Adriana Di Paola
Mezzo-Soprano

Born in Palermo, Adriana di Paola graduated in singing at the Trapani Conservatoire. She attended the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Renata Scotto and she has furthered her studies under the guidance of Simone Alaimo, then she was admitted at the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival performing in Carmen, Giulio Cesare and Die Zauberflöte production. She distinguished herself in important international competitions,winning the third prize at the “Ottavio Ziino” International Contest in Rome and the second prize and the special prize "Musa" at the International Sacred Music Competition (2013). She made her debut when still a child in 1998 in Giordano’s Fedora in Palermo, followed by Menotti’s Amahl e i Visitatori Notturni ( title role), Britten’s L’Arca di Noè and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. 

Among her most notable past engagements:  Zita in Gianni Schicchi and in Il Viaggio a Reims, conducted by Kent Nagano at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome; I Vespri Siciliani (Ninetta) , La Forza del Destino (Curra) conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Regio in Parma; Menotti’s Amelia al Ballo (L’Amica) at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto; Il Viaggio a Reims (Melibea) at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro; Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody and Debussy’s La damoiselle élue in Cagliari;  Rigoletto (Maddalena) at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia; Ariadne auf Naxos (Dryade) at the Glyndebourne Festival, Vladimir Jurowski conducting (filmed in DVD); Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Cornelia) in Klagenfurt under Attilio Cremonesi; I Vespri Siciliani at the Teatro Real in Madrid;  Die Zauberfloete (Dritte Dame) in Bari; Dido and Aeneas (Sorceress) at the Opera in Florence, Stefano Montanari conducting. She made her successful debut at the Teatro alla Scala singing L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Arnalta) in a new production by Robert Wilson conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini, after that she performed Rota's Mysterium in Bari; La Cenerentola  in Bremen and Rieti.

Active also on the concert side she starred in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Jerusalem (broadcasted by the RAI TV) then in Bozen and Trento, together with Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestra Haydn under Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Rome (Accademia di Santa Cecilia and at the Teatro Nazionale); Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi in San Sebastian and on tour in Spain; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and a all-Brahms concert at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, both led by Antonio Pappano from the piano; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and in Saarbrücken (in a staged version); Mozart’s Requiem at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Beethoven’s Symphony n.9 at the Accademia Nazione di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Rieti with Europa Galante and Fabio Biondi while in Genéve with the Geneva Camerata; Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder di Mahler in Rome, L’Aquila (Barattelli) and in Montepulciano; Logroscino’s Stabat Mater at the Trigonale Festival, her repertoire include also Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir, Gloria and Stabat Mater; Betta’s Lettere di Guerra e di Morte; Scarlatti’s Messa di Santa Cecilia.

Most recently she took part in Händel’s Silla (Claudio) at Palau de Les Arts in Valencia with Fabio Biondi; Händel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and  De Falla’s Le siete cançiones Populares and Dvorak’s Zigeunermelodien and Petite messe solennelle in Naples; La Cenerentola (Tisbe) in Ancona; Dritte Dame in Die Zauberfloete and Carmen (Mercedes) in Macerata (Sferisterio Opera Festival); Clementi's Rapsodia in Palermo; L'Incoronazione di Poppea in Kiel.
Plans include: Dritte Dame in Die Zauberfloete at the San Carlo in Naples; The Rake's progress at the Opera in Rome; revivals of L'Incoronazione di Poppea in Kiel.

August 2019