Born in Milan and graduated from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi with distinction where she was trained by Giovanna Canetti. Prize-winner at numerous international competitions. Highlights of the singer’s career include the roles of the Countess Rosina (Le nozze di Figaro, Ferrara, 1994), Desdemona (Otello, the Salzburg Easter Festival, 1996, and the Teatro Regio in Turin, 1997, under Claudio Abbado), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte, Wiener Staatsoper, 1994, 1997 and 2002; the Ravenna Festival, under Riccardo Muti; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1998 under Sir Colin Davis), Verdi’s Requiem (with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Paris under Claudio Abbado, 1997), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Salzburg Festival, 1999, under Lorin Maazel), Liù (Turandot, Opéra Bastille, 1997, under Georges Prêtre, and on tour to China in 1998 with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre under Zubin Mehta). In 1998 in Beirut the singer gave a recital to great acclaim together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala under Riccardo Muti, and she later performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the ensemble in Jerusalem.
Barbara Frittoli recently returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the role of Desdemona in Otello under James Levine. Previously she had performed the role of Desdemona in Brussels (1994, conducted by Antonio Pappano), Vienna (1999), Nice (2001) and Florence (2003, conducted by Zubin Mehta), and she recently made her debut in this role in Munich. The singer’s most recent engagements include the roles of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni, Glyndebourne Festival, Wiener Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera), Elettra (Idomeneo, re di Creta in Dresden under Colin Davis), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), the title role in the opera Luisa Miller at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and returns to the Grand Opéra in Paris in productions of Simon Boccanegra and Otello.
Barbara Frittoli has performed at the Teatro alla Scala on numerous occasions. At the opening of the 2000 – 2001 season she sang as Leonora in Il trovatore; there she has also sung as Alice Ford (Falstaff), Desdemona (Otello), the Countess Rosina (Le nozze di Figaro), Anaï (Moïse et Pharaon) and again as Alice Ford, under the baton of Riccardo Muti. The conductor and the singer recently featured in a memorial concert in New York at the site of the 11 September terrorist attacks. Natale de Carolis and Giuseppe Sabbatini also performed there. Over the course of her dazzling career the singer has performed leading roles in numerous productions including Pergolesi’s Il flaminio (Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 1993), Mimì in La Bohème (Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 1992; Wiener Staatsoper, 1993; Teatro Comunale, Florence, under Semyon Bychkov, 1994; Metropolitan Opera, 1995), Micaëla in Carmen (Philadelphia, 1992; Wiener Staatsoper, 1993; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1994; Metropolitan Opera, 1995), Countess Rosina in Le nozze di Figaro (Wiener Staatsoper, 1994 and 2005 under Riccardo Muti; Teatro alla Scala, 1997, also under Muti; Salzburg Festival, 1998), Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 1999; Opéra Bastille, Paris, 2000 under Charles Mackerras), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Teatro San Carlo, Naples, 1994; Wiener Staatsoper, 1997 and 1998; Opéra Bastille, Paris, 1999 under James Conlon; Salzburg Festival under Lorin Maazel; Teatro Regio in Turin and the Teatro Comunale in Florence, 2005), Sifare in Mitridate, re di Ponto (Teatro Regio, Turin, 1994; Paris, 2000 under Christophe Rousset), Medora in Il corsaro (Teatro Regio, Turin, 1996), Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Wiener Staatsoper, 1992 and 1996), Alice Ford in Falstaff (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, 1997 under Daniele Gatti; Teatro Comunale, Florence, 1998 under Antonio Pappano; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1999 under Bernard Haitink), Amelia in Simon Boccanegra (Teatro Comunale, Bologna, 1998 under Daniele Gatti; Zurich Opera, 2002; Teatro Regio in Turin and the Wiener Staatsoper, 2003), Marguerite in Faust (Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, 2000), Luisa Miller (Metropolitan Opera, 2002 under James Levine), Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlo (the singer’s debut in the role at the Teatro Comunale, Florence, under Zubin Mehta in autumn 2004) and Liù in Turandot (Gran Teatre de Liceu, Barcelona).
Barbara Frittoli’s concert repertoire is also extremely broad, including Haydn’s oratorio The Creation (Teatro alla Scala, 1994), Verdi’s Requiem (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, with the Orchestra Filarmonica of the Teatro alla Scala under Riccardo Muti, 1995; Milan, with the same conductor, 1997; again in Milan and Vienna with Muti, 2001; Amsterdam under Riccardo Chailly, Florence under Zubin Mehta, London under Valery Gergiev, New York under Muti and Boston, 2002 and London, 2005), Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brussels under Antonio Pappano), Vier Letzte Lieder (Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi, Milan, 1996; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre, 2000), Mozart’s Great Mass (London Symphony Orchestra under Colin Davis, 1996), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (Ravenna Festival and at the Wiener Musikverein under Riccardo Muti, 1996), Rossini’s Stabat Mater (London, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1994; Amsterdam, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, 1997), Gounod’s oratorio Mors et vita (with the Hessen Radio Orchestra under Marcello Viotti, 1999) and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (Amsterdam, under Bernard Haitink, 2002). The singer recently appeared to great acclaim in an Evening of Song at the Bologna Festival, where she performed vocal works by Beethoven, Schubert and Henri Duparc.
Barbara Frittoli’s discography includes such recordings as Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (under Riccardo Muti, EMI), Turandot (the role of Liù under Zubin Mehta, BMG), Gioachino Rossini’s Stabat Mater, I pagliacci (the role of Nedda under Riccardo Chailly), La Bohème (the role of Mimì under Zubin Mehta), discs of arias by Mozart (under Charles Mackerras) and Verdi (under Colin Davis, recorded on the Erato label, Idomeneo, re di Creta (under Charles Mackerras, EMI), Bellini’s Arie da Camera with José Carreras (Erato), Boccherini’s Stabat Mater (under Mattia Rondelli, Sony), Il trovatore (under Riccardo Muti, Sony).
The singer’s DVD releases include Otello with Plácido Domingo and Leo Nucci under Riccardo Muti, Moïse et Pharaon with Ildar Abdrazakov and Giuseppe Filianoti under Riccardo Muti, Falstaff with Bryn Terfel and Roberto Frontali under Bernard Haitink, Falstaff with Ruggero Raimondi and Mario Lanza under Zubin Mehta, Turandot with Giovanna Casolla and Sergei Larin under Zubin Mehta, Turandot with Luana DeVol and Franco Farina under Giuliano Carella, a New Year Gala Concert at the Teatro La Fenice with Walter Fraccaro and Ferruccio Furlanetto under Roberto Abbado, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Biagio Antonacci under Riccardo Muti, a Verdi Gala with Plácido Domingo and José Carreras under Zubin Mehta, Così fan tutte with Angelika Kirchschlager and Michael Shade under Riccardo Muti and Thaïs with Lado Anateli under Gianandrea Noseda.
Future seasons will see performances in the title role of the opera Thaïs (Turin), Verdi’s Requiem under Antonio Pappano (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), the operas Così fan tutte (Valencia), Le nozze di Figaro (Madrid), Simon Boccanegra (Boston and New York under James Levine), Le nozze di Figaro (Opéra National de Paris and Bayerische Staatsoper), Carmen and Don Giovanni (Metropolitan Opera, Zurich Opera), Luisa Miller (Turin, Tokyo, Yokohama), La Bohème (on tour with the Teatro Teatro Regio, Turin) and Adriana Lecouvreur (Barcelona).