(Pomigliano d'Arco, Italy)
2019–20 Season: Cherubino, The Marriage of Figaro
Italian mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. She studied at the Rome Conservatory and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and made her operatic debut as Ofelia in Salieri’s La Grotta di Trofonio at the 2009 Winterthur Festival. She has since performed with the Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Rome Opera, Bologna’s Teatro Comunale, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Valencia’s Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Teatro Colón, and Zurich Opera.
Her repertory includes Despina and Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Annio in La Clemenza di Tito, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in La Cenerentola, Pippo in La Gazza Ladra, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Ruggero in Alcina, Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, among others. Most recently she sang Dorabella, Zerlina, and Cherubino in the Mozart-Da Ponte operas at the Metropolitan Opera, Rosina at Zurich Opera, Pippo at La Scala, Cenerentola in Vienna, Naples, and Rome, and Cherubino at the Glyndebourne Festival. Future plans include Cenerentola with Vienna State Opera, Zerlina at the Metropolitan Opera, Dorabella at London's Royal Opera, and Rosina at the Teatro Communale.