Anastasia Bartoli

The ritual and collective experience at the opening of a curtain in a theatre full of spectators cannot be replaced by other types of exclusively technological realities.


by Alice Lechner
November 21, 2021
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After she graduated from the Conservatory of Verona in 2016, Anastasia Bartoli made his debut at Rosina at Teatro Ristori in Verona. In 2017 she was chosen by M°Carlo Rizzi to sing excerpts from Cavalleria Rusticana at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. In a conversation with Alice Lechner, Anastasia talks about her debut as Abigaille in Bari under the direction of M° Renato Palumbo, about her experience as Lady Macbeth at the Tokyo Spring Festival under the baton of M°Riccardo Muti, the moment she knew that she belongs to the opera stage & about those who guided her first steps on this path and last, but not least about both the satisfaction & pressure of being the daughter of the legendary Cecilia Gasdia, ex soprano, currently Manager of Fondazione Arena di Verona since January 2018.


Anastasia Bartoli debuted in Cavalleria Rusticana (Lola) at Castell’Arquato Festival with conductor Sergio Alapont, directed by Vivien Hewitt, and in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi) at Teatro Municipal in Lima. In 2018 she sang Rosina at Teatro Fonderia in Verona in a workshop by director Marco Gandini. In June, she won the First Price at “Concorso Voci Verdiane” in Busseto, and she was the guest soprano at the “Lugo Prize” concert with tenor Yusif Eyvazov. In November, she made her debut as Vera Principessa di Chablis in Sì by Pietro Mascagni at Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, Valerio Galli conducting. In December, she performed in a concert with the ensemble “Solisti Veneti” in memory of M°Claudio Scimone, at Eremitani Church in Padua and in a Christmas Gala at the Roman Opera in Craiova alongside Fabio Armiliato and Alberto Gazale. In March 2019, she debuted at Teatro Bellini in Catania, singing the role of Olga in Umberto Giordano’s Fedora. In October, she made her company debut at the Teatro Regio di Parma in a Verdi Gala Night alongside Leo Nucci. Again with Leo Nucci, she starred in a gala night in Sofia. The same month she debuted Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. She debuts as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at the Tokyo Spring Festival, Riccardo Muti conducting.

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Hello, Anastasia! Thank you for accepting our invitation! I’m glad I have the opportunity to interview you right after your debut as Abigaille on the 21st of October at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari under the direction of M° Renato Palumbo, alongside George Petean as Nabucco and Riccardo Zanellato as Zaccaria. Tell us about this […]

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Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

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Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

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