Biography

Hailed by Le Monde as a “miracle of vocal firmness”, singing with a “soprano that shines like the Provençal morning sun” (Der Tagesspiegel), Mariangela Sicilia has earned accolades at many of the most prestigious opera houses such as the Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Salzburg Festival, Sydney Opera House, Dutch National Opera Amsterdam and the Monte-Carlo Opéra.

The Italian soprano kicks off her 2018/19 season with a new Graham Vick production of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), making her debut as Pamina at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia of Valencia. In Las Palmas she is protagonist in Messa da Requiem by Verdi. With M° Antonio Pappano she debuts at Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Requiem K626 by Mozart. She subsequently returns to the Rome Opera House in Euridice in a new Robert Carsen staging of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and returns to the Teatro Comunale of Bologna in the title role of La traviata and as Liù in a new production of Turandot. She debuts at 150th Orange Festival with Don  Giovanni by Mozart with the staging of Davide Livermore and the conduction of Frédéric Chaslin.

Engagements of her triumphant 2017/18 season include acclaimed performances of Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta) in a new production at the Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam, Mimìa new production of La bohème at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, her German debut as Vivetta in concert performances of Cilea’s L’arlesiana at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, new productions of Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto (Elcia) at the Oper Köln and of Le nozze di Figaro (Contessa) at the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, her debut at the Arena of Verona as Micaela in a new staging of Carmen as well as her debut at the Macerata Opera Festival as Adina in L’elisir d’amore.

Other highlights include performances as Musetta in La bohème at the Opéra National of Paris, Corinna in Il viaggio a Reims and Isabella in L’inganno felice at the Rossini Opera Festival, Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini at the Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam and the Rome Opera House, Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Monte-Carlo Opéra and at Macerata Opera Festival, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Micaëla in Carmen at the Teatro Regio of Turin and at the Arena di Verona, Maria in Mascagni’s rarely performed Guglielmo Ratcliff at the Wexford Festival and Rossini’s La petite messe solennelle at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and again Il viaggio a Reims at Rome Opera House.

Mariangela Sicilia was born in Cosenza, Italy, where she studied Voice and Piano at the Music Academy of her hometown. Continuing her training under the guidance of Fernando Cordeiro Opa, she previously studied with soprano Carmela Remigio and Maestro Leone Magiera, completing her schooling at the Italian Opera School of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, the Mozart Academy in Aix-en-Provence, and the Rossini Academy in Pesaro.

The soprano launched her career from Italy, appearing in leading roles at the opera houses of Naples, Bologna, Bari, Palermo and Turin, subsequently debuting in many of the world’s most famous opera companies, and working with stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Hugo De Ana, Davide Livermore, Terry Gilliam, Damiano Michieletto, Jonathan Miller, David McVicar, Graham Vick and conductors such as Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Sir Mark Elder, Asher Fisch, Michele Mariotti, Stefano Montanari, Francesco Lanzillotta, Daniel Oren, Antonio Pappano e Alberto Zedda.

She is a winner of several prestigious international competitions, including Plácido Domingo’s Operalia. The production of La bohème at Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Graham Vick wins the prestigious award Abbiati 2019.

Ms Sicilia can be heard as Vivetta on the first-ever released DVD and Blu-Ray recording of L’arlesiana, released on the Dynamic label in 2013. Benvenuto Cellini from Rome with Mariangela as Teresa is available on DVD/Blu-Ray on Naxos.