Cecilia Gasdia is from Verona and at the age of twenty won first prize in the Competition "Voci Nuove per la Lirica".
She made her debut in Florence in I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Bellini and shortly afterwards was invited by the Teatro alla Scala to substitute for Montserrat Caballé in Anna Bolena by Donizetti. Thereafter, she started to broaden her repertoire making her debut in a number of important Italian opera houses in different roles. For example, she sang Violetta in La Traviata, Nanetta in Falstaff, and Anne Truelove in The Rake's progress, conducted by such prestigious names as Kleiber, Giulini and Chailly. Subsequently she made her debut in Moïse et Pharaon by Rossini, Jérusalem by Verdi in Paris and Rigoletto in Philadelphia and New York conducted by Muti, who was also the conductor when she appeared in Stabat Mater by Rossini at the Edinburgh Festival.
Cecilia Gasdia is considered to be one of the finest interpreters of Rossini's operas, and includes at least 14 roles from these operas in her repertoire.
In 1983, she started to collaborate with the "Rossini Opera Festival" in Pesaro performing in Mosé in Egitto, Le comte Ory and Il Viaggio a Reims conducted by Abbado, then in Maometto II and Otello conducted by Gelmetti and finally in 1994 in Semiramide.
In the 1997-1998 season she sang in Orfeo by Monteverdi in Athens and at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, in Un Giorno di regno by Verdi at the Teatro Regio in Parma and in L'Amico Fritz by Mascagni at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
In the following theatre season she sang at the New National Theatre in Tokyo with Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in L'Amico Fritz at the Teatro Bellini in Catania and in a series of concerts in Italy, many of which were in collaboration with the Claudio Scimone Veneto Soloists.
In the summer of 1999 Cecilia Gasdia performed in the Arena di Verona in La Vedova allegra (The Merry Widow) by Franz Lehàr with Andrea Bocelli and, after this, made her successful debut in Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame by Massenet, conducted by Gelmetti at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome.
She inaugurated the 2000 autumn season at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona with Mosé in Egitto by Rossini (directed by Pizzi and conducted by Scimone), which was a great personal success for her.
In 2001 Ms. Gasdia sang again at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona beside Bocelli in L'Amico Fritz. The same year she made a DVD of Don Giovanni with Renato Bruson, sang in Otello by Verdi at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste with José Cura, and appeared in Armida by Rossini at the Edinburgh Festival, which was deemed a great success both with the public and the critics.
This Spring (2002) she sang in the Messa da requiem by Mozart in Rome on the occasion of the Jubilee Concerts and in the Messa da requiem by Verdi in Hungary.
Ms. Gasdia has many forthcoming engagements, among which are her debut in Tosca and in Adriana Lecouvreur, for which a DVD will be produced. She will also appear in La Vedova allegra in the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome.