SopranoBorn in Milan, Barbara Frittoli graduated with the highest honours at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan where she studied with Giovanna Canetti. She later was the winner of several international competitions.
Among her career’s most remarkable performances were Le nozze di Figaro (Contessa d’Almaviva) in Ferrara in 1994, Otello (Desdemona) at the Salzburger Osterfestspiele (1996) and at the Teatro Regio di Torino (1997) under Claudio Abbado, Cosм fan tutte (Fiordiligi) in 1994 at the Wiener Staatsoper, the same opera again at the Wiener Staatsoper (1997, 2002) and at the Ravenna Festival under Riccardo Muti and in 1998 at the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden with Colin Davis, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in 1997 with the Berliner Philarmoniker in Paris under Claudio Abbado, Don Giovanni at the Salzburger Festspiele with Lorin Maazel in 1999, Turandot (Liu) in 1997 at the Opera Bastille under Georges Prкtre and in 1998 in a tour in China with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta. In 1998 she gained a great personal success in a recital with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti in Beirut and subsequently in Jerusalem in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem again with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and Riccardo Muti. She has recently returned to Metropolitan as Desdemona in Otello with James Levine, a role which she has performed in Brussels (1994 with Antonio Pappano), Vienna (1999), Nice (2001), Florence (2003; under the baton of Zubin Mehta), and in which she recently made her Munich debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Her most recent engagements also include Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) in Glyndebourne, at the Wiener Staatsoper and at Metropolitan, the role of Elettra in Idomeneo in Dresden under the baton of Colin Davis, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito and the title role in Luisa Miller at the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, and the return to the Opera National de Paris in Simon Boccanegra and Otello.
At the Teatro alla Scala she has sung Leonora in Il Trovatore for the opening of the 2000/1 season, as Alice in Falstaff, as Desdemona in Otello, Contessa d’Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, as Anaide in Mosи in Egitto, and as Alice in Falstaff, under the baton of Riccardo Muti. Again with Muti, she has just taken part in a celebrative concert at Ground Zero in New York with Natale De Carolis and Giuseppe Sabbatini.
During her brilliant career she also performed as the protagonist in Pergolesi’s Flaminio (1993, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples), as Mimм in La Bohиme (1992, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; 1993, Wiener Staatsoper; 1994, Teatro Comunale di Firenze with Semyon Bychkov; 1995, Metropolitan Opera), Micaela in Carmen (1992, Philadelphia; 1993, Wiener Staatsoper; 1994, Royal Opera House-Covent Garden; 1995, Metropolitan Opera), Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro (1994 and 2005, Wiener Staatsoper under Riccardo Muti; 1997, Teatro alla Scala under Riccardo Muti; 1998, Salzburg Festival), Fiordiligi in Cosм fan tutte (1999, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; 2000, Opera Bastille in Paris with Sir Charles Mackerras), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (1994, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; 1997 and 1998, Wiener Staatsoper; 1999, Opera Bastille de Paris under James Conlon and Salzburg Festival with Lorin Maazel; 2005, Teatro Regio di Torino and Florence), Sifare in Mitridate, re di Ponto (1994, Teatro Regio di Torino; 2000, Paris with Christophe Rousset), Il corsaro (Medora, 1996, Teatro Regio di Torino), Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann (1992 and 1996, Wiener Staatsoper), Alice in Falstaff (1997, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Daniele Gatti; 1998, Teatro Comunale di Firenze with Antonio Pappano; 1999, Royal Opera House-Covent Garden under the baton of Bernard Haitink), as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra (1998, Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Daniele Gatti; Opernhaus in Zurich, 2002; Teatro Regio di Torino and Wiener Staatsoper, 2003), as Margherita in Faust (2000, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa), as Luisa Miller (Metropolitan with James Levine, 2002) and in the role of Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo (debuted at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze, with Zubin Mehta, in Autumn 2004), Gran Teatre de Liceu di Barcellona in Turandot (Liu).
Barbara Frittoli’s vast concert repertoire includes Hдndel’s Die Schoepfung (1994, Teatro alla Scala); Verdi’s Messa da Requiem (1995, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti; 1997, Milan with Riccardo Muti; 2001, Milan and Vienna with Muti; Amsterdam with Riccardo Chailly, Florence with Zubin Mehta, London with Valery Gergiev; 2002, New York with Muti and Boston; 2005, London), Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem (1995, in Brussels with Antonio Pappano), Vier lezte Lieder (1996, Orchestra Verdi di Milano; 2000, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Mozart’s C minor Mass K427 (1996, London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Colin Davis), in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (1996, Ravenna Festival and at the Wiener Musikverein conducted by Riccardo Muti), Rossini’s Stabat Mater (1994, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London; 1997, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Riccardo Chailly), Gounod’s cantata Mors et vita (1999, with Hessischer Rundfunk, under Marcello Viotti), Mahler’s Symphony n.4 (2002, Amsterdam with Bernard Haitink). She just successfully sang as soloist in a Liederabend (Lieder by Beethoven, Schubert, Duparc) at the Bologna Festival.
Barbara Frittoli’s discography includes,Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Muti for EMI, Turandot (Liu) with Mehta for BMG, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, I Pagliacci (Nedda) with Chailly and La Bohиme (Mimм) with Mehta, CDs of Mozart arias with Charles Mackerras and of Verdi arias with Colin Davis for Erato , Idomeno Charles Mackerras(Emi), Arie da Camera with Jose' Carreras(Erato)Stabat Boccherini Mattia Rondelli(Sony)Il Trovatore Riccardo Muti(Sony),.
DVD includes : Otello-Domingo Nucci Muti, Moise et Pharaon-Abdrazakov Filianoti Muti, Falstaff-Maestri Florez Muti, Falstaff-Terfell Frontali Haitink, Falstaff-Raimondi Lanza Metha, Turandot-Casolla Larin Metha, Turandot-De Vol Farina Carella, Fenice di Venezia News Year's Concert-Fraccaro Furlanetto R.Abbado, Stabat Mater(Pegolesi)Antonacci Muti, Verdi Gala-Domingo Carreras Metha, Cosi' fan Tutte Kirchschlager Schade Muti, Thais-Ataneli Noseda
Highlights of her future engagements includethe title role in Thais a Turin, Verdi Requiem with Pappano at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Cosм fan tutte in Valencia, Le nozze di Figaro in Madrid, Simon Boccanegra in Boston and New York under James Levine, Le nozze di Figaro at the Opera National de Paris and at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Carmen and Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Oper Zurich Boheme and Luisa Miller, Torino Tokyo Yokoama La Boheme(Tour Teatro regio),Barcellona Adriana Lecouvreur