(Photo: Amati Bacciardi)
Soprano Anastasia Bartoli is a rising star on the Italian and European opera scene. Over the course of this year alone, she has received a string of glowing reviews including her performance as Cristina in “Eduardo e Cristina” at the Rossini Opera Festival. In October she will be performing Lucrezia in Verdi’s “I Due Foscari” at Venice’s La Fenice.
OperaWire: What was the first opera you saw?
Anastasia Bartoli: “Aida” at the Arena di Verona. I was about six years old at the time.
OW: What was the first opera in which you performed?
AB: “Cavaliera Rusticana.” I performed the role of Lola.
OW: What was the last opera in which you performed?
AB: It was Verdi’s “Otello” in Bucharest. I played Desdemona.
OW: What role will you be performing next?
AB: Lucrezia in “I Due Foscari.”
OW: What has been your favorite role so far?
AB: Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s “Macbeth.”
OW: Who is your favorite composer?
OW: Which opera character would you like to meet in person?
OW: Who was the biggest influence on your singing career?
AB: Renata Tebaldi and Ghena Dimitrova. I was inspired by listening to them sing.
OW: What do you like most about your voice?
AB: Its adaptability.
OW: Which character do you most dislike?
AB: Bardo from Cilea’s opera, “Gloria.”
OW: Which character would you most like to exchange your life with?
AB: Suor Angelica.
OW: Name three people you would like to invite to a dinner party, of which at least one has to have a connection with opera.
AB: Maria Callas, Jesus and Napoleon
OW: Which character would you most like to play but have not yet had the opportunity?
AB: Manon Lescaut.
OW: If you could have a composer write an opera with you in the starring role, who would it be?
OW: What was the last book you read?
AB: Homer’s “Iliad.”
OW: What is your favorite piece of non-classical music?
AB: “Nothing else matters” by Metallica.
OW: What is your favorite film?
AB: Ridley Scott’s “Alien.”
OW: Who is your favorite painter?
OW: What is your cat’s name?
AB: Rémy Martin.
OW: If you hadn’t been an opera singer, what would you have liked to have done?
AB: I would have liked to own and run a ranch in Argentina
OW: What do you like most about being an opera singer?
AB: The satisfaction I get from seeing all the hard work I spent preparing for the role payIn Less off.
OW: What are the qualities you most appreciate in a stage director?
AB: The ability to change and adapt in response to the artists.
OW: You are about to perform the role of Lucrezia in Verdi’s “I Due Foscari.” Which two words would you use to describe the role.
AB: She is a fighter and she is angry.