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Francesca

Lombardi Mazzulli

Soprano

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11 May 2024, 19:30
Markgräfliches Opernhaus Bayreuth
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From November 2022 on, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli will teach Baroque vocal interpretation at the Prassi Barocca  master class of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole!

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Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, after graduating from the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory in Milan and obtaining a second level degree from the "Girolamo Frescobaldi" Conservatory in Ferrara with Mirella Freni, was a student of Luciano Pavarotti, Alessandra Molinari. Sonia Prina and Fernando Opa. He is currently perfecting her skills with Vivica Genaux and Francesco Miotti. She won the finalist prize at the Handel Singing Competition in London, the critics' prize at the Varazdin Early Music Festival in Croatia and the second prize at the Pietà dei Turchini competition in Naples..

Since her debut, her concert and opera activity has seen her play a leading role alongside orchestras, ensembles and conductors devoted to the historically informed recovery of the 17th and 18th century repertoire. Among her most significant collaborations are those with the Accademia Bizantina conducted by Ottavio Dantone, La Venexiana with Claudio Cavina, Il Complesso Barocco with Alan Curtis, Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset, L'Arte del Mondo conducted by Werner Ehrhardt, Montis Regalis diretta da A. De Marchi, Fabio Biondi's Europa Galante, with whom she recently made her debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus in Händel's 'Silla' for the Resonanzen Festival, and at the Enescu Festival in Romania, Montis Regalis conducted b A. De Marchi. She has also worked with conductors such as Enrico Calesso, Federico Maria Sardelli, Andrea Marcon, Attilio Cremonesi and many others.

Among many others, she took part in the Styriarte Festival in Graz, the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Hamburg, the Handel Festival in Halle, the Resonanzen Festival in Vienna, the Roma Baroque Festival, the Innsbruck Festival, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, the Misteria Paschalia Festival in Kraków, the Poznań Festival, the Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe.

Her keen interest in Baroque music theatre has seen her engaged in the rediscovery of forgotten operas, debuting in leading roles in Francesco Cavalli's 'La Rosinda', 'Artemisia' and 'Veremonda', Sarro's 'Achille in Sciro', Cesti's 'La Dori', Gluck's 'Antigono' and Bohuslav Martinu's 'Mirandolina', among others. She also performed Mozart roles in 'La clemenza di Tito', 'Così fan tutte', 'Don Giovanni' and 'Le nozze di Figaro'.

In 2013, she took part in the 'Opera Buthan' project, coordinated by Stefano Vizioli and Aaron Carpene, with the staging of an opera in the small Himalayan kingdom, which was revived in 2014 in El Paso (Texas); again with Vizioli and Carpene she took part in a production staged in 2016 for Japan Orfeo in Japan.

In the same year she made her debut at the Seoul National Theater in the role of Ersilia in A. Vivaldi's "Orlando Finto Crazy", conducted by George Petrou and directed by Fabio Ceresa.

A fruitful collaboration is  with Mehmet Yesilcay's Pera Ensemble, with which she performed in prestigious European concert halls and recorded numerous CDs for Glossa, Oehms Classics and Berlin Classics.

Her recent roles include Cleopatra in G.F. Haendel's "Giulio Cesare" in Bonn, Oberto in “Alcina” by G.F. Handel at the Teatro Real in Madrid (also at the Teatro Real, in 2020, she should have made her debut in the role of Deidamia in “Achille in Sciro” by F. Corselli – unfortunately the production was canceled due to the pandemic), Donna Elvira in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at the Heidelberg Theatre and for the Wuerzburger Mozartfest, Contessa in Salieri's "La Scuola dei gelosi" and Falsirena in Salieri's "La Fiera di Venezia" under the baton of Werner Ehrhardt, as well as Rosane in Vivaldi's "La Verita in Cimento".

In 2021, she sang in Händel's "Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno" in Parma with Fabio Biondi's Europa Galante orchestra, in Vivaldi's "Farnace", in the role of Gilade, at the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, with Federico Maria Sardelli's Modo Antiquo, repeated this year at the Teatro di Piacenza. In 2022, she made her debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Lully's "Acis et Galatée", conducted by Sardelli and directed by Benjamin Lazar, then at the Fenice in Venice in the contemporary opera "Le baruffe", by Giorgio Battistelli, conducted by Enrico Calesso and directed by Damiano Michieletto.

After her debut in Florence, she sang in Monteverdi/Toni's "Orfeo" at the Innsbruck Festival in the roles of Proserpina, Musica and Messaggera with Arte del Mondo and Massimiliano Toni. With the latter and La Terza Prattica she sang at the Festival of Sacred Music in Bogotá (Colombia). 

She, subsequently, appeared in Yokohama (Japan) in Handel's "Silla" with Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante (DVD recording of the opera), she sang Handel's cantata "Aminta e Fillide" with Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza at the Museo delle Scienze e della Tecnica in Milan. She then sang Ziani's "Damira Placata" and recorded a CD with the Enea Baroque Orchestra conducted by Salvatore Carchiolo.

During 2023 she performed in a Handel concert at the Valletta Festival with Arte del Mondo and Massimiliano Toni on harpsichord, she was heard as Magdalena in Handel's 'The Resurrection' in Halle and Karlsruhe with Attilio Cremonesi; at the same time a CD was recorded for Naxos at the Handel Festival. 

She then performed Pergolesi's 'Stabat Mater' with the Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Prato conducted by Simone Ori and the Cantata “Didone Abbandonata” by G. A. Ristori with Arte dei suonatori in Poland.

She also made her debut in Milan with La Verdi under the baton of Ruben Jais in Bach's 'St John Passion'. In July she can be heard in Poland for the cantata 'Didone Abbandonata' by G. A. Ristori with Arte dei suonatori. 

She concluded her 2023 commitments with Boccherini's "Stabat Mater" and Pergolesi's "Salve Regina", with Fabio Bonizzoni and La Risonanza, in Milan and Orta. Also she was Angelica in Handel's “Orlando” at the Teatro Real in Madrid conducted by Ivor Bolton. 

Over the course of the year she debuted in roles such as Adelaide in Handel's “Lotario” at the Handel Festival (Halle), under the direction of Attilio Cremonesi, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Halle baroque orchestra (the CD will be published for Naxos) and Calliope in Ristori's “The Laments of Orpheus” at the Globe Theater (Neuss), with Valer Sabadus, Dorothee Oberlinger, the Ensemble 1700 and direction by Nils Niemann.

In 2024 she will debut in the role of Vitellia in “Clemenza di Tito” at the Gluck Festival in Bayreuth, and in Furth, conducted by Michael Hofstetter.

She will be at Zamus: early music festival with L'Arte del Mondo and the direction of Werner Ehrhardt and at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan with La Risonanza and Fabio Bonizzoni.

She will also make her debut at the Monteverdi Festival in Cremona with Massimiliano Toni and La Terza Prattica, at the Tuscan Festival of Ancient Music of Verdi Theater in Pisa with La Venexiana and at the Valle d'Itria Festival in the role of Ginevra in Handel's Ariodante, conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli and directed by Torsten Fischer.

Discography: Bononcini's "La Conversione di Maddalena" (2020), "Clorinda e Tancredi" (2018), "Jerusalem" (2018), "Sacred Music in Lombardy" (2017), "Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria" (2011), "Artemisia" (2010) all for the record company Glossa.

For Berlin Classics she recorded 'Momenti d'amore' (2014) and 'Trialog' (2012). For Ohems Classics she recorded Verdi's 'Oberto di San Bonifacio', 'Ballo turco' (2015) and 'Carnival Oriental' (2016). For Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, in addition to works by Salieri, she recorded 'Marc'Antonio and Cleopatra' with V. Genaux in 2012 and, with the same, she recorded Bertoni's 'L'Orfeo' in 2015 for Fra Bernardo. 

For Sony International/DHM last released "L'isola d' Alcina" by Gazzaniga with Arte del Mondo conducted by W.Ehrardt (Leverkusen, 2023).

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