Italian soprano Rosa Feola came to international prominence in 2010 after winning multiple awards, including the second prize, the audience prize and the zarzuela prize, at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. She studied with Mara Naddei and has attended masterclasses with Renata Scotto, Anna Vandi and Cesare Scarton at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She made her operatic debut as Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims) under Kent Nagano in Rome. Her other roles include Donizetti’s Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and Serafina (Il campanello), Gilda (Rigoletto), Nannetta (Falstaff), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Musetta (La bohème) and Micaëla (Carmen). Past engagements have taken her to the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Rome Opera, La Scala, Milan, the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Zurich Opera, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin as well as to the Ravenna and Glyndebourne Festivals. She first appeared at the Salzburg Festival in 2011 when she sang Inez in Mercadante’s I due Figaro under Riccardo Muti at that year’s Whitsun Festival.
In 2018/19 Rosa Feola made her acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Gilda under Nicola Luisotti. She also returned to the Bavarian State Opera for Musetta and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) and to the Zurich Opera for Sandrina and Gilda and made her successful role debut as Lucia di Lammermoor in Basel.
On the concert platform, too, Rosa Feola has already made a name for herself, working with conductors of the distinction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Daniel Oren, Bertrand de Billy, Nicola Luisotti, Giampaolo Bisanti, Bruno Campanella, Louis Langrée and Kent Nagano. Under Riccardo Muti, with whom she continues to work on a regular basis, she has sung Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Nannetta with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Plans for the 2019/20 season include her return to Zurich and to La Scala for Adina, the role she will also sing at her forthcoming debuts at the Vienna and Hamburg State Operas. She will also sing Fiorilla (Il turco in Italia) at La Scala and in Zurich, Amina (La sonnambula) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and Gilda at the Munich Opera Festival.
Rosa Feola’s debut solo disc Musica e Poesia appeared in 2015 and features songs by Respighi, Martucci, Ponchielli, Pinsuti and Liszt. Her accompanist on that release was Iain Burnside, with whom she will also give song recitals in New York and Washington during the 2019/20 season.