HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST SEASONS
It wasn’t only the favour of the critics Carmen Giannattasio won by stepping in at the eleventh hour for John Copley’s production of La Boheme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2012. This triumphant debut also began a new chapter in her career, starting with her debut at Metropolitan Opera in New York as Leonora in David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore in September of the same year. Following performances in two of the world’s leading opera houses, Carmen opened the season at Teatro San Carlo, Naples with a glamorous performance as Violetta in the triumphant production of La Traviata directed by renowned Italian/Turkish film director Franz Ozpetek, who described her as: “first class… fiery and sensual”.
Carmen’s engagements kept rising over 2013 and the soprano found herself in major venues both at home and abroad. Highlights of 2013 were Mrs Alice in Robert Carsen’s new production of Verdi’s Falstaff at La Scala, Milan, Verdi‘s La Traviata at Hong Kong Arts Festival, Leonora in Philipp Stolzl’s new production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Wien Festwochen, Desdemona in Jose Cura’s new production of Verdi’s Otello at Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Alice in Blakeley’s new production of Falstaff at Los Angeles Opera conducted by James Conlon. Giannattasio’s solo performance at the New Year’s concert at La Fenice, Veniceunder the baton of Diego Matheuz in 2014 was broadcast worldwide, opening a very busy season for the eclectic soprano. Besides a main role in Verdi’s Requiem in Valencia Palau de las Artes, Turandot (Liu’) at Teatro Regio of Turin conducted by P. Steinberg and at Arena of Verona, La Boheme (Mimí), Il Trovatore at Teatro La Fenice in Venice and in Simon Boccanegra(Amelia) at La Scala, the unstoppable soprano appeared also in Maria Stuarda (Elisabetta) at Deutsche Oper Berlin in concert version, and, in a new production by Moshe Leiser, at the Royal Opera House in London, to critical acclaim.
Season 2014/15 has included a new production of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims(Madama Cortese) at Nationale Opera Amsterdam, followed by her debut in the title role of Bellini’s Norma, presented for the first time in the Middle-east as an highlight of the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut. George Loomiswrote in Opera Magazine: “Giannattasio’s first Norma was a considerable achievement”. Her interpretations as Mimí in Götz Friederich’s production of La Bohème at the Deutsche Oper and her performance as Liú in Puccini’s Turandot at San Carlo in March 2015 were highly praised by critics. 2015 also marks Giannattasio’s debut in Asia where she again performed the title role in Norma in Beijing to critical acclaim, warranting her a National Centre of Performing Arts magazine cover and main feature article. In summer 2015 Giannattasio made her debut at Theatre des Champs Elysées in Paris, in Maria Stuarda. In July she played Mimì in La Bohème at Hannover’s Open Air Opera, “The Arena of Verona in the north German lowlands” as described by the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, David McAllister.
2015/16 season has seen Carmen in a new production of Il Trovatore by La Fura del Baus at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, a very successful new production of Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House London under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano, which has won The Laurence Olivier award and the critical acclaim. A real triumph in Norma with Munich Staatsoper, Pagliacci at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, Simon Boccanegra at La Scala under the baton of M. W. Chung.
She has been on tour with Teatro Alla Scala with Simon Boccanegra at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, Asian Arts Center in Shangai, and opened the new Lotte Concert Hall in Seul. Carmen has also opened the Edinburgh Festival with Stabat Mater by Rossini conducted by sir Tony Pappano with Accademia di Santa Cecilia.
Carmen has sung at Vatican’s Sala Nervi in a special concert broadcasted worldwide by RAI Television in presence of his Holiness Pope Francesco.
2016/2017 season she appeared in: a new David McVicar’s production of Falstaff conducted by Zubin Mehta at the Wiener Staatsoper, La Boheme at Deutsche Oper in Berlin, a new production of Falstaff at Teatro alla Scala conducted by Z. Mehta, La Traviata at Metropolitan in New York, Te Deum by Bruckner at Maggio Musicale fiorentino conducted by Z. Mehta, I Pagliacci in Dresden, Turandot at 63th Festival Pucciniano in Torre del Lago, Falstaff on Tour with Teatro alla Scala at the Astana Opera in Kazakstan, Pagliacci at ROH , Mefistofele at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.
In April 2018 she has been nominated as best female artist of the year at the international Opera awards
Season 2018/19 has seen Carmen’s debut as Tosca in a new production at San Francisco Opera by critical acclaim, followed by her return at Champs Elysees in Paris with one of her signature roles Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda by Donizetti, follewed by Norma at Bayerische Staatsoper, Tosca at Berlin DeutscheOper,her debut as Amalia in Un ballo in maschera in Naples, followed by Hamburg and Munich in the same role, Norma at the Herodes Atticus in Athens, highly praised by international press in a futuristic new production by La Fura dels Baus, the debut in the title role Giovanna D’arco at Teatro real of Madrid.
Carmen Giannattasio is an ambassador for the Italian jewelers Bulgari and is dressed by couturier Antonio Riva. She is also an ambassador for Carthusia, the Italian brand of beauty and bath products based in Capri Island.
In February 2017 Carmen has received the title of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella della Repubblica Italiana.