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Rossini150 - Jessica Pratt: a Queen of Bel Canto



Rossini150 - Jessica Pratt: a Queen of Bel Canto

On the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Gioachino Rossini’s death, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to host soprano Jessica Pratt, who will hold an informal conversation with mezzosoprano Deborah Humble dedicated to the great Italian composer. Jessica Pratt will talk briefly about Italian opera in general and about her experience as an opera singer in Italy. She will also provide the commentary to some brief excerpts of Rossini’s operas which will be screened during the evening.

jessica prattHailed by the New York Times as a soprano of "gleaming sound, free and easy high notes, agile coloratura runs and lyrical grace", Jessica Pratt is considered one of today's foremost interpreters of some of bel canto's most challenging repertoire. Since her European debut in 2007 as Lucia di Lammermoor Ms Pratt's schedule has included performances at opera theatres and festivals such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro alla Scala of Milan, Gran Teatre Liceu of Barcelona, Zurich Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vienna State Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, working with conductors such as Daniel Oren, Nello Santi, Kent Nagano, Sir Colin Davis, Will Crutchfield, Giacomo Sagripanti, Dmitri Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, Carlo Rizzi, Roberto Abbado, Wayne Marshall and Christian Thielemann.

Jessica has a repertoire of over 30 different roles of which the most popular is Lucia Ashton from Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, which she has performed in over 27 productions followed by Amina from Vincenzo Bellini's La Sonnambula and Elvira from I Puritani by the same composer. She also specializes in Rossini repertoire, being a frequent guest of the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Jessica has so far taken to the stage in 12 Rossinian roles including the title roles of Semiramide, Armida, Adelaide di Borgogna, most recently Desdemona in Otello at the Gran Teatre de Liceu Barcelona and Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia in Arena di Verona.

Her discography includes CD recordings of Rossini's Otello, Vaccai's La sposa di Messina, Donizetti's Rosmonda d'Inghilterra, Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco and she is featured on "Belcanto Bully" by Naxos. DVD/Blu-Ray recordings include Giovanna d'Arco from the Festival Valle d'Itria, Adelaide di Borgogna, Ciro in Babilonia and Aureliano in Palmira from the Rossini Opera Festival, the 2012 "New Year's Gala Concert" and Bellini's La sonnambula from Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Donizetti's Rosmonda d'Inghilterra from the Festival Donizetti of Bergamo and Le Convenienze ed Inconvenienze Teatrali from Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In 2016 her first solo album "Serenade" was released by Opus Arte. Upcoming releases include a DVD of Ronconi's Lucia di Lammermoor with Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, conducted by Roberto Abbado and an album of belcanto madscenes with the Florence Opera and Chorus under the direction of Maestro Fabio Luisi.

logo rossini150 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Gioachino Rossini’s death (Pesaro, 29 February 1792 – Paris, 13 November 1868). For the occasion the National Committee for the Celebration of Rossini‘s Centenaries, the Pesaro City Council and the Rossini Opera Festival (ROF), in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, have put together a rich programme of photo exhibitions, masterclasses, recitals and concerts, seminars and conferences, as well as a series of events highlighting Rossini’s passion for food. A Rossini Museum will also be opened at Palazzo Montani Antaldi in Pesaro.

Free entry. Limited seats.

Booking essential:


Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Rossini Opera Festival - Opera Australia

Entrance : Free


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