Valeria Esposito 

Valeria Esposito was born in Naples, and was awarded a diploma in singing, contemporaneously receiving her degree in Foreign Languages and Literature (Russian, English and French); subsequently she was awarded with diplomas for specialization courses for her studies in English and German (Proficiency in English Studies and Grosses Deutsches Diplom).

She speaks six languages fluently and she sings in Italian, German, French, Russian and English.

She has won international competitions such as the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (1987) and the As.Li.Co (1989).

Some of the roles she has sung are: Linda di Chamounix (Comunale in Bologna, Carnegie Hall in New York and Staatsoper in Vienna), Lucia di Lammermoor (Macerata Opera, Staatsoper in Vienna, Filarmonico in Verona, Verdi in Trieste, Capitole in Toulouse and Tokyo Opera) and Adina in L'Elisir d'amore (Opera in Rome, S. Carlo in Naples, Staatsoper in Vienna and Macerata Opera). Others were: Marie in La Fille du Régiment (Scala in Milano, Comunale in Treviso and Comunale in Rovigo), Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Paisiello (Petruzzelli in Bari) and Gilda in Rigoletto (Capitole in Toulouse, Santander, Colòn in Buenos Aires and Staatsoper in Vienna). In addition, there has been: Nannetta in Falstaff (Capitole in Toulouse, Regio in Parma and Comunale in Ferrara), Amina in La Sonnambula (Welsh National Opera, Macerata Opera, Opera in Rome and Bellini in Catania) and La Straniera (Capitole in Toulouse).

She has also sung: Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia (Comunale in Bologna and Bellini in Catania), Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte (Staatsoper in Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg, Scala in Milano, Oper der Stadt in Bonn, Comunale in Florence, Verdi in Trieste, Bellini in Catania and Santander) and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem serail (Staatsoper di Vienna). Other parts included: Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos (Bellini in Catania and Staatsoper in Vienna), Lakmé (Opéra in Toulon) and Manon by Massenet (Opéra in Toulon and Verdi in Trieste). Additionally, there was: Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Opéra Bastille in Paris, Fenice in Venice, Scala in Milan, S. Carlo in Naples, Staatsoper in Vienna and Bellini in Catania), Cunegonde in Candide (Valli in Reggio Emilia) and Madama Cortese in Il Viaggio a Reims (R.O.F. in Pesaro).  Others were: Adele in Die Fledermaus (Bellini in Catania), Musetta in La Bohème (Copenhagen) and Clarice in Il Mondo della luna by Haydn (S.Carlo in Naples).

The following operas are also included in Valeria Esposito's repertoire: Don Pasquale, Comte Ory, I Puritani and also the role of Folleville in Il Viaggio a Reims.

She has sung under the direction of Maestros such as Claudio Abbado, Spiros Argiris, Daniel Baremboim, Daniele Callegari, Bruno Campanella, Giuliano Carrella, Riccardo Chailly, Bertrand De Billy, Ascher Fish, Daniele Gatti, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Leopold Hager, Lù Ja, Gustav Kuhn, Alain Lombard, Kery Lynn-Wilson, Enrique Mazzola, Peter Maag, Jun Markl, Enrique Mazzola, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Oren, Zoltan Pesko, Eve Queler, Stefano Ranzani, Donato Renzetti, Sviatoslav Sutej, Marcello Viotti and Simone Young.

She has also worked with various directors including: Pupi Avati, Henning Brokhaus, Filippo Crivelli, Roberto de Simone, Beppe de Tommasi, Costa Gavras, Renzo Giacchieri, Werner Herzog, Jonathan Miller, Roman Polanskj, Luca Ronconi, Jerome Savarj, Maurizio Scaparro, Fabio Sparvoli, Mattia Testi and Stefano Vizioli.

Valeria Esposito has recorded for the radio and television for RAI 1, RAI 2, RAI International, BBC, ARD, Antenne 2, Radio France, RTSI and Vara Radio. She recorded a CD of arias by G. Spontini for Dynamic and one of Russian Lieder and songs from Naples for the Kikko Music.

Included in her concert repertoire are various Arias and Mozart's Mass in C minor, Die Schöpfung by Haydn, Carmina Burana by Orff, the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi and Rossini, Lieder by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Spontini.

In 1998 she interpreted the role of the Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan conducted by Riccardo Muti, performing subsequently in May 1999 in the role of Nannetta at the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara conducted by Claudio Abbado and at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in Il Viaggio a Reims (Madama Cortese) conducted by Daniele Gatti in August 1999.

Following her debut in La Scala di seta by Rossini at the Teatro Malibran in Venice, she participated in the productions of Lucia di Lammermoor in Baltimore, Die Zauberflöte in Las Palmas in Baltimore, Ariadne auf Naxos in Vienna and L'Elisir d'amore at the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata. The latter performance was broadcast on the radio and television and was also made into a DVD; she was engaged at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste once again with L'Elisir d'amore. Of great importance was her debut in the role of Violetta in La Traviata by Verdi, at the Budapest Opera, where she will also perform in a production of Rigoletto.

Valeria Esposito's future engagements include: Die Entführung aus dem serail in Toulon, L'Elisir d'amore at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Die Zauberflöte at the Festival in Avenches and Don Pasquale in Baltimore.

January 2003

On Stage
El amor brujo - Cavalleria RusticanaSunday 8 March
at 15:30
in Teatro Filarmonico
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