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Laura Verrecchia: You have to go to competitions with the right spirit: test yourself, learn also from the others & you have to go very well prepared. Competitions are very important to make yourself known.

Laura Verrecchia begins her musical training with the study of the piano at the age of 8. She obtained the singing diploma in 2013 and the second level degree with honors and honorable mention at the “Luigi Cherubini” music conservatory in Florence in 2015, under the guidance of soprano Donatella Debolini. She is the winner of numerous international opera competitions including: second prize at the 15th Spiros Argiris International Competition in Sarzana, first prize and Bellini’s prize at the IVth Marcello Giordani International Competition ed. Europe, first prize at the International Competition of Canto Opera de Tenerife, third prize at the Riccardo Zandonai International Competition and first prize and Toulon prize at the 15th Ottavio Ziino Competition in Roma. Laura attended masterclasses with Enzo Dara, Katia Ricciarelli, Daniela Dessì, Eva Marton and Rockwell Blake. She has collaborated with conductors such as: Fabio Luisi, Pinchas Steinberg, George Petrou, Alessandro D’Agostini, Min Chung, Gustav Kuhn, Frédéric Chasin, Jurai Valčuha, Diego Fasolis, John Axelrod and directors such as Damiano Michieletto, Roberto Andò, David McVicar, Alberto Triola, Gianni Quaranta, Calixto Bieito, Gean-Louis Grinda. Laura made her debut in 2015 with the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Goldoni theater in Livorno and in the theaters of the Tuscan circuit with the Opera Studio LTL project, a role she will sing at the Opera di Firenze, Glyndebourne, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Savonlinna Opera Festival. Among her roles interpreted at the Opera di Firenze: Lady Pamela in Auber’s Fra Diavolo, Siebel in Gounod’s Faust, Angelina in La Cenerentola. In the theaters of Opera Lombardia (AsLiCo) she did the role of Lucilla in La Scala di Seta by Rossini and in 2016 she was Rinaldo by Händel at the Ópera de Tenerife. Laura sang the role of Dejanira in Martinú’s Mirandolina and Mercedés in Carmen at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. She was Isabella of L’Italiana in Algeri at the Operá de Toulon and at the Verdi Theater in Trieste. She attended the “Alberto Zedda” Rossiniana Academy in Pesaro where she sang the Marchesa Melibea role in Il viaggio a Reims. Laura sang the role of Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann – Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Lucilla in La scala di seta – Royal Opera House Muscat, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly -Teatro Verdi Trieste, Isoletta in La Straniera – Opera di Firenze. Recent engagements include: Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Savonlinna Opera Festival, Der Kaiser von Atlantis – Opera de Tenerife, Il Barbiere di Siviglia – La Fenice di Venezia, Il Turco in Italia – Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Madama Butterfly – Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and La Cenerentola – Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova. 

Hello, Laura! I’m glad that I have the opportunity to chat with you! Recently, we had the chance to see you at Teatro alla Scala in Il Turco in Italia under the direction of M°Diego Fasolis, alongside Rosa Feola as Donna Fiorilla and Erwin Schrott as Selim. How did you feel stepping on a stage with such a legacy? How was the experience? How did you feel coming back in front of the actual public after such a hard time?

Hi, Alice! I am very happy with this chat with you and thank you so much for thinking of me. At the Teatro alla Scala it was a mix of incredible emotions: a cast of wonderful colleagues from whom I was able to learn a lot both from a professional and human point of view and then there was the great return of our audience finally to 100% capacity in theaters . The circle has come full circle: in February 2020, after our premiere of Il Turco in Italia, we were the first theater to close and in October 2021, we resumed with the maximum capacity of the audience and this was a wonderful thing: the audience it is our source of energy. 

December finds you at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly under the direction of M°Francesco Ivan Ciampa, in a production signed by Chiara Muti. What can you tell us about this production? How is working with such a director as Chiara Muti?

This production was also full of emotions. The conducting of Francesco Ivan Ciampa was wonderful, he has the ability to cancel the difficulties of the scores and to give the right meaning to every single note. Personally, I suffered the premature loss of a dear friend during that time and it was hard to play such an empathic and suffering role as Suzuki that, in fact, she loses a friend. Chiara Muti, as an actress and director with a background in prose, has worked a lot on the individual characters and on the emotions in an elegant and essential staging aimed at highlighting the characters themselves. Sometimes the line between personal suffering and the one to be interpreted is very thin and difficult to manage. 

Read the entire interview here, in the 1th/2022 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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