18 to Watch: Rosa Feola
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18 to Watch: Rosa Feola


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Rosa Feola as Norina in Don Pasquale at La Scala, 2018
© Brescia/Amisano–Teatro alla Scala

ITALIAN LYRIC-COLORATURA Rosa Feola had her first big international success in 2010, when she won three of the top prizes at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, held that year at La Scala. Then just twenty-four, Feola soon made debuts at Rome Opera, La Fenice and Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as at the Ravenna Festival, where her performance as Inez in the first modern production of Mercadante’s Due Figaro marked the beginning of her continuing artistic collaboration with conductor Riccardo Muti. Feola made her U.S. debut in 2012, singing Carmina Burana with Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and at Carnegie Hall. In 2016, Feola was Muti’s Nannetta in concert performances of Falstaff with the CSO in Chicago and made her Wiener Staatsoper debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. She made her La Scala debut in 2017, as Ninetta in Rossini’s Gazza Ladra, and returned to Milan earlier this year for an haute-couture-obsessed Norina in Don Pasquale, set by director Davide Livermore in the era of La Dolce Vita. 

This past August, Feola made her Mostly Mozart debut with lustrous, poised accounts of two Mozart concert arias, demonstrating sovereign legato, crisp articulation and imaginative prosody. In spring 2019, Feola will make her Met debut as Rigoletto’s Gilda, a role that has also introduced her to audiences at Zurich Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper and Lyric Opera of Chicago. —F.P.D. 

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