Guest Musicians 2017

Serena Farnocchia


Born in Pietrasanta (Italy), she studied with Gianpiero Mastromei. In 1995 she was one of the youngest winner of the “Luciano Pavarotti Competition” in Philadelphia. In 1998 she attended the Accademia of Teatro alla Scala, and soon after she made her house debut in Don Giovanni (Donna Anna), under the baton of Riccardo Muti.

Since then she established a remarkably international career performing regularly in some prestigious opera houses and festivals including Teatro alla Scala, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Festival Pucciniano di Torre del Lago, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opéra de Lausanne, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Liceu de Barcelona, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, Suntory Hall in Tokyo. 

She collaborated with such important conductors as Bruno Bartoletti, Vladimir Jurowski, Nicola Luisotti, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Oren, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Pinchas Steinberg, and directors like Paul Curran, Willy Decker, Gabriele Lavia, Jonathan Miller, Michele Placido, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Pier’Alli, Luca Ronconi.

She opened the 2016/17 season performing as Elisabetta in Don Carlo at Teatro Regio di Parma, followed Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) in Stuttgart Opera, La bohème (Mimì) at Munich Staatsoper, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at Zurich Opernhaus and Otello (Desdemona) at New National Theatre in Tokyo.

Among her future plans are Manon Lescaut (title role) in Auckland, Simon Boccanegra (Amelia) at Munich Staatsoper Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at Opera Australia in Sydnay and Maria Stuarda (title role) at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.




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