Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli
Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli brilliantly graduated at the Conservatory G. Verdi of Milan and earned her second academic degree with distinction at the Conservatory G. Frescobaldi of Ferrara under the guidance of Mirella Freni. After that she continued her studies in interpretation and vocal technique with Luciano Pavarotti and A. Molinari for lyrical, and with Sonia Prina for baroque repertoire. At the moment she perfects her voice under the guidance of Fernando Opa and Vivica Genaux. Amongst her many received awards are the first finalist’s prize of the Handel Singing Competition London 2010, the second prize of the International Baroque Singing Competition 'Francesco Provenzale' of the Centro di Musica Antica Pietà de' Turchini in Naples, and the first critic’s prize of the Festival Baroque Evenings of Varazdin in Croatia (2014).
Her career in concert and opera led her debuting with many orchestras and ensembles dedicated to historically informed performance practice, such as Accademia Bizantina conducted by Ottavio Dantone (Circuito Lirico Lombardo; Festival Pergolesi Spontini in Jesi; Ravenna Festival; Le Feste di Apollo in Parma; Creator Musica Sacra in Florence; Festival di Beaune; the Bremen Musik Festival...), l’Ensemble barocco Limoges conducted by Christophe Coin, la Venexiana conducted by Claudio Cavina (Festival Krakow, Festival Freiburg, Styriarte Festival Graz, Festival Gdansk, Festival de Radio France Montpellier...), l’ensemble B'Rock (MAfestival in Bruges, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, the Palladium theatre Rome), Complesso barocco conducted by Alan Curtis, Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset, l’Arte del Mondo conducted by Werner Ehrhardt, la Cappella Neapolitana conducted by Toni Florio, Le Musiche Nove conducted by Claudio Osele, I Virtuosi delle Muse conducted by Stefano Molardi, Montis Regalis conducted by Alessandro De Marchi, Europa Galante conducted by Fabio Biondi (with whom she recently debuted at the Wiener Konzerthaus performing Handel's Lucio Silla for the Festival Resonanzen).
She also participated at, amongst many others, the Styriarte Festival in Graz, the Festival Schwaebish Gmuend, Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Hamburg, at the Handel Festival in Halle, the Vienna Resonanzen Festival, the festival MITO, the Macerata Opera Festival, the festival In Scena Padua, at the Rome Baroque Festival, and the Festival for Sacred Music in Santa Cristina di Bologna.
Francesca’s strong interest in Baroque theatre let her being engaged in the rediscovering of several operas almost forgotten in modern times: Among these she debuted in the leading roles of La Rosinda (in Potsdam, Bayreuth and Vantaa, conducted by Mike Fentross), Artemisia by Francesco Cavalli (at Hanover and Montpellier, conducted by Claudio Cavina) – both recorded and published by Ludi Musici and Glossa – and, side by side with Vivica Genaux, as Zelemina in Cavalli’s Veremonda at the US festival Spoleto Charleston (USA) in 2015.
Francesca’s recent successes include her debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (as Amore in L’incoronazione di Poppea, with Alan Curtis as conductor and Pier Luigi Pizzi as stage director), at the Innsbruck Festival for Olde Music (Juno in La Callisto by Cavalli), and at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples during the theater's anniversary celebration in autumn 2016, where she debuted in Achille in Sciro by Domenico Sarro, conducted by Alessandro De Marchi. From 2012 to 2017 she sang succesfully under the musical direction of Michael Hofstetter the roles of Leonora in Verdi’s Oberto (recorded and publishes by OehmsClassics), Agrippina in Handel's opera, Mirandolina in the same titled opera by Martinu, Formosa in Der Misslungene Brautwechsel oder Richardus I by Telemann, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Of particular interest are her participation in the Opera Project Buthan, coordinated by Stefano Vizioli and Aaron Carpene in 2013, which led to the first staging of an opera in this Himalayan kingdom, and an renewal in El Paso (USA) in 2014. Also in 2013 she debuted at the Vienna Musikverein in J.A. Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra, again with Vivica Genaux, under the musical direction of Claudio Osele (recorded and published by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) and in Haendel’s Messiah, conducted by Uwe Grodd, in the Town Hall of Auckland in New Zealand.
A fruitful collaboration binds her with Mehmet Yesilcay and the Pera Ensemble, with whom she recently performed in prestigious concert halls all over Europe together with Valer Sabadus in the ambitious concert project Trialog – Music for the One God (also performed in the Cologne Philharmonic), which has also been recorded and published by CD label Berlin Classic, followed in 2015 by her solo CD 'Momenti d'amore' with baroque arias of the seicento.
Among her recent debuts are her performance in the role of Oberto in the Opera Alcina by Handel at the Teatro Real Madrid, conducted by Christopher Moulds, and at the Seoul National Opera in the opera Orlando finto pazzo by Antonio Vivaldi in the role of Ersilla with a renewal in 2017 under the baton of Maestro George Petrou.
Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli frequently collaborates with the label Fra Bernardo, for which she recorded a solo cd 'Et in arcadia ego' with ensemble Stella Matutina, and 2014 Fernando Bertoni's Orfeo in the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, singing the role of Eurydice alongside Vivica Genaux, which has been published in 2016.
In january 2017, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli sang the contessa in Antonio Salieri's La Scuola Di Gelosi, a production recorded and soon to be released by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, and was the leading soprano in a concert project with La Cappella Autarena led to the cd release 'Lenzi e Mozart: Sacred Music in Lombardy' by Pan Classics.
In the last season Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli debuted, amongst many others, in the Missa in b minor by Johann Sebastian Bach under the musical direction of Andrea Marcon, and in the role of Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto at theatre Bonn, conducted by Maestro Wolfgang Katschner. Future engagements will see her as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart under the musical direction of Michael Hofstetter at theatre Giessen, and performing at festivals in Halle, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Krakow and Pamplona, and reinvited at the Seoul National Opera.