SILVIA DALLA BENETTA
Gifted with an astonishing vocal extension and a temperament of strong emotional impact, Silvia Dalla Benetta has truly become one of the most renowned sopranos of the great Italian tradition in the dramatic coloratura repertoire. The Vicenza-born artist, thanks to her amazing technique and her natural ability to tie notes, carries us from Händel to Rossini, from hard belcanto to Verdi, Alfano and the lyrical Puccini. Today Mrs. Dalla Benetta is truly considered, by both the critique and the public, one of the best interpreters of Rossini’s dramatic roles, as well as of Verdi's Lady Macbeth, which she has interpreted several times, in French and in Italian, both in France and in Italy (for the last time, earlier this year), winning the coveted Premio Abbiati.
In 2022 Silvia Dalla Benetta sang for the first time Cleopatra in Händel's Julius Caesar in Pisa and Lady Macbeth in Nice and Antibes.
She studied in Venice at the “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory – where she now teaches! - and counted among her teachers and coaches: Romano Gandolfi, Aldo Ceccato, Stella Silva, Mirella Parutto, Alida Ferrarini, Ida Adami Corradetti, Luciana Serra, Denia Mazzola, Sherman Lowe and Renata Scotto. She also won the Sanremo Opera Competition.
Silvia Dalla Benetta has collaborated with conductors: Roberto Abbado, Andrea Battistoni, Giampaolo Bisanti, Daniele Callegari, Antonino Fogliani, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Nicola Luisotti, Carlo Montanaro, Piergiorgio Morandi, Daniel Oren, Renato Palumbo, Donato Renzetti, José Miguel Perez-Sierra, Jonathan Webb - among others, as well as with directors: Franco Zeffirelli, Jonathan Miller, Daniele Abbado, Laurent Pelly, Hugo De Ana and Henning Brockhaus.
At first, belcanto repertoire played a significant role in Dalla Benetta’s wide-ranging career, with successes such as Norma (Pisa, Cremona, Pavia, Como, Brescia, Trento, Zagreb, Luzern, Ferrara and Charleroi), the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor (Cagliari, Trieste, Fermo, Wiesbaden, Bern, Mississauga, St. Gallen, Livorno, Pisa, Lucca, and Ravenna), Rossini’s Semiramide (Livorno, Rovigo, Trento, Pisa, Festival Les Musicales du Lubéron, Nice and Bilbao), and Fiorilla of Il Turco in Italia (Vicenza, Hamburg, Pisa, Trieste, Catania).
Silvia Dalla Benetta’s brilliant interpretation of Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s La Traviata has been a point of reference in excellence by both the critique and an enthusiastic audience; performances for which she received personal ovation in renowned venues such as Turin’s Teatro Regio, Florence’s Maggio Musicale, the Arena di Verona, Genua’s Teatro Carlo Felice, Toronto’s Mississauga Opera, the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago (seen in cinemas throughout Italy), and the Mohammed V National Theater of Rabat, Morocco.
Silvia Dalla Benetta’s extensive repertoire encompasses roles such as Gulnara in Verdi’s Il Corsaro, Giselda in I Lombardi alla prima Crociata, Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Mimì in La Bohème, Liù in Turandot, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, Micaëla in Carmen, Marguerite in Faust, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, and the four women of Les contes d’Hoffmann, all performed in important theatres, in Italy and abroad.
A look at some of her most relevant past performances:
Earlier this year she was Lady Macbeth in Trieste; in 2022 Macbeth and Julius Caesar as above mentioned.
In 2021 Silvia was Abigaille in Nabucco in Oviedo, Spain; in 2020 she performed in Messa da Requiem in Monte-Carlo, in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Piacenza, and was Lady Macbeth for the French version of Verdi’s Macbeth at the Verdi Festival in Parma.
In 2019 she sang in Semiramide in Bilbao, the Messa da Requiem in Taranto and Matera, at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wilbad, Germany for a concert dedicated to some of Rossini’s non published work, then in Vesperae Solennes de Confessore in Catania, and for the first time in Lady Macbeth in Pavia, Como, Brescia and Cremona.
In 2018 she sang Micaëla (Carmen) in Liège, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Sinaïde and Zelmira at the Rossini Festival; she appeared at the Concerts d'été in Liège, Belgium, and also sang Gulnara in Il Corsaro in Modena and Amaltea in Mosè in Egitto in Pisa and in Novara.
In 2017 she appeared at the closing concert of the Al-Bustan Festival in Beirut with arias from Nabucco and Aida. She also sang Norma in Ferrara and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte in Mexico City. She appeared in Mozart’s C-minor Mass, Zenobia in Aureliano in Palmira and in Cristina in Eduardo e Cristina at the Rossini Festival, in Hélène in Jérusalem at the Verdi Festival in Parma, and again in Norma in Charleroi and in Hanna Glawari of The Merry Widow in Catania.
She started her 2015/2016 season with the title role in Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra in Sassari. Then she sang Gulnara of Il corsaro at the prestigious Festival Verdi in Parma, Marguerite of Les Huguenots at the Nice Opera House (France), Norma in Lucerne (Switzerland), the title role of Bianca e Gernando, Aida in Malta, Sakuntala of Alfano’s La leggenda di Sakuntala in Catania plus Opera Gala Concerts in Hungary with the MAV symphony orchestra.
In the 2014/2015 season the Italian soprano excelled in her role debut as Abigaille in Nabucco in Gozo, Malta, having previously debuted as Elvira in Ernani at the Lithuanian National Opera of Vilnius; Semiramide in Nice, Donna Anna in Pisa, Fiorilla in Catania, Sophia/Heronyma in the world premiere of Hatzinasios’s El Greco in Athens, Eleonora in rarely-performed Lindpaintner’s Il vespro siciliano and Isabella in L’inganno felice at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival, in Germany