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Anna Caterina Antonacci

Soprano

Biography

Anna Caterina Antonacci in action.
Anna Caterina Antonacci in Les Troyens, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012

Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci made her Royal Opera debut in 1994 as Elcia (Mosè in Egitto). She has since sung Carmen and Cassandra (Les Troyens) for the Company.

Antonacci was born in Ferrara in 1961 and grew up in Bologna. She studied at the Bologna Conservatory as a mezzo-soprano and on graduation briefly sang with the chorus at the Teatro Comunale before making her debut as Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in Arezzo in 1986. In her early career she specialized in works by Rossini, singing roles including Ermione, Zelmira, Ninetta (La gazza ladra) and Elena (La donna del lago), for which she won widespread acclaim. In the early 2000s she retrained as a soprano with mezzo-soprano flexibility. In addition to Carmen and Cassandra, her repertory includes Medée, Alice Ford (Falstaff), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Charlotte (Werther), Dulcinée (Don Quichotte) and Elle (Le Voix humaine).

Antonacci sings regularly at opera houses including La Scala, Milan, La Monnaie, Brussels, the Paris Opéra, Opera-Comique, Vienna State Opera and San Francisco Opera. She is also a prolific recitalist, performing in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Alice Tully Hall. Her recordings include her solo recital Era la notte and La Mort de Cléopâtre under Nézet-Séguin with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. She is based in Geneva and also owns a small olive grove in southern Italy, where she makes her own olive oil.

News and features

Cast confirmation: Anna Caterina Antonacci to sing in Carmen on 3, 6 and 9 January 2014.

Cast confirmation: Anna Caterina Antonacci to sing in Carmen on 3, 6 and 9 January 2014.

14 August 2013

Italian soprano to replace Elīna Garanča, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy.

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