Barbara Frittoli Italian soprano born 1967

Barbara Frittoli Italian soprano born 1967 Barbara Frittoli - sopran

Barbara Frittoli (born 19 April 1967) is an Italian operatic soprano who has sung leading roles in opera houses throughout Europe and in the United States. She was born in Milan and graduated from the Milan Conservatory

Barbara Frittoli Italian soprano born 1967

Barbara Frittoli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1995 as Micaela in Carmen and has gone on to sing in over 80 performances there including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Desdemona in Otello, the title role in Luisa Miller, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito  and Alicia Ford in Falstaff.

Life

Barbara Frittoli was born in Milan. At the age of 9, she started piano studies at the Milan Conservatory, intending to become a pianist. When she was singing in the Conservatory choir at 12 years old, she was noticed by Giulio Bertola and Bruno Casoni. Under their recommendation, she switched to singing, in alto, which resulted in vocal troubles. She only recovered her voice after studying with Giovanna Canetti, under whose instruction she developed into a soprano.
Barbara Frittoli made her professional debut in 1990 as Ines in Il trovatore conducted by Zubin Mehta with Luciano Pavarotti as the main role at the Teatro Comunale, Florence. In 1992, she debuted in the US at the Opera Company of Philadelphia as Micaëla in Carmen. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1995 as Micaëla in Carmen and has gone on to sing in over 80 performances there including Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Angelica in Suor Angelica, Desdemona in Otello, the title role in Luisa Miller, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito,  and Alicia Ford in Falstaff.

In 1998, she was featured in the role of Liù in Turandot at the Forbidden City, an outdoor production of the Puccini opera. In December 2004, she added Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo to her repertoire, alternating the role with Adrianne Pieczonka at the Teatro Comunale, Florence. In December 2008 she starred in a new production of Massenet’s Thaïs, inaugurating Teatro Regio di Torino’s new season. In 2012, she debuted in the title role in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Liceu.

Barbara Frittoli was married to baritone Natale de Carolis, with whom she had a daughter, Arianna.  She had been in a relationship with Ildar Abdrazakov.

Awards

Barbara Frittoli won the Female Singer of the Year (Sängerin des Jahres) in the 2001 Echo Klassik.[12] In 2012, she was invested as Austrian Kammersängerin.

Recordings

Full works on CD

Rossini: The Barber of Seville (1993). Jesús López-Cobos, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Chœur du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Teldec)
Turandot at the Forbidden City of Beijing (1998). Zubin Mehta, Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Florence (RCA Victor)
Puccini: La bohème (2000). Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Decca)
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (2000). Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir (Decca)
Verdi: Il trovatore (2001). Riccardo Muti, La Scala Orchestra & Chorus (Sony)
Mozart: Idomeneo (2002). Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival Chorus (EMI)
Stabat Mater (Rossini) (2003); Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir (Decca)
Requiem (Verdi) (2010). Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO Resound; Recorded live in Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center, 15/16/17 January 2009)
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (2015). Constantine Orbelian, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas State Choir (Delos)

Full works on video

Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims (1992). Claudio Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (1996). Riccardo Muti, Vienna State Opera (Euroarts, released in 2008)
Turandot at the Forbidden City (1998). Zubin Mehta, Orchestra & Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Florence (RCA Victor)
Verdi: Falstaff (1999). Bernard Haitink, Royal Opera, London (Opus Arte)
Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) (2000). Riccardo Muti, Filarmonica della Scala (Musicom, recorded in Santuario della Beata Vergine dei Miracoli, Saronno)
Verdi: Otello (2001). Riccardo Muti, La Scala (TDK, released in 2003)
Rossini: Moïse et Pharaon (2003). Riccardo Muti, La Scala (TDK, released in 2005)
Puccini: Turandot (2005). Giuliano Carella, Liceu (Arthaus Musik, released in 2012)
Verdi: Falstaff (2006). Zubin Mehta, Teatro Comunale, Florence (Arthaus Musik, released in 2013)
Puccini: Suor Angelica from Il trittico (2008). Riccardo Chailly, La Scala (Hardy Classic, released in 2009)
Massenet: Thaïs (2008). Gianandrea Noseda, Teatro Regio (Turin) (Arthaus Musik, released in 2009)
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro (2009). Jesús López Cobos, Teatro Real (released in 2011)
Bizet: Carmen (2010). Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Metropolitan Opera (Deutsche Grammophon, released in 2010)
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro (2010). Philippe Jordan, Paris Opera (Bel Air Classiques, released in 2012)
Verdi: Falstaff (2011). Daniele Gatti, Zürich Opera House (C Major Entertainment, released in 2012)
Mozart: Don Giovanni (2011). Fabio Luisi, Metropolitan Opera (Met Opera on Demand)
Mozart: Don Giovanni (2011). Daniel Barenboim, La Scala (Deutsche Grammophon, released in 2015)
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito (2012). Harry Bicket, Metropolitan Opera (Met Opera on Demand)

