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Carmen Giannattasio

Soprano

Biography

Carmen Giannattasio in action.
Carmen Giannattasio in Maria Stuarda, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio made her Royal Opera debut in 2012 as Mimì (La bohème) and has since returned to sing Elisabetta I (Maria Stuarda) for The Royal Opera.

Giannattasio studied at the Accademia di Perfezionamento at La Scala, Milan (1999–2001). In 2002 she won first prize and the audience award in Operalia. She has since appeared at many major opera houses and companies around Europe and the USA under leading conductors and directors. Her engagements have included Violetta (La traviata) for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Scottish Opera and in Naples, Leonora (Il trovatore) at the Vienna Festival and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Arena di Verona, Desdemona (Otello) in Buenos Aires, Alice Ford (Falstaff) at La Scala and in Los Angeles, Liù (Turandot) in Turin and Mimì at La Fenice, Venice, and in Berlin and Munich.

Giannattasio is a noted exponent of bel canto repertory and has recorded Rossini’s La donna del lago and Ermione, Bellini’s Il pirata and Donizetti’s Parisina and Caterina Cornaro for Opera Rara. She performs regularly in concert, appearances including in La Fenice’s 2014 New Year’s Day concert, broadcast worldwide.

Videos

News and features

Your reaction: Maria Stuarda

Your reaction: Maria Stuarda

6 July 2014

What did you think of Moshe Leiser's and Patrice Caurier's arresting new production of Donizetti's Tudor tragedy?

Listen: Carmen Giannattasio on Maria Stuarda - 'I feel like an actress who sings'

Listen: Carmen Giannattasio on Maria Stuarda - 'I feel like an actress who sings'

4 July 2014

The Italian soprano tells BBC Radio 3 about how she approaches opera's twin demands of singing and acting, and the challenges of wearing a two-stone costume.

Carmen Giannattasio on her Royal Opera debut as Mimì

Carmen Giannattasio on her Royal Opera debut as Mimì

2 May 2012

Italian soprano tells us about stepping into one of the most iconic roles in opera.

Photos

Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda

Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda

Joseph Calleja and Carmen Giannattasio in La bohème, The Royal Opera

Carmen Giannattasio

Ismael Jordi as Roberto, Conte di Leicester, Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta and Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta and Ismael Jordi as Guglielmo Cecil in Maria Stuarda

Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda

Carmen Giannattasio

Carmen Giannattasio

John Copley, Joseph Calleja and Carmen Giannattasio in rehearsals for La bohème

Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo and Carmen Giannattasio as Mimì in La bohème

Carmen Giannattasio in Maria Stuarda, The Royal Opera

Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta, Ismael Jordi as Roberto, Conte di Leicester and Jeremy Carpenter as Guglielmo Cecil in Maria Stuarda

Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda and Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda

Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta and Jeremy Carpenter as Roberto, Conte di Leicester in Maria Stuarda

Carmen Giannattasio

Carmen Giannattasio in rehearsals for La bohème

Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo and Carmen Giannattasio as Mimì in La bohème

Carmen Giannattasio

Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda

Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta and Joyce DiDonato as Maria Stuarda in Maria Stuarda

Ismael Jordi as Roberto, Conte di Leicester and Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda

Carmen Giannattasio as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda

Carmen Giannattasio as Mimì in La bohème