Donata D'Annunzio Lombrdi won the Concorso “Mattia Battistini” (a musical contest) at a very young age with her interpretation of Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, a part she has since devotedly performed to the present day in the major opera houses. The latter include the Opernhaust in Zurich, the Teatro Regio di Parma, the Teatro C. Felice di Genova, the Teatro Regio di Torino, the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, the Teatro alla Scala, the Arena di Verona, the Israel Philharmonic and the Teatro Comunale di Firenze. The first prize outright was awarded to her at the Concorso Internazionale “Francesco Paolo Tosti” (an international musical contest). This event also became the gateway to her making popular the “romanza da salotto” (“salon romance”: composition for voice and accompaniment) – often in conjunction with Gabriele D'Annunzio’s poetry – at the Teatro alla Scala and, later, in America and Japan. There followed first appearances as Lucy in Menotti’s Il Telefono, Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen and Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, sung in Toulouse and Bordeaux in France and in San Sebastian in Spain.
She was Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata in Lugano and Basel, as well as Serpina in Paisiello’s La Serva padrona and in Pergolesi’s opera of the same name, at the Teatro Comunale in Florence. She sang Adalgisa in Bellini’s Norma at the Staatstheater in Stuttgart and Poppea in Monteverdi’s L'Incoronazione di Poppea in France. Later, she also performed the part of Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. She subsequently gained the unequivocal acclaim of both the critics and the public for her performance as Oscar in Verdi’s Un Ballo in maschera and Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Regio di Torino. Thanks to her studies undertaken at an early age at the prestigious School of Dance under Liliana Cosi and Marinel Stefanescu, Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi also mastered the repertoire of operetta with confidence. She swiftly showed herself to be a subtle interpreter of such characters as Valencienne in Lehá’s La Vedova allegra, Hélène in Offenbach’s La Bella Elena, Mary Lloyd in Kálmán’s La Duchessa di Chicago and Adele in J. Strauss’s Il Pipistrello at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.
She has worked with the directors J. Savary, F. Zambello, G. Landi, L. Puggelli, L. Mariani, G. Patroni-Griffi, F. Zeffirelli, J. Miller and W. Decker. Similarly, she has worked with the conductors N. Bareza, O. Caetani, W. Humburg, A. Guingal, D. Renzetti, E. Pidò, D. Oren, B. Bartoletti, J. C. Malgoire, Z. Pesko, J. Tate and L. Maazel. She has also devoted herself to sacred and chamber music and has sung in the Mass in B minor and other cantatas by J. S. Bach, in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, as well as in Exultate Jubilate and “arie da concerto” (“concert arias”) by Mozart performed at the Théâtre Royal di Versailles in France. At the prestigious event “Les Victoires de la Musique Classique” (“The Victories of Classical Music”) at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, she received special recognition for her performances of Mozart’s music next to J. C. Malgoire.
In the 2007 summer opera festival at the Arena he will perform the part of Musetta in La Bohème.