Elisabetta Fiorillo’s career began in 1983, when she won the Battistini Competition in Rieti, and was immediately noted for her qualities as a dramatic mezzo especially suited for Verdi. In fact, this association with Verdi was to lead her from the beginning to engagements in important Italian opera houses, widely acclaimed for her interpretations of Eboli (Don Carlo), Amneris (Aida), Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino) Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera) and most of all as Azucena in Il Trovatore.
She regularly appeares in the principal European opera houses, among which the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Liceu in Barcelona. As well as Verdi’s operatic works, Elisabetta Fiorillo’s repertoire includes his Requiem Mass, which she sang in various occasions in principal theatres in Europe, under such conductors as Giuseppe Sinopoli and Riccardo Muti.
Among the highlights of her career are Les Dialogues des Carmelites in Trieste, Trovatore (in Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rome, Verona under M° Daniel Oren, Trieste, Cagliari, Bilbao, Tokyo and Berlin), Aida (Verona, Barcelona, Berlin, Nice), Un Ballo in Maschera (Barcelona, Rome, Cremona, Munich, Piacenza, Turin and her debut at ROH Covent Garden, under Antonio Pappano), Don Carlo (Trieste, Strasburg, Turin and at Salzburg Festival), La Forza del Destino (La Scala in Milan), Roberto Devereux (Oviedo), Norma (Dresden), Falstaff (Bari, Turin, Bologna, Trieste), Cavalleria Rusticana (Madrid, Piacenza, Tokyo, Naples, Palermo), Gioconda (Arena di Verona, Parma, Nice, Barcelona).
Among her recent and forthcoming commitments: Quickly in Falstaff at Opera di Roma and Arena di Verona, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera at Monte-Carlo Opéra, Macerata and soon in Turin, La Cieca in La Gioconda in Palermo.