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Daniela Barcellona
Mezzo-soprano

Season 20/21 Artist
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Daniela Barcellona was born in Trieste, where she completed her musical studies under the guidance of Alessandro Vitiello. After winning numerous international competitions, she made her debut in the title role of Tancredi in Pesaro, establishing herself as a reference interpreter for “en travesti” roles, which have brought her to walk the most prestigious opera houses worldwide – New York’s Metropolitan Opera, La Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House in London, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Teatro Real in Madrid, Salzburg Festival , Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, to name a few. Prized with the “Premio Abbiati” and other major awards, she has worked with some of the greatest conductors and stage directors. More recently, she sung in Verdi’s Requiem with Konzerthausorchester Berlin led by Juraj Valčuha and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti; in Paisiello’s Missa defunctorum with the Orchestra Giovanile Cherubini led by Riccardo Muti in Pavia and Florence, and in Heroic Bel Canto recital with works by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini in Melbourne. She also performed in Hamburg and Wien in Verdi’s Requiem, in Paris and Luxemburg in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Teatro di San Carlo Orchestra in Naples. She sang Mrs Quickly in Falstaff at the Staatsoper Berlin conducted by Zubin Mehta and she opened the 2020/2021 season of the Teatro Real in Madrid debuting as Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera. Her several recordings include albums dedicated to Scarlatti and Pergolesi, works by Rossini, Mayr and Meyerbeer, as well as Verdi’s Requiem and Berlioz’s epic Les Troyens. A complete studio recording of Rossini’s Semiramide, starring Albina Shagimuratova and Daniela Barcellona, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, has been released by Opera Rara in 2018. The album was awarded the Recording of the Month by Opera, Gramophone & BBC Music Magazine and was chosen as one of the Gramophone, Classical & Sunday Times 2018 Recordings of the Year. It also received the Opera Award 2019 as “Best Recording Complete Opera”. In 2020, Bel Air Classiques released the DVD of Laurent Pelly’s new production of Falstaff, recorded at the Teatro Real in Madrid (2019).

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