Biography

Giulia Semenzato

Current as of July 2022

Italian soprano Giulia Semenzato studied initially at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice and later at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. She also holds a degree in law from the University of Udine. Among her many operatic roles are Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Nanetta (Falstaff), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Despina (Così fan tutte), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Almirena (Rinaldo), Dorinda (Orlando), Michal (Saul), Cinzia / Venere / Bellezza in Cavalli’s Ercole amante, Cleonilla (Ottone in villa), Serpetta (La finta giardiniera), Venere / Prosperina in Rossi’s Orfeo, the title roles in Cavalli’s Elena and Eritrea and Maria in Nino Rota’s I due timidi.

She has performed these roles in leading international opera houses and concert halls that include La Scala, Milan, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Zurich Opera, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Theater an der Wien, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Opéra de Bordeaux, the Royal Opera House in Muscat and the Opéra Royal de Versailles. Among the festivals where she has been heard are the George Enescu Festival, the Glyndebourne Festival and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Giulia Semenzato’s concert repertoire includes Poulenc’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem and Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista. Among the eminent conductors with whom she has worked are Zubin Mehta, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding, Maxim Emelyanychev, Giovanni Antonini, Paavo Järvi, Marc Minkowski, Raphaël Pichon, Václav Luks, Diego Fasolis, Laurence Cummings and Leonardo García Alarcón, while directors include David McVicar, Robert Carsen, Frederic Wake-Walker, Claus Guth and Damiano Michieletto.

Giulia Semenzato made her recording debut with a CD of Cavalli arias that was released under the title Sospiri d’amore in 2016. She can also be heard in recordings of Handel’s Messiah under Václav Luks and settings of the Stabat Mater by Nicola Logroscino and Pergolesi. Her latest recording, Angelica Diabolica, with the Basel Chamber Orchestra appeared in May 2022.

Giulia Semenzato made her debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in January 2022, singing Susanna under Antonio Pappano. There followed a tour of Europe with Caldara’s Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under René Jacobs. Plans include a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Opéra national du Rhin and a fully staged production of Mozart’s Requiem at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.

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