Formidable young mezzo-soprano Gaia Petrone is a graduate of the prestigious Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. A first prize recipient at the Seventh International F. Provenzale Early Music Singing Competition and the Twelfth International Valerio Gentile Opera Competition, she is fast making a name for herself on both the operatic stage and the concert platform.
Petrone’s 2016/17 season highlights include her house debuts with Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse as Ursule in Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict, Emilia in Rossini Otello for the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples and Ramise in the revival of Max Emanuel Cenčić’s acclaimed production of Arminio in Karlsruhe. She also returns to Sweden for concert performances of Cenerentola with Smålands Musik & Teater and tours with King’s Consort Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans.
Her professional career began when, while still a student, she performed the roles of Apollonia La Canterina at the Festival dell'Intermezzo e dell'Opera buffa; Dorina in Latilla's La finta cameriera at II Festivalatilla; and Lisetta Il mondo della luna in the Teatro Bonci, Cesena. She also performed the role of Tancredi in Scarlatti's Erminia Tancredi Polidoro e Pastore with the Ensemble Concerto de' Cavalieri at the Centro di Musica Antica Pietà de' Turchini, and created the roles of Pitura and Alinda in the world premiere of Cavalli-Stradella's Il novello Giasone at the Valle d'Itria Festival 2011.
In concert, she has performed Vivaldi's Gloria with the Gruppo d'Archi Veneto, and with the Wiener Kammersymphonie at Vienna's Musikverein; Handel Dixit Dominus; Vivaldi Magnificat; Bach Mass in B Minor under the baton of Marco Berrini; and Schutz Musikalische Exequien conducted by Peter Neumann. She has also appeared in concert at the Teatro Sociale de Rovigo, and the Teatro Comunale de Vicenza with the Regionale Filarmonia Veneta, under the baton of Stefano Romani. Her discography includes a live recording of Haydn Il mondo della luna, released on Bongiovanni Records, and Czerny's transcription of Mozart's Requiem on Naxos. In 2015 she made her UK debut in Handel’s Messiah with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Nathalie Stutzmann.
In 2012, Gaia Petrone joined the young ensemble of Theater an der Wien and performed to great acclaim such roles as Clarina La cambiale di matrimonio, Medoro Orlando, Sibari Semiramide riconosciuta and Sesto La Clemenza di Tito. In the winter of 2013/14 she made a star turning debut in the title role of Cenerentola: “The vocal highlight of the evening was Gaia Petrone. She sang an almost flawless Angelina, with nimble coloratura and a beautiful controlled, supple mezzo voice” (Die Presse). Shortly after this success she made her US debut as Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Palm Beach Opera and appeared as Pisana in the Theater an der Wien production of I due Foscani with Placido Domingo and James Conlon. Recent engagements include Ippolita Elena Aix-en-Provence Festival tour; a return to La Cenerentola at Gothenburg Opera.
In the 2015/16 season, Petrone performed at Theater an der Wien as Damigella L’incoronazione di Poppea and Emilia in Rossini’s Otello, she also sang Angelin Cenerentola at Europaincanto.
Ursule Beatrice et Benedict
Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse
Teatro di San Carlo
Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
Pallade, La Pace, La Verità, Ippolita, Menesto, Eurite Elena
Cavalli & Stradella
Pittura, Alinda Il novello giasone
Sesto Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Lisetta Il mondo della luna
Apollonia La canterina
Dorina La finta cameriera
Ottavia L'incoronatione di Poppea
Sesto La clemenza di Tito
Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia
Angelina La Cenerentola
Clarina La cambiale di matrimonio
Arsace Aureliano in Palmira
Sibari Semiramide riconosciuta
Cassandra, cantata for alto and ensemble
Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden BWV 232
Mass in C minor BWV 232
St John Passion BWV 245
St Matthew Passion BWV 244
Gott soll allein mein Herze haben BWV 169
Folk Songs for mezzo-soprano and 7 instruments
Siete canciones populares españolas
Sei cavatine per voce e chitarra o fortepiano Op.39
Dixit Dominus HWV 232
Arianna a Naxos, cantata a voce sola con accompagnamento del Clavicembalo o Forte-Piano
Requiem in D minor K 626
Petite messe solennelle
Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo
Requiem in C minor
De Sa Santoro
Canções de amor (1ª série and 2ª série)
Gloria in D major RV 589
Magnificat RV 610
The vocal highlight of the evening was Gaia Petrone. She sang an almost flawless Angelina, with nimble coloratura and a beautiful controlled, slim mezzo voice.
Petrone has left a strong impression through her stage presence and intense acting, as well as through her luscious, well-produced mezzo…with Petrone demonstrating bel canto agility and finesse to compete with so-called leading specialists in the field - in addition to a generous measure of charm.
Gaia Petrone was bluffingly convincing in the trousers role of the villainous Sibari - ample-toned, fearless in approach.