Graziella Sciutti

Italian Soprano

* 1932-04-17 Torino
+ 2001-04-09 Genève

After studying in Rome, Graziella Sciutti debuted in Menotti's "The Telephone" at Aix-en-Provence in 1951. While she specialized in Mozart roles (Susanna in "Le nozze di Figaro", Despina in "Così fan tutte", Zerlina in "Don Giovanni") and music of the 18th century (Lauretta in Pergolesi's "Il maestro di musica"), she was also celebrated in Rossini and Donizetti (Norina in "L'elisir d'amore"). In 1954, she sang Rosina in Rossini's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" at the Glyndebourne Festival, where she subsequently was as yearly guest until 1959. In 1955, she appeared in Cimarosa's "Il matrimonio segreto" at "La piccola scala", Milano. In 1956, she sang Oscar in Verdi's "Un ballo die maschera" at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London. She was a guest to the Salzburger Festspiele, the Edinburgh Festival, the Holland Festival, the Vienna State Opera, and the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. In 1961 she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Because of her excellent voice technique and her great ability as a singer-actress, she was also frequently invited to sing contemporary opera roles (Sauguet's "Les Caprieces de Marianne" at Aix-en-Provence in 1954, Malipiero's "La donna è mobile" at La piccola scala, Milano, in 1957, Mortari's "La scuola delle mogli" at the same theatre in 1959).
With her debut as an opera director with Poulenc's "La voix humaine" at Glyndebourne in 1977, she started another succesful career. In 1985, she directed Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" at the re-opening of the renovated Stadttheater in Koblenz (Germany).

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