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Sara Fulgoni (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: 1970 - England

The outstanding British mezzo-soprano, Sara Fulgoni, graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied under Barbara Robotham.

Sara Fulgoni made her Royal Opera House debut in Verdi's Luisa Miller debut in 2003. She has performed at the major opera and concert venues of the world, the Salzburg Festival, La Scala and other important houses, in a huge variety of repertoire, all to critical acclaim. The full, rich and lustrous quality of her voice, as well as her remarkable stage presence, have distinguished her operatic performances, and Georges Bizet's Carmen has become a foundation of her work. She has sung the role for Santa Fe Opera, Toulouse (under Michel Plasson), the Palau de les Arts Valencia (under Lorin Maazel), Geneva Opera, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera and at the Beijing Music Festival, where she became the first western interpreter of the role to be presented in the capital of China since the Cultural Revolution.

Sara Fulgoni created the title role in the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s opera Thérèse Raquin at Dallas Opera (also recorded for Chandos) and Nicholas Lens' Shellshock, A Requiem of War at La Monnaie in Brussels. She has sung much of the great mezzo repertoire, beginning with the baroque and classical heroines and now moving into the dramatic roles. Notable appearances include Judith in Béla Bartók's Bluebeard’s Castle with the Canadian Opera Company, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Toulouse and Welsh National Opera; the Sorceress in Dido And Aeneas at La Scala and the Royal Opera House under Christopher Hogwood (Opus Arte DVD); Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House, La Monnaie, Opera National du Rhin and English National Opera; Penelope in Il Ritorno D’ulisse In Patria with the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Royal Danish Opera, Geneva Opera and Welsh National Opera; Juno in Semele at Opernhaus Zürich and De Vlaamse Opera; Baba the Turk in Igor Stravinsky's The Rake’s Progress in Rome with Daniele Gatti and at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Beatrice in Beatrice Et Benedict at De Nederlandse Opera and with the Welsh National Opera. Other highlights include Hansel in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel and Amando in Le Grand Macabre with San Francisco Opera; the title role in The Rape Of Lucretia for Vara Radio in Amsterdam, De Vlaamse Opera and for Radio France; Diana in La Calisto under René Jacobs in Montpellier, Lyon and Salzburg; Marguerite in La Damnation De Faust with the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York; Orfeo in Orfeo Ed Euridice in La Coruna and Valladolid; Waltraute in Götterdämmerung with De Vlaamse Opera and English National Opera and Kundry in Parsifal for Welsh National Opera conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

A committed concert artist, Sara Fulgoni has worked with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Riccardo Chailly, the late Richard Hickox, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Josep Pons, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the late Giuseppe Sinopoli. She has sung both Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Urlicht from Das Knaben Wunderhorn with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, both of which were also recorded by Decca. She performed John Adams' El Nino in concert with the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra. In recital she has appeared at the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, the Montreux-Vevey Festival and in the Chatelet’s Midis-Musicaux series.

Sara Fulgoni's many recordings include the Cherubini's Mass In D Minor with Riccardo Muti at La Scala for EMI, Suor Angelica for EMI under Antonio Pappano, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah for Decca under Paul Daniel after performances at the Edinburgh Festival, George Frideric Handel's Dixit Dominus under Marc Minkowski for Archiv, Ned Rorem's The Santa Fe Songs with Chamber Domaine for Black Box and Welcome To The Voice with Sting for DG. She also took part in the acclaimed television series entitled ‘The Genius of Beethoven’ for the BBC.

Source: IMG Artists Website (September 2016); Wikipedia Website (May 2016)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Christophe Rousset


Audio (2003): G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [1st recording, Bradamante]

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