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Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli graduated with honours from the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan and then obtained a second level academic diploma from the Conservatorio G. Frescobaldi in Ferrara under the guidance of Mirella Freni. She then continued her studies with Luciano Pavarotti, A. Molinari and Sonia Prina. She is currently studying with Fernando Opa and Vivica Genaux. Her numerous prizes and awards include the finalist prize at the Haendel Singing Competition in London and the Critics' Prize at the Varazdin Early Music Festival in Croatia.

Since her debut, her concert and opera activities have led her to perform alongside orchestras and ensembles dedicated to the historically informed recovery of 17th century repertoire - such as the Accademia Bizantina under the direction of Ottavio Dantone, the Baroque Ensemble of Limoges under the direction of Christophe Coin, La Venexiana under the direction of Claudio Cavina, Complesso Barocco under the direction of A. Curtis, Les Talens Lyriques under the baton of Christophe Rousset, l'Arte del Mondo under the baton of Werner Ehrhardt, the Cappella Neapolitana under the baton of Toni Florio, Le Musiche Nove under the baton of C. Osele, Montis Regalis under the baton of A. De Marchi, Europa Galante under the baton of F.Biondi (with whom she recently debuted at the Vienna Konzerthaus in Handel's Silla at the Festival Resonanzen).

Further stations were the Styriarte Festival in Graz, the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Hamburg, the Haendel Festival in Halle, the Festival Resonanzen in Vienna and the Festival Barocco in Rome.

Her interest in baroque music theatre has engaged her in more than one revival of previously forgotten works in modern times: These include her debuts in the leading roles in La Rosinda (in Potsdam, Bayreuth and Vantaa, conducted by Mike Fentross), in Artemisia (in Hannover and Montpellier, directed by Claudio Cavina) by Francesco Cavalli, both recorded by Ludi Musici and Glossa, in Veremonda by Cavalli as Zelemina, alongside Vivica Genaux at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston (USA) in 2015.

Among her most recent successes are her debut at the Innsbrucker Festwochen (Giunone in La Calisto di Cavalli) and at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples (Autumn 2016) in Achille in Sciro di Sarro to celebrate the theatre's anniversary under the direction of A. De Marchi. From 2012 to 2019 she appeared at the Theater Gießen in the roles of Leonora in Verdi's Oberto, the Count of San Bonifacio (recorded for OehmsClassics), Agrippina in Handel's opera of the same name, Mirandolina in Bohuslav Martini's opera of the same name and Vitellia in W's La Clemenza di Tito. Also the Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart and Maddalena in La Resurrezione di Haendel.

Of particular importance was also the participation (2013) in the Opera Buthan project coordinated by Stefano Vizioli and Aaron Carpene, which was the first production of an opera in the small Himalayan kingdom. The production was resumed in 2014 in El Paso (Texas). Further international engagements led to her debuts in New Zealand (Handel's Messiah) and at the National Opera Seoul South Korea as Ersilia in Vivaldi's Orlando Finto Pazzo.

A fruitful collaboration finally connects her with the Pera Ensemble of Mehmet Yesilcay, with whom she has recently performed in renowned European concert halls and with whom she has recorded numerous CDs for Glossa, OehmsClassics and Berlin Classics.

Recently she made her debut at the Theater Bonn under the direction of Maestro W. in the role of Cleopatra in G.F. Hendel's Julius Caesar. Katschner and as Falsirena in Salieri's 'La Festa di Venezia' under the baton of Werner Ehrhardt. She recently made her critically acclaimed debut as Rosane in Vivaldi's 'La Verita' in Cimento' by Vivaldi for the Heidelberg Opera Season in Schwetzingen and at the Drottningholm Festival in the contemporary opera 'Suskinen i Mantua'.
She also made her debut at the Innsbruck Festival in Dori di Cesti under the baton of O. Dantone and at the G. Enescu Festival in Romania with F. Biondi and in Tokyo as Almirena in Handel's Rinaldo.

Upcoming engagements will take her to the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Potsdam Festival, the Schwetzingen Festival and the Handel Festival Halle together with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, Michael Hofstetter and Ivor Bolton.

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