Maria Agresta

Maria Agresta

Maria Agresta has studied with Raina Kabaivanska

After obtaining a diploma from Salerno Conservatory with full marks and special mention, she continued her studies under the guidance of Raina Kabaivanska at Istituto Musicale “Vecchi – Tonelli”, Modena. She has won numerous international competitions, including the “European Community” Competition at Teatro Lirico Sperimentale “A. Belli”, Spoleto, where she made her debut in 2007 in the leading roles in La bohème and Il Trovatore respectively. In the following years she sang in a large number of productions in Messina (Micaëla), at Opera Nationale de Lorraine (Desdemona), and at the Incheon Opera Festival (Mimì), at the Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata (Odabella), and at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, at Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Festival Barokkimusiikkia di Helsinki, with the Doha (Qatar) National Philharmonic, and at the Hermitage Theatre in St Petersburgo.

In 2011, as part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification, she made her debut in I Vespri Siciliani at the Teatro Regio in Turin under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda, achieving a great success with audiences and critics alike. Since then she has begun her international career with major debuts at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Don Giovanni, conducted by Daniel Barenboim), Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv (Norma, conducted by Daniel Oren), the Arena in Verona (La bohème, Don Giovanni, Turandot), Bayerische Staatsoper (La bohème, La Traviata), Staatsoper unter den Linden (La Traviata), Palau des Arts in Valencia (Il Trovatore, conducted by Zubin Mehta) and Festival Puccini at Torre del Lago (La bohème), not to mention Bergamo (Gemma di Vergy), Salerno (Il Trovatore, La Traviata and Norma), etc. She also opened the 2012-13 season at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, with Riccardo Muti conducting.

Other important appearances include Giovanna D’Arco at the Musikverein in Graz, La Bohème and Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio (new production) at Teatro alla Scala, Masnadieri and La bohème at Teatro alla Fenice in Venice and La Vestale in Dresden, while upcoming engagements include another La bohème at the Opera Bastille in Paris, Il Trovatore (new production) at the Wiener Festwochen, I due Foscari at the Royal Opera House in London, I Due Foscari in Vienna, Simon Boccanegra in Frankfurt and I Puritani at the Opera Bastille.