Anna Caterina Antonacci
Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci is widely acknowledged as a major artist, and her extraordinary vocal timbre and great acting skills have enabled her to perform a vast and varied repertoire in the world's most important theaters. She made her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role of 1992’s Ermione and returned as Adalgisa in 1998’s Norma. Recent successes include Cassandre (Les Troyens) with Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Théâtre du Châtelet Paris; the title role of L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; as well as the title role of Medea in Toulouse, at the Epidaurus Amphitheatre Greece, Teatro Regio Turin, and at the Châtelet. Her debut in a the title role of a new production of Carmen at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden conducted by Antonio Pappano was a huge triumph, performed also at the Opera Comique conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, and was a precursor to her return to London as Cassandre in Les Troyens at Covent Garden and the BBC Proms. Also revered for her interpretations of Berlioz's vocal works, Antonacci’s performances have included La Mort de Cléopâtre with the Rotterdam Philharmonic conducted by Yannick Nézét-Seguin; with the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by John Nelson; and with the LPO again with Nézét-Seguin. She has been honored with the title Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur by the French Republic, which is the highest national distinction one can receive. Her first recording, Era la Notte, for the Naive label received great acclaim. Adding to her discography, Antonacci has also recorded L'Alba separa dalla luce l'ombra for Wigmore Live, with the pianist Donald Sulzen and featuring songs by Tosti, Cilea, Hahn, and others.