with Zubin Mehta; and Otello at the Metropolitan Opera with James Levine, a role which also served as her Bayerische Staatsoper debut with Zubin Mehta. At La Scala, Ms. Frittoli has enjoyed the honor of opening the new season in December 1998, 2000 and 2002 respectively as Leonora in Il Trovatore, Desdemona in Otello and Anaide in Mosè in Egitto, all under the baton of Riccardo Muti.
Ms. Frittoli’s discography includes Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with Riccardo Chailly, La Bohème with Zubin Mehta and Puccini’s Il Trittico with Bruno Bartoletti for Decca; Il viaggio a Reims with Claudio Abbado for Sony/BMG Masterworks; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Riccardo Muti for EMI; Turandot with Zubin Mehta for BMG; as well as solo albums of Mozart arias with Charles Mackerras and Verdi arias with Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra -- both on Erato. On DVD Ms. Frittoli’s art can be seen on Opus Arte with Verdi’s Falstaff (Haitink); TDK with Verdi’s Falstaff, Rossini’s Moise et Pharaone and Verdi’s Otello (all with Muti); BMG with Puccini’s Turandot (Mehta) and on EMI with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Muti).
Ms. Frittoli and her family make their home in Milan.