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Carmen Giannattasio

Carmen Giannattasio

Carmen Giannattasio

*24 IV 1975 Avellino

Carmen Giannattasio was born in Avellino, Italy. Although fascinated from a young age with the music of Chopin, she pursued vocal training at the Conservatorio Domenico Cimarosa in Avellino under Cecilia Valdenassi, Barbara Lazotti and Marilena Laurenza. At the same time, she studied at the University of Salerno, where she graduated in English and Russian.

From 1999 to 2001, she continued her vocal training at L’Accademia di Perfezionamento attached to the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where her artistic development was influenced by the legendary Turkish opera singer Leyla Gencer. In 2002, Giannattasio won the main prize and the audience prize in the Operalia competition for young singers organised on the initiative of Plácido Domingo.

Thanks to her rare combination of excellent vocal technique and splendid acting skills, she soon gained recognition as a performer of bel canto opera repertoire of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2006, she played Elena in Rossini’s La donna del lago at the Edinburgh Festival (CD, Opera Rara 2007). In a review of that production published in the Financial Times, Andrew Clark exclaimed ‘Behold, a prima donna is born’. In the Daily Telegraph, her acting was compared to that of Anna Magnani and her voice to Ileana Cotrubas and Renata Scotto.

She has recently performed in La bohème (Royal Opera House Covent Garden), Robert le diable (Salerno), Don Giovanni (Verona), Il trovatore (Metropolitan Opera; Vienna), La clemenza di Tito (Aix-en-Provence), La traviata (Naples, Hong Kong), Don Carlos (Berlin) and Falstaff (Teatro alla Scala). Forthcoming engagements include Maria Stuarda (Berlin, London), Pagliacci (Berlin), Viaggio a Reims (Amsterdam) and La bohème (Berlin, San Francisco).


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