Recitals and others

2001: Barbara Frittoli Sings Mozart Arias; Charles Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Erato)
2001: Verdi Arias; Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra (Erato)
2001: Gran Gala di Verdi [DVD] (EuroArts, released in 2007)

Opera roles

Ines, Il trovatore (Verdi)
Mimì, La bohème (Puccini)
Delia / Modestina, Il viaggio a Reims (Rossini)
Micaëla, Carmen (Bizet)
Agnese, Beatrice di Tenda (Bellini)
Berta, The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Flaminio, Il Flaminio (Pergolesi)
Countess Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
Antonia, The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach)
Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Desdemona, Otello (Verdi)
Sifare, Mitridate, re di Ponto (Mozart)
Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (Mozart)
Medora, Il corsaro (Verdi)
Liù, Turandot (Puccini)
Amelia, Simon Boccanegra (Verdi)
Alice Ford, Falstaff (Verdi)
Marguerite, Faust (Gounod)
Nedda, Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
Donna Anna, Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Leonora, Il trovatore (Verdi)
Elettra, Idomeneo (Mozart)
Luisa, Luisa Miller (Verdi)
Maria Stuarda, Maria Stuarda (Donizetti)
Vitellia, La clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
Anaï, Moïse et Pharaon (Rossini)
Elisabetta di Valois, Don Carlos (Verdi)
Sister Angelica, Suor Angelica (Puccini)
Thaïs, Thaïs (Massenet)
Floria Tosca, Tosca (Puccini)
Adriana, Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea)

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:322060
Carmen {828}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/7/1995
Debuts: Denyce Graves, Barbara Frittoli, Richard Bernstein
[Met Performance] CID:322090
Carmen {829}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/11/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322120
Carmen {830}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/14/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322170
Carmen {831}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/18/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322200
Carmen {832}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/21/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322320
Carmen {835}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/2/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322860
La Bohème {1025}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/28/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322890
La Bohème {1026}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/30/1995
[Met Performance] CID:322920
La Bohème {1027}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/3/1996
[Met Performance] CID:322950
La Bohème {1028}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/6/1996
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:332018
Otello {284}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/2/1999
[Met Performance] CID:332027
Otello {285}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/6/1999
[Met Performance] CID:332036
Otello {286}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/9/1999
[Met Performance] CID:332045
Otello {287}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/12/1999
[Met Performance] CID:350163
Luisa Miller {78}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/14/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350164
Luisa Miller {79}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/18/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350165 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Luisa Miller {80}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/23/2002
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:350447 
Don Giovanni {463}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/27/2002
Review
[Met Performance] CID:350591
Don Giovanni {464}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/01/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350450
Don Giovanni {465}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/04/2003
First Appearance: Raul Hernandez
[Met Performance] CID:350493
Don Giovanni {466}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/09/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350457
Don Giovanni {467}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/15/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350463
Don Giovanni {468}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/18/2003
Debut: Nicole Heaston
[Met Performance] CID:350609
Otello {294}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/19/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350615
Otello {295}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/22/2003
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:350621
Otello {296}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/26/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350627
Otello {297}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/29/2003
[Met Performance] CID:350575
Otello {298}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/20/2004
Opening Night {120}
Joseph Volpe, General Manager
[Met Performance] CID:351018
Otello {299}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/23/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351022
Otello {300}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/27/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351026
Otello {301}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/01/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351029
Otello {302}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/04/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351033
Otello {303}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/07/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351044
Otello {304}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/14/2004
[Met Performance] CID:351131
Otello {305}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/05/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351127
Otello {306}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/08/2005
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:351325 
Così Fan Tutte {165}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/21/2005
Review
[Met Performance] CID:351329
Così Fan Tutte {166}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/25/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351333
Così Fan Tutte {167}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/29/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351337
Così Fan Tutte {168}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/01/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351340
Così Fan Tutte {169}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/04/2005
[Met Performance] CID:351994 
New Production
Il Trittico {60}
Il Tabarro {66}
Suor Angelica {60}
Gianni Schicchi {124}

Metropolitan Opera House; 04/20/2007
Debuts: Jack O’Brien, Douglas W. Schmidt, Jess Goldstein, Jules Fisher, Peggy Eisenhower, Anne-Carolyn Bird, Leah Wool, Olga Mykytenko, Donato Di Stefano
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:352000
Il Trittico {61}
Il Tabarro {67}
Suor Angelica {61}
Gianni Schicchi {125}

Metropolitan Opera House; 04/23/2007
[Met Performance] CID:352009 Opera News
Il Trittico {62}
Il Tabarro {68}
Suor Angelica {62}
Gianni Schicchi {126}

Metropolitan Opera House; 04/28/2007
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:352016
Il Trittico {63}
Il Tabarro {69}
Suor Angelica {63}
Gianni Schicchi {127}

Metropolitan Opera House; 05/01/2007
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:352024
Il Trittico {64}
Il Tabarro {70}
Suor Angelica {64}
Gianni Schicchi {128}

Metropolitan Opera House; 05/04/2007
[Met Performance] CID:352028
Il Trittico {65}
Il Tabarro {71}
Suor Angelica {65}
Gianni Schicchi {129}

Metropolitan Opera House; 05/07/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352034
Il Trittico {66}
Il Tabarro {72}
Suor Angelica {66}
Gianni Schicchi {130}

Metropolitan Opera House; 05/10/2007
[Met Performance] CID:352037
Il Trittico {67}
Il Tabarro {73}
Suor Angelica {67}
Gianni Schicchi {131}

