Soprano

Rosa Feola

Engagements this season and beyond include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gilda Rigoletto, her house and title role debut in Lucia di Lammermoor with Basel Opera, Lauretta Il trittico and Musetta La bohème at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and returns to Opernhaus Zurich as Gilda Rigoletto and Sandrina La finta Giardiniera

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Introduction

Rosa Feola came to international attention after winning multiple awards including Second Prize, The Audience Prize and the Zarzuela Prize at the Plácido Domingo World Opera Competition (2010).

Operatic roles include Corinna Il Viaggio a Reims, Adina L’elisir d’amore, Gilda Rigoletto, Norina Don Pasquale, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Amina La Sonnambula to name a few, performing at houses including Teatro alla Scala, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Opernhaus Zurich, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Ravenna Festival, Lyric Opera Chicago, Teatro Regio Torino, Salzburg Festival and the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

She released her debut solo CD in 2015 titled Musica e Poesia, accompanied by Iain Burnside.


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  • 19:30 24 Nov 2018 Basel Opera, BASEL More info  

    GAETANO DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor

    Lord Enrico Ashton: Ernesto Petti
    Lucia Ashton: Rosa Feola
    Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood: Fabián Lara
    Raimondo Bidebent: Andrew Murphy
    Alisa: Anastasia Bickel
    Normanno: Karl-heinz Brandt
    Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
    Chorus: Chor des Theater Basel

  • 19:30 01 Dec 2018 Basel Opera, BASEL More info  

    GAETANO DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor

    Lord Enrico Ashton: Ernesto Petti
    Lucia Ashton: Rosa Feola
    Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood: Fabián Lara
    Raimondo Bidebent: Andrew Murphy
    Alisa: Anastasia Bickel
    Normanno: Karl-heinz Brandt
    Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
    Chorus: Chor des Theater Basel

  • 18:30 09 Dec 2018 Basel Opera, BASEL More info  

    GAETANO DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor

    Lord Enrico Ashton: Ernesto Petti
    Lucia Ashton: Rosa Feola
    Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood: Fabián Lara
    Raimondo Bidebent: Andrew Murphy
    Alisa: Anastasia Bickel
    Normanno: Karl-heinz Brandt
    Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
    Chorus: Chor des Theater Basel

  • 19:30 15 Dec 2018 Basel Opera, BASEL More info  

    GAETANO DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor

    Lord Enrico Ashton: Ernesto Petti
    Lucia Ashton: Rosa Feola
    Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood: Fabián Lara
    Raimondo Bidebent: Andrew Murphy
    Alisa: Anastasia Bickel
    Normanno: Karl-heinz Brandt
    Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
    Chorus: Chor des Theater Basel

  • 19:30 29 Dec 2018 Basel Opera, BASEL More info  

    GAETANO DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor

    Lord Enrico Ashton: Ernesto Petti
    Lucia Ashton: Rosa Feola
    Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood: Fabián Lara
    Raimondo Bidebent: Andrew Murphy
    Alisa: Anastasia Bickel
    Normanno: Karl-heinz Brandt
    Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
    Chorus: Chor des Theater Basel

  • 19:00 17 Jan 2019 Opernhaus Zurich, ZURICH More info  

    GIUSEPPE VERDI Rigoletto

    Duke of Mantua: Ismael Jordi
    Rigoletto: Quinn Kelsey
    Sparafucile: Pavel Daniluk
    Gilda: Rosa Feola
    Maddalena: Marina Viotti
    Giovanna: Asahi Wada
    Count Ceprano: Ildo Song

  • 19:00 20 Jan 2019 Opernhaus Zurich, ZURICH More info  

    GIUSEPPE VERDI Rigoletto

    Duke of Mantua: Ismael Jordi
    Rigoletto: Quinn Kelsey
    Sparafucile: Pavel Daniluk
    Gilda: Rosa Feola
    Maddalena: Marina Viotti
    Giovanna: Asahi Wada
    Count Ceprano: Ildo Song

  • 19:00 23 Jan 2019 Opernhaus Zurich, ZURICH More info  

    GIUSEPPE VERDI Rigoletto

    Duke of Mantua: Ismael Jordi
    Rigoletto: Quinn Kelsey
    Sparafucile: Pavel Daniluk
    Gilda: Rosa Feola
    Maddalena: Marina Viotti
    Giovanna: Asahi Wada
    Count Ceprano: Ildo Song

  • 19:00 30 Jan 2019 Opernhaus Zurich, ZURICH More info  

    GIUSEPPE VERDI Rigoletto

    Duke of Mantua: Ismael Jordi
    Rigoletto: Quinn Kelsey
    Sparafucile: Pavel Daniluk
    Gilda: Rosa Feola
    Maddalena: Marina Viotti
    Giovanna: Asahi Wada
    Count Ceprano: Ildo Song

