- Resident Artists
Grazia Doronzio - Liu
SopranoPortland Opera Debut
Grazia Doronzio, from Stigliano, Italy, is a recent graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
In the 2010-11 season, Ms. Doronzio debuts as Mimi in La Bohème with Atlanta Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. She also performs Liù in Turandot with Portland Opera, directed by Christopher Alden. Future engagements include debuts with Frankfurt Opera and Canadian Opera Company.
Last season, Ms. Doronzio made her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem under Maestro James Levine, followed by Liù in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, Ms. Doronzio performed the role of Isifile in Cavalli’s Giasone with Chicago Opera Theatre, Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Rieti Becanto Festival, with conductor Kent Nagano, and Micaëla in Carmen at the Savonlinna Festival, Finland.
Recently, Ms. Doronzio made a tremendous impact performing the songs of Luigi Dallapiccola on the MET Chamber Ensemble series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall under Maestro James Levine. Of this performance, the critic Bruce Hodge wrote:
“Doronzio's discreet stature gives no clue to the large voice lurking within, nor her impressively solid tone or her utter assurance. Her perfect decrescendo at the very end, on the word ‘morir’ (‘die’) capped a performance that probably made Dallapiccola converts on the spot.”
In the summer of 2008, Ms. Doronzio received First Prize at the Elardo International Opera Competition. She has also received top prizes at the 2008 Viñas Competition, the Opera de Sabadell, the Iris Adami Corradetti International Competition of Padova, the Ottavio Ziino International Competition in Rome, the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale A. Belli Competition in Spoleto, and the Spiros Argiris Competition of Sarzana. Ms. Doronzio is also a 2009 winner of the Sullivan Award. Ms. Doronzio was chosen by Alberto Zedda to participate in the concert for the “212th Birthday of Rossini” at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro. She was also invited to participate in the concert for the 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at Wolfsburg Castle in Germany. As a recitalist, Ms. Doronzio won First Prize at the 22nd Concorso Internazionale di Musica Vocale da Camera in Conegliano. Ms. Doronzio made her debut as Mimi in La Bohème at the Spoleto Teatro Lirico Sperimentale, where she also performed the title role in Cimarosa’s Cleopatra. Other recent engagements include performances of Mimi in Sassari, Italy, Filippo Marchetti’s Gustavo Wasa in Camerino, Paisiello’s Nina, o sia la pazza per amore in Rome, Mozart’s Requiem in Bergamo with the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, and a recital at the Opéra de Rouen.
Ms. Doronzio graduated from the Conservatorio Statale di Musica Rossini in Pesaro, where she was awarded a scholarship from the Rossini Foundation. She also studied at the Opera Studio dell’Accademia dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome.