Monica Bacelli

Mezzo-soprano

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Biography

Monica Bacelli appears regularly in many of the world’s leading opera houses including La Scala Milan, the Vienna State Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Opernhaus Zurich, the Salzburg Festival, La Fenice Venice, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Teatro Real Madrid, La Monnaie Brussels, the Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, and the Netherlands Opera Amsterdam.

Conductors with whom she has worked include Ivor Bolton, Semyon Bychkov, Sylvain Cambreling, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Sir Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Oren, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Trevor Pinnock, Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Christian Thielemann and Alberto Zedda.

Monica Bacelli was honoured with the prestigious Abbiati Award given by Italian music critics in recognition of her outstanding performances. Highlights of her appearances that year were Berio’s Outis at La Scala, Les Contes d’Hoffmann staged by Hugo De Ana and Così fan tutte conducted by Riccardo Muti, staged by Roberto De Simone at Vienna State Opera and Ravenna Festival.

Her vast repertoire ranges from baroque roles through the heroines of Mozart and Rossini to twentieth century and contemporary music. She has performed Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges conducted by Seiji Ozawa, Myung-Whun Chung and Simon Rattle, and Berio's Folksongs both with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. 

Monica Bacelli has sung numerous concerts and recitals, collaborating with artists including Irwin Gage and Pietro De Maria.

During the 1999 Salzburg festival she performed as part of the Pollini project Berio’s composition Altra Voce for Mezzosoprano and Flute as well as Monteverdi Madrigals accompanied by Maurizio Pollini. This concert was repeated at the Carnegie Hall in New York, in Japan, at the Accademia di S. Cecilia of Rome, Milan and Vienna.