Claudia Marchi, mezzo-soprano
“Invigorating the stage is the superb Claudia Marchi. As Carmen, Ms. Marchi is outstanding and intense, perfectly at ease on stage, and perfectly inhabiting her role. She is a vocally credibly gypsy, disarming in temperment, charismatic, posessing a seductively warm timbre and sensuous of movement.” 17/July/08
Italian mezzo-soprano Claudia Marchi first came to public prominence as the winner of the XXXV Giuseppe Verdi competition in Parma. Soon after she won the fifth Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competitionand made her debut in the title role of Sigismondo , by Rossini, conducted by Richard Bonynge. Since that time, Ms. Marchi has built her reputation in theatres throughout Europe and abroad, singing in some of the world’s finest theatres such as La Scala, La Fenice, Gran Teatro Liceu, Teatro Comunale di Bologna,Opéra de Nice, and the Thé atre Capitole de Toulouse, to name a few.In course of 2009-2010 season Mr. Marchi made her debut in the role of Principessa di Buillon in ADRIANA LECOVREUR by Cilea and reprised one of her signature role: Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA by Rossini, a role she first performed with the Grand Theatre de Liege (Belgium) , finally , m.she exhibited in a Recital of Italian and Spanish music to the Gran Theatre de Limoges (FR),
In the course of 2008-2009 Mr.Marchi reprised the role of Santuzza ( CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA ) at the Teatro dei Quattro Mori in Livirno (I) the roles of Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA by Rossini and followed by the title role of Carmen , a role she first performed with the Opé ra National de Strasbourg in France, and again at the Teatro Principal de Alicante in Spain , at Gran Theatre de Limoges (FR), and twice at Festival di S.Giminiano in Italy.
Between the most recent roles,Ms Marchi sang Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Festival de la Porta Ferrada di San Feliu de Giuxols, as well as in Minorca with the Opera di Mahon singing alongside Juan Pons as Madelon in Andrea Chenier . Ms. Marchi had previously debuted in Andrea Chenier in the role of Bersi with the Opera Royale de Wallonie in Liege. North America heard Ms. Marchi in Montreal as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Festival of the Semaine Italienne. Ms Marchi closed the 2007 year with the reprised of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Paris (F) at Dome des Ivnvalides and Cirque d’Hiver.
In the 2005-2006 season she made her debut in La Damnation de Faust as Marguerite at the Vilnius Festival in a season rich with debuts: Preziosilla in La Forza del destino at Teatro Comunale di Modena, Frugola in Il Tabarro and Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi at Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse, La Guida in Un Segreto di importanza by F. Rendine at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera at Teatro Bellini di Catania.
Other Verdi roles such as Azucena in Il Trovatore , Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Fenena in Nabucco, and Maddalena in Rigoletto have taken Ms. Marchi to such theatres as Teatro La Fenice, Leipzig Oper, Opéra de Nice, Teatro Regio di Torino, Opéra de Marseille and the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, with reknowned artists Leo Nucci, Renato Bruson, Ruggero Raimondi and Carlo Guelfi.
Other roles and theatres of importance include Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Carlo Fenice di Genova as well as in Dijon (France), Novara, Savona and Monte Carlo, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liege, Grand Theatrede Limoges and Ruinas de Carmo in Lisbon, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro Grande di Brescia, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with the Festival de Peralada (Spain), Fidalma in Il Matrimonio Segreto at the Opé ra de Toulon, Isaura in Rossini's Tancredi at the Zurich Oper, and Lucilla in La Scala di Seta conducted by Alberto Zedda at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. Ms. Marchi sang in the Czech Republic in Donizetti’s Maria di Rohan as Gondi, and she returned to Spain in another Donizetti role: Zaida in Don Sebastiano .
In concert, Ms. Marchi sang the Verdi Requiem with the late Luciano Pavarotti in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. She made her Teatro alla Scala di Milano debut in a concert with soprano Cecilia Gasdia, and the Festival Verdiano di Parma, she performed sacred works by Provesi and Jomelli.
Ms. Marchi’s discography includes Gran Teatro Liceu in Barcelona in the title role of La Fattucchiera by V. Cujas, which was recorded for Columna Musica. In addition, she recorded Gianni Schicchi for Naxos records, Il Socrate Immaginario, Il Divertimento dei Numi (by Paisiello) and La Romanziera e l’uomo nero (by Donizetti) for Bongiovanni records.