SILVIA TRO SANTAFÉ

 

 

Silvia Tro Santafé – Mezzo Soprano

 

“Thrilling top notes; dark resonance below; unfailingly expressive.”  The Times

Spanish Mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafé has established a major reputation with audiences and leading opera houses over the world. Her repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the 21st century, but above all she is recognised as one of today’s finest exponents of Rossini and the Bel Canto. Her Rosina (“big warm notes which, as the voice ascended, opened out to reveal a shining secure top” Washington Post) and Cenerentola have been heard in Vienna State Opera, Berlin, Zurich, Amsterdam, Washington, Palermo, Bologna and Munich and her Italiana in Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real Madrid, Amsterdam and Zurich. Seria roles include Arsace SEMIRAMIDE (Napoli – “nella parte di Arsace è apparsa la migliore per fluidità di canto e adesione al personaggio” La Repubblica) Malcom LA DONNA DEL LAGO and, recently recorded for Opera Rara, Arsace AURELIANO IN PALMIRA (“technically impeccable and generous of tone” The Guardian). Over the last seasons her repertoire has extended to Bellini’s Adalgisa NORMA in Berlin and Brussels (“Silvia Tro Santafé fait merveille,elle évolue en souplesse sur toute la tessitura: l’aigu s’envole clair et tender et ses duos avec Edita Gruberova respirent d’une subtile harmonie d’inflexions communes” Le Soir), Romeo CAPULETI at the Munich State Opera and Isoletta LA STRANIERA in Moscow. Her Donizetti repertoire includes Orsini LUCREZIA BORGIA, in Brussels, Munich and recorded with Edita Gruberova, Sara ROBERTO DEVEREUX, Giovanna Seymour ANNA BOLENA, and most recently Elisabetta MARIA STUARDA at the Opera Liceu in Barcelona (“Her interpretation grew through the performance, showing the hate, the evil of the character with a fearless passion” El Pais).

 

She has recorded and performed many of the greatest roles of the Baroque including the title roles of XERXES (Champs Elysées) RINALDO (Berlin State Opera) ARIODANTE (Barcelona) and has appeared as Polinesso ARIODANTE (Salzburg Festival, Paris Opera) Tolomeo GIULIO CESARE (Netherlands Opera). Recent concert performances have included Verdi REQUIEM (Hamburg) Rossini STABAT MATER (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic).

 

Recent highlights of her wide repertoire on CD and DVD include Händel’s DEIDAMIA (Netherlands Opera – “sang like a god, with a warm voice suffusing both her legato and dazzling coloratura, a combination of Horne and Berganza” Mundo Clásico “If heroism is measured in vocal terms, the palm goes to Silvia Tro Santafé for her firm, vibrant singing of Ulisse” New York Times) to Massenet’s DON QUICHOTTE (La Monnaie – “une Dulcinée souveraine – par la puissance, par la couleur, par la precision du contrôle…” La Libre). Her recent solo recital discography was acclaimed, SPANISH HEROINES (Signum Classics “Et avec quelle puissance d’émotions elle l’emporte! Juste la voix sur de grandes lignes mélodiques, entrecoupées d’envolées lyriques. Une magnifique interpretation” Harmonia Mundi “an impressive voice and sound vocal technique” International Record Review) and ROSSINI MEZZO (Signum “attacking the myriad notes with accuracy, with no suggestion of cheating by insertion of aspirates. To these strengths can be added her breath control…impressive” Record Review  “a most impressive recital” Gramophone Magazine)

Future plans include a return to the Teatro Real Madrid for productions of Mozart LUCIO SILLA and Donzetti ROBERTO DEVEREUX and a return to the role of Charlotte WERTHER in Las Palmas and to the role of Orsini at the Munich State Opera.

January 2015

BIOGRAPHY
SILVIA TRO SANTAFE / MEZZO SOPRANO

September 2017  | News |

 

personaggi e interpreti: Cecilio: Silvia Tro Santafé

 

 

September  2017,  13, 16, 18, 21, 23.

 

 

Essentials

Dramma per música in three acts

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

 

Libretto by Giovanni de Gamerra

Premiered at the Teatro Regio Ducal of Milan on 26 December 1772

Premiere at the Teatro Real

New production by the Teatro Real

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Rea

 

Starting Point

Mozart had just turned 16 when he received the commission for Lucio Silla in March 1771.

A year and a half later, he had written all the recitatives and travelled to Milan where he would compose

the arias and begin rehearsals.

 

The third of his operas opened at the Teatro Regio Ducal in December 1772 with a cast of some of the

best voices of that time - not for nothing - as the score is devilishly difficult and only for singers with

unshakable technique.

 

Only a few years later, Johann Christian Bach used the libretto for his own opera. He maintained

the conventional model of 18th century European opera seria, with a story about

the value of magnanimity.

 

The Roman dictator Silla – a role inspired by the general of the same name - tries to use his political

influence to conquer the daughter of his sworn enemy, Giunia, with whom he is in love. However,

the girl's affections are for the exiled Roman senator Cecilio.  Silla's initial scheme falls apart,

and in the end, his feelings of compassion compel him to give up his love and even renounce his power.

 

The opera suggests that virtuous decisions are always the right ones.

 

Vincenzo BELLINI

Isoletta in La Straniera

Romeo in Capuleti ed I Montecchi

Adalgisa in Norma

 

Francesco Cavalli

Eliogabalo in Eliogabalo

 

Gaetano DONIZETTI

Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena

Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia

Elisabetta I in Maria Stuarda

Sara in Roberto Devereux

Leonora in La Favorita

Pierotto in Linda di Chamonix

 

Georg F. HAENDEL

Rinaldo in Rinaldo

Sesto and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare

Medoro in Orlando

Ariodante and Polinesso in Ariodante

Ruggiero in Alcina

Amastre in Serse

Ulisse in Deidamia

 

Jules MASSENET

Charlotte in Werther

Dulcinée in Don Quichotte

 

 

Wolfgang A. MOZART

Giacinta in La finta semplice

Farnace in Mitridate, re di Ponto

Cecilio in Lucio Silla

Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro

Zerlina in Don Giovanni

Dorabella in Così fan tutte

 

Gioachino ROSSINI

Ernestina in L’equivico stravagante

Lucilla in La scala di seta

Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri

Arsace in Aureliano in Palmira

Rosina in Il barbiera di Siviglia

Angelina in Cenerentola

Pippo in La gazza ladra

Malcolm in La donna del lago

Arsace in Semiramide

Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims

Stabat Mater

Petite Messe Solennelle

 

Alessandro SCARLATTI

Ottone in Griselda

Nicodemo in Il dolore di Maria Vergine

 

Giuseppe VERDI

Messa di Requiem

 

 

AUDIO

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  • SILVIA TRO SANTAFE LUCREZIA BORGIA / Nella fatal di Rimini
  • SILVIA TRO SANTAFESPANISH HEROINES
  • SILVIA TRO SANTAFEHENDEL / SERSE
  • SILVIA TRO SANTAFEROSSINI / AURELIANO IN PALMIRA

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