Biography

GABRIELLA DI LACCIO - SOPRANO

Winner of the “ Air Europa Classical Act of the Year Award 2013”, lyric coloratura soprano Gabriella Di Laccio enjoys an international career that spans the genres of opera, oratorio and chamber music.

Especially known for her virtuoso voice and much sought after in Baroque music she is also a devoted a performer of Contemporary repertoire. Bringing freshness to older music and authority to new, Gabriella brings intensity to her performance, which transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music, introducing new and exuberant flavour and charisma.

Recognized by Sir Charles Mackerrras as “a singer of outstanding talent”, Miss Di Laccio has gained notice over the past years due to her expressive tone, impressive coloraturas and powerful stage presence. Her recent performances of Vivaldi and Handel arias have established her as an artist of finest musical intelligence who handles intense technical challenges of the music with seeming ease, precision and great personality.

This sensitive and charismatic singer leaves no one indifferent. Sometimes emotional and moving or full of humorous charm, Gabriella’s voice, theatrical and expressive qualities have earned her recognition and praise from an international audience.

Baroque opera productions include Platée by Rameau at the Megaron Opera House/ Athens, Orfeo by Monteverdi and Dido and Aeneas by Purcell with the English Bach Festival in London. Other operatic roles include Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Gilda (Rigoletto), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna (Le Nozze de Figaro), Semele (Handel) and Musetta (La Boèeme).

Equally at home on the recital stage, Gabriella Di Laccio is known for her commitment to exploring and performing a vast range of concert repertoire. She performs regularly as a solo recitalist and as a member of various chamber groups covering a wide-ranging repertoire from baroque to contemporary. As a soloist, her work has included Bach’s B Minor Mass, St. John’s Passion and St. Mathew’s Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Haydn’s Creation, among many others.

In concert, Gabriella has appeared in a number of major London platforms including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room at Southbank Centre and St. John’s Smith Square.

As a performer of the baroque repertoire she has sung with the Amaryllis Consort, Il Festino, Concerto Instrumentale, Di Profundis, Baroque Orchestra of Mercosur and Baroque Ensemble Florilegium.

Gabriella Di Laccio has also established an important reputation performing Latin American classical repertoire, including works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Gomes, Ernani Braga, Alberto Ginastera among others in several solo concerts in the UK and abroad.

Gabriella was born in Brazil and shares both Italian and Brazilian nationalities. She began her singing career under the guidance of the renowned Brazilian soprano Neyde Thomas and graduated with Distinction from the University of Music and Fine Arts of Paraná – Brazil. Whilst still at College, Gabriella joined the Guaira Theatre Opera Company in Brazil and made her professional debut as Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro. Her early success continued when she was offered a place as a soprano soloist at the Camerata of Curitiba, a concert touring group with whom she performed extensively throughout her native country for many years as a soloist. Gabriella continued her education at the Royal College of Music in London, where she gained Post Graduate Diplomas (PGDip) in Performance - Opera and as an Early Music Specialist. She is also the winner of the Araucaria Foundation Scholarship Award (Brazil), Peter Pears Prize and Richard III Prize for concert singers (UK).