Born in Naples, Maria Grazia Schiavo studied with R. Passaro at the Conservatory in Naples, graduating with honours. First Prize in Santa Cecilia Competition in Rome and First Prize in Clermont Ferrand International Singing Competition, she made her debut on stage with Roberto De Simone, performing the leading role in La Gatta Cenerentola touring in the most important theatres in Italy and abroad.
She began a career of concerts and opera at a young age, specializing in chamber music and baroque repertoire. Her renditions of thetitle role in Lucia di Lammermoor in Turin, Almirena in Handel’s Rinaldo at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Ottavio Dantone, Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Rome, Violetta in Traviata, at the Teatro San Carlo, Naple and Jommelli’s Demofoonte in Salzburg and Paris with Riccardo Muti, recently affirmed her as one of the most interesting soprano of her generation in belcanto repertoire.
Among her latest engagements are: Lucia di Lammermoor, title-role, in Verona; Elisir,Adina, at the Royal Opera in Liège; Die Zauberflöte, Pamina, in Bologna and Teatro Regio, Torino; Elisir, Adina, in Bari, Teatro Petruzzelli; Don Giovanni, Donna Anna at the Teatro Regio Torino; Mozart‘s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Konstanze, in Prahga; Amital in Betulia Liberata at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Riccardo Muti; Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante with Christophe Rousset at Theater an der Wien; Handel’s Partenope (title-role) at the international baroque festival in Beaune and Vivaldi’s Fida Ninfa with Jean-Christophe Spinosi in Opera Rara Festival in Krakow; Vivaldi’s Giustino at the Theater an der Wien; Pergolesi’s Olimpiade in Naples; Carmina Burana with Riccardo Muti in Chicago; Clelia in Gluck’s Trionfo di Clelia in Teatro Comunale Bologna.
Considered one of the great specialist of the 18th century Neapolitan repertoire she sang Demofoonte and Veni Creator in Naples with Maestro Muti and Paisiello’sIl Pulcinella Vendicato, Anfossi’sLa Finta Giardiniera, Piccini’s La Didone Abbandonata, De Majo’s Motezuma and Vinci’s Partenope all with renowned napolitan Maestro Antonio Florio.
In the early baroque Italian repertoire she sang Euridice, La Musica and Proserpina in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Teatro Real in Madrid with William Christie and Pierluigi Pizzi; Venere in Cavalli’sLa Didone with Europa Galante in Venice La Fenice and Floralba in Cavalli’s Statira at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Caldara’s Morte e Sepoltura di Cristo in Stavangher with Fabio Biondi; Cimarosa’s Il Marito Disperato in Naples and Hong-Kong with Christoph Rousset. In sacred music, she has sung Messa per l’Incoronazione di Napoleone di Paisiello in Festival St-Denis; and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate at Teatro Real in Madrid; Mozart’s Messa in C – with Christophe Rousset at the Mozartheum Salisburgo…
She has recorded several cds for Naïve:Pulcinella Vendicato by Pasiello;La Statira by Cavalli and Coralità e Devotione by Provenzale. She has also recorded Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater for the label Eloquentia with Stéphanie D’Oustrac and Antonio Florio. It was recently released by Glossa Cantate Italiane by Handel with la Risonanza and a program on the Venetian Ospedali with the Vocal Concert Dresden. Her first solo cd “Furor” with music by Spanish composer Terradellas received a great critical acclaim.
Recent and future engagements include:
Traviata , Violetta, at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; Don Giovanni, Donna Anna, in Liége, Opéra Royal de Liège; Traviata, Violetta, at the Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice; Lucia di Lammermoor, title-role, in Naples, Teatro San Carlo; Mozart’s Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Konstanze, in Bologna; Handel’s Messiah in Palermo, Teatro Massimo; Viaggio a Reims,La Contessa di Folleville at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome,Tamerlano, Asteria , at Teatro alla Scala in Milano…
Last edited January 2017