soprano, Maria Agresta
Graduated at the Conservatory of Salerno with the highest marks and praise, Maria Agresta perfected her studies under the guidance of Raina Kabaivanska at the Istituto Vecchi-Tonelli in Modena. She has won numerous international competitions, including the "European Community" Competition at the "A. Belli" Experimental Opera House in Spoleto, where she made her debut in 2007 in the respective leading roles of La Bohème and Il Trovatore. In the following years she took part in numerous productions in Messina (Micaëla), Opera Nationale de Lorraine (Desdemona), and within the Incheon Opera Festival (Mimi), the Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata (Odabella), and at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Festival Barokkimusiikkia in Helsinki, the National Philharmonic in Doha (Qatar), the Hermitage Theatre in St. Petersburg.
In 2011, on the occasion of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, she made her debut in I Vespri Siciliani at the Teatro Regio in Turin directed by Gianandrea Noseda, achieving great success with the public and critics. Since then she has started her international career with important debuts at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Don Giovanni, conducted by Daniel Barenboim), Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv (Norma, conducted by Daniel Oren), Arena di Verona (La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Turandot), Bayerische Staatsoper (La Bohème, La Traviata), Staatsoper unter den Linden (La Traviata), Palau des Arts di Valencia (Il Trovatore, conducted by Zubin Mehta), Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago (La Bohème) and Bergamo (Gemma di Vergy), Salerno (Il Trovatore, La Traviata e Norma), etc. She also inaugurated the 2012-13 season of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti in Simon Boccanegra by G. Verdi.
Also worthy of note are the performances of Giovanna D'Arco at the Musikverein in Graz, La Bohème and Oberto Conte di San Bonifacio (new production) at the Teatro alla Scala, Masnadieri and La Bohème at the Teatro alla Fenice in Venice, La Vestale in Dresden, and in his next engagements, La Bohème at the Opera Bastille in Paris, Il Trovatore (new production) at the Wiener Festwochen, I due Foscari at the Royal Opera House in London, I due Foscari in Vienna, Simon Boccanegra in Frankfurt, I Puritani at the Opera Bastille.