Marianne Cornetti is recognized internationally as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos in the world. She has appeared as Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il Trovatore, and Eboli in Don Carlos at theatres including the Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Arena di Verona, and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. In 2005 she sang her first Wagner role appearing as Ortrud in Lohengrin at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste and continued her excursion into this repertoire with her debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. In the autumn of 2006 she made another significant role debut, appearing as Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Opera de La Wallonie. Her verismo heroines include the Principessa di Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Rosa in Cilea’s L’Arlesiana, which she sang to great acclaim at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York.
In September of 2009 Marianne Cornetti made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Eboli in Don Carlos. She debuted at the Hamburg State Opera as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and sang her first performances of Abigaille in Nabucco at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. She returned to the Teatro Comunale in Florence in Adrianna Lecouvreur, and returned to Royal Opera for Amneris in Aida, which she sings this summer at the Arena di Verona along with Azucena. Among Ms Cornetti’s future projects are her return to the Metropolitan Opera as Azucena in Il trovatore, her return to the Teatro alla Scala as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Adriana Lecouvreur at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, and Don Carlos in Bilbao.