Italian mezzo-soprano Anna Bonitatibus made her Royal Opera debut as Medoro (Orlando) in 2007, and has since sung Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) for the Company in 2008, 2012 and 2014.
Bonitatibus grew up in the Basilicata region and began studying music at the age of nine. She received diplomas with honours for both piano and voice and won several international competitions, after which she decided to pursue the study of vocal technique, focussing on the bel canto repertory. She now performs in the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls and has collaborated with such conductors as Ivor Bolton, William Christie, Myung-Whun Chung, Alan Curtis, Ottavio Dantone, René Jacobs, Nicola Luisotti, Lorin Maazel, Charles Mackerras, Marc Minkowski, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, Jeffrey Tate, Marcello Viotti and Franz Welser-Möst. She has sung roles in more than fifty operas in a wide repertory that includes baroque and bel canto operas, works by Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti and in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Massenet’s Werther and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges. She has worked with directors such as David Alden, Pierre Audi, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Peter Brook, Robert Carsen, Jürgen Flimm, Dario Fo, Kasper Holten, Jonathan Miller, Laurent Pelly, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Luca Ronconi, Emilio Sagi, Jérôme Savary, Robert DeSimone and Bartlett Sher.
Bonitatibus has recorded widely for CD and DVD, recent recordings including the solo album Un Rendez-vous of Rossinia arias for Sony RCA, also on word tour, and the award-winning DVD of Cavalli’s La Didone (Opus Arte).
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