Cecilia Molinari

Opera owes its success to the fact that what it represents, the range of human emotions, transcends space and time.
Alice Lechner

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by Alice Lechner
October 9, 2023
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INTRODUCTION

Cecilia Molinari has quickly established herself as one of the most refined Rossini, Mozart, and belcanto interpreters of the young generation. She earned the highest honours degree both in Flute and vocal performance and she made her operatic debut as Zaida in Il Turco in Italia at Teatro Comunale di Treviso and at Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. In a conversation with Alice Lechner, Cecilia talks about her highlights of this season, her debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in her signature role, Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, her relationship with Rossini's and Mozart's music and, moreover, about the skills that a young singer needs in order to become successful in this industry.

BIOGRAPHY

Italian mezzosoprano Cecilia Molinari is the winner of the Belcanto Prize "Rossini in Wildbad" and the Special prize "Pavarotti Giovani" at International Competition "Marcello Viotti" in Vercelli. She earned the highest honours degree both in Flute and vocal performance and she made her operatic debut as Zaida in Il Turco in Italia at Teatro Comunale di Treviso and at Teatro Comunale di Ferrara. In 2015, she was selected as a member of the Accademia Rossiniana at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro under the guidance of M° Zedda and she debuted the role of Marchesa Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims. Cecilia Molinari has quickly established herself as one of the most refined Rossini, Mozart, and belcanto interpreters of the young generation. Her most recent engagements include a new production of Giulio Cesare (Sesto) signed by Calixto Bieito at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam under the baton of M° Haim, a new production of Orfeo e Euridice as Orfeo at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia under the baton of M°Dantone, a return to Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, the cantata “Berenice, che fai?” Hby Haydn with Filarmonica della Scala under the baton of M° Dantone, a new production of Falstaff at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher, a triple house debut at Wiener Staatsoper with her signature role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia under M°Montanari, at Semperoper in Dresden in Così Fan Tutte (Dorabella) with M° Omer Meir Wellber and at Amsterdam Concertgebouw in Rossini's Stabat Mater under the baton of M° Michele Mariotti, the double-debut (role and house debut) as Ariodante by Händel at Teatro São Carlos in Lisbona, her house debut at MÜPA Festival in Budapest as Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia, a new production of La Cenerentola as the title role signed by Laurent Pelly under the baton of Mº Rustioni and a new production of Anna Bolena under the baton of M° Mazzola both at Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, Mozart Concerts at La Seine Musicale in Paris with Insula Orchestra and Mº Equilbey, her debut at Teatro alla Scala di Milano in Italiana in Algeri as Isabella in the historical production of Ponnelle under the baton of Mº Dantone, a house debut at Teatro de la Maestranza in Sevilla as Cherubino in a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro and the title role in Béatrice et Bénédict in a new production of Damiano Michieletto at Opera Carlo Felice in Genova. Future engagements include Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Dresden Semperoper, the house debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola (Title role) at Smetana Hall in Prague, the role debut of Idamante in Idomeneo at Opera Carlo Felice Genova, the house debut at Opèra de Lyon in Bèatrice et Bénédict, Mozart’s Requiem with M° Harding at Teatro alla Scala, Pergolesis Stabat Mater with Orchestra Nazionale della Rai di Torino with M° Orozco-Estrada.

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INTERVIEW

Dear Cecilia, thank you very much for having accepted our invitation! It’s a pleasure to chat with you just as the new season has begun. What will be the highlights of this season? Thank you very much for this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself. Rossini marks the beginning of this new […]

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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.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
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Alexandru Suciu

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