Cláudia Riccitelli

Cláudia Riccitelli


"The CD Água de Fonte has already become a reference among the recordings of the Serestas." Irineu Franco Perpétuo/ Folha de S. Paulo
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«A green-eyed, strawberry-blonde from the Southeastern city of São Paulo, Riccitelli has put her stunning good looks and penetrating voice to purposeful use in such pivotal assignments as Pamina in The Magic Flute, Nedda in Pagliacci, Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann, the title role of Gomes’ Fosca, and the priestess Adalgisa in Bellini’s bel-canto masterwork Norma, in the rare, original soprano scoring of the part. In addition to being a committed recitalist (with Benjamin Britten’s celebrated song-cycle Les Illuminations given prominence), Cláudia has appeared as a soloist in a wide variety of demanding sacred-music parts, among them Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in D minor, the Magnificat of Johann Sebastian Bach, and Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, which helped launch the newly refurbished Sala São Paulo Concert Hall, in July 1999. She also participated in composer Carl Orff’s hedonistic choral showpiece Carmina Burana alongside a fellow paulistano, the gifted Paulo Szot.»
«"Ein Glücksgriff ist der deutsch-brasilianische Tenor Martin Muehle, der in der Arie des Cavaradossi „Und es leuchteten die Sterne“ aus Puccinis „Tosca“ Stimmvermögen nachweist. Dazu passt Toscas Arie „Vissi d’arte“, in der die Brasilianerin Claudia Riccitelli mit dunkel timbrierten Sopran zu schwelgen versteht. Beide liefern einen Höhepunkt in der Eifersuchtsszene aus „Cavalleria Rusticana“ von Mascagni.“»
Klaus Ackermann/ op-online 04/12/2017 (2018)
«Claudia Riccitelli was a passionate Santuzza, hypnotizing the audience with sanguineous musicality, that helped her overcome the difficulties of the part.»
Milton Ribeiro - 22/10/2012 (2018)
2018Janáček: Kát'a KabanováMarfa Ignatěvna Kabanová (kabanicha)
2015Leoncavallo: PagliacciNedda
2015Mahler: Symphony No. 2, C Minor (auferstehungssymphonie)Soprano
2013Bizet: CarmenMicaëla
2013Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D MinorSoprano
2013Rossini: Petite Messe SolennelleSoprano
2012Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaSantuzza
2012Wagner: GötterdämmerungGutrune
2012Wagner: Das RheingoldFreia
2011Bizet: CarmenMicaëla
2006Strauss R.: Vier Letzte Lieder No. 1, Trv 296 (frühling)Soprano



Brazilian/Italian Spinto Soprano Cláudia Riccitelli was born in São Paulo (Brazil). She developed her operatic career mainly in Brazil and South America. As a recitalist and soloist she performed in important venues in Brazil, Italy, France and England, such as Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse, St. John’s Smith Square in London, Sala Palestrina and Piazza Navona in Rome and Le Carreau du Temple in Paris, among others.

She has been performing with distinguished conductors and stage directors such as Claudio Abbado, Isaac Karabitchevsky, John Neschling, Romano Gandolfi, Lior Shambadal, Carlos Kalmar, Roberto Minczuck, Fabio Mechetti, Eleazar de Carvalho, David Machado, Ira Levin, José Maria Florêncio, Alejo Perez, Roberto Tibiriça, Luis Malheiro, Ligia Amadio, Roberto Oswald, Andre Heller-Lopes, Bia Lessa, Marcelo Lombardero, Naum Alves de Souza, Bruno Berger-Gorsky, Aidan Lang, Pier Francesco Maestrini, among others.

In the season of 2017/2018 the singer will perform many concerts with her long time partner and husband Martin Muehle, including a concert at Alte Oper Frankfurt with Opera Classica, as well as concerts in Brazil. In 2018 Cláudia Riccitelli will perform the role of Kabanicha in Katya Kabanova at Theatre São Pedro, São Paulo (Brazil) with ira Levin, conductor and Andre Heller-Lopes, Stage Director.

