Dall’antichità al verismo
with Donald Sulzen, piano
Born in Ferrara, Anna Catarina Antonacci started singing in the choir of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna at the age of 19. In 1988 she won the Verdi Competition in Parma and Callas at the RAI. Immediately afterwards she was given the role of Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda opposite Katia Ricciarelli, directed by Gabriele Lavia, followed by Elcia in Rossini’s Mose’ in Egitto, the title role in Ermione, and Orazie in Orazi e Curiazi all in Rome.
Embracing both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles, Anna Caterina’s extraordinary vocal timbre and great acting skills have enabled her to perform many works from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries including Monteverdi, Purcell, (Dido and Aeneas) Handel (Rodelinda, Agrippina), Gluck (Armida, Alceste), Paisiello (Nina, Ossia la pazza per amore), Mozart (Cosi’ fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Idomeneo, La Clemenza di Tito) and Cherubini (Medea).
An acclaimed interpreter of Rossini, she has sung (La Cenerentola, Ermione, Semiramide, Mose’ in Egitto, La Donna del Lago and Otello), and has had equal success with Bellini (Norma, I Capuleti e Montecchi), Donizetti (Maria Stuarda), Verdi (Un giorno di regno, Falstaff), Bizet (Carmen) and Massenet (Don Quichotte, Werther). The soprano is also no stranger to contemporary music having sung, Tre Veglie by Fabio Vacchi at the Salzburg Festival in 1998 and Vita by Marco Tutino at La Scala in 2003.