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 Royal Opera and Poème de l’amour et de la mer in concert with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
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), Susanna (Sancta Susanna) 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.