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Silvia Tro Santafe

  • Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Silvia Tro Santafe has recorded and performed many great roles of the Baroque repertoire with major conductors in such opera houses as Opera de Paris, Champs-Élysée, Brussels and festivals throughout Europe including Innsbruck and Salzburg. In Italy Silvia has appeared in Bologna (Barbiere and Giulio Cesare), Rome (Contes d’Hoffman), Venice (Finta Semplice) Bari (Gluck’s Orfeo) and Naples (Scarlatti, La Vergine dei Dolori) Her United States debut was at the Santa Fe opera festival where she sang Cherubino (Le Nozze) and she will return again to the States to open the Washington Opera Season in 2009 singing Rosina. Among the many conductors she has worked with are baroque specialists Marc Minkowski (with whom she will perform Cenerentola in Brussels 2008), Christophe Rousset, René Jacobs , Harry Bicket and William Christie, also she has collaborated with artists such as Jesús López Cobos, Frübeck de Burgos, Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Michel Plasson, Nello Santi, Adam Fischer, Neville Marriner, Alberto Zedda, Gerd Albrecht singing a great variety of opera and concert repertoire.

In her early carreer she enjoyed many collaborations with Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Among the highlights of recent seasons have been Alcina at the Chatelet, the title roles in L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Ariodante and Cenerentola in the Liceu Barcelona, Il Barbiere at the Staatsoper in Vienna, Luxembourg and Amsterdam and Rinaldo, Barbiere, and L’Italiana with the Staadtsoper Berlin. Her recent debut, singing Adalgisa to Edita Gruberova’s Norma in Hamburg and Berlin, was a great public and critical success. Among other exciting future plans include a return to Vienna for L’Italiana , a new Massenet Don Quichotte in Brussels, singing Dulcinée, and L’Italiana at the Teatro Real Madrid.

Silvia has an extensive concert and recital repertoire. Her recording for Globe of Spanish songs was given a top rating by Diapason Magazine and a new operatic recital CD with the Orquesta de Navarra will be shortly released by Signum Classics. Other recordings include La Verbena de la Paloma with Placida Domingo, Zerlina in Don Giovanni on Kikko Classics, Serse (Amastre) with William Christie for Virgin and Scarlatti’s Griselda for Harmonia Mundi with René Jacobs.