Francesca Mondanaro

soprano voice
biography
 

Leading ladies are of course so called because they lead the show and Abigaille (Francesca Mondanaro) is no exception. With a fierce vocal command, her soprano range is spectacular, her emotional capability outstanding. Mondanaro delivers a myriad of emotions throughout, running the gambit from powerful and haughty to broken and reformed. A true operatic delight, her arias are sublime; a present of divinity to the ears of the audience. It is difficult to say which is more moving, the cursed discovery of her lineage in "Ben io t'invenni, o fatal scritto!" where a surge of fury and broken dreams spurts forth in her incredible sustained holds of notes. Or her blast of triumph during "Deh perdona ad un padre che delira!"  duet shared with Chioldi. Both are remarkable performances. Her final aria, a delicate flower of sorrow and pleading forgiveness, wraps the character around completely, making her transformation astonishing" - dcmetroarts.com 2014

 

 

"[Mondanaro's] could well be the best interpretation of Abigaille I have ever heard live or on record, one that compares favorably with Maria Callas's and Marisa Galvany's, to name two…Mondanaro's voice conjures up shades of a kind of Verdi soprano that has seemingly all but vanished…The voice is unforgettable - voluminous, lush, and beautiful, with a contralto-like darkness and an attractive vibrato. Chest notes were powerful and incisive, and the role's perilous leaps were nailed without the smallest hesitancy or misstep in intonation…truly an exceptional performance that will not soon be forgotten by those lucky enough to experience it." - musicalcriticism.com 2013

 


 


 


A specialist in Verdi and heavier bel-canto repertoire, Francesca Mondanaro will be making her debut with the Deutsche Oper Berlin for the 2015-2016 season as Abigaille in NABUCCO.  The previous season included her Lyric Opera of Baltimore debut as Abigaille in NABUCCO, after having previously covered the title role of NORMA there with Maestro Christian Badea.  Also in 2013-2014,  Francesca performed the role of NORMA with companies including Baltimore Concert Opera and Taconic Opera. She has already peformed NORMA in concert for the Calvary Concert Series of New York and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.  She reprised her recitals with stage director Fabrizio Melano (Metropolitan Opera), based on the life and career of Maria Callas for Opera Delaware and Baltimore Concert Opera. In recent seasons she sang Lady Macbeth in MACBETH for BCO, a role she has peformed for Taconic Opera and Sarasota Opera (where she sang both versions of the opera in the same season), Margherita /Elena in MEFISTOFELE for Taconic Opera, and the Mother/Witch in HANSEL AND GRETEL for Boheme Opera of New Jersey. She has also performed Abigaille in NABUCCO for Taconic Opera and Santuzza in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA with New Jersey Verismo Opera and the Baltimore Concert Opera. She has performed the title role of ANNA BOLENA for both the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Concert Series and Tel Aviv's International Vocal Arts Institute, and Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI with Baltimore Concert Opera.


 


She created the role of Clara in the world premiere of THE SANDMAN by Thomas Cabaniss, Music-Animateur of the Philadelphia Orchestra and sang in Terrence McNally's Tony Award winning play MASTERCLASS at the Beam Music Center in Las Vegas, and at the Edward Albee Theater Conference in Valdez, for an audience which included August Wilson, John Guare, and Edward Albee. Additionally, Ms. Mondanaro has sung leading roles with such companies as the Anchorage Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Skylight Opera Theatre, and the Spontini Festival in Italy.


 


Mondanaro has broad experience with recital, vocal and sacred music. In 2013 she is the soprano soloist in Brahms' EIN DEUTCHES REQUIEM for the Fairfield County Chorale. Most recently She was featured as the soprano soloist in the VERDI REQUIEM with the Southwest Florida Symphony, and made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New England Symphonium as the soloist for Schubert's MASS IN G and Haydn's ORGELMESSE. She performed Mozart's BELLA MIA FIAMMA for the Bach Society of New York.


