– After her recent success as Fenena in Nabucco in the Milanese opera house, the Italian mezzo-soprano will be in the cast of Andrea Chénier at the opening of the season
The date is, as every year, the 7th December, Saint Ambrose’s day. Traditionally this is the day on which the opera season at the legendary La Scala in Milan begins. Once again, just as last year with her acclaimed Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, the mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa will sing at this most famous of opera houses, marking yet another upward step in her unstoppable career. Her recent performances include a return to Monte-Carlo Opera with her outstanding Rosina in Il Barbiere dio Siviglia, Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Amsterdam Opera and her debut at Bregenz Festival (Austria) in the title role of Bizet´s Carmen.
The singer, who hails from Brescia (Italy), has continued to consolidate her relationship with La Scala since her debuts there with Otello and Rigoletto. She opened the 2016-2017 season at the opera house with her delicious Suzuki, a great triumph which won over opera-goers and critics alike, defining her as “the Suzuki we have always wanted” (Il Corriere della Sera). Annalisa Stroppa has also made a debut recently at the Astana House (Kazakhstan) in the role of Meg in Falstaff (Verdi) during a tour of the La Scala production. In October, also in Milan, she returned to the La Scala to take the role of Fenena in Nabucco.
This December, for the second year in a row, she will take one of the lead roles in the opening of the La Scala season, making her debut in the role of Bersi in Andrea Chénier (Giordano), with performances on the 7th, 10th, 13th, 16th, 19th, 22nd and 27th December and on the 2nd and 5th January. “It is a great honour and an immense pleasure to appear again at this great event, an opening night which is so important in the opera world,” Annalisa Stroppa notes. This new production will be conducted by Riccardo Chailly and directed by Mario Martone. The cast includes the soprano Anna Netrebko as Maddalena di Coigny in her debut in the role.
“After this engagement I will be performing at the Teatro Felice in Genoa”, the mezzo explains, “to once again take on a role which is very dear to me, Adalgisa in Norma, which I have already sung previously in theatres in Italy and Spain”. She will later perform Rosina at the Dresden Semperoper, Jane Seymour in Anna Bolena in Verona, Dorabella in Così fan tutte in Turin and Carmen at the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas in Grand Canary, before her return to the Bregenz Festival as Bizet´s Carmen