Hailed by the Telegraph as “the most talented of the younger Italian sopranos”, Carmen Giannattasio has blazed a trail across stages the world over. Her unique talent has been in demand worldwide since her career was launched by taking First Prize and the Audience Award at Placido Domingo’s Operalia, Paris in 2002. Her lustrous soprano voice and her dramatic ability gained her immediate critical attention and a reputation as a chameleon, able to adapt her tune and skin to the different heroines she embodies. bid ask spread . It was her performance as Violetta in 2007 at Scottish Opera in La Traviata which catapulted her into the limelight with Rupert Christiansen commenting in the Daily Telegraph “…a deeply intelligent and profoundly affecting interpretation in the Cotrubas and Scotto mould.”
Since being chosen to front important new bel canto recordings by Opera Rara, who champion rarely performed operas of the 19th century, she has distinguished herself in Rossini’s La donna del lago, Donizetti’s Parisina and in particular Rossini’s Ermione – a performance which has earned her plaudits from leading critics worldwide, with the recording winning the 2011 Gramophone Opera Award. Her recordings with the English label also include Bellini’s Il Pirata (2010) and Donizetti’s Caterina Cornaro (2011).
It wasn’t only the favour of the critics Carmen Giannattasio won by stepping in at the eleventh hour for John Copley’s production of La Boheme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2012. This triumphant debut also began a new chapter in her career, starting with her debut at Metropolitan Opera in New York as Leonora in David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore in September of the same year. Following buy an essay performances in two of the world’s leading opera houses, Carmen opened the season at Teatro San Carlo, Genoa with a glamorous performance as Violetta in the triumphant production of La Traviata directed by renowned Italian film director Franz Ozpetek, who described her as: “first class… fiery and sensual”.
Carmen’s engagements kept rising over 2013 and the soprano found herself in major venues both at home and abroad. Highlights of 2013 were Mrs Alice in Robert Carsen’s new production of Verdi’s Falstaff at La Scala, Milan, Verdi‘s La Traviata at Hong Kong Arts Festival, Leonora in Philipp Stolzl’s new production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Wien Festwochen, Desdemona in Jose Cura’s new production of Verdi’s Otello at Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Alice in Blakeley’s new production of Falstaff at Los Angeles Opera conducted by James Conlon. Giannattasio’s solo performance at the New Year’s concert at La Fenice, Venice under the baton of Diego Matheuz in 2014 was broadcast worldwide, opening a very busy season for the eclectic soprano. Besides a main role in Verdi’s Requiem in Valencia Palau de las Artes, Turandot (Liu’) at Teatro Regio of Turin conducted by P. Steinberg and at Arena of Verona, La Boheme (Mimí), Il Trovatore at Teatro La Fenice in Venice and in Simon Boccanegra (Amelia) at La Scala, the unstoppable soprano appeared also in Maria Stuarda (Elisabetta) alongside celebrated American soprano Joyce Di Donato at Deutsche Oper Berlin in concert version, and, in a new production by Moshe Leiser, at the Royal Opera House in London, to critical acclaim.
Her recent schedule has included a collaboration with Damiano Michieletto for his production of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims (Madama Cortese), followed by her debut in the title role of Bellini’s Norma, presented for the first time in the Middle-east as an highlight of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut. George Loomis wrote in Opera Magazine: “Giannattasio’s first Norma was a considerable achievement”. Her interpretations as Mimí in Götz Friederich’s production of La Bohème at the Deutsche Oper and her performance as Liú in Puccini’s Turandot at San Carlo in March 2015 were highly praised by critics. 2015 also marks Giannattasio’s debut in Asia where she again performed the title role in Norma in Beijing to critical acclaim, warranting her a National Centre of Performing Arts magazine cover and main feature article. In summer 2015 Giannattasio made her debut at Theatre des Champs Elysées in Paris, in Maria Stuarda. In July she played Mimì in La Bohème at Hannover’s Open Air Opera, “The Arena of Verona in the north German lowlands” as described by the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, David McAllister.
Her 2015/16 projects include: a new production of Il Trovatore by La Fura del Baus at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, a new production of Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House London under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano, La Bohème at Deutsche Oper Berlin in December. 2016 starts with Norma with Munich Staatsoper, Pagliacci at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper in March directed by David Pountney, Simon Boccanegra at La Scala and on tour at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, Taiwan, Seul, Liu’ in Turandot at the Arena of Verona, the opening of Edinburgh Festival with Stabat Mater by Rossini conducted by sir Tony Pappano with Accademia di Santa Cecilia and a new production of Falstaff by David McVicar conducted by Zubin Mehta at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Carmen Giannattasio is an ambassador for the Italian jewelers Bulgari and is dressed by couturier Antonio Riva. She is also an ambassador for Carthusia, the Italian brand of beauty and bath products based in Capri Island.
Jonathan Papp studied at the Royal Academy of Music, with Geoffrey Parsons, and with Bruno Canino in Milan.
He is greatly in demand as a coach and accompanist around the world, having shared recitals with Sir Thomas Allen, Cheryl Barker, Ian Bostridge, Sophie Daneman, Susan Gritton, Katarina Karneus, Christopher Maltman, Amanda Roocroft, Sergei Leiferkus, Marina Poplavskya, Moray Welsh and Catherine Wyn-Rogers, amongst others. Venues have ranged from London’s Wigmore Hall to the Sydney Opera House. He has made radio and television broadcasts with such artists as Dame Kiri and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and has worked as both coach and recital partner with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa for over seventeen years.
Jonathan Papp is Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Georg Solti Accademia in Italy, and he has also worked for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, the Royal Opera House, the Walton Foundation in Ischia and for the Tosti Institute in Ortona. He has given Masterclasses at the Royal Opera House and abroad, including Japan, China, the USA and New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
V. Bellini (1801-1835)
G. Donizetti (1797- 1848)
G. Verdi (1813- 1901)
Interval 10 minutes
G. Verdi (1813- 1901)
Tacea La notte Placida (from Il Trovatore)
G. Puccini (1858- 1924)
Donde Lieta usci’ (from La Bohème)
G. Puccini (1858- 1924)
Vissi d’arte (from Tosca)
R. Leoncavallo (1857- 1919)
Stridono Lassu’ ballatella (from Pagliacci)