– The Spanish soprano will take the role of the English Queen Elizabeth I in this Donizetti opera and will be singing it for the first time in the Californian opera house
The Canary Island soprano Davinia Rodríguez, one of the most internationally renowned Spanish opera singers, continues to gain new ground in her acclaimed artistic career. After her recent triumphs in Verdi and Mozart operas, the Spanish singer returns to Romantic bel-canto for her debut as the female lead in the Donizetti opera Roberto Devereux. Rodríguez will be adding this role to her repertoire alongside the tenor Ramón Vargas as Devereux, and both will be making their debut at Los Angeles Opera (USA). They will be conducted by Eun Sun Kim in a Stephen Lawless production with Quinn Kelsey as the Duke of Nottingham.
With this debut, Davinia Rodríguez is returning to repertoire that fits her like a glove, as she explains: “My voice adapts comfortably to the bel-canto line, as when I first started out I performed a lot of roles in this style. Bel-canto repertoire is as difficult as it gets, as it demands virtuosity in the high register and great control over fiato, but there is also deep psychological work to be done in serious roles such as Elisabetta. The character has great dramatic strength as she weaves her way between political power and love, and this has to be expressed in the singing. Performing this role is a milestone for any soprano.”
After her debut in Los Angeles, the Spanish soprano will travel to Italy to take the same role once again in April and May in Roberto Devereux at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
Outstanding dates among Rodriguez’s upcoming engagements include her debuts at the Bergamo Donizetti Festival and at the La Monnaie / De Munt opera house in Brussels, as well as her return to the Verdi Festival in Parma.