Italian mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona made her Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Malcolm (La donna del lago). She returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing Arsace (Semiramide).
Barcellona was born in Trieste and studied with pianist and conductor Alessandro Vitiello. She made her debut in 1999 at the Rossini Festival, Pesaro, in the title role of Tancredi. She has since established herself as a leading exponent of roles by Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, including Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Calbo (Maometto II), Arsace, Adalgisa (Norma), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Maffio Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia), Giovanna Seymour (Anna Bolena) and Léonor (La Favorite). She appears regularly with opera companies including La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, Paris Opéra and Arena di Verona.
Barcellona’s other repertory includes Eboli (Don Carlo), Amneris (Aida), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Didon (Les Troyens), Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) and the Princesse de Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur). She also performs in concert with such conductors as Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Muti and Gianandrea Noseda, in repertory including Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Verdi’s Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony no.2.
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