Martina Belli

Beauty is always an opportunity, as much as intelligence, education and everything that belongs to us.
Ph.: Roberto Ricci

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by Bianca L. Nica
December 17, 2021
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No.7/2021

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INTRODUCTION

Protagonist of the gala concert Fuoco di gioia at XXI Festival Verdi, the mezzosoprano Martina Belli meets Bianca L. Nica in a conversation about her signature role Carmen and the new production at Teatro Regio di Parma, about her impression on Michieletto’s Rigoletto at Circo Massimo, about her debut in Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of M°Riccardo Muti, but also about the feminine beauty as an opportunity, a threat and a challenge in the opera industry of the 21th century.

BIOGRAPHY

Italian mezzo-soprano Martina Belli studied at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and in 2014 she won Second Prize in the Concorso Etta Limiti in Milano. Her operatic appearances include her Royal Opera House debut in 2015 under M° Pappano as Lola (Cavalleria rusticana), Tancredi (Isaura) at Palau des Art Reina Sofia under M° Abbado, Melanto (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) at Paris’s Cîté de la Musique/Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Smeton (Anna Bolena) at Teatro la Scala, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Parma, Federica (Luisa Miller) at Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Festival Verdi in Parma under M° Abbado, Carmen in  Ravenna and Teatro Regio di Torino, Gemma in the stage premiere of Tutino’s Miseria e Nobiltà for Teatro Carlo Felice (Genova), Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) at Teatro Regio di Torino and Maddalena (Rigoletto) at Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Macerata Festival, Concertgebouw, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, under M° Daniele Gatti. Belli has toured Europe in concert under M° Biondi, in repertory including Vivaldi’s L’Oracolo in Messenia, Gloria and Salve regina, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Caldara’s Morte e sepoltura di Cristo. Also in her symphonic/chamber repertoire is Verdi’s Requiem (Teatro Massimo di Palermo, under M° Riccardo Muti). She recorded Händel’s Lucio Cornelio Silla (Claudio) with Europa Galante, con. M° Biondi, live in Vienna (Glossa).

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INTERVIEW

Martina, there’s such a pleasure to finally meet you! First of all, congratulations on your performance at the gala concert Fuoco di gioia at Teatro Regio di Parma. We are all so excited to be able to see you performing one of your statement roles, Carmen, on the stage of the same excellent theatre in […]

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