Mariella Devia (born 12 April 1948) is an Italian operatic soprano. After beginning her career as a lyric coloratura soprano, in recent years she has also enjoyed much success with some of the most dramatic roles in the bel canto repertoire.
Born in Chiusavecchia, Devia trained at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Iolanda Magnoni. She made her stage debut at the Teatro Comunale in Treviso in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor in 1973and quickly sang throughout Italy, making her debut at La Scala in Milan in 1987, as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi .
On the international scene, she appeared at the Metropolitan Opera from 1979 to 1994 as Lucia, Gilda, Nannetta, Despina and Konstanze,and at Carnegie Hall as Lakmé, in 1979, and later as Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini , Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi , Elvira in I puritani and Adelia . She made her debut at the Paris Opera (I puritani - Salle Favart) and the Aix-en-Provence Festival (as Konstanze) in 1987, and at the Royal Opera House in London in 1988 (again as Konstanze).
She was a regular at the Pesaro Festival and at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca, where she collaborated in the resurrection of long neglected operas by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and other bel canto composers. She is also admired for her Mozart performances in Die Entführung aus dem Serail , The Magic Flute , Così fan tutte , Le nozze di Figaro , Don Giovanni and Idomeneo .
In 2013, the day after her 65th birthday, she sang for the first time the role of Norma at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna with great success.From then on she included the role of Norma in her usual repertoire along with the "Three Donizetti Queens", Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena and Elisabetta from Roberto Devereux , which she had debuted between 2006 and 2011, and with Lucrezia Borgia , first performed in 2001.
On 5 June 2014, after a 15-year absence from the United States, she returned for a performance of Roberto Devereux at New York's Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York to great audience and critical acclaim.
Devia bid farewell to the opera stage in May 2018 with three performances of Norma at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice,where she was also awarded the 'Premio Una vita nella musica 2018', so joining "such prestigious figures as Daniel Barenboim, Ruggero Raimondi, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Karl Böhm, Carlo Maria Giulini, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Carlo Bergonzi, among others to have received the prestigious award". Thenceforth she will only dedicate her career to singing concerts and teaching.
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