Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Molinari won the International Bel Canto Prize at the 2013 Rossini in Wildbad Festival and the Luciano Pavarotti Giovani Award at the 2014 Viotti International Singing Competition in Vercelli. She made her operatic debut as Zaida (Il turco in Italia) in Treviso and Ferrara and quickly emerged as one of the leading Rossini and bel canto specialists of the younger generation.
As a member of the Accademia Rossiniana she made her Rossini Opera Festival debut in Pesaro in 2015 as the Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims) and later that year sang her first Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) under Alberto Zedda at the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro. She was also the mezzo-soprano soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle under Zedda at the Terras sem Sombras Festival and in Rossini’s Stabat mater at the Gran Teatro Nacional in Lima. She returned to the Rossini Opera Festival for Zaida in 2016 and was also heard on that occasion at a gala concert alongside Juan Diego Flórez. In 2016/17 she sang Meg Page (Falstaff) under Zedda alongside Bryn Terfel’s Falstaff in La Coruña, Nelly in Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini in Iesi, Rosina in Trieste, Zaida in Bergen and the Marchesa Melibea in a new production at the Rome Opera. After appearing as Ismène (Le Siège de Corinthe) at the 2017 Rossini Opera Festival, she visited Muscat with the Pesaro company and sang Ernestina (L’occasione fa il ladro), shortly afterwards singing her first Angelina (La Cenerentola) in a staging by OperaLombardia.
Among Cecilia Molinari’s most recent engagements have been the Petite Messe solennelle in the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Landi’s La morte di Orfeo for the Dutch National Opera, Mozart’s Requiem and Annio (La clemenza di Tito) for Opera Vlaanderen and the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, the title role in Tancredi at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Rosina at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and Siveno (Demetrio e Polibio) at the 2019 Rossini Opera Festival.
Following her Salzburg Festival debut in Luisa Miller, Cecilia Molinari will be appearing as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, as the Marchesa Melibea at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, as Annio and Smeton (Anna Bolena) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, as Maffio Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia) in Bologna, as Siébel (Faust) at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and as Zaida at the Glyndebourne Festival.