Patrizia Cigna was born in Volterra, Italy. She was a student of Jolanda Meneguzzer and received her diploma in singing from the State Music Conservatory "Luigi Cherubini" in Florence with top marks, cum laude and a special mention under the guidance of Maria Grazia Germani.
Ms. Cigna has won many important International Competions, among which: "Rocca delle Macìe" (Siena, 1994); "Tito Schipa" (Lecce, 1994), "William Walton" (Ischia, 1995). She made her debut in 1993 at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa in the role of Juliette Brook in The Little sweep
by B. Britten. Since then she has interpreted numerous operas from the traditional repertoire, among which: Despina in Così fan tutte
(Wexford Opera Festival, Ireland, 1995); Norina in Don Pasquale
(Wexford Opera Festival, 1996); Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia
(Empoli, 1998); Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro
(Teatro Regio in Turin, 1997); Serafina in Il Campanello
(Teatro Comunale in Bologna, 1998); Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito
(Ferrara musica, 1998); Adiana in L'Elisir d'amore
(Sao Paulo, 1998 Brazil); Lucia di Lammermoor
(Teatro Romea Murcia 1998, Spain); Musetta in La Bohème
(Festival Pucciniano in Torre del Lago, 1999); Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte
(Nazionale Reiseopera 1999; As.li.co. Milan 1999/2000; Summer Opera 2000 Milan; Tour Reiseopera, 2001 Holland).
The soprano has also dedicated her time particularly to the rare opera repertoire, cantatas and masses, recording numerous CDs, among which: Rosalinda in I Virtuosi ambulanti
by V. Fioravanti (CD Bongiovanni); Lesbina in Lo Sposo burlato
by G. Paisiello (CD Bongiovanni); Lisetta in Il Mondo della luna
by B. Galuppi (CD Bongiovanni); Lisbina in Il Filosofo di campagna
by B. Galuppi (CD Bongiovanni); Antonina in La Romanziera e l'uomo nero
by G. Donizetti (CD Bongiovanni); Neala in Il Paria
by G. Donizetti (CD Bongiovanni): Dirinda in La Dirindina
by D. Scarlatti (CD Bongiovanni/HVS Hardy Video); Ekimona in L'Etoile du nord
by G. Meyerbeer (CD Marco Polo); Albertine in Die Brautwahl
by F. Busoni (CD Kicco Music); Cantata la scusa
by G. Paisiello (CD Bongiovanni); Cantata Tirsi a Fille
by G. Paisiello (CD Bongiovanni); Petit concert italien no. 2
by G. Paisiello (CD Bongiovanni); Requiem in G minor
by D. Cimarosa (CD Kicco Music); Mass in D major
by V. Bellini (CD Bongiovanni); Second mass in G minor
by V. Bellini (CD Bongiovanni).
Ms. Cigna has collaborated with diverse important orchestra conductors like: Evelino Pidò, Gary Bertini, Wladimir Jurowsky, Niksa Bareza, Lù Jia, Ton Koopman, Daniele Gatti, Vincent de Kort and Diego Fasolis.
In 2001 she interpreted the role of Amenaide in Tancredi
by Rossini at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice which was very successful both with the audience and the critics. Soon she will give some concerts like J. Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem
in Vienna and Innsbruck; in 2002 she is making her debut at the Arena di Verona in the role of Anna in Nabucco
and, subsequently, she will make her debut in Idomeneo
at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari.