Mezzo - Soprano

Adriana Di Paola

Adriana Di Paola

Born in Palermo, Adriana di Paola graduated cum laude in Voice at the Trapani Conservatoire. She attended the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Renata Scotto and she is now furthering her studies under the guidance of Simone Alaimo. She distinguished herself in important international competitions, such as: "G. Di Stefano"; "Ritorna vincitor"; First International Lyric Competition “Renato Bruson”. She made her debut when still a child in 1998 in Giordano’s Fedora in Palermo, followed by a soloist role in Bregovicâ’s La Crociata dei Fanciulli at the Palermo Festival. She recently won the third prize at the “Ottavio Ziino” International Contest in Rome and the second prize and the special prize "Musa" at the International Sacred Music Competition (2013).

Ms. Di Paola regularly collaborates with the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, where she performed: Menotti’s Amahl e i Visitatori Notturni (singing the title role) and Britten’s L’Arca di Noè. In 2003, she was Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro opposite Simone Alaimo. She also sang Flora in La Traviata at the 2004 American Festival, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota- Duluth. While attending the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Adrian Di Paola also sang Gianni Schicchi (Zita) and Il Viaggio a Reims, conducted by Kent Nagano. At the Teatro Regio di Parma, she performed in I Vespri Siciliani (Ninetta) in 2010, in La Forza del Destino (Curra) for the opening night of the 2011 season, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti. She then sang in Menotti’Amelia al Ballo (L’Amica) at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto and Il Viaggio a Reims (Melibea) at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.

Adriana Di Paola’s concert repertoire includes: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir, Gloria and Stabat Mater; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle; Betta’s Lettere di Guerra e di Morte; Scarlatti’s Messa di Santa Cecilia. She also sang various concerts under the baton of Alberto Veronesi.

As a participant of the Young Singers Project of the Salzburg Festival, she performed in Carmen, Giulio Cesare and Die Zauberflöte.

Among her most notable past performances: Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and Debussy’s La damoiselle élue at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia (under Michele Campanella) and at the Teatro Nazionale in Rome, Roberto Gabbiani conducting; Gianni Schicchi (Zita) at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Rigoletto (Maddalena) at the Palau de les arts in Valencia; Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi in San Sebastian and on tour in Spain; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Jerusalem under Paolo Olmi (broadcasted by the RAI TV) and then in Bozen and Trento, together with Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, with the Orchestra Haydn under Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli; Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryade) at the Glyndebourne Festival, Vladimir Jurowski conducting (filmed in DVD); Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Cornelia) in Klagenfurt under Attilio Cremonesi; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and a concert program with Brahms songs at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, both led by Antonio Pappano from the piano. She also performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and in Saarbrücken (in a staged version); I Vespri Siciliani at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Mozart’s Requiem at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Die Zauberfloete (Dritte Dame) at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari; Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress) at the Opera in Florence, Stefano Montanari conducting. She made her successful debut at the Teatro alla Scala singing L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Arnalta) in a new production by Robert Wilson conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini, after that she performed Rota's Mysterium at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari; La Cenerentola  in Bremen and Rieti and Bremen and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Rieti with Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi. Most recently she took part in Beethoven’s Symphony n.9 at the Accademia Nazione di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano; a baroque concert in the Naples Cathedral with Teatro San Carlo and in Castiglioncello del Trinoro and Händel’s Silla (Claudio) at Palau de Les Arts in Valencia with Fabio Biondi.

Future plans include: Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in Genéve and a revival of L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

March 2016