Italian contralto Romina Boscolo will be Mrs Quickly in a new production of Falstaff at Theatro Municipal in São Paulo (Brazil). She has recently performed La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) at Teatro Regio di Parma and Mrs Quickly (Falstaff) in Sassari and Jesi. She has been previously heard as Comare (Crispino e la Comare) at the Festival della Valle d’Itria, Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) and Badessa (Suor Angelica) at the Cologne Opera House, Eunuco (Il Corsaro) at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Wowkle (La Fanciulla del West) at the Montercarlo Opera House, and Carmen (Carmen) in Ivrea. After her debut at the age of 20 as Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera) and her first starring role as Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), she has performed many contralto opera and concert roles.
Romina combined her pedagogy studies with singing with mezzosoprano Franca Mattiucci in Turin.
She later continued her studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, at the Accademia Chigiana with Bernadette Manca di Nissa, at the Academia Rossiniana in Pesaro and again in Salzburg with Christa Ludwig who introduced her to the world of Mahler. Her first concert perfomance of Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” received enthusiastic reviews and the Calpurnia Prize at Festival delle Nazioni (2005).
At the age of 20 she debuted on stage for the very first time as Ramiro in Mozart’s “La Finta Giardiniera” in Genova (2002), followed by her first starring role, Isabella in “L’italiana in Algeri” in Turin (2003). In this period she also sang many concert masterworks: Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle” (2000), Händel’s “The Messiah” (2001), and Mozart’s “Requiem” (2004).
In 2005 she won her first major international recognition with the award for Best Young Opera Singer at the First Renata Tebaldi Competition in San Marino.
In the following years, beside her concert and recital activity – Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” and “Rückert-Lieder” (2005/2006), Jocasta in Stravinky’s “Oedipus Rex” at Teatro Regio in Turin (2006), Bellini’s “Canzoni per voce e pianoforte” in Turin’s Auditorium and Teatro V. Bellini in Catania (2007), Dvorak’s “Requiem” in Istanbul (2008), Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” at the auditorium RAI in Turin (2010), Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” (2005/2009/2011), Porpora’s “Salve Regina” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria” (2009), and collaborations with orchestras such as the Pomeriggi Musicali , the Guido Cantelli Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Montecarlo National Philarmonic Orchestra and baroque ensembles such as Il Falcone, I Turchini di Antonio Florio and the Accademia Bizantina – she made some major opera debuts: Adalgisa in “Norma” (2009), Maddalena in “Rigoletto” (2009), Ottavia in “L’incoronazione di Poppea” in Cologne (2010), Donna Peppenella in “Napoli Milionaria!” by Nino Rota (2010), and Dritte Dame in “Das geheime Königreich” by Ernst Krenek at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca (2011).
In 2012 she debuted as Dorimena at the Vienna Konzerthaus in Francesco Conti’s intermezzo “Dorimena e Tuberone” with I Turchini conducted by Antonio Florio. She sang the 2. Mezzosopran in the opera “Jakob Lenz” by Wolfgang Rihm with Marco Angius as conductor and Henning Brockhaus as stage director at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Teatro Rossini di Lugo. In the same year she sang Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” at the CSO Concert Hall in Ankara conducted by Antonio Pirolli, Turkey. She debuted as Carmen (Carmen) and performed the role of Wowkle in “La Fanciulla del West” at the Montercarlo National Opera-House under the conduction of Pinchas Steinberg.
In January 2013 she sang the role of Eunuco in a new production of Verdi’s “Il Corsaro” at Teatro Verdi di Trieste under the direction of Gianluigi Gelmetti and in May and July she debuted as the Abbess in “Suor Angelica” and as Ciesca in “Gianni Schicchi” at the Cologne Opera House conducted by Will Humburg. In July 2013 she debuted as Comare in Luigi and Federico Ricci’s “Crispino e la Comare” at the Festival della Valle d’Itria conducted by Jader Bignamini.
In January 2014 she opened the new season of Teatro Regio di Parma as Ciesca in a new production of “Gianni Schicchi”.
Upcoming engagements include Mrs Quickly in Verdi’s “Falstaff” at Theatro Municipal in São Paulo (Brazil) with John Neschling, the Old Lady in Bernstein’s “Candide” and the Mother in Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Germany), and the contralto in Händel’s “The Messiah” at Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari (Italy) with Rinaldo Alessandrini.
© Romina Boscolo