  • 19:00 06 Feb 2019 Opernhaus Zurich, ZURICH More info  

    GIUSEPPE VERDI Rigoletto

    Duke of Mantua: Ismael Jordi
    Rigoletto: Quinn Kelsey
    Sparafucile: Pavel Daniluk
    Gilda: Rosa Feola
    Maddalena: Marina Viotti
    Giovanna: Asahi Wada
    Count Ceprano: Ildo Song

  • 19:00 09 Feb 2019 Opernhaus Zurich, ZURICH More info  

    GIUSEPPE VERDI Rigoletto

    Duke of Mantua: Ismael Jordi
    Rigoletto: Quinn Kelsey
    Sparafucile: Pavel Daniluk
    Gilda: Rosa Feola
    Maddalena: Marina Viotti
    Giovanna: Asahi Wada
    Count Ceprano: Ildo Song

  • 19:30 17 Feb 2019 Opernhaus Zurich, ZURICH More info  

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART La Finta Giardiniera

    Don Anchise: Kenneth Tarver
    Sandrina: Rosa Feola
    Contino Belfiore: Mauro Peter
    Arminda: Myrtò Papatanasiu
    Cavaliere Ramiro: Margarita Gritskova
    Serpetta: Rebeca Olvera
    Nardo: Adrian Timpau

  • 19:00 20 Feb 2019 Opernhaus Zurich, ZURICH More info  

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART La Finta Giardiniera

    Don Anchise: Kenneth Tarver
    Sandrina: Rosa Feola
    Contino Belfiore: Mauro Peter
    Arminda: Myrtò Papatanasiu
    Cavaliere Ramiro: Margarita Gritskova
    Serpetta: Rebeca Olvera
    Nardo: Adrian Timpau

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Discography

 
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    Rossini: Stabat Mater

    Label: Sony

    Release Date: 31 Aug 18

    ROSSINI Stabat Mater

    Soprano: Rosa Feola
    Alto: Gerhild Romberger
    Tenor: Dmitry Korchak
    Bass: Mika Kares

    Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
    Münchner Rundfunksorchester
    Conductor: Howard Arman

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    Musica e Poesia

    Label: Opus Arte

    Release Date: 31 Dec 15

    Soprano: Rosa Feola
    Piano: Iain Burnside

    RESPIGHI Quattro rispetti toscai, Deità silvane
    MARTUCCI Tre pezzi Op.84
    PONCHIELLO Sonetto di Dante: ‘Tante gentile e tanto onesta pare’
    PINSUTI Sonetto di Dante: ‘Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare’
    LISZT Tre sonetti di Petrarca

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    19 Oct 18 DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor
    Theater Basel

    “Without question, however, Rosa Feola’s performance as Lucia carried the production. Over almost three hours, her voice never faltered, despite the role’s major physical demands and the rash sequence of conflicting psychologies she had to portray: from deepest affection, to resignation and supreme disillusionment. Maria Callas said that a Lucia must “always find the meaning of a trill or a scale that will justify a feeling of happiness, anxiety, sadness.” Those very same words clearly found resonance in Basel.”

    Sarah Batschelet, Bachtrack, 20 October 2018

     

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    03 Aug 18 MOZART Mostly Mozart Festival
    Lincoln Center, New York

    “The second half opened with “Bella mia fiamma,” which has no piano accompaniment, and the concert was transformed. The lighter and drier instrumentation gave Feola plenty of space, which she filled with lovely, elegant, substantial singing. One could hear her at low dynamic levels, where she had a penetrating, haunting quality. Her musical emphasis on the repeated phrases for “o cara” and “addio per sempre” was artful and quite touching.”

    George Grella, New York Classical Review, 4 August 2018

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    14 Jul 18 PUCCINI Il trittico
    Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

    “Buena también la prestación de Rosa Feola como Lauretta, cantando con brillantez y mucho sentido su aria ‘O, mio babbino caro’.”

    “Rosa Feola as Lauretta sang her aria, ‘O mio babbino caro’, with brilliance and sensitivity.”

    José M. Irurzun, Beckmesser, 16 July 2018

    “…enfin la Lauretta bien chantante de Rosa Feola”

    Bertand Bolognesi, AnaClase, 16 July 2018

     

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    05 Apr 18 DONIZETTI Don Pasquale
    Teatro alla Scala, Milan

    Rosa Feola casertana di 32 anni è stata l’affascinante Norina del “Don Pasquale” scaligero diretto ad aprile da Chailly. Favorita dall’abilità del maestro nel coordinare e dare riconoscibile identità ai diversi piani sonori della partitura, il suo canto non è mai stato riassorbito dalla fitta trama orchestrale e si e potuto dispiegare liberamente esibendo timbro pieno e ricco di mordente agilità turbinose e un fraseggio vario e sensibilissimo.”

