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Marianna Pizzolato

Marianna Pizzolato (Mezzo-Soprano)

Marianna Pizzolato was born in Palermo, where she studied at the Conservatorio Vincenzo Bellini. Acclaimed in eighteenth-century repertoire and bel canto, in particular Rossini, she made her professional debut as Tancredi and went on to sing that role as well as Andromaca in Ermione, the Marchesa Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims and Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri at Pesaro. The latter is in many respects her signature-role: she sang it for her Metropolitan Opera debut (in the Jean-Pierre Ponnellle production originally designed for Marilyn Horne) in 2016, and recorded it live from Pesaro in 2006 on Dynamic and from Bad Wildbad on Naxos in 2010 (‘airier and more graceful than any of her predecessors on record’ – Gramophone). Her repertoire also includes Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Gluck’s Orfeo, and Amastre in Handel’s Serse.

Pizzolato’s discography includes Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Arsace in Semiramide and Malcolm in La donna del lago (all on Naxos), Pierotto on Opera Rara’s much-praised recording of Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix with Sir Mark Elder, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Anna Netrebko, Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia, and (on DVD) Fenena to Plácido Domingo’s Nabucco from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Further Reading: Marianna Pizzolato

 Recording of the Week, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater

Anna Netrebko and Marianna Pizzolato join Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’ Accademia di Santa Cecilia for an unusually full-blooded account of Pergolesi’s best-known work, plus a chamber cantata apiece.

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