Italian mezzo-soprano Martina Belli made her Royal Opera debut in 2015 as Lola (Cavalleria rusticana). In the 2017/18 Season she reprises the role of Lola.
Belli grew up in Reggio Emilia, studied at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and made her operatic debut as Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) in 2003. Her operatic engagements have included Second Maid (Elektra) for Rome Opera, Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte) in Viterbo, L’Humana fragilità and Melanto (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) in a tour including performances at Cîté de la musique, Paris, and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Maddalena (Rigoletto) at the Concertgebouw, Smeton (Anna Bolena) with Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante for the Reate Festival, Anassandro (Oracolo in Messenia) in London and Japan with Fabio Biondi, Federica (Luisa Miller) for the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, and Lola, Enrichetta (I puritani) and Linetta (The Love for Three Oranges) for the Teatro Comunale, Florence.
Belli sings regularly with the ensembles La Venexiana and Europa Galante, and has appeared as a soloist in prestigious Baroque music festivals including Tage Alter Musik, Regensburg and Stuttgart Barock, and at the Bologna Festival and MITO SettembreMusica, Milan. She has appeared in concert in Bolzano, Trento and New York, and has recorded Caldara’s oratorio Morte e sepoltura di Cristo for Glossa.
Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu and Martina Belli as Lola in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera
Martina Belli as Lola in Cavalleria rusticana
Damiano Michieletto, Martina Belli as Lola and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera