Lombardi Mazzulli


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13 Jun 2020, 21:30
Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci


Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli completed her studies at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan with distinction and then obtained a second level academic diploma at the Conservatorio G. Frescobaldi in Ferrara under the direction 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. Among her numerous prizes and awards are the finalist prize at the Handel Singing Competition in London, second prize at the Pietà dei Turchini Competition in Naples, Accademia Rossiniana 2011 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 conducted by Christophe Rousset, l'Arte del Mondo conducted by Werner Ehrhardt, the Cappella Neapolitana conducted by Toni Florio, Le Musiche Nove conducted by C. Osele, Montis Regalis under the baton of A. De Marchi, Europa Galante under the baton of F.Biondi (with whom she recently made her debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus in Handel's Silla at the Festival Resonanzen as well as at the Enescu Festival in Romania), Ivor Bolton, Cantar Lontano under the baton of M. Mencoboni, I Solisti Veneti under the baton of A. Marcon, B'Rock from Bruges, La Chimera under the baton of E. Eguez, the Bach Consort and many others.

Further projects were at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Hamburg, the Handel Festival in Halle, the Festival Resonanzen in Vienna, the Festival Barocco in Rome, the Festival Beaune, the Festival Viotti and many others.

Her interest in baroque music theatre has recently led to more than one revival of previously forgotten works: 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), at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples (autumn 2016) in Achille in Sciro di Sarro to celebrate the theatre's anniversary, conducted by A. De Marchi, as well as Arsinoe in Cestis La Dori conducted by O. Dantone and as Ismene in Christoph Willibald Gluck's Antigone at the International Gluck Festival Nuremberg conducted by Michael Hofstetter. Under his baton she also appeared at the Theater Gießen from 2012 to 2020 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 Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito. In addition, there were 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. conducted by Maestro G. Petrou.

Finally, a fruitful collaboration links her to 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 Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli made her debut at the Theater Bonn in the role of Cleopatra in G.F. Hendel's Julius Caesar under the baton of Maestro W. Katschner with the Lautten Compegnay and as Donna Elvira at the Theater Heidelberg. For the Würzburg Mozart Festival she sang the roles of Contessa in Salieri's La Scuola dei jelosi and Falsirena in Salieri's 'La Fiera di Venezia' under the baton of Werner Ehrhardt (recorded for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi in 2017 and 2019) and recently made her critically acclaimed debut as Rosane in Vivaldi's 'La Verita in Cimento' for the Heidelberg Opera Season in Schwetzingen. The artist was also very successful at the Drottningholm Festival in the contemporary work "Siskonen i Mantua" and in the role of Almirena in Handel's Rinaldo in Tokyo under the baton of Ryo Terakado.

Future performances will include the role of Deidamia in L'Achille in Sciro by Corselli conducted by I. Bolton to the Teatro Real in Madrid, in The Creation by Haydn to the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, in the role of Alcina in L'Isola di Alcina by Gazzaniga at the Schwetzinger Festspiele (recording by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi), in the role of Alceste in Gluck's opera of the same name at the Gluck Festival, as a soloist at the Handel Festival in Halle and many other performances.

Her discography includes, in addition to the projects already performed, numerous other recordings, including "La Conversione di Maddalena" by Bononcini (2020), "Clorinda e Tancredi"(2018), Jerusalem (2018), Sacred Music in Lombardia (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 Trialogue (2012), for Oehms Classics she recorded Verdi's 'Oberto', Ballo turco (2015) and Carnival Oriental (2016). For Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, she recorded Salieri's operas as well as Hasse's 'Marc'Antonio e Cleoptra' together with Vivica Genaux (2012), and in 2014 Bertoni's 'Orfeo' for the Italian label Fra Bernardo.

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