    Riccardo Lenzi, Cultura July 2018Voci nuove 

    “Rosa Feola was a smart and very dynamic Norina, with a shining soprano, ringing at the top and nicely colored throughout the range. ”

    Silvia Luraghi, The Opera Critic, 19 April 2018

    “Rosa Feola was an exceptionally elegant Norina, with an extremely bright register and a priceless verve in the fashion show when, in the preparation for the joke to be played on Don Pasquale, the false attitudes that she will have to assume (proud, simple, spinster, rascal; a twisted neck, a narrow mouth) turn into haute couture stylings.”

    Renato Verga, Bachtrack, 5 April 2018

    “Al centro della tresca e dello spettacolo si staglia come una stella del firmamento la Norina di Rosa Feola. Soprano lirico. Senza acidule petulanze, vocina da colibrì o colorature da bambolina meccanica. Piena di una vitalità prorompente, pirotecnica, debordante ed inarrestabile sin da subito con colorature che suonano leggere e briose, trilli prolungati e scale ascendenti sicure, con maliziosi allargando, come in “So anch’io la virtù magica”. Sa essere sensuale, spiritosa e ricca di charme ed eleganza, come nel lungo duetto con Malatesta, che prepara l’intrigo nel bel mezzo di una coloratissima sfilata di moda, con anche note ribattute scalpitanti: “Vedo, corro al gran cimento”. Agisce da vera maliarda, supportata da tecnica affinata, ricca di espressività: dolcezze affettate in “Idolo mio, vi supplico”; vibrante nel quartetto, a cui fa seguire una furia crescente temibile, da vera strega, nel finale secondo. Perfetta musicalmente nel notturno e, non ultimo, assai raggiante negli acuti.”

    Ugo Malasoma, Operaclick, 5 April 2018

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    24 Jan 18 BELLINI La Sonnambula
    Royal Opera House Muscat

    “One of Rosa Feola’s greatest strengths is the ability to combine restraint and passion. And nothing illustrated it better than her heart-melting final sleepwalking scene. When Amina found the violet Elvino had given her on their engaging day as a symbol of love had been dropped accidentally on the ground, she squatted down and stretched out her hands toward the flower without touching it as if wanting to caress it yet daring not, and she began the seamless phrase of “Ah! Non credea mirarti.” The tension in her hands and in her voice complemented each other that together they created a striking scene being more than the sum of individuals. Feola’s legato phrasing followed just as how Bellini marked–“Andante cantabile.” Beautifully lyrical and in a moderately slow tempo usually associated with “Andante,” her singing was like a creek, subtle yet always keeping a forward flow. While sustaining the smooth line, Feola never sacrificed the clarity of words,  her way of coloring the text imaginative. How she murmured about the “fiore!” one could hear the lacrime nella voce. Unsurprisingly, her careful way with words made the extensive recitative (about five-minutes long!) before the aria satisfying, of which most of the music didn’t lie in the notes but the articulation and rhythms of the language. This also applied to the final cabaletta… Feola succeeded in giving emotional meaning to every small note, especially in the repetition, as she applied interpolated ornamentations. Not very often could one hear these sung in style adding to the climax rather than distracting.”

    Yige Li, Opera Wire, 24 January 2018

     

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    07 Oct 17 VERDI Rigoletto
    Lyric Opera of Chicago

    “Much of the excitement came from a superb performance by the luminous Italian soprano Rosa Feola, making her Lyric debut as Gilda, the virginal daughter of the title character, a bitterly angry jester in the court of the libertine Duke of Mantua. Feola sang ravishingly and acted touchingly as a trusting young naif who casts her lot with her seducer, knowing full well that it will cost her her life. Feola earned herself a thunderous reception, and rightly so.”
    John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 8 October 2017

    “Rosa Feola made a quite sensational company debut as Gilda, Rigoletto’s innocent daughter…But none of those events prepared one for the luminous vocalism and dramatic power of her doomed Gilda Saturday night. Feola’s youthful, quicksilver soprano is ideal for this role and her “Caro nome” had it all—tonal purity, fine flexibility and a gleaming high register with pinpoint accuracy in the cabaletta’s top notes. The duet “È il sol dell’anima” with Matthew Polenzani’s Duke was simply gorgeous, tenderly sung with nuanced expressive poise by both artists.

    Her characterization of Rigoletto’s trusting daughter was just as remarkable. Feola completely embodied the role, conveying the girlish excitement of being in love with the Duke (masquerading as a poor student), her shame at her kidnapping and seduction, and despair at seeing the Duke’s moral vacuity firsthand (in the Quartet). The opera’s final scene rarely comes off as it should, but Feola made it devastating, with Gilda’s dying phrases softening and ebbing away as she tells her father that she will soon be reunited with her mother and watch over him in heaven. Rosa Feola’s Gilda was nothing less than a star-making performance.”
    Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, 8 October 2017

    “In an altogether sublime cast is Feola, the Italian soprano with a voice of honey-coated warmth and easeful technical brilliance that is paired with exceptional acting skills and natural beauty, who steals the stage. Her performance of the extended aria “Cara nome” is breathtaking – full of the surprise and fever of first love.”
    Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times, 8 October 2017

    “There we find Rosa Feola’s Gilda, who’s a standout vocalist. The higher she goes, the more relaxed she sounds, until she is nearly lounging in the upper ranges… She sings her “Caro nome” facing the audience, with both arms outstretched behind her and grasping a rail, as if holding herself back from melting into the hall. The performance, both visually and vocally, was one of fearless directness.”
    Dan Wang, Bach Track, 10 October 2017

    “Feola’s outing as Gilda is phenomenal. She conveys innocence and youthful earnestness with ease. She creates a young woman who is lovably sweet and she sings with the same sweetness. Her top notes are luscious and her phrasing blooms beautifully. It is a difficult task to convince an audience that such a horribly betrayed maiden could give her life to save her abuser, but Feola makes this fateful decision believable and therefore all the more tragic.”
    M.L. Rantala, Hyde Park Herald, 11 October 2017

    “Feola was a mesmerizing and dazzling Gilda in terms of phrasing, lyrical quality and stage presence. Her “Caro nome” was without a doubt the most spectacular moment in a night full of them. Feola captured the innocence and naïvete of a sheltered young woman yearning for love. Even the way she spoke the name “Gualtier Malde” before launching into “Caro nome” highlighted Gilda’s chasteness and simple nature.”
    Santosh Venkataraman, Opera Wire, 1 November 2017

    “Se in quel ruolo la giovane cantante spiccava per la voce purissima, qui si distingue per la maturita con cui affronta il personaggio di Gilda, di cui tratteggia con maestria l’innocenza e la spensieratezza, il genuino amore per il padre e la nascente passione per l’amente, il supremo coraggio e il dolore che non cancella la dedizione. La voce, sostenuta da una tecnica ferrea, risponde splendidamente a ogni intenzione espressiva, dai suoni filati e il tono sognante di “Caro nome” alla sofferta confessione di “Tutte le sere al tempio”, alla successione dei bellisimi duetti.”
    Marta Tonegutti, Dall’estero, November 2017

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    28 Jun 17 BIZET Carmen
    Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Terme di Caracalla

    “Rosa Feola si divora la parte di Micaela, mostrando una capacità di sprezzatura non indifferente, fraseggio e dizione ottimi, interpretazione scenica e bel timbro”

    Michelangelo Pecoraro, Opera Click, 4 July 2017

    “La performance de Rosa Feola dans le rôle Micaëla est également à applaudir notamment dans le solo du troisième acte avec des mediums maîtrisés et des aigus brillants.”

    Emma, Garnier, Bachtrack, 2 July 2017

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    19 May 17 DONIZETTI Don Pasquale
    Teatro Verdi, Salerno

    “…si è rivelata un’autentica punta di diamante. Anzitutto colpisce la voce, dal timbro pieno, omogeneo a tutti i livelli, dai toni caldi e con un’intelligente gestione di una tecnica di ferro.”

    “… She was excellent. Most importantly, her voice has a warm timbre, full and round from the top to the lower register. Moreover, she showed a rock-solid technique.”

    Bruno Tredicine, Operaclick, 25 May 2017

    “…Rosa Feola, una Norina arguta e civettuola: voce corposa in tutti i registri, squillante, ben proiettata…”

    “…Rosa Feola, a perfect and coquettish Norina: her voice is round and  well-projected in every register…”

    Luigi Raso, Ape Musicale, 19 May 2017

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    12 Apr 17 ROSSINI La gazza ladra
    Teatro alla Scala

    “…Rosa Feola and Serena Malfi were my picks of the cast. Feola had bags of charm and pristine fioritura as Ninetta…”
    Mark Pullinger, Bach Track, 13 April 2017

    “Gli interpreti tutti hanno dato prova di grande disinvoltura in scena e di un’ottima prova canora, prima fra tutti Rosa Feola come Ninetta, sicura ed elegante in ogni passaggio.”
    Stefano Jacini, Il Giornale della Musica, 14 April 2017

    “Ninetta, the central character who is wrongly accused of the theft of a spoon and thence sentenced to death, is taken by the excellent Rosa Feola… .Here, she was in total command, finding pathos as well as humour, her agile, bright voice perfectly chosen for the role.”

    Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard – International, 22 April 2017

    “Rosa Feola… with astounding technical savy… projected it (her voice) with impressive ease. her unique musicality ,her varied accentsm her myriad colours, her intense acting – everything contribueted to an enchanting potrayal”

    Emanuele Senici, Opera Magazine, August 2017

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    10 Jan 17 VERDI Rigoletto
    Teatro di San Carlo

    “Tra i cantanti svetta la prova meravigliosa Rosa Feola,  una Gilda brillante nel timbro, morbida nel fraseggio, pirotecnica nella concitazione del terzo atto appaia determinata e quasi furente.”
    La Recensione, January 2017

    “A Rosa Feola il ruolo di Gilda calza a pennello. La voce è di stampo lirico, l’emissione di leggerezza ammirevole, i colori ci sono tutti cosi come la giusta espressività. Già nel duetto col padre viene fuori non una povera ingenua, ma una ragazza innamorata e ben consapevole dei suoi gesti. Sorprendente la decisione con cui il carattere viene fuori ancora di più nel finale, mentre l’oasi lirica di Caro nome è stata condotta con grande precisione ed equilibrio fra tecnica ed espressività. Nell’insieme una prova eccellente.”
    David Toschi, Opera Click, January 2017

    “Tra i cantanti e svettata la prova meravigliosa di Rosa Feola, salutata alla fine da un tripudio di pubblico.

    Il giovane soprano e briliiante nel timbro, morbida nel fraseggio, pirotecnica nella agilita (Caro nome, per l’appunto, ci ha lasciati a bocca aperta), da brivido nelle messe di voce perfette. Ed e anche scenicamente autorevole: com’e giusto che nella concitazione del terzo atto appaia determinata e quasi furente!

    Considerato che ha appena trent’anni, Rosa Feola, e a nostro avviso una delle realta piu entusiasmanti dell scena lirica.”
    Sandro Compagnone, Attualita, 18 January 2017

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    22 Jul 16 MOZART and MENDELSSOHN arias BBC Proms 2016
    Royal Albert Hall; Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie

    “In Mendelssohn’s Infelice her voice appeared small and delicate, but so perfectly controlled across the range that it took on a huge power,
    filling the hall, and our hearts, effortlessly. In Mozart’s Ah, lo previdi she surprised us with real fire and fury, and gave a touching
    purity to the final farewell to the beloved.’
    Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 31 July 2016

    “Unmodified rapture came from Feola…
    the fully finished, stage-confident lyric soprano article. A surprising
    thrust in her armoury of colours suggested something beyond your usual
    sweet Mozart heroine…”
    David Nice, The Arts Desk, 23 July 2016

    “In this perfectly balanced programmed of Mozart and Mendelssohn, she featured in two concert arias – long, quasi-operatic pieces written for star singers. Her gleaming, supple soprano shone in Mendelssohn’s Infelice, riding the choppy waves of the stormy orchestra in the closing section, and she soared in duet with the oboe in Mozart’s Ah, lo previdi.”
    Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 24 July 2016

    ‘… Rosa Feola, who uncorked a secure, radiant and unforced timbre in Mendelssohn’s Infelice and made light of the coloratura challenges of Mozart’s Ah, lo previdi.”
    Richard Morrison, The Times, 25 July 2016

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    03 Jul 16 MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro
    Glyndebourne Festival Opera

    “Rosa Feola as Susanna was poised and elegant, again with an inner
    strength combined with suppleness of line. You felt that Feola could
    have easily taken on the role of the Countess, and her account of Deh vieni gave us some of the finest singing of the evening.”
    Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, 4 July 2016

    “But it’s the women who are exceptional. It’s hard to imagine finer
    soprano singing or more exuberant portrayals of Susanna and the Countess
    than those supplied by Rosa Feola and Golda Schultz respectively…”
    George Hall, The Guardian, 4 July 2016

    “… a nicely balanced Act III duet with Susanna (impressively sung Rosa Feola, allying the role’s quick-wittedness to an ideal steely clarity in
    the voice).”
    Edward Bhesania, The Stage, 4 July 2016

    “Most winning of all is young Italian soprano Rosa Feola as Figaro’s wife Susanna. She runs rings around the men, laying traps into which they obediently walk, all the while singing in a pert, crystal-clear soprano. She’s clearly a star in the making.”
    Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 5 July 2016

    “Rosa Feola, a witty and spirited Susanna…”
    Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian, 10 July 2016

