Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist

Rosa Feola

The young Italian soprano came to international attention when she won Second Prize, The Audience Prize and the Zarzuela Prize at the 2010 Plácido Domingo World Opera Competition. In 2008 she attended masterclasses at the Opera Studio at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, under the direction of: Renata Scotto, Anna Vandi and Cesare Scarton. 

Having made her debut in the role of Corinna (Il Viaggio a Reims) under Kent Nagano at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia she was next heard as Serafina (Il Campanello) at the 2010 Reate Festival and went on to sing Adina (L’elisir d’amore) at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome  under Bruno Campanella now considered one of her distinguishing roles. 

Rosa’s other characteristic roles have become Gilda (Rigoletto) with which she recently had a huge success at the Opernhaus Zurich, the Ravenna Festival and the Teatro Regio Torino. Other recent roles include Nannetta (Falstaff) in Bari; Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing and La Fenice; Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for the Teatro Regio Turin and Valencia. Her repertoire also includes Musetta (La Bohème); Ines (I due Figaro) which she has sung under Riccardo Muti at the Teatro Real Madrid and Salzburg Festival as well as Michaela (Carmen) for the Deutsche Oper and Guangzhou Opera House, China, conducted by Daniel Oren. 

On the concert platform Rosa maintains strong ties with great conductors such as: Michele Campanella whom she recently worked with for Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle and Riccardo Muti. With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Muti she has sung Carmina Burana and Schubert’s Mass. A tremendous recitalist, Rosa recently made her Wigmore Hall debut accompanied by Iain Burnside, making her debut solo recording later this season.

On stage this season, Rosa has sung Sandrina (La finta giardiniera) for Glyndebourne Festival on tour, making a return to the festival in future seasons. Recent highlights have also included Adina (L’elisir d’amore) for Deutsche Oper Berlin and a solo recital in Lille. This season and beyond her roles include: Ilia (Idomeneo) for Opera de Lille, Elvira (I Puritani) for Welsh National Opera as well as Gilda (Rigoletto) and Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims) for Zurich Opera. Rosa makes a return to Chicago in future seasons to appear with the Chicago Lyric Opera as well as Muti and the CSO for Nannetta (Falstaff) and Mahler Symphony No.4.

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