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 Paris Opéra National, Teatro Real Madrid, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Salzburg Festival, Sydney Opera House, Dutch National Opera Amsterdam and the Monte-Carlo Opera.
The Italian soprano kicked off her 2017/18 season with acclaimed performances of Gianni Schicchi in a new production at the Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam, singing the role of Lauretta. She continued the season in another iconic Puccini role, bringing her “magnificent Mimì” (La Stampa) in a new production of La bohème to the Teatro Comunale of Bologna. Other performances in 2017/18 include her equally praised 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 production of Carmen as well as her debut at the Macerata Opera Festival as Adina in L’elisir d’amore.
In the 2016/17 season Ms Sicilia made her Australian debut as Mimì in La bohème at the Sydney Opera House, performed the title role of La traviata at the Teatro San Carlo of Naples and Corinna in Il viaggio a Reims at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.
The 2015/16 season led her to the Teatro Massimo of Palermo as Musetta in La bohème, the Wexford Festival in Mascagni’s rarely performed Guglielmo Ratcliff, singing the role of Maria, to the Montpellier Opéra as Liù in Turandot, to the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome as Teresa in Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in Rossini’s La petite messe solennelle and to the Teatro Regio of Turin as Micaëla in Carmen.
Other highlights include performances as Musetta 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, Adina in L’elisir d’amore at the Monte-Carlo Opera, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House of Muscat and Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice at the Teatro Massimo of Palermo.
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 Terry Gilliam, Damiano Michieletto, Jonathan Miller, David McVicar, Graham Vick and conductors such as Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Francesco Cilluffo, Sir Mark Elder, Asher Fisch, Michele Mariotti, Stefano Montanari, Carlo Montanaro, Francesco Lanzillotta, Daniel Oren and Alberto Zedda.
She is a winner of several prestigious international competitions, including Plácido Domingo’s Operalia.
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.