CHIARA TAIGI – soprano
She was first prize winner in several important vocal competitions and made her stage début at Treviso as Fiorilla in Rossini’s Turco in Italia conducted by Peter Maag and then in Mozart’s Schauspieldirektor also at Treviso. Since then Chiara Taigi has appeared in most of Italy’s major theaters including the Rome Opera and La Scala as well as Florence’s Maggio Fiorentino, Bologna, Turin, Trieste and Genoa and the theaters of Reggio Emilia, Modena, Parma and Catania, Palermo and Naples.
Her repertory encompasses the major leading soprano roles of Verdi and Puccini including Ballo in Maschera, Simon Boccanegra (under Claudio Abbado), Due Foscari, Otello (under both Muti and Mehta), La battaglia di Legnano, Il Corsaro, Manon Lescaut, Mimi, Tosca, Il tabarro and Suor Angelica and the roles of Maddalena in Andrea Chenier, Fedora, Nedda and recently Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana. She was heard at La Scala as Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes conducted by Jeffrey Tate
Outside of Italy Chiara Taigi has appeared at the Zurich Opera, Dresden’s Semper Opera, Leipzig, Berlin’s Staatsoper and Deutscheoper, Hamburg Staatsoper and at the Opera de Nice and with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Staatskappell in Dresden and with Milan’s Verdi Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly for the Verdi Requiem. She has appeared at the Cortona Festival under Antonio Pappano. For the inauguration of the 70th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2007 Ms Taigi sang the role of Ismene in the premiere of Antigone by Ivan Fedele.
Ms Taigi was guest artist as Mimi in Bohème the National Arts Center of China in Beijing in April 2009 while in July she was Aida in Cagliari and then Santuzza at Taormina. After opening the Bellini Festival in Catania with a concert of opera operas under the direction of Eve Queler, Chiara Taigi was featured soloist with Claudio Scimone at the Baroque Festival of Padua.
Chiara Taigi has appeared with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic singing the Verdi Requiem conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. In August 2007 she made a splendid debut in Cherubini’s Medea at the Taormina Festival and in the fall of 2007 she sang the same role at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and repeated it in Nancy and Marseilles in France and at Catania in 2008 and 09. In February 2009 she sang the Verdi Requiem at the Verdi Auditorium in Milan under Riccardo Chailly and in June 2009, for the 2000th Anniversary of Saint Paul, the Apostle, Ms Taigi sang Haydn’s The Creation under Loren Maazel with the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma in the basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. In 2010 she was Tosca in Dresden, Leonora Trovatore in Rio and Amelia in Ballo in maschera in Liege through October 2010.
Ms Taigi sang her US debut as Selika in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine in March 2011 with Opera Orchestra of New York winning plaudits from The New York Times praising her sumptuous sound and regal stature and then appeared as Tosca with Palm Beach Opera and Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco at the 2012 Taormina Festival which was seen in cinemas worldwide. She was Amelia in Ballo in Dresden in 2012 and Abigaille in Bilbao and Tosca in The White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. Taigi’s debus with the Met in 2013 with Francesca da Rimini in 2013.