Italian soprano Rosa Feola will give her debut performances at the Metropolitan Opera this week, as Gilda in Michael Mayer’s Las Vegas–themed production of Rigoletto. Under the baton of Nicola Luisotti, Rosa is joined on stage by Matthew Polenzani and Stephen Costello (sharing the role of Duke of Mantua), George Gagnidze (Rigoletto) and Dimitry Ivashchenko (Sparafucile).
Rosa has performed the role of Rigoletto’s daughter on numerous occasions to critical acclaim. Following her debut performance at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2017, the Chicago Tribune said:
“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.”
Named one of Opera News’ 18 to watch in 2018/19 in November 2018, this season is a particularly exciting one for Rosa, who has already made several house and role debuts, including a star turn as Lucia di Lammermoor at Theater Basel (“Rosa Feola’s performance as Lucia carried the production” bachtrack). Rosa is also nominated for the International Opera Awards Female Singer of the Year, the winner of which will be revealed this Monday 29 April at London’s Sadler’s Wells.
Later this season, she returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for Il trittico under Bertrand de Billy, and La bohème directed by Otto Schenk. Further ahead, Rosa will give debut recitals in New York City and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with pianist Iain Burnside.
Performances of Rigoletto take place on 26 April, and 1, 4 and 10 May. Find out more on the Met Opera website.