Silvia Dalla Benetta
Silvia Dalla Benetta is one of the leading dramatic coloratura sopranos on the world stage. Having achieved notable success in lyric and lyric coloratura roles throughout Italy, Europe, and Asia, her transition during recent seasons into Verdian dramatic coloratura repertoire has commanded notice and acclaim.
Recent engagements include excerpts from ‘Nabucco’ and ‘Aida’ at Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Norma in Ferrara, Fiordiligi/’Così fan tutte’ in Mexico City, Mozart Great Mass in C minor, Zenobia in ‘Aureliano’ in Palmira and Cristina in ‘Eduardo e Cristina’ at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Hélène in ‘Jérusalem’ in Parma, Norma in Charleroi and Hanna Glawari in ‘Die Lustige Witwe’ in Catania. Last year she sang Micaëla in ‘Carmen’ in Liège, Petite Messe Solennelle, Sinaïde in ‘Moïse’ and Zelmira at Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Concert d’été in Liège, Gulnara in ‘Il corsaro’ in Modena, Amaltea in ‘Mosè in Egitto’ in Pisa and Novara.
Other recent highlights are Elisabetta in ‘Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra’ in Sassari, Gulnara at the Festival Verdi Parma, Marguerite in ‘Les Huguenots’ at the Opera de Nice, Norma in Lucerne, Bianca in ‘Bianca e Gerando’ at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Aida in Malta, Sakuntala in Alfano’s ‘La leggenda di Sakuntala’ in Catania and Opera Gala Concerts in Hungary with the MAV symphony orchestra.
In the 2014/2015 season she made a successful role debut as Abigaille in ‘Nabucco’ in Gozo, Malta, having previously debuted as Elvira in ‘Ernani’ at the Lithuanian National Opera of Vilnius; Semiramide in Nice, Donna Anna in ‘Don Giovanni’ in Pisa, Fiorilla in ‘Il Turco in Italia’ in Catania, Sophia/Heronyma in the world premiere of Hatzinasios’s ‘El Greco’ in Athens, Eleonora in Lindpaintner’s ‘Il vespro siciliano’ and Isabella in ‘L’inganno felice’ at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival.
Previously she sang Alice in ‘Falstaff’ in Sassari and Jesi, as well as performances of Norma in Zagreb and Micaëla at the Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa as well as gala concerts in Vicenza’s Teatro Olimpico and the Teatro Alfieri of Asti.
Silvia Dalla Benetta’s extensive repertoire includes Giselda in ‘I lombardi alla prima crociata’ (Teatro Regio di Parma), Cio-Cio-san (on tour with the Teatro Verdi of Trieste), Mimì (Palma de Mallorca and the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center), Liù in ‘Turandot’ (Teatro Verdi of Pisa), Hanna Glawari (Trieste’s Teatro Verdi, Genoa’s Teatro Carlo Felice, the Fondazione Arena di Verona and Catania’s Teatro Massimo Bellini), Marguerite/’Faust’ (Teatro Coccia di Novara), Juliette in ‘Roméo et Juliette’ (Trieste), and the four women of ‘Les contes d’Hoffmann’ (Circuito Lirico Lombardo).
Silvia Dalla Benetta’s interpretation of Violetta has been widely admired, with performances in Italy’s premiere theatres, including Turin’s Teatro Regio, the Maggio Musicale of Florence, the Arena di Verona and Genova’s Carlo Felice.
Belcanto repertoire has likewise played a significant role in Dalla Benetta’s wide-ranging career, with successes as Norma (Pisa, Cremona, Pavia, Como, Brescia, Trento, Zagreb, Luzern, Ferrara and Charleroi), the title role in ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ (Cagliari, Trieste, Fermo, Wiesbaden, Bern, Mississauga, St. Gallen, Livorno, Pisa, Lucca, and Ravenna), Rossini’s Semiramide (Livorno, Pisa, Lucca, Louberon and Nice), and Fiorilla (Hamburg, Pisa, Trieste, Catania).
Silvia Dalla Benetta has collaborated with conductors Andrea Battistoni, Giampaolo Bisanti, Daniele Callegari, Antonino Fogliani, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Carlo Montanaro, Piergiorgio Morandi, Daniel Oren, Renato Palumbo, Donato Renzetti, José Miguel Perez-Sierra, Jonathan Webb among others, as well as stage directors Franco Zeffirelli, Jonathan Miller, Daniele Abbado, Laurent Pelly, Hugo De Ana and Henning Brockhaus.
The Vicenza-born soprano studied at the Conservatorio “Benedetto Marcello” of Venice and counts among her teachers Romano Gandolfi, Aldo Ceccato, Stella Silva, Mirella Parutto, Alida Ferrarini, Ida Adami Corradetti, Luciana Serra, Denia Mazzola, Sherman Lowe, and Renata Scotto. She was the 2004 winner of the Sanremo Opera Competition.
This year’s highlights include the title role in ‘Semiramide’ in Bilbao and her debut as Lady Macbeth in a number of Italian theatres this autumn.