B i o g r a p h y  Maria Novella Malfatti

Italian soprano Maria Novella Malfatti is quickly becoming recognized for her beautiful voice, sensitive artistry, and compelling stage presence.

 From the season 2020/21 Ms. Malfatti will be a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan opera Centre of the Lyric Opera Chicago. 

She will make her debut at the Lyric Opera Chicago singing in the inaugural production of Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Enrique Mazzola and the director Sir David McVicar, next 17th of September 2021.

Maria Novella Malfatti is also understading the roles of Adina (Elisr d' Amore) and Pamina (The Magic Flute) at the Lyric Opera Chicago.

In 2020, she debuted at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam singing the role of Azema in Rossini’s Semiramide, conducted by Michele Mariotti and at the Dutch National Opera in Mahagonny of K. Weill with Markus Stenz conductor and Hivo van Hove's direction.

During the 2018-2019 season, she has performed at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl in Austria as Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème under the baton of Paolo Carignani and as the soprano soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Martin Sieghart; in Bach’s St. John Passion in Utrecht and Oosterhout conducted by Bernhard Touwen and Rick Muselaers; and in Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchetra.
Since 2017, Ms. Malfatti has performed regularly at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl under the baton of Gustav Kuhn, singing the roles of Tamiri in Mozart’s Il re pastore; Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème; Cleone in Rossini’s Ermione; Ein Junger Hirt in Wagner’s Tannhäuser; and as the soprano soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio. In 2015, she recorded a duet from Verdi’s La traviata with Andrea Bocelli for Michael Radford’s “La Musica del Silenzio,”a biographical film about Mr. Bocelli’s life.

During the last season 2020/21 she debuted as first Rhinemaiden in Götterdämmerung of Richard Wagner with  Lyric Opera Orchestra and the director Yuval Sharon, co-producted by the Michigan Opera Theater.

 In September of 2018, Ms. Malfatti was a finalist in the 52nd International Vocal Competition of  s' Hertogenbosch, and in 2016, she was awarded Third Prize at the Ferruccio Tagliavini International Competition for Opera Singers in Deutschlandsberg, Austria.
 Ms. Malfatti graduated with 'Full Marks Cum Laude' in Master Classical Voice from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam under the tutelage of Sasja Hunnego. Prior to her studies in Amsterdam, Ms. Malfatti studied voice with acclaimed sopranos Janet Perry and Raina Kabaivanska at the  Accademia Chigiana of Siena, Italy and with Don Marrazzo.

 She also studied violin at the Conservatory "L. Boccherini" of Lucca with the Maestro Alberto Bologni.


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Maria Novella Malfatti