After graduating at a very early age with honours from the Santa Cecilia Conservatory, Rome, she won a number of competitions as a soloist (including Manta '87), while taking part in numerous concerts as a harpist. She made her debut in Rome in 1989 in the role of Monica in Medium by Giancarlo Menotti at the Teatro della Cometa.
She also graduated with honours in singing, studying under Franca Como, then continued her studies with sopranos Margaret Baker and Mietta Sighele. In 1991, she won the Viareggio Madama Butterfly competition and the Mattia Battistini competition and made her debut as Mimi in La Bohème
at the Teatro di Rieti (conducted by M. Rinaldi). That same year, she opened the Todi Festival playing the lead in Suor Angelica
(conducted by F. Cellini). In 1992 Giancarlo Menotti chose her to sing in Il Duca D'Alba by Donizetti, opening the Charleston Festival, South Carolina (USA) in May and then in June, the 35th Festival del Due Mondi, Spoleto. The production was later staged at the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, conducted by Alberto Maria Giuri.
In 1995 she sang at the Teatro Regio, Parma, playing the role of the Contessa Madeleine in Capriccio
by Richard Strauss, conducted by Gustav Kuhn. In the autumn of 1996, she made her debut in the leading role in Manon Lescaut
at the Teatro del Giglio, Lucca, conducted by G. Kuhn, a production later staged at Pisa's Teatro Verdi.
In 1997, with Rossini's Stabat Mater conducted by Bruno Aprea, she opened the season at the Auditorium del Massimo, Rome, and played the lead in the original version of Lucia di Lammermoor
at Bergamo's Teatro Donizetti; in July 1998 she made her debut as Freia in Das Rheingold
at the Erl Festival in the Tyrol conducted by G. Kuhn, a production later staged at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, and recorded on CD (BMG Arte Nova). At Erl the following season she made her debut in G. Verdi's Messa da Requiem
(recorded by BMG Arte Nova).
In 1999, she sang Liù in Turandot
opening the Radiotre opera season; at the Festival dei Presidi she played Nedda in Pagliacci
and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi
alongside Giuseppe Taddei and conducted by Nicola Giusti. In 1999, for the Metastasio celebrations, she played the lead in Giuseppe Riconosciuto
by P. Anfossi broadcast by RAISAT and recorded on CD (Bongiovanni), a production staged again in May 2000 in Vienna together with the first full modern performance of Passione di Cristo
by Salieri (Maddalena) conducted by Giovanni Pelliccia (CD Fonè). In 2002 she played Magda in La Rondine
at the Verona Teatro Filarmonico, Contessa in Capriccio
at the Teatro San Carlo, Naples, and the Prima Corifea in L'Assassinio nella Cattedrale
conducted by Bruno Bartoletti at Parma's Teatro Regio.
Her 2003 commitments include: Liù in Turandot
at Genoa's Teatro Carlo Felice and Prima Corifea in L'Assassinio nella Cattedrale
at the Teatro dell'Opera, Rome, both conducted by Bruno Bartoletti. For 2005 she has already been confirmed for Donna Elvira in a production of Don Giovanni
at Turin's Teatro Regio.
In 2001, Michela Sburlati recorded an edition of Verdi's Requiem
, issued by BMG and conducted by Gustav Kuhn.