    “Rosa Feola was a delicious Susanna…”
    William Hartston, The Telegraph, 5 July 2016

    ‘Rosa Feola is excellent as Susanna…’
    Clare Colvin, The Express, 10 July 2016

    “Rosa Feola is a lissom soprano who, in this interpretation, makes a hard-edged Susanna.”
    Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 8 July 2016

    “Best of all were Davide Luciano and Rosa Feola as Figaro and Susanna…. Feola acted and sang from start to finish with charm, wit and endless musical intelligence.”
    Roger Parker, Opera Magazine, August 2016

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    16 Apr 16 MAHLER Symphony No. 4
    Chicago Symphony Centre

    “In addition, in the symphony’s brief but haunting fourth (and final) movement, the human voice comes into play as a soprano (in this case the altogether beguiling Rosa Feola) sings Mahler’s enchanting setting of a traditional German poem, “Das himmlische Leben” (“Heavenly Life”), with its naive and enthusiastic description of  that other world.”
    Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times, 15 April 2016

    “The finale, a setting for solo soprano of a German folk poem about a child’s vision of heaven, brought lovely singing from Rosa Feola, who’s in town to sing Nannetta in the Muti “Falstaff” performances. The freshness and purity of her sound were an apt match for the naivete of stanzas in which angels bake bread and St. Peter goes fishing in God’s lake.”
    John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 15 April 2016

    ‘Rosa Feola was a lovely Nanetta, captivating in her aria as Queen of the Fairies…’
    George Loomis, Financial Times, 28 April 2016

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    31 Dec 15 Musica e Poesia
    Opus Arte

    “Her singing is marked by poise and eloquence, and she spins out seamless phrases with unflagging care for the words, whether in Respighi’s Tuscan songs, Martucci’s more expansive Tre Pezzi, or parallel Dante settings by Ponchielli and Pinsuti.”
    Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 7 January 2016

    “… refreshing with a hint of sweetness, and a pleasant glow of Mediterranean sunshine. The soprano responsible is Rosa Feola, a rising star…”

    “…the charm here is listening to Feola’s pure tone and immaculate diction…”
    Neil Fisher, The Times, 8 January 2016

    “…a beautiful voice in its youthful prime, an artist on the threshold of an auspicious career.”

    “The two groups by Respighi are typical of the minor treasures to be found among this neglected song composer’s legacy. His Quattro Rispetti toscani, sophisticated settings of four folk‑like poems, show off the light, bel canto beauty of Feola’s soprano…”

    “…her poise is impeccable. She takes some of the higher options for the voice, though not all. In one, at the close of ‘Pace non trovo’, she rises to an effortless D flat – a high point, in every sense, of singing that is graced everywhere with an elegant sweetness without ever feeling sentimental or saccharine.”
    Richard Fairman, Gramophone, February 2016

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    18 Dec 15 ROSSINI Il Viaggio a Reims
    Opernhaus Zurich

    ‘There was some fine singing from the quartet of ladies, Rosa Feola, Anna Goryachova, Julie Fuchs and Serena Farnocchia.’
    John Rhodes, Seen and Heard, 20 December 2015

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    11 Sep 15 BELLINI I Puritani
    Welsh National Opera

    “The Italian soprano Rosa Feola, a protégé of the great Renata Scotto, sings the dippy heroine Elvira with all her mentor’s questing intelligence. Warm and easy in her top register, she phrases sensitively, shaping the line into expressive meaning and colouring words with imagination. Her Mad Scene in Act 2 was exquisitely done, as was the miraculous…recovery of her senses that ensues…Feola can act too, radiating considerable personal charm throughout Elvira’s neurasthenic travails. There is blazing star potential here…”.
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 12 September 2015

    “Musically this is most rewarding, with Feola’s coloratura gracefully poised”.
    Rian Evans, The Guardian, 13 September 2015

    …”the Elvira of Rosa Feola,
    a marvellous singing actress, in full command of the part’s range and
    coloratura, and with poise and a fine sense of nineteenth-century visual
    idiom… Her mad scene, especially, is a masterclass in
    refined excess…And, by the way, it’s exquisitely sung”.
    Stephen Walsh,The Arts Desk, 12 September 2015

    “Musically too, this is a magical evening. Rosa Feola…effaces all memories of Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland by singing a soaring, secure, beautiful and vulnerable Elvira”.
    Mark Valencia, What’s On Stage, 14 September 2015

    “In this production Rosa Feola gives a genuinely affecting and moving performance…full of deep passion”.
    Peter Collins, Wales Online, 12 September 2015

    “..Elvira – wonderfully sung by Italian soprano Rosa Feola…Vocally, this is a rewarding evening…Feola’s exceptional Elvira…”.
    George Hall, The Stage, 14 September 2015

    “As Elvira, Rosa Feola is mesmerising…her obsessive-compulsive shredding of a bridal bouquet is the show’s most memorable image”.
    Richard Morrison, The Times, 15 September 2015

    “The evening would be a triumph whatever the setting thanks to the magnificent Rosa Feola, singing the part of Elvira for the last time on this tour. Feola was a pupil of Renata Scotto, and it shows both in her acting ability and in the expression and purity she brings to every acrobatic note in the fragile vocal line.

