Bellini : NormaHamburgo, Staatsoper,Hamburg, 2007 (Audio)
Director: Stefan Anton Reck
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Born in Valencia, Silvia tro Santafé studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música "Joaquín Rodrigo" in Valencia and then continued her studies at the Juilliard School in New York. She made her operatic debut in 1992 as Lucilla in ‘La scala di seta’ at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, and her early operatic appearances also included Cherubino in Santa Fe, Zerlina in Oviedo and both Sesto in ‘Giulio Cesare’ and Messagiera in Monteverdi’s ‘Orfeo’ in Valencia.
Silvia tro Santafé has built a major reputation in the leading European opera houses. As a great Handelian, she has sung Medoro (‘Orlando’) in Valencia; Tolomeo (‘Giulio Cesare’) with the Netherlands Opera and in Bologna; Polinesso (‘Ariodante’) in Paris (Palais Garnier), Dresden and at the Salzburg Festival; the title role in ‘Rinaldo’ at the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin; the title role in ‘Xerxes’ in Paris (Théâtre des Champs Elysées); Ruggiero (‘Alcina’) in Paris (Châtelet); the title role in Cavalli’s ‘Eliogabalo’ at La Monnaie, Brussels; and the title role in ‘Ariodante’ at the Liceu, Barcelona. In addition, she has sung the title role in ‘L’Enfant et les Sortilèges’ in Brussels (La Monnaie) and Barcelona (Liceu); Nicklausse (‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’) with the Rome Opera; Dorabella in Oviedo; Charlotte (‘Werther’) in Como and Pisa; and Giovanna Seymour in ‘Anna Bolena’ at the Festival Klangkoval. Above all, she has established an international reputation as a great Rossini singer: her Rosina has been heard in Bologna, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Zurich, Luxembourg and at the Vienna State Opera; she has sung Isabella (‘L’Italiana in Algeri’) in Berlin, Zurich, Dresden and Vienna; and her Angelina in ‘La Cenerentola’ has been acclaimed in Cremona, Mantova, Como, Brescia, Pavia, Bergamo, Barcelona, Zurich, Brussels, Dresden and Vienna.
Silvia Tro Santafé has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Gerd Albrecht, Walter Weller, Yehudi Menuhin, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Fabio Luisi, Jesús López Cobos, García Navarro, Julian Reynolds, Tamás Vásáry, Michel Plasson, Gómez Martínez, Maurizio Benini, Lorin Maazel, Harry Bicket and Christophe Rousset.
Her discography includes ‘La Verbena de la Paloma’ with Plácido Domingo for Auvidi; ‘Don Giovanni’ (Zerlina) for Kicco Classics; Rossini’s ‘Les Soirées Musicales’ for Glove; ‘Xerxes’ (Amastre) with William Christie for Virgin Classics; Scarlatti’s ‘Griselda’ with René Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi; and a recital disc of great Spanish repertoire, including works by Granados and Turina, which was honoured with the top critics award in France in Diapason magazine. For Signum Classics she has recorded two solo albums ‘Spanish Heroines’ and ‘Rossini Scenes and Arias’. Recently out the complete opera Lucrezia Borgia (Orsini) for Nightingale.
Silvia began the 09/10 season singing Rosina in ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’ at Washington National Opera followed by ‘L'italiana in Algeri’ in Madrid and Menorca, La Cenerentola in Zurich, Rosina in ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’ and Orsini in ‘Lucrezia Borgia’ at the Dresden Semperoper, Rosina at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Adalgisa in ‘Norma’ in Diusburg, Adalgisa in ‘Norma’ and Dulcinee in ‘Don Quichotte’ at the Monnaie, Isabella in ‘L’Italiana in Algeri’ at the Wiener Staatsoper, Orsini in ‘Lucrezia Borgia’ in concerts in Dortmund and Cologne, and Rosina in ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’ at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Silvia performed a concert and recording of Rossini’s ‘Aureliano in Palmira’ for Opera Rara to rave reviews in October 2010 followed by a Gala performance of Isabella in ‘L’Italiana in Algeri’ at Hannover Staatsoper, Rosina in ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’ at the Wiener Staatsoper, and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.
Season 2011 Silvia made her debut at La Scala with Italiana in Algeri (Isabella) and sang Orsini in “Lucrezia Borgia” at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and Barber of Seville in Menorca and Staatsoper Berlin.
Future engagements include Rosina in ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’ at the Grand Theatre de Geneva, for San Diego Opera, at the Deutsche Opera Berlin, Ulisse in ‘Deidamia’ for Netherlands Opera, and Orsini in ‘Lucrezia Borgia’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, in Budapest, and at the Bratislava International Music Festival as well as her debut in Arsace in “Semiramide” at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Cenerentola at the National center for the performing arts in Beijing as well as Pierotto in “Linda di Chamonix” at the Liceu theater in Barcelona and a concert performance of Malcom “Donna del Lago” in Moscow.
Stefan Anton Reck
Silvia Tro Santafe