-The Canary Island singer will take the role of Puccini’s diva for the first time at the Teatro Regio in Turin, marking the beginning of an exciting season which will also take her to the Teatro Real in Madrid and Los Angeles Opera.
“Floria Tosca was a role which I always had in my bucket list. I knew that sooner or later it would come my way and now the opportunity of getting into the character has finally arrived,” the Spanish soprano Davinia Rodríguez explains enthusiastically before this imminent debut. Performances will take place on the 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th and 29th October at one of Italy’s most important opera houses, the Teatro Regio in Turin, which has a great Puccini tradition and is where the Italian composer premiered Manon Lescaut and his popular Bohème, among other operas. Directed by Mario Pontiggia and conducted by Daniel Oren, who will be at the helm of the house orchestra and choir, this is a Palermo Teatro Massimo production in which Rodríguez will be appearing alongside Jonathan Tetelman as Cavaradossi and Gevorg Hakobyan as the villain Scarpia. “I am delighted to be able to bring this amazing woman to life, an actress and singer who lives from music, theatre and singing. In spite of the extreme difficulty of the role, it is marvellous to have the opportunity to perform it, as Puccini gave this character some of the most beautiful passages in the history of opera,” Davinia Rodrígue continues; “also, from an acting point of view, I am very pleased to be working with a great director like Mario Pontiggia, who I have been friends with for years and with whom I have a perfect understanding. It is also an honour to work on the role with the conductor Daniel Oren. This is certainly one of the most exciting challenges of my career,” she concludes. The Spanish soprano made her debut at the Turin Teatro Regio last season as Nedda in Pagliacci, by Leoncavallo.
Over recent seasons, Davinia Rodríguez has been asked to perform in some of the most important opera houses on the international circuit, in cities such as Vienna, Dallas, Naples, Spoleto, Macerata, Piacenza, Parma, Muscat (Sultanate of Oman), Beijing, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Oviedo, Madrid and Barcelona, among many others. After her debut as Floria Tosca upcoming engagements include her return to the Teatro Real in Madrid (December) for her debut as Imogene in Bellini’s Il Pirata, and her first Elizabeth I in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, in her debut at Los Angeles Opera (February).