Since 2012 she has been moving towards the Spinto/Dramatic repertoire, adding many roles to her repertoire that fit her new potentialities as a singer.
In recent years she debuted as Santuzza (Cavaleria Rusticana) at Theatro São Pedro (Porto Alegre/SP), Gutrune (Götterdämerung) at Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Freia (Das Rheingold) at Teatro Argentino de La Plata and the Wesendonk Lieder at Teatro Guaira (Paraná/Brazil).

In past and recent seasons she performed leading roles such as Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Serafina (Il Campanello), Norina (Don Pasquale), Musetta and Mimi (La Bohème), Liú ( Turandot) , Violetta (La Traviata) , Gilda ( Rigoletto) , Nedda ( Pagliacci), Antonia (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Cio-Cio-San  (Madama Butterfly), Cecy (Il Guarany) and Delia (Fosca, both by Carlos Gomes), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), D. Anna (D. Giovanni), Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Micaëla ( Carmen), Leilah ( Les Pêcheurs des Perles, Adalgisa ( Norma), Amelia ( Amelia al Ballo), Alcina (Alcina), Emilia ( The Cientist by Silvio Barbato, a role that has been writen specially for her voice), Lia  (L'Enfant Prodigue) and Maria (West Side Story) in all the most important opera houses in Brazil and South America.

Cláudia Riccitelli has also an extensive experience as a concert soloist, performing the solo parts in the Nynth Symphony and Missa Solemnis (Beethoven); Lobgesang and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mendelssohn); War Requiem and Les Illuminations (Britten); Messa da Requiem (Verdi), Petite Messe Sollenelle (Rossini); Requiem, Coronation Mass, Exultate Jubilate and Great Mass in c minor (Mozart), The Messiah (Handel, both versions), Seven Last Words of Our Saviour in the Cross (Haydn), Magnificat and the Mass in b minor (Bach), Messe de St. Cecile (Gounod), Masses n. 2, 3, 4, 5, and Magnificat (Schubert), Ein Deutches Requiem (Brahms), Vier Letzte Lied (Richard Strauss); Second, Fourth and Eighth Symphonies (Mahler), Shehèrazade (Ravel), Te Deum (Dvorak), Carmina Burana (Carl Orff), Der Wein (Alban Berg), Floresta do Amazonas and Bachianas n° 05 (Villa- Lobos), as well as many recitals and concerts in important venues in Brazil, Italy, France and England.

Mrs. Riccitelli is an experienced recitalist as well, performing with pianist Nahim Marun and guitarrist Fabio Zanon a vast array of styles and repertoire.

She won some of the most prestigious awards in her native country, such as the Carlos Gomes Medal for Cultural Merit in 2018, the Carlos Gomes Award as Best Singer in 2001 and the BRAVO! Magazine Award as Best Singer in 1999.

Her recordings include: Brazilian contemporary music: brasil! new music! – vol 1; Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo under John Neschling, a live recording at the opening of the Sala São Paulo; both Cd and DVD Alma Brasileira with the Orquestra Sinfônica Nacional under Lígia Amadio performing the song Alma minha gentil, from Glauco Velasquez (first recording); the CD Villa-Lobos em Paris, with first recordings of the Epigramas Irônicos e Sentimentais and Pensées d'Enfant. This CD was awarded with the Diapason D'Or and the Prime Prize.

In 2008, Cláudia Riccitelli released her first solo CD, Água de Fonte, with her long time partner, pianist Nahim Marun, performing songs from Villa-Lobos.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Janáček: Kát'a Kabanová Marfa Ignatěvna Kabanová (kabanicha) Immediately Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo 2018
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci Nedda 1 week Theatro Municipal Sao Paulo 2015
Mahler: Symphony No. 2, C Minor (auferstehungssymphonie) Soprano 24 hours Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Colombia 2015
Bizet: Carmen Micaëla 24 hours Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo 2013
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D Minor Soprano 24 hours 2013


Comenda do Mérito Cultural Carlos Gomes
Premio Carlos Gomes Best Opera Singer
BRAVO!Magazine Award Emerging Artist