Italian mezzo-soprano Elena Zilio made her Royal Opera debut in 2007 as Zita (Gianni Schicchi), and has since returned to sing Zita, Monitress (Suor Angelica) and Madelon (Andrea Chénier) for The Royal Opera. In the 2015/16 Season she returns to sing Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria rusticana), Monitress (Suor Angelica) and Zita (Gianni Schicchi).
Zilio was born in Bolzano and studied piano and singing in Bolzano, Rome and Siena. Her early appearances included Sofia (Il Signor Bruschino) for Spoleto Festival and Pierotto (Linda di Chamounix) for La Scala, Milan. She has since sung for opera houses including Teatro Regio, Turin, Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Rome Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Liceu, Barcelona, Paris Opéra, Bavarian State Opera, Zürich Opera and for the Edinburgh, Spoleto and Bregenz festivals and the Maggio Musicale, Florence. Her current repertory includes Nurse (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Ericlea (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Marchesa (La figlia del reggimento), Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria rusticana), Frugola (Il tabarro), Zita, Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw) and Mrs Sedley (Peter Grimes).
Zilio's recordings include Pergolesi’s Il flaminio for Fonit Cetra and Il trittico under Antonio Pappano for EMI.
Elena Zilio as Madelon and Željko Lučić as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier
Elena Zilio in Gianni Schicchi, The Royal Opera
Željko Lučić as Gérard and Elena Zilio as Madelon in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera
Rebecca Evans as Nella, Alan Oke as Gherardo, Francesco Demuro as Rinuccio, Robert Poulton as Marco, Elena Zilio as Zita, Gwynne Howell as Simone, Marie McLaughlin as La Ciesca and Jeremy White as Betto Di Signa in Gianni Schicchi