Charming beginnings: Francesca di Sauro

Neapolitan mezzo-soprano FRANCESCA DI SAURO began her singing and theater studies as a child, devoting herself, to the study of piano first and, later, to the study of opera singing. She was trained at the Conservatory of Naples San Pietro a Majella and continued her studies at the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. She is curently being perfected under the guidance of soprano Donata D’Annunzio Lombardi. She was Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in the July 2020 edition at Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna, conducted by Riccardo Muti. She was Fenena in Nabucco at the Riccardo Muti Italian Opera Academy in the December 2021 edition, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti, at the Prada Foundation, Milan, Teatro Galli in Rimini and Teatro Alighieri in Ravenna. She has performed the roles of Carmen, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Serpina in La serva padrona, Vespetta in Pimpinone ovvero le nozze infelici, Despina in Così fan tutte, Isabella and Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri, Maddalena in Il viaggio a Reims, Fenena in Nabucco, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, Flora and Annina in La Traviata, Mercédès in Carmen, Sofia Ivanovna in Risurrezione, Silvia in L’isola disabitata. She is a took part to in the short film Tempo ritrovato produced by the Marche Opera Network Foundation. She is a winner of major international competitions, such as the 6th International Opera Singing Competition “Franca Mattiucci”, in which she won the prizes for “Best Young Person” and “Best Interpretation”. In January 2018, at the 69th As.Li.Co. for young opera singers, she won the role of Carmen for the 22nd edition of “Opera Domani”, performing on tour in Italy and abroad.

Hello, dear Francesca! Nice to meet you! Thank you for saying yes to our interview. First of all I want to congratulate you for your two debuts at Teatro alla Scala as Giulietta in Les Contes D’Hoffmann and as La mulatta Bersi in Andrea Chénier. How did you feel stepping on a stage with such a legacy? What does this step mean to your career?

Hello, nice to meet you too and thank you for this interview. I’m thrilled thinking to come back to Teatro alla Scala in these 2 debuts. I remember perfectly the first time I went on the stage of Teatro alla Scala and the magic I felt is not easy to explain. I looked at every part of the theatre and I couldn’t believe I was there to sing, in the temple of the opera, at 26 years old. It was so incredible that it took same days for me to realize it was the reality. It has been one of the most exciting experiences of my career and I can’t wait to start these new adventures.

Speaking about your debuts, what do you think about Teatro alla Scala’s initiative to invite young singers to performe in these great productions alongside many important personalities of the international operatic panorama? To what extent do you thing this is beneficial for a young singer? Isn’t the pressure too high?

I believe that the Teatro alla Scala is doing something really special by giving to young singers the opportunity to work in one of the most important theatres of the world giving them the chance to grow, sing alongside the most important personality of Opera, trust them. I think that in this career the pressure is always high, even if you sing in the smallest role in the smallest theatre, because a singer has a responsibility with the audience and no matter what and where are you singing: you have to do a great job for the people looking at you and for your art. Teatro alla Scala is taking our hands and is taking care of our careers by helping us in the first steps and I really think that is something unique.

Read the entire interview here, in the 5th/2022 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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