maria luigia borsi - soprano
Hailed by critics worldwide for her vocal dynamism and interpretive prowess, Italian lyric soprano Maria Luigia Borsi has forged a career that has taken her throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. Ms. Borsi began her career as Liù in Turandot at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Shortly thereafter she made her Venetian debut for the historic reopening of the Teatro La Fenice singing as Violetta in La traviata, under Lorin Maazel.
Ms. Borsi has performed at the Salzburg Festival (Otello), Zurich Opernhaus (La traviata), Berlin Philharmonie (Suor Angelica), Deutsche Oper Berlin (La bohème), Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona (La bohème), New National Theatre of Tokyo (Così fan tutte and Otello), Arena di Verona (Carmen), Royal Danish Opera (Madama Butterfly), Les Chorégies d’Orange (Turandot), Pittsburgh Opera (Madama Butterfly), Novaya Opera of Moscow (Il trovatore), and with the London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tokyo Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2010, Ms. Borsi made her recital debut at London's Wigmore Hall.
She has collaborated with illustrious conductors Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Myung-Whun Chung, Marcello Viotti, Michel Plasson, Alain Lombard, Marco Armiliato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Pablo Heras-Casado, Carlo Rizzi, Ramon Tebar, Giordano Bellincampi, Enrique Mazzola, Donato Renzetti, Maurizio Benini and eminent stage directors Franco Zefrelli, Hugo De Ana, Damiano Michieletto, Stephen Langridge, Graham Vick, Jürgen Flimm, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Mario Martone, Daniele Abbado, Giancarlo del Monaco, Nicolas Joel and Robert Carsen.
Borsi has established herself as a 'well-rounded' Artist, having focused as much on the symphonic repertoire as that of the operatic. She enjoyed a long collaboration with Maestro Lorin Maazel (more than 40 performances), specifically in Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Verdi'sMessa da Requiem. Other symphonic repertoire include Respighi'sIl tramonto, Poulenc's La Dame de Monte-Carlo, the Last Four Songs by R. Strauss, Canteloube's Chants d'auvergne and Mahler's 2nd and 8th Symphonies.
The 2016/17 season will see her as Desdemona in Otello in Auckland, La bohème at the Royal Danish Opera, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro at the Gothenburg Opera and Liù in Turandot at the Pittsburgh Opera. A highlight of her recent engagements is the opening concert of EXPO in Milan, where she shared the stage with the orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, pianist Lang Lang, soprano Diana Damrau, tenor Francesco Meli and baritone Simone Piazzola. Other highlights include Otello in Oviedo, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Moscow and a concert version of Tosca with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The 2017/18 season will see her in a new production of Don Giovanni by Hugo de Ana at Beijing's NCPA.
Ms. Borsi’s discography includes a live recording of Mozart's Don Giovanni with Zubin Mehta (Helicon), a live recording DVD of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Lorin Maazel (Kultur), Puccini's Turandot (Fenice), Bizet's Carmen with Franco Zeffirelli, Peter von Winter's Maometto II (Marco Polo) and her first solo album “Italian Soprano Arias” with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yves Abel (Naxos).
Born in Sora (Italy), she studied with Antonietta Stella, Lucia Stanescu, Claudio Desderi, and Renata Scotto.