Marianne Cornetti

Mezzo Soprano
Marianne Cornetti

Marianne Cornetti is considered one of the world's most outstanding mezzo-sopranos. She has performed in opera halls such as Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Arena di Verona, Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, among others.

She began her career, like Giulietta Simionato before her, singing secondary roles in important theatres such as the Metropolitan Opera, Pittsburgh Opera Center and Wolf Trap. With her performances in the role of Azucena Il Trovatore at the Teatro alla Scala, Arena di Verona and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, she gained international recognition. She debuted as Amneris at the Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theatre Royale de La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and also at the Choregies d’Orange; she debuted as Azucena at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, the Bayerische Staatsoper of Munich, Teatro Regio di Parma and also at the Bregenz Festival. She also sang the role of Azucena in the Teatro Comunale di Bologna's tour of Japan. She sang her first Eboli Don Carlos, with Daniel Oren in Tokyo and has been acclaimed around the world for her subsequent performances of this role in Rome, Bilbao, Vienna and London. She made her debut with De Nederlandse Opera as Ulrica Un Ballo in Maschera and she sang the staged version of the role of Preziosilla La Forza del Destino for the first time at Brussels' La Monnaie. Before that debut, she had sung the role in a concert performed at New York's Carnegie Hall. Cornetti added the role of Principessa di Bouillon Adriana Lecouvreur to her repertoire in May of 2002, at the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome.

In 2005 she performed her first Wagnerian role, making her appearance as Ortrud in Lohengrin at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste. She continued her incursion into this repertoire with her debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the Teatro dell’Opera. Since then she has sung Ortrud in Amsterdam, Paris and Palermo, and Brangäne in Genoa. Her Verdi repertoire includes Principessa di Bouillon Adriana Lecouvreur, Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana and Rosa L’Arlesiana by Cilea, the latter being her most recent performance, which was received to great acclaim in Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the baton of Eve Queler.

Since then she has sung Adriana Lecouvreur in Turin, at the Teatro Regio of Florence and also in Amsterdam, Rosa L’Arlesiana for L’Opera de Montpellier and with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana and Amneris Aida at the Teatro alla Scala of Milan, Azucena Il Trovatore and Abigaille Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera, Eboli Don Carlos in Bilbao, Laura La Gioconda in Palermo, Abigaille Nabucco (concert version) at La Monnaie, Amneris Aida in Masada with the Israeli Opera, at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and in Palermo, the main role of La Gioconda in Timisoara and in Rome, Adriana Lecouvreur at the Liceu, Preziosilla La forza del destino at the Liceu, Amneris Aida and Abigaille Nabucco at the New National Theatre Foundation of Tokyo, Lady Macbeth Macbeth and Laura La Gioconda with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Azucena Il Trovatore in the National Theatre of China in Beijing and in the Theatro Municipal of São Paulo, Brazil, numerous Verdi concerts at the Teatro Regio, and Ulrica Un Ballo in Maschera on its tour in Japan.

In the 2014/2015 season she returned to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Un Ballo in Maschera, sang the role of the witch in Hansel und Gretel at the Minnesota Opera, Amneris Aida in Tenerife and Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana in the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, among others.

Her recent performances and upcoming engagements include Verdi's Réquiem at the Teatro Filarmónica de Oviedo, Azucena Il Trovatore at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and in the Palacio de la Ópera de Coruña, Ortrud Lohengrin at the Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Jezibaba Rusalka at the Minnesota Opera, Don Carlo at the Teatro Regio di Parma, Falstaff in San Diego, Le Prophète in Aalto-Musiktheater Essen and Aida at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Marianne Cornetti frequently performs in concert as well, with works such as Verdi's Réquiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Elgar's Sea Pictures and El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla. She has recorded L’Arlesiana by Cilea and Edgar by Puccini, with Plácido Domingo.

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LE PROPHÈTE. Essen 2017

"The biggest surprise came from the fides of mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti...She was with her immense voice superior in the coronation scene...With ease she sang her beautiful low to its higher echelons. A unique singer. The star of the evening." Lennaert von Anken (Placer de Opera)

FALSTAFF. San Diego Opera 2017

"...mezzo-soprano Marianne Cornetti won over the audience (and this reviewer) with her hilarious rendition of the pivotal Mistress Quickly. The difficulties of the role, with its many notes in the low register and physically challenging split-second timing, are often overlooked; Cornetti made it look and sound easy, with consistently rich tones and expertly played shenanigans."Erica Miner (Broadway World)