Maria Dragoni

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Procida, Italy on 22/12/1957. She studied voice under Maria Alòs at the Conservatory “Licinio Refice” of Frosinone. In 1977 she joined the Italian Radio (RAI) Chorus and continued her lessons under the Duchess Melina Pignatelli and Raffaele Passaro, Rachele Maragliano Mori, Rodolfo Celletti and Gina Cigna. In 1981 he was awarded the special prize “Maria Callas” in the Vincenzo Bellini contest of Caltanissetta. She first appeared in 1984 at the Teatro Comunale Pergolesi of Jesi as Imogene [The Pirate/Il pirata] and in the same year she participated in the Wiesbaden City Festival. During 1986-1999 she appeared in Palermo, London, Naples, Montpellier, Lorraine, Paris, Turin, Rome, Strasbourg, Genoa, Zurich and other European cities, as well as at the Verona Arena Festival as Elisabetta [Don Carlos] and the Ravenna Festival as Turandot. She first appeared in Milan’s La Scala in 1988, interpreting Fenena [Nabucco]. In 2005 she sang in the oratorio Petros Enì by Antonio Pappalardo as part of the celebrations for the five hundred years of the Vatican City State. Her repertoire includes roles of several operas by Verdi, as well as from the operas: The Puritans [I puritani], Don Giovanni, The Girl of the West [La fanciulla del West], Rustic Chivalry [Cavalleria rusticana], Lucia di Lammermoor, La Gioconda, Medea [Medée] by Cherubini, Tosca and Sister Angelica [Suor Angelica]. She has collaborated with important conductors (Riccardo Muti, Bruno Bartoletti et al.) and directors (Mauro Bolognini, Liliana Cavani, Pier Luigi Pizzi, et al.). At the GNO she interpreted Aida (1992/93, Herodeon, Athens Festival).