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Giannattasio’s unique talent is in high demand across the world this year. In April 2012, she made her debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Mimi in John Copley’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme to critical acclaim.  In September, this was followed by her Metropolitan Opera debut as Leonora in David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s Il trovatore.  In December, Giannattasio opened the season at Teatro San Carlo Naples with a “triumph” (La Repubblica) in a new production of La Traviata directed by Ferzan Ozpetek.  Highlights 2013 were performances as Mrs Alice in Robert Carsen’s new production of  Verdi’s Falstaff at La Scala, Milan, Verdi ‘s la Traviata at Hong Kong Arts Festival,  Leonora in Philipp Stolzl’ s new production of  Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Wien Festwochen, Desdemona in Jose Cura new production of Verdi’ s Otello at Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Alice in a Blakeley’s new production of Falstaff at Los Angeles Opera conducted by James Conlon. Her schedule for 2014 season includes:  Verdi Requiem in Valencia Palau de las Artes under the baton of Riccardo Chailly, Turandot (Liu’) at Teatro Regio of Turin conducted by P. Steinberg and at Arena of Verona, La Boheme ( Mimi) and IL Trovatore at Teatro La fenice in Venice. Maria Stuarda (Elisabetta) at Berlin Deutsche Oper and Royal Opera House in London. Simon Boccanegra (Amelia) at Teatro alla Scala of Milan.

The soprano’s increasing demand across the globe has been mirrored by widespread critical acclaim. Following her performance Covent Garden debut the Independent’s Edward Seckerson wrote: “she looked perfect, her tiny frame shaken by big notes of big conviction and phrasing in the heart-rending third act that truly prepared us dramatically for a genuinely touching death-bed scene”

Upon winning the First Prize and the Audience Award at Placido Domingo’s Operalia, Paris 2002, Carmen Giannattasio’s special vocal gifts and dramatic ability quickly thrust her onto the world stage and gained her immediate critical attention and a reputation as a chameleon, who could transform herself and delve convincingly into the grand passions of the tragic operatic heroines. She boasts an impressive repertoire encompassing the great composers of the 18th-and 19th-centuries and has appeared in the major European and American opera houses and concert venues under the world’s leading conductors, working with prominent and demanding directors.

Aside from the recognition of her skill as an interpreter of bel canto, she has enjoyed resounding success in the grand operas of Puccini and Verdi, receiving special acclaim in the roles of Mimi in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata and Leonora in Il TrovatoreOf her Violetta performance, Rupert Christiansen in the Daily Telegraph commented: ‘…a deeply intelligent and profoundly affecting interpretation in the Cotrubas and Scotto mould.’ Since being chosen to front important new bel canto recordings by Opera Rara, who champion rarely performed operas of the 19th century, she has distinguished herself in Rossini’s La donna del lago, Donizetti’s Parisina and in particular Rossini’s Ermione, winner of the 2011 Gramophone Opera Award – a performance which has earned her accolades from leading critics worldwide and Bellini’s Il Pirata. Last june a new recording  of Donizetti’s rarely performed Caterina Cornaro has just been released.

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