Norma Raccichini

Norma Raccichini

Coloratura Soprano

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After passing her classical school-leaving examination, she enrolled at the University of Urbino’s faculty of languages.

Singing studies:

She followed some master classes including:

-    The Salzburg Summer Academy, course given by Wilma Lipp;

-    The operatic workshop of the International operatic Academy;

-    Classical Lied and French melodies interpretation, international workshop given by Dalton Baldwin, teacher a the Juillard School of New York;
- The Villecroze Music Academy, masterclass by Dalton Baldwin & Lorraine Nubar, teachers at the Juillard School di New York (Villecroze, June 2002).
- Académie Internationale de Musique of Nice, lieder and opera masterclasses given by Dalton Baldwin, Lorraine Nubar, Alessandro Zuppardo (Nizza, agosto 2002-2003).
- Bayerische Staatsoper, masterclasses with Kurt Moll, Juliane Banse, John Norris, Cornel Franz.


In 2001 she graduated in full marks at Conservatoire ‘Gioachino Rossini’ of Pesaro. In the same year she won a grant and could take part to a workshop for singers, actors and directors called ‘Il teatro e la musica’ in partnership with Accademia Nazionale d’Arte Drammatica of Rome, and took the certificate in 2003. She studied with Margaret Baker – Genovesi, Lorraine Nubar, Robleto Merolla, Paula Keller Scalera, Wilma Lipp, Fiorenza Marchiori Salvaggio.


International competitions:
•    Special prize at competition ‘Nico Dostal’ (operetta), Salzburg, 1998;
•    “Concorso Regionale Città di Porto S. Giorgio”, second prize, Ascoli Piceno, 1998;
•    International competition ‘Angelica Catalani’ of Ostra, first prize, Ancona, 1999;
•    Competition for Operetta of Cingoli, first prize, Macerata, 1999;
•    International competition ‘Maria Caniglia’, Sulmona, 1999, special prize;
•    International competition ‘Riviera del Conero’, first prize, Ancona, 2000;
•    International competition ‘Viotti’, Finalist, 2003
•    Concert-competition at Festival des Heures Musicales de Biot, France, 2004, Prize of the Festival and Special Prize ‘Fiorinda Gismondi–Valsecchi’
•    International Competition ‘G. Di Stefano’, Trapani, finalist 2009
•    Vincitrice del Concorso ‘Selezione Voci Liriche’, Verona, first prize, 2011;
•    Competition for Oratotio Music ’Beata Paola Montaldi’,Volta Mantovana (MN) finalist, 2012.
In Germany, she debuted as Queen of the night at the Bavarian State Opera, she yet performed the same role in the dress rehearsal under the Ivor Bolton’s baton, replacing Diana Damrau. She had been in the ensemble of the Staatsoper of Münich, and took part to the production of: The Magic Flute, as Queen of the Night, Hänsel and Gretel (Dewman), The Woman without a Shadow, (Servant, Voices of Children, Voices of Unborn Children), Elektra (Train bearer), and Lulu (A fifteen-year-old girl); and at Prinzregentertheater she was Chorus of Loves in Coronation of Poppea by Monteverdi.
In 2005 she performed the role of the Queen of the Night at Staatsoper of Stuttgart, in a new production by Peter Konwitschny. She has been conducted by Zubin Metha, Peter Schneider, Harry Bicket, Stephan Anton Reck. In Italy she debuted as the following roles: Zerbinetta, in Ariadne auf Naxos’ by R. Strauss, in a Paul Curran production at Teatro Comunale of Bolzano, under the baton of M° Arthur Fagen gennaio 2007; Gilda (Rigoletto) at Teatro Comunale ‘Maria Caniglia’ of Sulmona (2002), Madame Herz (Aarau, Bellinzona, Berna, 2011); Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail)of Premeno and at Palavolkswagen of Cortina D’Ampezzo (2005); Lisetta in the new production of ‘Li puntigli delle donne’ by G. Spontini, conducted Corrado Rovaris at Festival Pergolesi Spontini of Jesi directed by Francesco Micheli (2008); Second woman in ‘Dido and Aeneas’ di Purcell (Pesaro, Auditorium Pedrotti, 2000); May, in Grillo del Focolare by Zandonai, in Rovereto, (2012), Norina in The crazy project by Donizetti in Teatro La Vittoria ‘Ostra’.

From 1997 she started to perform in concerts, in abroad performances, in Münich (French Istitute of Culture; Nymphemburg Castle; Saint Bonifaz’s Basilica), at Mozarteum of Salzburg and in Morocco, where she took part at two tours in the most important theatres and concert halls of Rabat, Casablanca e Tangeri. In Uruguay she took part to a tours in Montevideo, ( Teatro Sodre) and San José, in the occasion of 150th anniversary’s celebration of Italy Unification. In Italy, she performed in concerts and recitals at the Theatres of Modena, L’Aquila, Ancona, Pesaro, San Marcello (Jesi), San Costanzo, Potenza Picena.

As for the oratorio and Lieder repertory, she sang in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana at the La Regina’s Theater of Cattolica, in Stabat Mater by Poulenc at the Cathedral of Ancona, in Salve Regina by Pergolesi at The Old Cathedral of Brescia, in Fauré’s Requiem in Monza. Within the chamber music, she performed some Lieder by Schumann, in the occasion of the Quirino Principe’s lecture ‘Living the Music’, in Falconara Marittima (Ancona).

In Munich, besides the Stabat Mater by Arvo Pärt (Saint Bonifaz Basilica), she sang some Lieder by Schubert, in the transcription for strings quartet by A. Reimann (All Saints' Court Church)

For Festival Pergolesi-Spontini she took part to a chamber arias and terzets with words by Metastasio. She sang as soprano soloist in a ballet show called ‘Harmonies in motion’, with Mick Zeni and others dancers and musicians from Arena of Verona.
She took also part to a TV broadcast called ‘Il Caffè’, where she sang arias by G. H. Federici (‘Chanson du Café’) and by J. S. Bach (Kaffee-Kantate).

She sang in the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi at the ‘Theater of Wings’ of Breno, and Ostra (Ancona), making a live CD recording. She worked together with Filarmonici Veneti ensemble on tours in many Italian towns.

She sang with Ensemble Donizetti at the 'Festa dell'Opera' for the Teatro Grande in Brescia (2016).

  She debuted as May in ‘The Cricket on the Hearth’ by Riccardo Zandonai in Rovereto at the Philarmonic Theatre and as Norina in ‘The Crazy Project’ by Donizetti  and Berenice in L'occasione fa il ladro at the Theatre of Victory (Ostra), Livietta in 'Livietta e Tracollo' (Corinaldo, 2017).  



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Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore Adina No 2018
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia Di Lammermoor No 2018
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail Blondchen 1 week 2018
Strauss R.: Arabella Fiakermilli No 2018
Rossini: La Cenerentola Clorinda No 2018