Patrizia Ciofi

Italian soprano (near Sienna, 1967 - )

Patrizia Ciofi is a soprano equally comfortable wit the repertoires of Monteverdi, Mozart or Verdi. She is without a doubt one of the most sincere Italian artists of her generation. Her involvement towards art allows her to embody her roles very closely, always looking for the expressivity of every word and adapting her voice to the different styles of music.

After her studies in Livorno at the Mascagni Music Institute with Anastasia Tomaszewska-Schepis, Patrizia Ciofi perfected her technique and completed her training besides prestigious artists like Carlo Bergonzi or Shirley Verrett at the Academia Chigiana in Sienna, but also with the great pedagogue Claudio Desderi.

She made her debut in Florence in 1989, and afterwards performed on other Italian stages before starting her international career. Her thin figure can be seen on many stages, conducted by famous orchestra conductors. Patrizia Ciofi acts through her voice. This is why she gets rid off all her previous interpretations with every new staging and throws herself into new productions with a rare dramatic intensity. The flexibility of her voice allows her to sing a large repertoire, that goes from the baroque era to the 20th century, whether she sings operas or recitals. Most of her discographic recordings were recorded on the spot: in Patrizia Ciofi's opinion, it is not easy to make theater live on a record and that is her main goal : to offer emotions to her audience.

Comfortable in Italian and in French (she speaks it fluently), she performs in a wide repertoire, from Handel to Bellini, including the Italian operas of Mozart, Verdi, Rossini or Puccini. On top of these most famous operas, she likes to discover pieces that are less often played, like Il crociato in Egitto of Giacomo Meyerbeer  of the opera Mese mariano of Umberto Giordano.

Six landmark dates in the life of Patrizia Ciofi

1989: made her debute in Florence in Giovanni Sebastiano of Gino Negri
1999: first performance at the Opéra Bastille in the part of Nanetta in Falstaff
2003: debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in La Traviata
2006: sang for the first time Lucia di Lammermoor at the Chorégies d’Orange
2009: performed once again La Traviata at the Chorégies d’Orange with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Myung-Whun Chung
2014: leading role in Luisa Miller of Verdi  at the Opéra Royal de Liège

Radio France musical documentation biography, November 2014