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Elena Zilio

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Elena Zilio in action.
Elena Zilio as Zita in Gianni Schicchi © ROH 2016. Photographer Bill Cooper

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), Madelon (Andrea Chénier) and Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria rusticana).

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, 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.

Photos

Elena Zilio as Mama Lucia in Cavalleria rusticana

Elena Zilio as Mamma Lucia and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera

Elena Zilio as Mama Lucia in Cavalleria rusticana

Elena Zilio as Zita in Gianni Schicchi

Elena Zilio as Mama Lucia and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turridu in Cavalleria rusticana

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

Elena Zilio as Madelon and Željko Lučić as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier

Renata Skarelyte as Le Cercatrici, Emily Edmonds as Two Alms Sister, Elena Zilio as Monitress in Suor Angelica

Elena Zilio, Rebecca Evans, Carlo Bosi, Lucio Gallo, Gwynne Howell, Marie Mclaughlin, Jeremy White in Gianni Schicchi

Elena Zilio as Mamma Lucia in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera

Elena Zilio

Elena Zilio as Mama Lucia and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana

Željko Lučić as Gérard and Elena Zilio as Madelon in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Elena Zilio as Mama Lucia and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana

Paolo Fanale, Matteo Peirone, Marie Mclaughlin, Rebecca Evans, Gwynne Howell, Elena Zilio, Carlo Bosi, Jeremy White, David Kempster in Gianni Schicchi

Jeremy White, Elena Zilio, Carlo Bosi, Rebecca Evans, Paolo Fanale, Gwynne Howell, Marie Mclaughlin, David Kempster in Gianni Schicchi

Elena Zilio

Elena Zilio in Gianni Schicchi, The Royal Opera