Alessandra Visentin



HANDEL Xerxes – Teatro Litta Milan

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One of the most fascinating voices on today’s opera and concert stages, Alessandra Visentin has appeared in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, among them the Teatro alla Scala Milan, Teatro San Carlo, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées de Paris, Opera Royal de Versailles, the Salzburg Festival, the Ravenna Festival, Anima Mundi, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Festival of Macerata, Teatro Luciano Pavarotti in Modena, Opera de Reims, Festival Opera Rara and Misteria Paschalia Krakow, Umbria Musicfest, and the Performing Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea.

Ms. Visentin has worked with renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Riccardo Frizza, Gianluca Martinenghi, Christopher Hogwood, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Ottavio Dantone and Andrea Marcon, and with stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Massimo Gasparon, Christian Schiaretti, Pierfrancesco Maestrini, and Alessandra Panzavolta.

Future operatic highlights feature Visentin as the “Musician” in Manon Lescaut at Teatro Alla Scala (Riccardo Chailly conducting) and “Suzuki” in Madama Butterfly at Teatro San Carlo (Gabriele Ferro conducting with staging by Ferzan Özpetek).

Recent seasons featured Ms. Visentin in The Girl of the Golden West at Teatro San Carlo (conducted by Juraj Valčuha with staging by Hugo de Ana) as well as performances of Vivaldi’s Gloria and Dixit Dominus at Teatro Manzoni conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli. She made her debut with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre at the Musikverein in Wien, the Palau de la Musica in Madrid, the Salle de la Halle aux Grains in Touluse, and the Brucknerhaus in Linz. She also performed in Basel for Juditha Triumphans under the baton of Andrea Marcon and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Pistoia.

She made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West under the direction of Riccardo Chailly, staged by Robert Carsen, and recorded by Decca Classics. In recent seasons she has sung to great acclaim in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Opera Royal de Versailles and at the Opera de Reims under the direction of Jean Claude Malgoire; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Festival Anima Mundi and at the Umbrian Music Festival under the direction of Zubin Mehta; and in Paisiello’s Mass Defunctorum at the Salzburg Festival, the Ravenna Festival, and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the baton of Riccardo Muti.

Ms. Visentin made her debut at the Performing Arts Center in Seoul in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans. At the Umbria Musicfest she performed in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and during the same season sang in The Kidnapping by A. Garcia Demestres and in Manon Lescaut (Musician) at the Teatro Luciano Pavarotti in Modena. At the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Teatro alla Scala, she starred Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring.

Born in Venice, Alessandra Visentin studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music and the Claudio Abbado Civic School of Music in Milan as well as at the A. Pedrollo Conservatory of Vicenza. A student of contralto Bernadette Manca di Nissa, she also studied with Sara Mingardo, Bob Kettelson and Regina Resnik.

She is the winner of several international competitions, among them the Premio Città di Bologna and the Conegliano Competition for vocal chamber music (special prize in duo with Giorgio Dal Monte). In 2004 Alessandra Visentin won the European Community Voice Competition at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s Academy for young singers. This led to an engagement in Florence for two seasons in which she sang in Rossini’s Viaggio a Reims, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, and Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are.

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