2018–19 Season: Title role of Tosca
Making both her San Francisco Opera and role debuts as Tosca, soprano Carmen Giannattasio first received international notice after a first-place win at the 2002 Operalia competition in Paris, followed in 2007 by a tour-de-force performance as Violetta in Scottish Opera’s production of La Traviata. As equally comfortable in bel canto as she is in Verdi and Puccini, she has distinguished herself in the title role of Norma at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Margherita in Mefistofele at Bavarian State Opera, Violetta at the Metropolitan Opera, Mimì in La Bohème at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Alice Ford in Falstaff at Teatro alla Scala and Vienna State Opera, Leonora in Il Trovatore at Vienna State Opera, and Nedda in Pagliacci at Dresden’s Semperoper and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, among other roles. Upcoming engagements include Tosca at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda at Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the title role of Giovanna d’Arco at Madrid’s Teatro Real, the title role of Ermione at Naples’ Teatro di San Carlo, and Norma and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera at Bavarian State Opera. Her discography includes complete recordings of Il Pirata and Ermione on the Opera Rara label.