    There’s no mistaking this heroine’s febrile mental state even as she light-heartedly cradles her wedding dress in Act 1. Then her exquisite… subtle control in Qui la voce, the most musical of all mad scenes, when she seems to hear Arturo’s voice, left me open-mouthed in admiration”.
    Colin Davison, Gloucestershire Echo, 21 October 2015

    “There is an Ophelia-like fragility about Rosa Feola’s
    unforgettable Elvira, possessed not only of delicate coloratura and a mixture
    of vocal purity and attack; she enhances those essential musical attributes by
    sustaining the made scenes across each of the three acts, rather than seeming
    arbitrarily to drift in and out of them. Feola’s silvery tone is ideal in the polacca, ‘Son vergin vezzosa’. No
    soprano ought to sing this part without studying Callas’s recordings, yet Feola
    seems to have taken these lessons and made something such as ‘Vien, diletto è
    in ciel la luna! entirely her own- necessarily, given her much lighter
    instrument, yet this cabaletta has a pliancy and musical intelligence that
    marks out the singer as a self-effacing star”.


    John Allison, Opera Magazine, November 2015

    “But the discovery of the night was soprano Rosa Feola, who spun Elvira’s long, winding melodies into gold. Her coloratura was gorgeous – and heartbreaking – with no histrionics but a myriad, delicate inflections. Quite simply, a star in the making.”
    Steph Power, The Independent, 14 September 2015

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    05 Oct 14 MOZART La finta giardiniera
    Glyndebourne Touring Opera

    “Rosa Feola has a voice you can’t ignore: it is honey and cream with a kick of champagne, and she brings a magnum of star quality to the key role of Sandrina/Violante. We must hear more of this fabulous young Italian soprano.”
    Mark Valencia, Whats on Stage, 6 October 2014

    “Although no-one is weak, two principals stand out in particular. The first is Rosa Feola who as Sandrina has a voice of immense smoothness and beauty. There is an almost wispy, spiritual quality to her soprano and yet it is possessed of the utmost clarity.”
    Sam Smith, Music OMH, 31 October 2014

    “Fine young singers also grace Glyndebourne Touring Opera’s revival of Frederic Wake-Walker’s handsome but silly production of Mozart’s silly youthful opera La finta giardiniera. The new fake gardener is surely a star in the making: Rosa Feola, apparently a future Glyndebourne Susanna in Figaro, for which I can’t wait on the basis of her gorgeous singing here.”
    Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, Culture Magazine, 09 Nov 2014

    “Italian soprano Rosa Feola, sparkles as Sandrina/ Violante.”
    Tim Frost, The Public Reviews, 5 Nov 2014

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    10 May 14 DONIZETTI L'elisir d'amore
    Opera di Roma

    “Adina è stata cantata da Rosa Feolacon impeccabile musicalità, precisione nelle agilità e gusto interpretativo curato, sorvegliato e mai manierato o artefatto, esprimendo l’evoluzione psicologica della parte attraverso un sapiente uso delle sonorità e del fraseggio ed una gestualità scenica sempre appropriata e spontanea anche quando costretta a cose forse discutibili e di certo inutilmente rumorose come le pagine strappate nell’aria di sortita.”

    Francesco Giudiceandrea, GB Opera Magazine, 11 May 2014

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    06 Feb 14 SCHUBERT Mass
    Chicago Symphony Center

    “Rosa Feola’s ethereal pure soprano brought just the right degree of expressive poise to her solos.”
    Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, 7 Feb 2014

    “Of the solo singers, the pure, angelic soprano of Rosa Feola gave particular pleasure.”
    John von Rhein, Chicago tribune, 7 Feb 2014

    “Three young Italian soloists — soprano Rosa Feola, tenor Antonio Poli and bass Riccardo Zanellato — and Austrian mezzo Michaela Selinger were absolutely matched and in sync with an ability to capture lightness and even sweetness without the slightest touch of syrup.”
    Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun Times, 7 February 2014

    “They are chosen for varying textures as well as pitches, Rosa Feola in the soprano part sang with ethereal beauty, a pure tone piercing to the hall’s ceilings.”
    Susan Hall, Berkshire Fine Arts, 7 Feb 2014

