Elisabetta Fiorillo

Elisabetta Fiorillo started her professional career with her winning the first prize at the Mattia Battistini Competition in Rieti, in 1983. There, she excelled as a dramatic, mezzo-soprano, standing out as typically Verdian. It is with this great composer’s music that Fiorillo kicked off her career in some of Italy’s most reputable theatres like the La Fenice of Venice, the San Carlo in Naples, the Regio in Turin, and the Teatro Comunale of Florence. Wherever she performed, Fiorillo has always been lauded and praised for her interpretations of Eboli in Don Carlo, Amneris in Aida, Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera and above all Azucena in Il Trovatore which she eventually interpreted in Vienna, Monaco with Zubin Mehta and Zurich with Riccardo Chailly.

She is becoming even more present in European opera houses like the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, the State Opera of Hamburg, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Liceu in Barcelona. Elisabetta Fiorillo is moreover acclaimed for her interpretation of Verdi’s Requiem, which she performed in Germany, Italy and Spain with great conductors like Giuseppe Sinopoli (recorded by Deutsche Grammophon) and Riccardo Muti on tour with the La Scala Theatre of Milan.

The Italian mezzo-soprano considers as personal successes her roles in Les Dialogues des Carmelites in Trieste, Il Trovatore in Monaco, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rome, Verona with Daniel Oren, Trieste, Cagliari, Bilbao, Tokyo and Berlin, Aida in Verona, Barcelona, Berlin and Nice, Un Ballo in Maschera in Barcelona, Rome, Cremona, Monaco, Piacenza, Turin and her debut at London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden directed by Antonio Pappano, Don Carlo in Trieste, Strasbourg, Turin and Salzburg, La Forza del Destino at Milan’s La Scala Theatre, Roberto Devereux in Oviedo, Norma in Dresden, Cavalleria Rusticana in Madrid, Piacenza, Tokyo, Naples and Palermo, La Gioconda at the Arena of Verona, Parma, Nice and Barcelona, as well as her participation in Falstaff in Bari, Turin, Bologna and Trieste.

Elisabetta Fiorillo’s discography includes Verdi’s Requiem Mass, as outlined above, as well as La Gioconda recorded by EMI and L’Arlesiana di Cilea recorded by Bongiovanni.

While she is debuting at the Aurora Opera House with this production of Falstaff, Elisabetta Fiorillo’s future engagements also include Un Ballo in Maschera in Turin, another performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Lecce and Adriana Lecouvreur in Barcelona.

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