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Davinia Rodríguez returns to Spoleto to sing Mozart

-The Canary Island soprano will make her debut in the role of Elvira in Don Giovanni at the 60th Festival di Spoleto in Italy.

May 2017
The Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto, which was founded by the legendary composer Gian Carlo Menotti in 1957, will include performances of a Mozart opera and the Spanish soprano Davinia Rodríguez, just like last year. On the 30th June the festival will raise the curtain on the Mozart opera Don Giovanni with the Canary Islander in the role of Donna Elvira, which Rodríguez will be singing for the first time. “In February I sang Donna Anna at the ABAO-OLBE season in Bilbao and in Spoleto I will perform in the same opera, but this time in the role of her rival and then ally against the libertine Don Juan,” the soprano explains. “Singing Donna Elvira, in a production directed by the director of Spoleto himself, Giorgio Ferrara, is a fantastic occasion for me to get deeply immersed in the Don Juan myth in all its magnitude. It so much belongs to us, it is so Spanish. Elvira is so in love with Don Juan that she follows him from one city to another, until she finds him in Seville. There, being rejected once again, she teams up with Anna and Ottavio to have revenge on the man she loves, although I believe that if Don Juan said to her ‘come with me, I prefer you’ I am sure that Elvira would give up everything and go with him to the end of the world.”
This new production of Don Giovanni, which will conclude the revisiting of the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy at Spoleto which began three years ago, will be conducted by James Conlon. Performances will take place on the 30th June and the 2nd July.
This summer Davinia Rodríguez will also be performing at the Macerata Festival (Italy) as Liù in Puccini´s Turandot and she will begin the next season in October with a return to the Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra.


Davinia Rodríguez returns to Bilbao as Donna Anna

“It is always healthy to come back to Mozart” explains the Canary Island soprano regarding the Don Giovanni which she will sing in February in the ABAO-OLBE season.

January 2017

The versatile Spanish soprano Davinia Rodríguez will once again get into the shoes of a character from a Mozart opera, this time in the ABAO-OLBE season in Bilbao: she will be Donna Anna in the production of Mozart´s Don Giovanni which Bilbao Opera has programmed on 18th, 21st, 24th and 27th February. “It is always healthy to come back to Mozart”, the Canary Island singer affirms, “as his music, and the way the vocal lines of his characters are written, have such perfection and freshness that they do voices a lot of good.”

Davinia Rodríguez, who is already acquainted with Bilbao opera goers, is “very pleased” to be returning to this particular season, “one of the most important in Spain.  What´s more, I feel very comfortable in Bilbao, it is like going home,” she notes. She will be going there after having incorporated two emblematic roles into her repertoire over the last few weeks. These are Verdi´s Lady Macbeth from Macbeth – considered to be one of the most complex and difficult roles in her range – in Vienna, and Leoncavallo´s Nedda, from Pagliacci, in Turin. “Like Donna Anna, these are women with great character who know how to navigate their respective environments. Of course, neither Lady Macbeth nor Nedda come to a good end, but neither does Donna Anna, since although she avenges the death of her father, Il Commendatore, her beloved seducer is no more.”

The Bilbao Don Giovanni, a Jonathan Miller production, will be conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson and, alongside Davinia Rodríguez, Simon Keenlyside, Simon Orfila and María Bayo head up the cast.


Davinia Rodriguez sings Pagliacci in Turin

The Spanish singer will add a new role, Nedda, the leading lady in Pagliacci, this January at the Teatro Regio in Turin.

December 2016
The characters the Canary Island soprano Davinia Rodríguez has gradually been adding to her repertoire have each become great personal triumphs for her. The most recent one was last October in Vienna when she made her debut in the impossible role of Lady Macbeth, in Verdi’s opera Macbeth, alongside Plácido Domingo. Her success was confirmed both by critics – who said she created “a role which is burned in the memory ”– and audiences, who gave her a long ovation on the opening night and each of her following performances at the legendary Theater an der Wien.
The new year will begin for the Spanish singer with a return to Italy, this time to make her debut in the role of Nedda in Pagliacci for her first appearance at the Teatro Regio in Turin, one of the most important Italian opera houses. On this occasion she will be conducted by Nicola Luisotti. Rodríguez will give four performances of this popular Leoncavallo opera between the 11th and 22nd January.

Later in the year yet more important engagements await the soprano. These include her return to the ABAO-OLBE season in Bilbao to make her debut in the emblematic role of Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, her debut in the title role of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Dvořák’s Te Deum alongside the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra and her return to the Teatro San Carlo in Naples with her acclaimed Amelia Grimaldi from Simon Boccanegra.


Davinia Rodríguez and Arturo Chacón-Cruz to give a concert in Mexico

On December 14th, 2017, the soprano Davinia Rodríguez and the Mexican tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz will give a concert in Mexico which will mark the opening of the Teatro Ingenio in Los Moches (Sinaloa, Mexico). Both artists will be accompanied on the piano by Ángel Rodríguez


Davinia Rodríguez returns to Vienna in November as Lady Macbeth

15016349_1529884837025294_8470830573979219341_orecortadaThe Canary Island soprano will perform one of the most difficult roles in opera alongside Plácido Domingo, with tickets sold out a month and a half before the performances.

November 2016
On the 13th November the Spanish soprano Davinia Rodríguez will take a huge leap in her artistic career by making her debut as Lady Macbeth from the opera Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi, a role considered to be one of the most complex and difficult in the entire opera repertoire. The Spanish singer will make this debut in Vienna at the Theater an der Wien, alongside Plácido Domingo, no less, in the title role. “This is, undoubtedly, a complex role, which I have been preparing for over a year with my coach, Sylvia Sass, one of the Grandes Dames of her generation.” Davinia Rodríguez, who has already sung I due Foscari in Vienna, feels “delighted to return to the musical capital, this time in this fascinating Verdi opera. My role, as well as being very technically demanding, is also very demanding on a dramatic level as Lady Macbeth is a woman whose ambition knows no limits. She even pushes her husband to murder in order to gain more political power. As with any Shakespearean character, she is fascinating, and a challenge for any singer.”  Rodríguez will give three performances in this emblematic role on the 13th, 17th and 20th November and tickets have already sold out a month and a half before the premiere. The opera is produced by the Theater an der Wien and will be conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Roland Geyer.

Davinia Rodríguez´s international career continues its upward trajectory in a year in which she has had other outstanding triumphs such as her recent debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona with Simon Boccanegra, by Verdi, – coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Plácido Domingo´s Spanish debut – and her participation this summer in the opening of the Spoleto Festival in the role of the Countess of Almaviva in Mozart´s Le Nozze de Figaro. In the 2016-2017 season, among other engagements she will also be returning to the ABAO-OLBE in Bilbao, this time as Donna Anna in Mozart´s Don Giovanni, and to the Teatro San Carlo in Naples with her Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra, and she will be making her debut in the title role of Maria Stuarda at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.

Photo: Plácido Domingo alongside Davinia Rodríguez – Verdi’s Macbeth at Theater an der Wien © Herwig Prammer