-The Italian mezzosoprano will return to the Madrid opera house with the Bellini opera, performing one of her favourite characters, in a season in which she will also sing in Naples, Piacenza, Florence, the Savonlinna Festival in Finland and the Arena de Verona Festival
“Adalgisa is a character of extraordinary purity”, the Italian singer Annalisa Stroppa explains, before her upcoming engagement in Madrid with Vincenzo Bellini’s opera Norma. Born in Brescia, Stroppa now appears regularly in the programmes of the great opera houses on the international circuit, and she has just now arrived in Madrid to begin rehearsals for the Bellini opera, a jewel of Romantic bel-canto, programmed by the Teatro Real. With Justin Way directing and Marco Armiliato conducting, Annalisa Stroppa will take the role of the young priestess on the 4th, 7th, 10th, 13th, 17th and 19th March at the Madrid opera house.
“Each time I perform Adalgisa I enjoy this young priestess’ experiences as she is snared in the web of her first love. Everything is ethereal for her. I see her as a great dreamer who, even so, matures over the length of the opera as she is confronted by a reality which is very far from her fantasies conjured by Pollione’s trickery. The character is full of nuance, which I try to transmit by submerging myself in all the feelings that the composer expressed in the score,” the Italian mezzo adds. “From a vocal point of view, it is a difficult role to sing, and at the same time, marvellous. It’s clear to me that the beauty and lightness of Bellini’s melodies encourage humans’ most intimate and deep feelings to blossom; his is, without doubt, the song of the soul, which is the reason why I adore his music,” she concludes.
Annalisa Stroppa knows Adalgisa’s character very well as she has sung the role in great opera houses such as the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Calderón in Valladolid, the Teatro Verdi in Padua, the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Colón in Buenos Aires, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
The Italian mezzo-soprano is enthusiastic about returning to Spain, a country, she assures us, where she feels “completely at home. I love the food, the language, the character of the people… It is one of the few countries where, despite the pandemic which has affected society so negatively, they have been able to continue to promote culture by keeping theatres open. These theatres are making a huge effort to continue with their programmes with all the safety measures in place. This is why I am so much looking forward to performing for opera-goers in Madrid once again.”
After her time in Madrid, Annalisa Stroppa will continue with her international engagements which will take her to the Teatro San Carlo in Naples for the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, also to sing Verdi’s Requiem at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza, the role of Preziosilla in La forza del destino at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, her acclaimed Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Savonlinna Festival in Finland and Fenena in Nabucco at the Verona Arena Festival.