Eleonora Contucci, when still a child, sang in the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze’s Pollicino. This was staged for the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano, where in the years she experienced a wide range of performing arts and various artistic media, from dance-theatre to acting and mime, and worked alongside such personalities as Marcel Marceau. She took part in numerous productions at the Cantiere, including the Italian premiere of Maxwell-Davies’ Cinderella. Having begun her voice studies with Maria Vittoria Romano, she went on to graduate cum laude from the Conservatorio in Latina, where her teacher was Nicoletta Panni. Later she was chosen to participate in prestigious masterclasses with Alfredo Kraus, Renata Scotto, Julia Hamari and a specialist class in baroque voice music with Hervé Niquet.
She appeared in the main Italian opera venues and international Festivals singing Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro in Florence conducted by Zubin Mehta, Melissa in Handel’s Amadigi conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini at the San Carlo Opera in Naples, in Rome and at the Baroque Festival of Beaune in France, Inès in Donizetti’s La Favorite at Carlo Felice Theatre in Genua, a new production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea conducted and staged by Rinaldo Alessandrini in Salamanca and at the Baroque Festival in Beaune, L’elisir d’amore conducted by Bruno Campanella at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Monteverdi Orfeo at Teatro alla Scala conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini and directed by Bob Wilson.
Her more recent engagements include L’elisir d’amore at Teatro Comunale di Modena and Teatro Regio di Parma, Gianni Schicchi in Parma, Pollicino and Salieri Il mondo alla rovescia at Cantiere di Montepulciano, Elektra at Teatro Comunale di Bologna.
Contucci also has a busy concert and chamber schedule and a repertoire that runs from baroque to contemporary music. She has performed with such conductors as Albrecht, Bolton, Mazzola, Piovano, Stenz and Tate, has collaborated with relevant ensembles and orchestras such as Capella Cracoviensis in Krakow, Concerto Italiano conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini, Sentieri Selvaggi, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and took part to several Liederabend, one of them with Malcolm Bilson at the fortepiano.
The Dutch label Brilliant Classics released her recording of the complete Lieder of Norbert Burgmüller with Costantino Mastroprimiano at the fortepiano and the first world recording of the complete Lieder of Hugo Staehle, again with Costantino Mastroprimiano at the fortepiano.
She teaches opera singing at the State Conservatorium in Potenza and since 2015 she gave birth to the Festival di Pasqua a Montepulciano (Easter Festival in Montepulciano, Tuscany), where she serves as Artistic Director.
Apart from her wide repertoire as an opera singer and with symphony orchestra, for 2021 Eleonora Contucci has some interesting chamber proposals:
Les fleurs du mal and Music
for 200 years since Charles Baudelaire’s Birth
Massimo Wertmüller actor
Eleonora Contucci soprano
Carlo Guaitoli piano
A selection of poems from Les fleurs du mal set to music by Debussy, Fauré, Duparc, D’Indy, Cras, Séverac and even Casella during his Parisian years and two Debussy piano pieces owing their titles to Baudelaire’s verses.
Debussy Les sons et les parfumes tournent dans l’air du soir (Harmonie du soir), for piano / Cinq poèmes de Baudelaire / Les soirs illuminés par l’ardeur du charbon (Le balcon), for piano
Fauré Chant d’automne
D’Indy L’amour et le crane
Duparc L’invitation au voyage
Séverac Les hiboux
Casella La cloche fêlée
“Il caro Sassone”: Handel and Italian music
Castello Sonata IV
Händel Haec est Regina virginum HWV 235
Castello Sonata I
Merula Chiacona “No, no ch’io non mi fido”
Cavalli Canzon à 3
Händel Agrippina condotta a morire HWV 110
Turini Sonata a 3 “È tanto tempo ormai”
Handel Salve Regina HWV 241
Eleonora Contucci soprano
Lautten Compagney (5 musicians)
Dante, after 700 years (1321-2021)
Eleonora Contucci soprano
Nikolay Khozyainov piano
Rossini Farò come colui che piange e dice
Donizetti Amor, ch’a nullo amato
Berlioz Nessun maggior piacere
Ponchielli Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare
Castelnuovo Tedesco Sera (“Era già l’ora che volge al desio”)
Liszt-Tausig Purgatorio and Magnificat from Dante Symphony
Granados-Khozyainov Excerpt from “Paolo and Francesca”, from symphonic poem Dante
Liszt Dante Sonata (Après une lecture du Dante)
Pauline Viardot, Saint-Saëns, Séverac, Stravinskij, Zemlinsky, Schönberg
six anniversaries for 2021
Pauline Viardot (200 years since Birth),
Camille Saint-Saëns (100 years since Death),
Déodat de Séverac (100 years since Death),
Alexander von Zemlinsky (150 years since Birth),
Igor Stravinskij (50 years since Death),
Arnold Schönberg (70 years since Death)
Schumann and Brahms: Love Songs and Love Dances
Eleonora Contucci soprano • Marina Comparato mezzosoprano
Blagoj Nakoski tenor • Umberto Chiummo bass
Cristina Biagini and Marco Marzocchi piano four hands
Schumann Spanische Liebeslieder op. 138 for vocal quartet and piano four hands
Brahms Liebeslieder-Walzer op. 52 for vocal quartet and piano four hands
Schumann Kinderball op. 130, six easy dances for piano four hands
Brahms Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer op. 65 for vocal quartet and piano four hands