Artist of the week: Raffaella Lupinacci


This week Dutch National Opera will present a new production of “Anna Bolena” with a stellar cast featuring rising star, Raffaella Lupinacci in her home debut.

The Italian mezzo-soprano will bring her famous Giovanna Seymour to the Dutch house. The mezzo performed the role at the Teatro Carlo Felice and at the Lithuanian Opera where reviews said: “Her voice, lively and powerful, brings all the qualities of a good mezzo-soprano.”

Lupinacci herself says that the character is full of “contradictions” and while she feels “remorse for Anna”, Giovanna wants to be “queen and have power”.

And she will continue to explore the character not only in Amsterdam but also in a new production of “Bastarda” at La Monnaie during the 2022-23 season, which will explore the entire Donizetti trilogy including “Il Castello di Kenilworth”.

In recent years Lupinacci has become one of the most sought after mezzo-sopranos in the bel canto repertoire performing roles such as Adalgisa in Bellini’s ‘Norma’, Romeo in Vaccai’s ‘Giulietta e Romeo’ and Rosina in Il Barbiere by Rossini. di Siviglia. Giovanna is her third role in Donizetti after “La Favorite” and Arturo in “Rosmunda d’Inghilterra”. Next season, she adds Rossini’s Desdemona to her repertoire and also takes up her Romeo in “I Capuleti e Montecchi”.


For those unfamiliar with the voice of the mezzo, there are a few recordings that showcase her work, including Vaccai’s “Giulietta e Romeo” and “Rosmonda d’Inghilterra” for Dynamic, and “Aureliano in Palmira.

Here she performs “La Favorite”, “Anna Bolena” and “Norma”.


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