Erika Grimaldi has a rich, mellow and round voice of quality and attractive timbre in good balance and of pure intonation. Her warm, flowery soprano voice stands out with impressive depth and steadiness unifying a personal musical expression with a captivating stage presence.
The artist is one of the most sought for lyric sopranos in Europe today, having delivered critically acclaimed performances in nearly a dozen roles at the prestigious Teatro Regio di Torino. Erika Grimaldi is equally at home at such major opera houses as Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, and Opéra National de Montpellier.
She works regularly with Artistic Teams such as Noseda, Chailly, Luisotti, Allemandi, Penderecki, Santi, Lanzilotta, Rustioni, Sagripanti, Montanaro, Lopez-Cobos, Abbado, Bieito, Loy, Poda, Ollé, Sagi, etc.
RECENT AND FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS
Erika Grimaldi’s recent and future projects include:
- Contessa/Le Nozze di Figaro at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre;
- Leonora/Il Trovatore (concert version) and Verdi’s Requiem w. Auckland Philharmonic;
- Maddalena/Andrea Chénier (w. Gregory Kunde) in Bologna;
- Liù/Turandot at Teatro Regio di Torino and the Teatro Verdi di Padova;
- Verdi’s Requiem in Milan with Claus Peter Flor, and in Georgia with Maestro Noseda;
- Symphony no. 8 Lieder der Vergänglichkeit, conducted by renowned Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki at Bucarest Enescu Festival;
- Nedda/Pagliacci in Trapani and Deutsche Oper Berlin;
- Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Kennedy Center Washington and Carnegie Hall in New York, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda;
- Alice Ford/Falstaff at the Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari;
Highlights of 2018/2019 season were Verdi’s Requiem at Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, conducted by Michel Corboz and the role of Donna Anna/Don Giovanni at Teatro Regio in Turin. Erika has been on tour with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gianandrea Noseda singing Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa. Then she played Nedda/Pagliacci at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, Liù in a Stefano Poda’s new production of Puccini’s Turandot in Turin and the role of Countess in Le nozze di Figaro at Moscow’s Bolshoi Teather. The last engagement of the year was Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Toulouse with Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse.
During season 2017/2018 Erika Grimaldi appeared at 70°th Edinburgh International Festival playing Mimí/La Bohème and singing Verdi’s Requiem, followed by her debut in the role of Mrs Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff, conducted by D. Renzetti in Turin. Then she was again Mimí in La Bohème at War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. She performed Mathilde in Rossini’s Guglielmo Tell at Bayerische Staatsoper in Münich and Nedda in a new production of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, conducted by Nicola Luisotti with the direction of Gabriele Lavia. In the summer she sang Beethoven’s IX Symphony at Arena in Verona, conducted by Daniel Oren. In autumn she sang Verdi’s Requiem in Konzerthaus of Dortmund and in Alte Oper of Frankfurt, both conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
The 2015/2016 season marks a very important Grimaldi’s debut as Giovanna d’Arco at Teatro alla Scala in Milan under the baton of Riccardo Chailly, directed by Moshe Leiser. Then she performed again Mimí/La Bohème at Oviedo’s Teatro Campoamor with the direction of Emilio Sagi and sang Verdi’s Requiem at the Philharmonie de Paris. In Hong Kong Cultural Centre she appeared as Maria/Simon Boccanegra (conducted by Roberto Abbado for HKAF 2016) and again in Verdi’s Requiem. Then she played Armilla/La donna serpente in Turin, Micaela/Carmen at War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Mimí/La Bohème at Savonlinna Opera Festival. She distinguished herself again in Verdi’s Requiem on tour with London Symphony Orchestra conducted by G.Noseda (Barbican Centre in London, Lincoln Center in New York, Palau de la Musica in Barcellona). Finally, she played Alice Ford/Falstaff, conducted at Verbier Festival and Cousinier in Le Rossignol by I. Stravinskyij at Stresa Festival.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
Graduated with distinction in singing and piano at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Turin, in 2008 Erika Grimaldi won the Adriano Belli competition at the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale in Spoleto and after that her engagements kept rising over 2009 and the soprano found herself in major venues both at home and abroad.
|Casella, A.||La donna serpente||Armilla|
|Donizetti, G.||Anna Bolena||Anna*|
|Giordano, U.||Andrea Chénier||Maddalena|
|Mozart, W.A.||Così fan tutte||Fiordiligi|
|Don Giovanni||Donna Elvira*|
|Le nozze di Figaro||Contessa|
|Puccini, G.||La Bohème||Mimì|
|Rossini, G.||Gugliemo Tell||Matilde|
|Moise et Pharaon||Anai|
|I vespri siciliani||Elena*|
|Simon Boccanegra||Amelia Grimaldi|
|Beethoven, L.v.||Symphony no. 9|
|Rossini, G.||Petite messe solenelle|
AUDIO & VIDEO
Erika Grimaldi – Turandot by G. Puccini – Signore ascolta, Teatro Regio di Torino, 2018
Erika Grimaldi – Pagliacci by R. Leoncavallo – Stridono lassù…, Teatro Regio Torino 2018
Erika Grimaldi – Giovanna D’Arco by G. Verdi – Qui! Qui!….O fatidica foresta, Teatro alla Scala
Erika Grimaldi – Turandot by G. Puccini – Tanto amore segreto… Tu che di gel sei cinta…, Teatro Regio di Torino, 2018
Erika Grimaldi – Otello by G. Verdi – Salce, salce (The willow song), Ave Maria, Teatro Regio Torino 2018
Giovanna d’Arco – Teatro alla Scala, Milan – 2016
Turandot – Teatro Regio di Torino, 2018