-The Italian mezzo-soprano begins 2020 as the leading lady in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Carlo Felice

After ending 2019 with a new triumph in her career as the lead role of La Cenerentola at Hamburg Opera, the Italian mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa will begin the year with one of her most beloved characters, Rosina in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa (on the 15th, 17th and 19th January). The singer admits that she has a weakness for the role, which she first sang at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome in 2012, conducted by one of the greatest authorities on bel-canto, the maestro Bruno Campanella.   After this she also sang the role in the opera houses of Berlin, Lausanne, Barcelona, Tel-Aviv, Verona, Bilbao, Dresden and Monaco.

For Stroppa, Rosina, the future Countess of Almaviva, “is a very sensitive girl, and at the same time is very determined to find happiness by escaping from the sheltered life her guardian forces her to lead.   She is like a flower ready to bloom, and dreams of meeting her Prince Charming.   Her character is ambiguous, and I love this because it allows me to play with the way I portray it.   From her first aria it is clear that in fact she is very astute, stubborn and determined to get what she wants.   Rosina is a character I adore, both from the vocal point of view – very comfortable for me – as well as for her character.   She is a very up-to-date: a young woman who is looking for her identity, her freedom and, especially, love.   I really enjoy portraying her different facets; she is sweet and a dreamer with Lindoro, conspiratorial and determined with Figaro, rebellious and intelligent with Bartolo,” explains the acclaimed mezzo-soprano, who has already performed another bel-canto role at the opera house in Genoa, that of Adalgisa, in Bellini’s Norma.

Rosina is the flavour of the year, as in April 2020 Annalisa Stroppa will return to the Munich Bayerische Staatsoper with the character and in July she will take the role again in Finland at the Savonlinna Opera Festival.   Other upcoming engagements for Stroppa, after her Rosina in Genoa, include Adalgisa at the Teatro San Carlos in Naples, and she will once again sing her much acclaimed version of the title role in Bizet’s Carmen in Majorca (Spain). She will also be Geltrude in Franco Faccio’s Amleto at the Verona Teatro Filarmónico.