« …A natural performer, Francesca Aspromonte astounded with her completeness as an artist: playing guitar, tambourine, and dancing in addition to the ravishing sopranosounds she so effortlessly spun phrase after phrase. (…) it was an unforgettable performance… »
Born in 1991, Francesca Aspromonte is rapidly establishing herself as one of the most interesting young sopranos for the baroque and classical repertoire. After her studies in piano and harpsichord she later entered the singing class of Maria Pia Piscitelli, then graduated with distinction at the Mozarteum Salzburg under the guidance of Boris Bakow. She has been a student at Renata Scotto’s Opera Studio at the roman Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and furthered the interpretation of the 17th and 18thcentury repertoire at the 20th Academie Baroque Européenne d’Ambronay. Currently she studies with Fernando Cordeiro Opa.
Francesca has already performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Teatro La Fenice, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Royal Albert hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Parco della Musica and Teatro Argentina in Rome, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Bozar de Bruxelles, Opera National de Lorraine, Opéra National de Montpellier, Grand Theatre du Luxembourg, and at prestigious festivals in Ambronay, Aix-en-Provence, Beaune, Bremen. She sang with renowned conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christophe Rousset, Enrico Onofri, Leonardo García Alarcón, Raphaël Pichon, Vaclav Luks, Stefano Montanari, Alessandro Quarta, Dmitry Sinkovsky.
Among Francesca’s past engagements it’s worth mentioning: title role of Francesco Cavalli’s Erismena at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Isifile in Il Giasone in Versailles both under the baton of Garcìa Alarcon; La Musica and Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo conducted by John Eliot Gardiner by the 121st edition of the BBC Proms; La Vergine in Pasquini’s La sete di Christo, title role in Scarlatti’s La Giuditta and title role in Bononcini’s La conversione di Maddalena all with Concerto Romano and Alessandro Quarta; title role in Caldara’s La Dafne in Venice conducted by Stefano Montanari.
Amore Siciliano is a program she created together with Leonardo Garcia Alarcon combining music by Sicilian composers of the 17th Century and Calabrian folk songs; recording of Haydn’s Cantata Solo et pensoso for the project Haydn 2032 with Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini conducting; Euridice in Luigi Rossi’s L’Orfeo at Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy and in Versailles with Raphaël Pichon and the ensemble Pygmalion, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Les Talents Lyriques and Christophe Rousset in Jesi; Zerlina in Don Giovanni in Nancy and Luxembourg; title role in Caldara’s La Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo in Prague with Collegium 1704; Bach’s St John Passion at Wiener Konzerthaus.
Future plans include: Angelica in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso at La Fenice under Diego Fasolis; title role in Hasse’s Semele at the Innsbrucker Festwochen; title role in Porpora’s Iole at the Musikfesten Bremen; Atalanta in Handel’s Serse with Il Pomo d’oro (concert tour); Almirena in Rinaldo at the Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona with Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone.
She recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Alpha Classics, Outhere, Christophorus and some of her live performances were broadcasted by the BBC, Mezzo tv, France Musique, Rai Radio 3, ORF, WDR, NDR.
Francesca recently signed an exclusive long term recording engagement with Pentatone Music. Her debut album Prologue recorded with Il Pomo d’oro ensemble and conducted by Enrico Onofri, will come out next May.