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Carmen Giannattasio

soprano

Soprano Carmen Giannattasio studied voice at the Avellino Conservatory, specializing later at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In 2002, she won the prestigious Operalia in Paris, making her debut as Desdemona (Otello) at the Los Angeles Opera. From there, she began a brilliant career that took her to many important stages, including the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Bavarian State Opera, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, as well as the opera houses of San Francisco, Vienna, Madrid, Berlin, Brussels, Turin, Venice, Naples, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. She regularly collaborates with maestros such as Paolo Arrivabeni, Maurizio Benini, James Conlon, Myung-Whun Chung, Diego Matheuz, Zubin Mehta, Sir Antonio Pappano, Daniele Rustioni, Pinchas Steinberg, and Omer Meir Wellber.

Carmen Giannattasio was chosen by Opera Rara—a record label specializing in the publication of rarely performed operas—for important bel canto recordings such as Rossini’s La donna del lago, Donizetti’s Parisina, and Rossini’s Ermione, a performance that won her the praise of leading critics worldwide and the prestigious Gramophone Opera Award in 2011. Her recordings with the British label also include Bellini’s Il Pirata (2010) and Donizetti’s Caterina Cornaro (2011).

In the 2020/21 season, Carmen Giannattasio was a guest at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo in “Il Crepuscolo dei Sogni”—“Traumdämmerung” (from an idea by Johannes Erath), which was followed by Tosca at the Sydney Opera and Alice Ford in a new production of Falstaff in Aix-en-Provence. Highlights of the 2021/22 season included the opening of the Wiener Staatsoper’s season with Tosca, a role she also performed at the Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata and the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Falstaff at the Lyon Opera, and La Wally in Munich. Future engagements will take the artist again to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she has been invited to sing Giorgetta (Il tabarro) and the eponymous roles of Gioconda (La Gioconda) and Tosca. Other projects include Eugene Onegin at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Aida in Oviedo, and a series of concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City. After singing the role of Tosca at the Comunale in Bologna and on tour in Wiesbaden, she will sing it again in Rome (Caracalla), Albuquerque, and Naples in the coming seasons.

Carmen Giannattasio has been chosen as brand ambassador for the Bulgari brand and is dressed by designer Antonio Riva. She is also an ambassador for perfume brand Carthusia and Swiss skincare brand La Prairie. In February 2017, Carmen Giannattasio was awarded the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Repubblica Italiana.

Carmen Giannattasio

Meet the Musicians

FIRST VIOLIN
Carmelo de los Santos
Karen McKinnon Concertmaster Chair
Sarah Tasker •••
Assistant Concertmaster
Ana María Quintero Muñoz
Joan Wang +
Heidi Deifel ++
Juliana Huestis
Barbara Rivers
Nicolle Maniaci
Barbara Scalf Morris

SECOND VIOLIN
Rachel Jacklin •
Carol Swift •••
Julanie Lee
Jessica Retana ++
Liana Austin
Lidija Peno-Kelly
Sheila McLay
Brad Richards

VIOLA
Laura Chang
Kimberly Fredenburgh •••
Allegra Askew
Christine Rancier
Laura Steiner
Michael Anderson
Lisa DiCarlo
Joan Hinterbichler
Laura Campbell

CELLO
Amy Huzjak
Jonathan Flaksman •••

Carla Lehmeier-Tatum
Ian Mayne-Brody
Dana Winograd
David Schepps
Lisa Collins
Elizabeth Purvis

BASS
Mark Tatum •••
Katherine Olszowka
Terry Pruitt
Marco Retana
Frank Murry

FLUTE
Valerie Potter
Esther Fredrickson
Jiyoun Hur ••+
Noah Livingston ••++

PICCOLO
Esther Fredrickson

OBOE
Kevin Vigneau
Amanda Talley

ENGLISH HORN
Melissa Peña ••+
Rebecca Ray ••++

CLARINET
Marianne Shifrin
Lori Lovato •••
Jeffrey Brooks

E-FLAT CLARINET
Lori Lovato

BASS CLARINET
Jeffrey Brooks

BASSOON
Stefanie Przybylska •
Denise Turner

HORN
Peter Erb •+
Allison Tutton
Andrew Meyers
Maria Long ••••

TRUMPET
John Marchiando
Brynn Marchiando
Sam Oatts ••

TROMBONE
Aaron Zalkind
Byron Herrington

BASS TROMBONE
David Tall +
Robinson Schulze ++

TUBA
Richard White

TIMPANI
Micah Harrow •+

PERCUSSION
Jeff Cornelius
Kenneth Dean
Emily Corneliu

Principal •
Associate Principal ••
Assistant Principal •••
Assistant ••••
Leave +
One-year position ++
Half-year position +++