Eva Mei

Born in Fabriano, she graduated from the Luigi Cherubini conservatory in Florence. In 1990, she won the Catarina Cavalieri prize in the Mozart Competition in Vienna, for her interpretation of the role of Kostanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which was followed by her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper.

Since her debut, Eva Mei has been considered as one of the greatest coloratura sopranos of our time, for the purity and clarity of voice, elegant singing style, versatility, scenic presence and vocal range. These attributes have allowed her to appear on some of the largest theatres in the world including the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Zurich Opera House, the Monaco State Opera, the Teatro Alla Scala of Milan, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Rossini Opera Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the La Fenice Theatre, the Rome Opera and the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, amongst others.

Excellent interpreter of Mozart and Rossini, Mei’s repertoire also includes works by Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi and Puccini, as well as symphonic works by Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Bruckner.

Some of her most important engagements include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Zurich, Amsterdam, Monaco, Cagliari, Palermo, Turin), Kostanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Vienna, Berlin, London, Zurich, Parma, Florence); Pamina in The Magic Flute (Budapest, Berlin, London, Rome, Florence, Zurich, Genoa); Aspasia in Mithridates, King of Pontus (Vienna), Violetta in La Traviata (Berlin, Zurich, Essen, Lyon, Weisbaden, Macerata), Norina in Don Pasquale (Teatro Alla Scala, Bologna, Genoa, Monaco, Bavaria, Florence, Cagliari); Adalgisa in Norma (Ravenna); Amenaide in Tancredi (Teatro alla Scala), Marie in La Fille du Régiment (Turin, Bologna), Amina in La Sonnambula (Turin, Palermo, Parma, Ravenna, Florence), Adina in L'elisir d'Amore (Florence, Turin, Cagliari), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (Palermo); Alice in Falstaff (Macerata, Zurich, Bologna, Tel Aviv); Elisa in Il Re Pastore (Vienna, Rome, Salzburg); Liu in Turandot (Cagliari); Countess of Folleville in Il viaggio a Reims; Countess in The Marriage of Figaro (Palermo, Sassari, Genoa); Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Cagliari); and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor (Rome) amongst others.

Her concert activity is highly intense with, amongst other things, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Salzburg Festival, Handel’s Resurrection at the Teatro Alla Scala of Milan, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydn’s Saint Cecilia’s Mass and Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Myung-Whun Chung at the National Academy of Saint Cecilia in Rome. Mei also performed Haydn’s Nelson Mass in Bologna, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Wiener Konzerthaus, in Paris and in Peralada, Beethoven’s Christus with the Orchestre de Paris, Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Barcelona, Rome and London, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Bruckner’s Mass in F minor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Schumann’s Faust Szenen in Munich.

Throughout such an extensive career, Eva Mei’s discography has grown to include Don Pasquale, The Capulets and the Montagues and Tancredi, two recitals of arias by Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti (BMG), Il Re Pastore, Kleine Messe KV 65, KV 109 and KV 275 by Mozart, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (Teldec), Handel’s Cantate with the orchestra "Il Giardino Armonico" (Teldec), Verdi's Requiem with the Weiner Philharmoniker (BMG), and Carmen (Philips). Mei’s performances may also be found on DVD, amongst which, one may find La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, La Sonnambula, Don Pasquale, Massenet's Thaïs, Alfonso and Estrella by Schubert and La Clemenza di Tito, and La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart. In these, and other works, she collaborated with great orchestra conductors the likes of Roberto Abbado, Myung-Whun Chung, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Daniel Oren, Riccardo Muti, Marcello Viotti, Franz Welser-Möst, Riccardo Chailly, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Daniel Barenboim.

Eva Mei’s appearance as Alice Ford will be her first in Malta and at the Aurora Theatre (Gozo).