Chiara Isotton

Verdi is part of our history, part of our DNA. We have a moral and civil duty to preserve for future generations the places where the history of music and Italy was built.


by Alice Lechner
December 4, 2022


Some people fall in love with someone, and other people fall in love with something they can’t live without and that thing, in this case, is called opera. To be more precise, as you will read in this interview, every opera singer has some characters they tend to favor. It is wonderful to see how much an artist can give to the audience if she/he merges with their character. In this interview, Chiara Isotton talks with Alice Lechner about her favorite characters and how she organizes her study when approaching a new role. She tends to choose Verdi’s and Puccini’s music over any other composers and Alice was curious what the criteria were. Last year she took part of the incredible cast of Macbeth alongside Anna Netrebko. How does she deal with all that pressure? How is it to step on a stage with such a legacy? It is hard to know how it feels like to sing on a stage unless you do it yourself, but we think it can be very helpful to have a little piece of advice from the ones that have already experienced that. Chiara approaches many interesting topics that we are sure you will love to read about. Enjoy!


Soprano Chiara Isotton was born in Belluno, where she began studying at the Antonio Miari School of Music. Later, she completed her course of study at the B. Marcello Conservatory in Venice where she graduated with high marks in 2007. Following her education, she continued her formation under the guidance of William Matteuzzi, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Regina Resnik, Raina Kabaivanska, Renato Bruson, and Paolo De Napoli. She won several important national and international competitions, including being among the winners of the “European Community” Competition for Young Opera Singers by the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto in 2013 where she debuted her role as Tosca. Isotton debuted at Teatro alla Scala in 2015 as Gran Sacerdotessa in Aida conducted by Zubin Mehta. Also at Teatro alla Scala she interpreted Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor (Ranzani/Zimmermann), Giovanna in Rigoletto (Luisotti/Deflo), Pisana in I due Foscari (Mariotti/Hermanis), Flora in La Traviata (Santi, Chung, Armiliato/Cavani), Cintia in La cena delle beffe (Rizzi/Martone), and Gertud in Hänsel and Gretel (Albrecht/Bechtolf). In 2015 she played Mimì in La Bohème in Spoleto and later on tour in Japan. She returned to Japan in 2018 as Tosca (Yoshida/Maestrini) in Nagoya. In 2019, she made her debut at La Fenice Opera House in Venice as Tosca (Rustioni/Senigallia). She performed Leonora from Il Trovatore at the Ente Concerti “Marialisa De Carolis” in Sassari. Recently she performed Tosca at the New National Theater in Tokyo (Callegari/Madau-Diaz), in the form of a concert at the Municipal Theater of Treviso (Lanzillotta) and in Piacenza (Quatrini/Guerra), receiving accolades from the public and critics. Her future commitments include participation in the inauguration of Teatro alla Scala’s upcoming season in the role of the Dama in Lady Macbeth (Chailly/Livermore) and in her debut as Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo in Marseille (Arrivabeni/Roubaud).

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Dear Chiara, thank you for accepting our invitation! It’s such a pleasure to meet and chat with you! How are you? You recently jumped in into a production of Fedora at Teatro alla Scala. Tell us about the production. How is your Fedora like? How was the whole experience? The pleasure is all mine! It […]

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