Mercedes Arcuri

Mercedes Arcuri

Light Lyric Soprano

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«Best of all, though, is Mercedes Arcurí as Minka. It's the opera's most vocally demanding role, rewarded with several of its most treasurable moments, notably the nocturne duet with Alexina in the third act, and the wonderfully knowing and allusive duet that follows with her lover Nangis, the excellent Luigi Boccia. When Arcurí is on stage, you quickly realise what a fine and idiomatic piece this is. (Martin Kettle / The guardian.co.uk)»
«Opera can enlighten you through narrative, or keep you keen by humour, but without a good cast a director is impotent: Mercedes Arcuri was the surprise package. Small in stature, but big in voice, her singing is never at any moment less than vibrant or enriching. A duet with Nathalie Paulin was technically challenging so late into the opera but was delivered with aplomb" "Arcuri also has an actor’s instinct"»
Tom Mooney/wexford echo.ie (2017)
«Mercedes Arcuri défend héroïquement,avec passion et justesse, la grâce fragile, l'innocence sincère, et la pureté trahie du personnage. La soprano possède surtout un instinct verdien très sûr qui l'exonère de tout artifice pour convaincre ("Quanto dolor..") La souplesse et le souverain contrôle de sa colonne d'air, confèrent a sa ligne vocale une parfaite ductilité qui lui ouvre tout un éventail de nuances, notamment dans un vibrant "Caro nome" jusqu'au contre-mi"»
Roland Duclos, Forum opera (2017)
2018Verdi: Un ballo in mascheraOscar
2018Strauss R.: ArabellaZdenka
2017Verdi: RigolettoGilda
2017Rossini: Il viaggio a ReimsContessa Di Folleville
2017Wagner R.: SiegfriedWaldvogel
2017Wagner R.: Das RheingoldWoglinde
2017Beethoven: FidelioMarzelline
2016Rossini: La CenerentolaClorinda
2016Donizetti: Don PasqualeNorina
2016Gounod: Roméo et JulietteJuliette
2015Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosZerbinetta
2015Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilègesLe Feu
2012Chabrier: Le roi malgré luiMinka


Mercedes Arcuri , soprano

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she began her vocal studies with Inés Dupen and Horacio Amauri. Continuing her musical training she studied Orchestra Conducting at the Universidad Católica Argentina and later, continued her vocal studies at the Instituto superior de arte del Teatro Colón.  Recent engagements include her debut as Zerbinetta in Teatro Solís (Uruguay) , Gilda in Clermont Ferrand, Norina in Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Clorinda (Cenerentola)  at Teatro Maestranza (Sevilla) and in Gärtnerplaztheater (Munich) and a concert at the Festival de Opera de La Coruña , where she sang Zerbinetta’s aria. Also at the London Händel Festival with The international baroque players conducted by Johannes Pramsholer, with Händel’s “Delirio amoroso”, Le feu and Le Rossignol  in  L’enfant et les sortilèges  and Erste Zofe  in Zemlinsky’s  Der Zwerg  at  the Opera de Lyon with Martyn Brabbins as a conductor,  and her debut at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence also with L’enfant et les sortilèges, a production that  included an European tour in 2013.  She has also made her debut at the Wexford Opera Festival with Minka in Le roi malgré lui  (E. Chabrier) under the baton of Jean-Luc-Tingaud and stage director Thaddeus Strassberger, and in Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid) with Jose de Nebra’s “Viento es la dicha de amor” under the baton of Alan Curtis.

Future engagements include ,  Gilda  and Contessa di Folleville in Theater Kiel,  “La Guerra de los Gigantes” at Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid) under the baton of Leonardo García Alarcón,  her participation on the Rio Music Week (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and her debut at Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona in 2017. Furthermore, her interest in baroque music has brought her to groups such as La Capilla Real de Madrid  with whom she has performed   Purcell’s The Fairy queen , Charpentier`s Messe de Minuit ,  Haendel´s  Foundling Hospital anthem  at the Palau de la música (Barcelona)  and with whom she was invited to the South American Tour in 2007 organized by the Mozarteum foundation (Brasil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay) Also,  Sphera AntiQva conducted by Javier Illán and Pablo Gutierrez,  orchestra dedicated  mainly to American baroque music, with whom she did  another South American tour in April 2010. (Festival de las Misiones de Chiquitos, Bolivia)  She has been finalist in many Singing Competitions such as “Luis Mariano 2007”  “Concours de Chant de Marmande, 2008” and has recently won: 2nd price on the International Singing contest of  Logroño (Spain) , two scholarships  offered by Maestro Dalton Baldwin on the Francisco Viñas’ Competition 2008 and   3rd. Price on the International Singing Competiton in Zamora (Spain)
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera Oscar Immediately Theater Kiel 2018
Strauss R.: Arabella Zdenka 24 hours Theater Kiel 2018
Rossini Soprano Grand-Théâtre de Limoges 2017
Verdi: Rigoletto Gilda Immediately Theater Kiel 2017
Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims Contessa Di Folleville Immediately Theater Kiel 2017