Metropolitan Opera House; 05/12/2007
[Met Performance] CID:352562
Verdi Requiem Mass {49}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/18/2008
In Memory of Luciano Pavarotti
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353004
Don Giovanni {511}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/13/2009
Debuts: Erin Wall, Pavol Breslik, Shenyang
[Met Performance] CID:353010
Don Giovanni {512}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/16/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353017
Don Giovanni {513}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/20/2009
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353030
Don Giovanni {514}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/24/2009
Samuel Ramey’s 25th Anniversary
[Met Performance] CID:353274 
New Production
Carmen {946}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/31/2009
Debuts: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Richard Eyre, Rob Howell, Irene Bohan, Elizabeth Caballero, Maria Kowroski, Martin Harvey
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353279
Carmen {947}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/05/2010
Debuts: Ashley Tuttle, Keith Roberts
[Met Performance] CID:353291
Carmen {948}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/08/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353295
Carmen {949}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/12/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353311 
Carmen {950}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/16/2010
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353318
Carmen {951}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/21/2010
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353331
Carmen {952}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/27/2010
Debuts: Alain Altinoglu, Brandon Jovanovich
[Met Performance] CID:353758 
Simon Boccanegra {135}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/20/2011
Debuts: Roberto De Biasio, Nicola Alaimo
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353767
Simon Boccanegra {136}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/24/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353776
Simon Boccanegra {137}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/28/2011
[Met Performance] CID:353780
Simon Boccanegra {138}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/01/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353791
Simon Boccanegra {139}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/05/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354001
La Bohème {1235}
Nagoya, Japan; 06/04/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354016
La Bohème {1236}
Tokyo, Japan; 06/08/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354019
La Bohème {1237}
Tokyo, Japan; 06/11/2011
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:354021
Concert
Tokyo, Japan; 06/14/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354024
La Bohème {1238}
Tokyo, Japan; 06/17/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354027
La Bohème {1239}
Tokyo, Japan; 06/19/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354085 
New Production
Don Giovanni {515}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/13/2011
Debuts: Michael Grandage, Christopher Oram, Ben Wright, Marina Rebeka, Mojca Erdmann
Broadcast/Streamed
Review
[Met Performance] CID:354095
Don Giovanni {516}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/17/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354106
Don Giovanni {517}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/22/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354115 
Don Giovanni {518}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/25/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354119 
Don Giovanni {519}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/29/2011
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:354125
Don Giovanni {520}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/31/2011
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:354134
Don Giovanni {521}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/03/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354144
Don Giovanni {522}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/07/2011
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354151
Don Giovanni {523}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/11/2011
[Met Performance] CID:354661
La Clemenza di Tito {40}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/16/2012
Debuts: Lucy Crowe, Toni Rubio
Broadcast /Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:354669
La Clemenza di Tito {41}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/20/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354670
La Clemenza di Tito {42}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/24/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354689 
La Clemenza di Tito {43}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/01/2012
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:354701
La Clemenza di Tito {44}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/06/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354706
La Clemenza di Tito {45}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/10/2012
Debut: Géraldine Chauvet
[Met Performance] CID:354871
Don Carlo {203}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/22/2013
Debuts: Alexey Lavrov
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:354875
Don Carlo {204}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/25/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354879
Don Carlo {205}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/28/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354890
Don Carlo {206}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/06/2013
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354895
Don Carlo {207}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/09/2013
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354906
Don Carlo {208}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/13/2013
[Met Performance] CID:354914
Don Carlo {209}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/16/2013
[Met Performance] CID:355426
La Bohème {1257}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/10/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355430
La Bohème {1258}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/14/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355443
La Bohème {1259}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/18/2014
[Met Performance] CID:355901
Don Carlo {210}
Metropolitan Opera House; 03/30/2015
Debuts: Amanda Woodbury
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:355907
Don Carlo {211}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/02/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355915
Don Carlo {212}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/06/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355929
Don Carlo {213}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/11/2015
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:355941
Don Carlo {215}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/18/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355951
Don Carlo {216}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/22/2015
[Met Performance] CID:355957
Don Carlo {217}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/25/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356140
La Bohème {1275}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/23/2015
Debut: Levente Molnár
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356147
La Bohème {1276}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/27/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356157
La Bohème {1277}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/30/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356162
La Bohème {1278}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/05/2015
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356174
La Bohème {1279}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/09/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356183
La Bohème {1280}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/12/2015
[Met Performance] CID:356267
Cavalleria Rusticana {679} Pagliacci {721}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/21/2016
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:356273
Cavalleria Rusticana {680} Pagliacci {722}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/25/2016
Debuts: Blake Habermann, Jamie Roach
[Met Performance] CID:356279
Cavalleria Rusticana {681} Pagliacci {723}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/28/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356290
Cavalleria Rusticana {682} Pagliacci {724}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/02/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356295 
Cavalleria Rusticana {683} Pagliacci {725}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/06/2016
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356309
Cavalleria Rusticana {684} Pagliacci {726}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/10/2016
Debut: Andrew Bidlack
[Met Performance] CID:356306
Cavalleria Rusticana {685} Pagliacci {727}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/13/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356324
Cavalleria Rusticana {686} Pagliacci {728}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/17/2016
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:356330
Cavalleria Rusticana {687} Pagliacci {729}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/20/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356334
Cavalleria Rusticana {688} Pagliacci {730}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/23/2016
[Met Performance] CID:356342
Cavalleria Rusticana {689} Pagliacci {731}
Metropolitan Opera House; 02/26/2016

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