Jessica Pratt, soprano
Hailed by the New York Times as a soprano of "gleaming sound, free and easy high notes, agile coloratura runs and lyrical grace", Jessica Pratt is considered one of today's foremost interpreters of some of Belcanto's most challenging repertoire.
After completing her vocal studies in Italy with Renata Scotto and Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti at Rome Opera she now prepares her roles with Lella Cuberli. British-born and raised in Australia, Ms. Pratt currently lives in Italy with her adopted dogs and cats. Since her European debut in 2007 as Lucia di Lammermoor Ms. Pratt's schedule has included performances at opera theatres and festivals around the world such as Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper, Dutch National Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opernhaus Zürich, Rossini Opera Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Staatsoper Hamburg, Teatro "La Fenice", Teatro alla Scala, Teatro di San Carlo, The Metropolitan Opera and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and has collaborated with conductors such as Carlo Rizzi, Daniel Oren, David Parry, Donato Renzetti, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Giacomo Sagripanti, Gianandrea Noseda, Gustavo Dudamel, Kent Nagano, Marc Minkowski, Nello Santi, Riccardo Frizza, Roberto Abbado and Sir Colin Davis. Very soon we will hear her as Elvira, in Bellini's I Puritani for the Opéra de Marseille. This last year she has appeared as Lucia Ashton, in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor conducted by Riccardo Frizza for the ABAO in Bilbao, as Olympia, in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann for the Opera National de Bordeaux, in “Concerto Lirico Sinfonico” for the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, as Lisinga, in Rossini's Demetrio e Polibio for the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, as Lucia Ashton, in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor conducted by Roberto Abbado for the Palau de les Artes in Valencia, as Amina, in Bellini's La Sonnambula for the Opera Las Palmas, in “Recital” for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, accompanied by Vincenzo Scalera, in “Recital” for the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, in “Gala Pratt - Spyres” for the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova and as Queen of the Night, in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte for the Staatsoper Hamburg. As one of the most active singers in her field, over the last 12 years, Jessica has taken to the stage in 114 productions for 82 different organizers, in 73 cities over 13 countries. She has interpreted 40 different roles of which the most popular is Lucia Ashton from Gaetano Donizetti's “Lucia di Lammermoor” with over 103 shows in 33 productions, followed by Amina from Vincenzo Bellini's “La Sonnambula” and Elvira from Vincenzo Bellini's “I Puritani”. Her discography includes CD recordings of Rossini's “Otello”, Vaccai's “La sposa di Messina” and DVD/Blu-Ray recordings of “Giovanna d'Arco” from the Festival Valle d'Itria, “Adelaide di Borgogna”, “Ciro in Babilonia” and “Aureliano in Palmira” from the Rossini Opera Festival, the 2012 “New Year's Gala Concert” and Bellini's “La sonnambula” from Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Donizetti's "Le Convenienze ed Inconvenienze Teatrali" from Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In 2016 her first solo album “Serenade” was released by Opus Arte. Upcoming releases include a DVD of Ronconi's “Lucia di Lammermoor” with Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, conducted by Roberto Abbado and a DVD of Donizetti's “Rosmonda d'Inghilterra” with Festival Donizetti of Bergamo. Ms. Pratt is the winner of numerous international vocal competitions, including the ”Australian Singing Competition” and the ”Vienna State Opera Award”. In May 2013 she was awarded the prestigious international prize for coloratura sopranos La Siola d'Oro “Lina Pagliughi”. In September 2016 she was awarded the “Oscar della Lirica”, International Opera Award as Best Soprano of the year.
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