Soprano

Giulia Semenzato

Highlights of the 2019/20 season include Giulia’s role debut in Cavalli’s Ercole amante under Raphaël Pichon at the Opéra Comique performing as Cinzia/Venere/Bellezza and a return to the role of Zerlina Don Giovanni at the Theater an der Wien with Giovanni Antonini.

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Introduction

A winner of the International Competition Toti dal Monte in Treviso and the ‘Premio Farinelli’ at the Concorso Lirico Cittá di Bologna, Italian soprano Giulia Semenzato studied at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice and specialised in Baroque music at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, after completing a Law degree at the University of Udine.

Giulia has continued to champion music from the Baroque era and is an established recording artist. For Arcana, she has recorded Logroscino’s Stabat Mater, and for Accent, Handel’s Messiah under Václav Luks with the Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale 1704. Giulia’s debut recording was Cavalli’s Sospiri d’amore under Claudio Cavina for Glossa.

Highlights of the 2019/20 season include Giulia’s role debut in Cavalli’s Ercole amante under Raphaël Pichon at the Opéra Comique performing as Cinzia/Venere/Bellezza and a return to the role of Zerlina Don Giovanni at the Theater an der Wien with Giovanni Antonini. At Opéra de Lille she will interpret Nanetta Falstaff, and at the Drottningholms Slottsteater Stockholm she takes on Poppea Agrippina. In concert, she returns to the Mozarteum Foundation, Salzburg for a programme of Mozart during its annual ‘Mozartwoche’ under Riccardo Minasi. Later she returns to the Theater an der Wien for Susanna Le nozze di Figaro and makes her highly anticipated Royal Opera House debut.


Performance Schedule

 
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    16:00 20 Aug 2019 Glyndebourne Festival Opera, LEWES

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rinaldo

    Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
    Director: Robert Carsen
    Rinaldo: Jakub Józef Orliński
    Argante: Brandon Cedel
    Almirena: Giulia Semenzato
    Armida: Kristina Mkhitaryan
    Goffredo: Tim Mead
    Eustazio: Patrick Terry
    A Christian Magician: James Hall
    Herald: Frederick Jones
    Siren 1: Madison Nonao-Horsefield
    Siren 2: Emma Kerr
    Woman: Sofia Larsson
    Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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    16:00 23 Aug 2019 Glyndebourne Festival Opera, LEWES

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rinaldo

    Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
    Director: Robert Carsen
    Rinaldo: Jakub Józef Orliński
    Argante: Brandon Cedel
    Almirena: Giulia Semenzato
    Armida: Kristina Mkhitaryan
    Goffredo: Tim Mead
    Eustazio: Patrick Terry
    A Christian Magician: James Hall
    Herald: Frederick Jones
    Siren 1: Madison Nonao-Horsefield
    Siren 2: Emma Kerr
    Woman: Sofia Larsson
    Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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    16:00 25 Aug 2019 Glyndebourne Festival Opera, LEWES

    GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Rinaldo

    Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev
    Director: Robert Carsen
    Rinaldo: Jakub Józef Orliński
    Argante: Brandon Cedel
    Almirena: Giulia Semenzato
    Armida: Kristina Mkhitaryan
    Goffredo: Tim Mead
    Eustazio: Patrick Terry
    A Christian Magician: James Hall
    Herald: Frederick Jones
    Siren 1: Madison Nonao-Horsefield
    Siren 2: Emma Kerr
    Woman: Sofia Larsson
    Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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    08 Aug 19 HANDEL Rinaldo
    Glyndebourne

    “The other star is Giulia Semenzato’s captivating Almirena, singing the opera’s hit number, Lascia ch’io pianga (Let me weep), with artless grace.”

    Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 18 August 2019

    “Giulia Semenzato made for a sweet, pure-toned Almirena, duetting exquisitely with the piccolo in “Augelletti, che cantate”, while her short phrases gave her vocal line in the hit number “Lascia ch’io pianga” an appropriately sobbing effect.”

    Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 9 August 2019

    “Giulia Semenzato sings a touching Almirena”

    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 9 August 2019

    “Almirena – was beautifully sung by Giulia Semenzato.”

    Miranda Heggie, The Arts Desk, 9 August 2019

    “(…) good match for Giulia Semenzato as Almirena, who sings the opera’s sublime hit, Lascia ch’io pianga, with winning grace.”

    Richard Morrisson, The Times, 12 August 2019

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    28 May 19 MONTEVERDI L'Orfeo
    Théâtre des Champs Elysées

    La Musica de Giulia Semenzato révèle d’emblée une autre vertu, essentielle, de cet Orfeo : la primauté du dire. Fine et flexible, la voix sert l’intelligence du texte dont cette interprète recherchée du Seicento n’ignore aucune inflexion, tour à tour impérieuse et ensorcelante. Primauté du dire mais aussi du théâtre, notamment dans les échanges des Premier et Second Berger, débordant de naturel et qui créent l’illusion de la spontanéité.

