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Maria Agresta

Soprano

Biography

Maria Agresta in action.
Maria Agresta as Desdemona in Otello, The Royal Opera © 2017 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Italian soprano Maria Agresta made her Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Lucrezia Contarini (I due Foscari) and has since returned to sing Violetta (La traviata), Leonora (Il trovatore) and Desdemona (Otello). In the 2017/18 Season she sings Mimì (La bohème).

Agresta began her vocal studies at the Salerno Conservatory as a mezzo-soprano, later switching to soprano and studying with Raina Kabaivanska. After winning several international competitions she made her professional operatic debut in 2007. Engagements include Mimì and Micaëla (Carmen) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Suor Angelica for Liceu, Barcelona, Marguerite (Faust) for Salzburg Festival, Leonora (Il trovatore), Liù (Turandot), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Leonora (Oberto) for La Scala, Milan, Norma for Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and in Madrid, Turin and Tel Aviv, Mimì for Arena di Verona, Paris Opéra, Bavarian State Opera, Teatro Regio, Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, and Torre del Lago Festival, Elvira (I puritani) for Paris Opéra, Violetta (La traviata) for Berlin State Opera and Bavarian State Opera, Elena (I vespri siciliani) in Turin, Leonora (Il trovatore) for Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Amelia (Simon Boccanegra) for Rome Opera, La Fenice, Venice, Dresden Semperoper and Berlin State Opera with Daniel Barenboim, Amalia (I masnadieri) for La Fenice and Julia (La Vestale) for Dresden Semperoper.

Agresta performs widely in concert with such conductors as Barenboim, Nicola Luisotti, Michele Mariotti, Zubin Mehta, Carlo Montanaro, Riccardo Muti, Noseda and Christian Thielemann.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on I due Foscari

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on I due Foscari

27 October 2014

Backstage films from the live relay of I due Foscari, including Antonio Pappano introducing Verdi's music and Plácido Domingo on his transition from tenor to baritone.

Verdi’s I due Foscari live in cinemas on 27 October 2014

Verdi’s I due Foscari live in cinemas on 27 October 2014

20 October 2014

Stephen Fry will present the performance, starring Plácido Domingo and conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Your reaction: I due Foscari

Your reaction: I due Foscari

15 October 2014

What did you think of Thaddeus Strassberger's production of Verdi's early tragedy?

Photos

Maria Agresta. Photograph by Alessandro Moggi

Najmiddin Mavlyanov and Maria Agresta in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Desdemona in Otello, The Royal Opera

Kai Rüütel as Emilia and Maria Agresta as Desdemona in Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Jonas Kaufmann as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Otello, Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Marco Vratogna as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta in I due Foscari

Maria Agresta as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Desdemona in Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Jonas Kaufmann as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Jonas Kaufmann as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Kai Rüütel as Emilia in rehearsal for Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Jonas Kaufmann as Otello in rehearsal for Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta and Francesco Meli in I due Foscari

Maria Agresta in I due Foscari

Maria Agresta in I due Foscari

Maria Agresta as Desdemona in Otello, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Otello and Maria Agresta as Desdemona in Otello, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Otello and Maria Agresta as Desdemona in Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Jonas Kaufmann as Otello in rehearsal for Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Leonora in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera

Frédéric Antoun as Cassio and Maria Agresta as Desdemona in Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta and Jonas Kaufmann in Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta and Francesco Meli in I due Foscari

Maria Agresta in I due Foscari

Maria Agresta in I due Foscari, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta and Plácido Domingo in I due Foscari