De Amerikaanse operazangeres Catherine Malfitano viert vandaag haar zeventigste verjaardag.

Malfitano made her professional singing debut in 1972 at the Central City Opera playing the role of Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff. She soon appeared with Minnesota Opera, where she sang in the world premiere of Conrad Susa’s Transformations and, in 1974 at New York City Opera, in La bohème, as Mimi. She then appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago (1975) and at the Royal Opera House (1976) and in major European opera houses. In 1974 she was Susanna in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at The Holland Festival and in 1976 Servilia in a new production of La Clemenza di Tito at The Salzburg Festival. In 1978, Malfitano achieved wider recognition in a telecast of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street from NYCO, playing Annina, as well as Rose in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene on Live from Lincoln Center in 1979.
Since then, Malfitano has sung at the major opera houses throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House in London, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Grand Théâtre de Genève in Geneva, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Berlin State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper in Vienna, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Paris Opéra, Hamburgische Staatsoper in Hamburg, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Houston Grand Opera and the Salzburg Festival.
One of Malfitano’s best-known roles is the title role in the opera Tosca, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1992, performing opposite Plácido Domingo as Mario Cavaradossi and Ruggero Raimondi as Scarpia. The opera was broadcast live from the actual Roman settings of the opera and viewed by viewers worldwide. She is also associated with the title role in de Luc Bondy-versie van Richard Strauss’s Salome, notably for performing the “Dance of the Seven Veils” (in een choreografie van Lucinda Childs) ending the dance completely nude, a rarity in opera. Ondanks dat ze toch wel goed in het vlees zit, gaf ze zich helemaal, ook al moet ze reeds enkele maten na de dans opnieuw volop zingen.
In 2005, Malfitano started a second career as an opera director, with a Madama Butterfly for Central City Opera (the company with which she made her professional singing debut in 1972). Since then, she has created productions for La Monnaie, Florida Grand Opera, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola programme, English National Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Canadian Opera Company. She is currently a member of the voice faculty at Manhattan School of Music. (Wikipedia)

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