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Daniela Barcellona

Regaled by the New York Times as a “powerhouse mezzo soprano” Daniela Barcellona garners constant acclaim for her “nobility of declamation, richly focused contralto sound and expressive physicality” (Opera News). An unparalleled presence in bel canto repertoire, her performances in the 2012-13 season include a reprisal of her celebrated portrayal of Malcome Graeme in La donna del lago at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as well as her return to United States for Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri with Houston Grand Opera and Eboli in Don Carlo at the Teatro region di Torino. She also sings Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Last season, she sang Federica in Luisa Miller, Malcom Graeme in La donna del lago, and a solo recital at Teatro alla Scala, the title role of Tancredi in a return to the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Eboli in Don Carlo in Lima, and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Novaya in Moscow.

One of the foremost contemporary interpreters of the bel canto literature, Ms. Barcellona’s performances in this repertoire are celebrated in her native Italy. She has sung Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia, Marquise Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims (Teatro alla Scala); the titles role of Adelaide di Borgogna, Sigismondo, and Tancredi, Malcolm Graeme in La donna del lago, Arsace in Semiramide, Calbo in Maometto II, Falliero in Bianca e Falliero, Ottone in Adelaide di Borgogna, and concerts of bel canto literature (Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro with Alberto Zedda conducting many peformances); Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Angelina in La cenerentola, Tancredi, and Arsace in Semiramide (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma); Adalgisa in Norma (Teatro regio di Parma); Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena (Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro regio de Torino); Tancredi and Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Teatro de Maggio Musicale Fiorentino); and Leonora in La favorite and Angelina in La cenerentola (Teatro Carlo Felice). Equally successful outside of Italy, she has sung Adalgisa in Norma (Metropolitan Opera, New Israeli Opera); Romeo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi and Malcolm Graeme in La donna del lago (Opéra national de Paris); Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri (Bayerische Staatsoper, Semperoper Dresden); Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Wiener Staatsoper); Arsace in Semiramide (Teatro Real and Grand Théâtre de Genève); Romeo in I Capuleti e I Montecchi and Malcolm Graeme in La donna del lago (Salzburg Festival); Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri and Tancredi (Opera de Oviedo); Leonor in La favorite, Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Rosina in Il barbiere di Sivilia (Festival de Ópera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria); Tancredi (Teatro de la Maestranza); Isaeblla in L’italiana in Algeri (ABAO Bilbao); and further performances of Malcolm Graeme in La donna del lago (Opéra national de Paris, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, and Festival Radio France Montpellier). 

In other repertoire, she recently triumphed in her first performances as Didon in Les Troyens Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia with Valery Gergiev conducting, where she recently returned as Amneris in Aida. She sang Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress with Christopher Hogwood (Teatro Real), Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bayerische Rundfunk, Orchester, Teatro Pergolesi di Jesi), the title role in Giulio Cesare (Teatro comunale di Bologna), Tamerlano in Vivaldi’s Bajazet (Teatro Malibra di Venezia), title role in Rinaldo (Teatro alla Scala), Zita in Gianni Schicchi and Badessa in Suor Angelica (Concertgebouw), Ariodante in Mayr’s Ginevra di Scozia (Teatro Verdi di Trieste), and Charlotte in Werther (Wexford Festival). 

Ms. Baecellona’s concert performances include Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette (London Symphony Orchestra); Verdi’s Requiem (Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Teatro regio di Torino, Teatro Carlo Felice, Sydney Opera House, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, and on tour throughout Italy with Riccardo Chailly conducting); and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis (Sydney Opera House, Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva). She has sung countless performances of Rossini’s orchestral works including the Stabat Mater (Pesaro, Sydney, La Coruña,Valencia, Lyon) and Giovanni d’Arco and the Petite messe solennelle inn Pesaro. 

Her musical endeavors include collaborations with other such celebrated conductors as Riccardo Muti, Roberto Abbado, Claudio Abbado, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Dan Ettinger, Fabio Biondi, Gianandrea Noseda, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Frizza, Keri-Lynn Wilson, George Prêtre, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Sir Colin Davis, Evelino Pidò, Bruno Campanella, Paolo Olmi, and Myung-Whun Chung. Ms. Barcellona discography comprises over twenty recordings to her credit that includes Verdi’s Requiem with Claudio Abbado conducting on EMI Classics. Her recent performances of Les Troyens with Valery Gergiev conducting will also soon be released on the Metis label.

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