    (Translated) “‘The Musica’ of Giulia Semenzato immediately reveals another essential virtue of this Orfeo: the importance of saying. Fine and flexible, the voice serves the intelligence of the text of which this sought-after interpreter of the Seicento does not ignore any inflection, in turn imperious and bewitching. Primacy of the say but also of the theater, in particular in the exchanges of the First and Second Shepherd, overflowing with naturalness and which create the illusion of the spontaneity.

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    22 Oct 18 MOZART La finta giardiniera
    Teatro alla Scala

    “Giulia Semenzato’s soprano was high, bright and spotless. Her voice has a melancholic quality which, in my opinion, would make her well suited to more serious roles; however, her interpretation of the clever, cunning servant was quite enjoyable.”

    Laura Servidei, Bachtrack, October 2018

    “(…) di Giulia Semenzato, Serpetta pungente e ben a fuoco”

    [Translated] “(…) from Giulia Semenzato, a sharp and well-focused Serpetta”.

    L’ape musicale, October 2018

    ” La Serpetta de Scemenzato no es Despina ni Susanna pero las anuncia, y es la que tiene momentos de mayor compromiso en la zona aguda: (…) la cantante es buena y llega a los extremos más altos con buena técnica aunque con reflejos muy metálicos.”

    “Semenzato’s Serpetta is not Despina or Susanna but more pronounced, and it is the one that has moments of greatest commitment in the acute area: (…) the singer is good and reaches the highest extremes with good technique and with metallic reflexes.”

    Mundo Clasico, November 2018

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    06 Aug 17 MOZART Così fan tutte
    Drottingholm Court Theatre

    “Giulia Semenzato was an appropriately spirited Despina; her high register was pleasing and her acting funny and lively.”

    Laura Servidei, Bachtrack, August 2017

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    02 Feb 17 VERDI Falstaff
    Teato alla Scala

    “(…) and Giulia Semenzato (Nannetta) were particularly applauded.”

    Renato Verga, Bachtrack, February 2017

Repertoire

OPERA
BEETHOVEN Fidelio (Marceline)*
BELLINI I Capuleti e I Montecchi (Giulietta)*
BELLINI La Sonnambula (Lisa)
CAVALLI La Calisto*
CAVALLI L’Eritrea
CAVALLI Elena
CHARPENTIER Orfeo agli inferi (Euridice)
CIMAROSA Il matrimonio segreto (Elisetta, Carolina)
CONTI Don Quichotte en la Sierra Morena (Ordogno)
DE NEBRA Vendado es amor, no es ciego (Anquises)
DONIZETTI Don Pasquale (Norina)*
DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore (Adina)*
HANDEL Agrippina (Poppea)*
HANDEL Orlando (Dorinda)
HANDEL Rinaldo (Almirena)
HANDEL Saul (Michael)
HUMPERDINCK Hänsel und Gretel (Gretel)*
MASSENET Werther (Sophie)*
MONTEVERDI Orfeo (Euridice)
MONTEVERDI Incoronazione di Poppea (Poppea)*
MOZART Così fan tutte (Despina)
MOZART Die Zauberflote (Pamina)*
MOZART Don Giovanni (Zerlina)
MOZART Clemenza di Tito (Servilia)
MOZART Idomeneo (Ilia)*
MOZART La Finta Giardiniera (Serpetta)
MOZART Lucio Silla (Celia)
MOZART Nozze di Figaro (Susanna)*
PICCINI La Cecchina (Sandrina)
POULENC Dialogues des Carmélites (Soeur Constance) *
POULENC Les Mamelles de Tiresias (Thérèse) *
PURCELL Dido and Aeneas (Belinda)*
RAVEL L’enfant et les Sortilièges (Feu, Le Rossignol) *
ROSSI Orfeo (Venere, Proserpina)
STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie)*
STRAUSS Die Fledermaus (Adele)*
STRAVINSKY The Rake’s Progress (Ann Trulove) *
VERDI Falstaff (Nanetta)
VIVALDI Juditha Triumphans (Abra)
VON WEBER Der Freischütz (Ännchen)*

CONCERT
BRAHMS Requiem*
FALCO Oratorio (Sant Michel)
FAURE Requiem*
HANDEL Messiah
HANDEL Il delirio amoroso
LOGROSCINO – Stabat Mater
MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream*
MONTEVERDI Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
MOZART Coronation Mass
MOZART Esultate Jubilate
MOZART Mass in C Minor*
MOZART Requiem
PERGOLESI Stabat Mater
POULENC Gloria
SCARLATTI Davide e Golia
STRADELLA San Giovanni Battista (Salome)
VIVALDI Gloria
ZELENKA Genu al Calvario

*In preparation