Daniela Dessì

Soprano Daniela Dessì made her San Francisco Opera debut in 1995 as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. The Genoa native’s international career has taken her to the world’s preeminent opera companies, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala (Elisabetta in Don Carlos, Nannetta in Falstaff, Constanza in Così fan tutte, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the title roles of Adriana Lecouvreur and Madama Butterfly); the Vienna State Opera (Amelia in Simon Boccanegra and Elisabetta); the Metropolitan Opera (Nedda in Pagliacci and Cio-Cio-San); Deutsche Oper Berlin (the title role of Aida); Munich’s Bavarian State Opera (Nannetta, Donna Elvira, and the title role of  Tosca); Lyric Opera of Chicago (Margherita in Mefistofele); the Arena di Verona (Desdemona in Otello, Nedda, Aida, Tosca, Cio-Cio-San, and the title role of Luisa Miller); as well as in Rome (Il Trittico) and Tokyo (Nedda¸ Elisabetta, Violetta in  La Traviata, and Mimì in La Bohème). Dessì’s recent engagements include Tosca at the Met and the Vienna State Opera; Elvira (Ernani) in Zurich; Violetta, Nannetta, and Aida in Rome; the title role of Manon Lescaut in Bucharest; and Maddalena (Andrea Chénier) at Madrid’s Teatro Real. Her broad discography includes a solo album of Verdi arias (Decca), La Bohème (EMI), Pagliacci (Philips), Donizetti’s Alina (Nuova Era), and DVD recordings of Norma and Tosca.