Praised for her luminous and silky voice combined with her great musicality, Elisa Balbo is increasingly regarded as one of the most promising young singers on the opera scene. Balbo has appeared in some among the world’s major theatres under the conduction, among others, of Riccardo Muti. She sang in venues such as Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Arena di Verona, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Ljubjana Festival, Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Ravenna Festival, Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna, Grand Theatre Rubinstein Rimsij-Korsakov in Saint Petersburg, Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Auditorium Toscanini in Turin, among others, singing a wide repertoire and taking part to numerous successful recordings.
Endowed with great stylistic and vocal ductility, she sings a wide repertoire that includes Rossini (Anna Erisso in Maometto II, Anaï in Moïse, Amenaide in Tancredi), Verdi (Desdemona in Otello, Alice in Falstaff, Violetta in La Traviata), Puccini (Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, Liù in Turandot). She sang Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen and she ventured into the Verismo repertoire, singing Nedda in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Stephana in Giordano’s Siberia, and into the rare repertorie singing, among others the arduous role of La Contessa di Boissy in Lo Schiavo (Gomes), meeting with the approval of the public and the press. She took part to special operatic projects, portraying the roles of Marguerite and Die Sorge in Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust, in the new Ravenna Festival’s visionary production, and singing the roles of Despina and Dinah (in the diptych Serva Padrona/Trouble in Tahiti) next to Luca Micheletti in a theatrical/television production at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova in 2021 that will premiere in January 2022 in front of the audience. Moreover, after her debut at Teatro Filarmonico di Verona as Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, and the successful opening of the summer season of Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in the same role in 2021, she sang again the role of the rich widow in December 2021/January 2021 at Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova.
Sensitive to sacred and symphonic music, Balbo sang Carmina Burana (Moscow International Music House), Symphony No.2 op. 52 by Mendelsohn-Bartholdy (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari), Saint-Saëns’ Oratoire de Noël (Duomo Cathedral in Milan), Mozart’s Requiem ( Japan Tour of the Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini di Pesaro), Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs. Noteworthy are also her performances in Rossini’s sacred repertoire: Petite Messe Solennelle (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma) and Stabat Mater (Pesaro). In 2021 she made her debut at Ljubjana Festival and Enescu Festival in Bucharest as Mary in José Cura’s Ecce Homo.
Since 2013, she appeared in numerous opera galas at Arena di Verona, among others. Of great relevance are also her performances in concerts for big audiences, among which stands out a world tour next to Andrea Bocelli.
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