 


Notable recital and concert appearances include a tribute to Maria Callas with stage director Fabrizio Melano for Baltimore's Artscape Music Festival; Mondanaro co-starred in a BEL CANTO HEROINES recital at the Argentine Consulate in New York City (for which she sang a demanding program of the final scenes of ANNA BOLENA and ROBERTO DEVEREUX, and excerpts from NORMA). In 2012, Mondanaro sang the role of Lady Macbeth for MASTERLY SINGING: POWER BEHIND THE THRONE: CREATING LADY MACBETH for the Metropolitan Opera Guild . An avid student of vocal heritage, Ms. Mondanaro has been invited to be the featured soloist in, "THE STREPPONI PROJECT", a planned 2014 recital tribute to the career of soprano Giuseppina Strepponi, which will include arias not heard since the 19th century.


 


Mondanaro has been the recipient of many awards, including a grant from the prestigious Amadeus Fund in 2005. She was a finalist in the Licia Albanese Puccini Festival, and a winner of the Career Bridges Foundation Competition in 2006. Additionally, she was a grant winner from the Olga Forrai Foundation, and a prize winner of the Silverman Prize at the International Vocal Academy of Israel, the Anna Maria-Saritelli-diPanni Bel Canto Competition, the Metropolitan Opera Northwest Council Scholarship Award, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (district), the Stanley L. Richman Award at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Five Towns Music and Art Competition, and the NFAA Arts Competition.



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NameMondanaro, Francesca
Born inUnited States, North America
Home LocationNew York City, United States
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Italian,  German 
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Reviews
Nabucco - Abigaille Lyric Opera of Baltimore
2014-05-31 Opera News , Baltimore
"This passionate night at the opera gained a good deal of its steam from Michael Chioldi in the title role and Francesca Mondanaro as Abigaille . . . As for Mondanaro, it was easy to hear why she has attracted an enthusiastic following. The soprano shook the rafters, both from the sheer size of her voice and from her electric phrasing. This sort of high-impact singing isn't encountered every day . . . the intense conviction in Mondanaro's vocalism counted for a lot."
(Tim Smith )
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Nabucco - Abigaille Lyric Opera of Baltimore
2014-05-11 Washington Post , Washington DC
"Regarding the soloists, soprano Francesca Mondanaro had horsepower to burn, handy when singing Abigaille, the power-hungry presumed daughter of Nabucco. The treacherous two-octave drops and vaulting high Cs are nearly impossible . . . she was entirely riveting."
(Tom Huizenga)
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Nabucco - Abigaille Lyric Opera of Baltimore
2014-05-11 dcmetroarts, Washington, D.C.
"
Leading ladies are of course so called because they lead the show and Abigaille (Francesca Mondanaro) is no exception. With a fierce vocal command, her soprano range is spectacular, her emotional capability outstanding. Mondanaro delivers a myriad of emotions throughout, running the gambit from powerful and haughty to broken and reformed. A true operatic delight, her arias are sublime; a present of divinity to the ears of the audience. It is difficult to say which is more moving, the cursed discovery of her lineage in "Ben io t'invenni, o fatal scritto!" where a surge of fury and broken dreams spurts forth in her incredible sustained holds of notes. Or her blast of triumph during "Deh perdona ad un padre che delira!"  duet shared with Chioldi. Both are remarkable performances. Her final aria, a delicate flower of sorrow and pleading forgiveness, wraps the character around completely, making her transformation astonishing
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(dcmetroarts.com)
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Norma - Baltimore Concert Opera
2012-11-23 taminophile.com, Baltimore
"Francesca Mondanaro was the only cast member who had performed the opera before, and the contrast between her performance and the others' was remarkable. She was the only singer who performed her role off book, and was completely immersed in the role. Her acting was committed and believable. Hers was a priestess I didn't want to anger! Ms. Mondanaro has a huge, dark, luscious voice--a Turandot or an Ariadne. Yet she has precise coloratura, trills, and high notes the envy of some other Normas with bigger names I've heard. She seemed to sing easily the particularly fiendish, very high phrases that have been the undoing of many sopranos with higher, less dramatic voices. She was at her best vocally in those moments, when controlling her Range Rover of a voice for the demands of, say, a tiny alley in Manhattan's Wall Street district."
(taminophile.com)
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