    “Muti, an opera maestro who knows something about singers and matching them up, put together an ideal blend of voices for the solo quartet: soprano Rosa Feola, mezzo-soprano Michaela Selinger, tenor Antonio Poli and bass Riccardo Zanellato.”
    Lawrence B. Johnson, Chicago on the Aisle, 7 Feb 2014

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    09 Jan 14 Rosenblatt Recital
    Wigmore Hall

    “London likes to think it lies at the centre of the musical universe, but many great singers had relatively small careers here and most of today’s up-and-coming stars make their names elsewhere. No one fits that description better than the Italian lyric soprano Rosa Feola. Her recital in the Rosenblatt series, eloquently accompanied by Iain Burnside, was far from sold out but she is a classic Rosenblatt find – scarcely known on this side of the Channel but with a potential that impresarios elsewhere have been quick to spot.
    There was nothing predictable about her programme of love songs, evenly divided between canzonettas and opera arias. It played to her strengths, which are many – one of them being a gift for making an audience want more. Before she even sings a note, Feola wins my vote: she has a pleasing presence, unfussy in a damsel-like way, with enough self-confidence to hold the stage on her own – without a score – while steering clear of prima donna mannerism. The timbre is natural – not obviously schooled or over-produced – and the technique flawless.

    This was clear not only from an open-hearted “Caro nome” (Rigoletto), showcasing her stylish bel canto, but also from her clean, radiant upper register. Every top note rings out with lustre, giving “Je veux vivre” (Roméo et Juliette) and “E strano” (La traviata) the wherewithal to bring the house down. Her stage debut as Violetta surely can’t be far away, for Feola gives every impression of having a big-time temperament.
    Her French diction let her down a bit in “Sombre forêt” (Guillaume Tell), but the aria, one of Rossini’s loveliest, proved that Feola could be equally persuasive in a gentler musical atmosphere. Her encore, Lauretta’s song from Gianni Schicchi, made a similar point: the emotion she expresses is touching, not overwrought.
    As for her non-operatic choices, Tosti’s “Sogno” and “Non t’amo più” demonstrated her ability to respect the simplicity of the song, while Villa-Lobos’s “Tarde uma nuvem rósea” showcased her seductive vocalise. But the key to Feola’s artistic personality is not just her vocal prowess: what counts is that she never gives less than a performance.”

    Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 12 January 2014

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    11 Nov 12 VERDI Rigoletto
    Ravenna Festival, Italy

    “Particolarmente luminosa la Gilda di Rosa Feola, capace sia di brucianti accensioni drammatiche che di estatici abbandoni lirici.”
    Guido Barbieri, La Repubblica, 11 November

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    22 Sep 12 ORFF Carmina Burana
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    “Feola had an attractive sound from her first entrance, but as the evening went on she became increasingly seductive and even delicate.”
    Andrew Partner, Chicago Sun Times, 22 September 2012

Repertoire

OPERA:

BELLINI I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Giulietta)
BELLINI I Puritani (Elvira)
BELLINI La Sonnambula (Amina)
BELLINI La Fille du Régiment
BIZET Les Pecheurs de Perles (Leila)
BIZET Carmen (Micaela)
DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore (Adina)
DONIZETTI Don Pasquale (Norina)
DONIZETTI La campanello (Serafina)
GLUCK Orfeo et Euridice (Euridice)
GOUNOD Romeo et Juliette (Juliette)
MERCADANTE I due Figaro (Inès)
MOZART La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia)
MOZART Idomeneo (Ilia)
MOZART Die Zauberflöte (Pamina)
MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna)
MOZART Don Giovanni (Donna Anna)
MOZART La Finta Giardiniera (Sandrina)
OFFENBACH Tales of Hoffman (Antonia)
PUCCINI Gianni Schicchi
PUCCINI La Bohème (Musetta)
ROSSINI La gazza ladra (Ninetta)
ROSSINI Il Viaggio a Reims (Corinna)
ROSSINI Il Turco in Italia (Fiorilla)
ROSSINI La Scala di Seta
STRAVINSKY Rake’s Progress
VERDI Rigoletto (Gilda)
VERDI Falstaff (Nannetta)
VERDI La traviata

CONCERT:
BACH B Minor Mass
BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis
BRAHMS Requiem
FAURE Requiem
MAHLER Symphony No. 2 & 4
MONTEVERDI Il Vespro della Beata Vergine
MOZART C Minor Mass
MOZART Requiem
MOZART Exultate Jubilate
ORFF Carmina Burana
PERGOLESI Stabat Mater
POULENC Gloria
ROSSINI Petite Messe Solenelle
ROSSINI Stabat Mater
SCHUBERT Mass in A flat