Pittsburgh native Marianne Cornetti is recognized internationally as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos in the world. She has appeared as Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il Trovatore, and Eboli in Don Carlos at theatres including the Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Arena di Verona, Gran Teatro del Liceo, Barcelona, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and many others.
In 2005 Cornetti sang her first Wagnerian role, appearing as Ortrud in Lohengrin at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste. She continued her excursion into this repertoire with her debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. She has since sung Ortrud in Amsterdam, Paris, and in Palermo, and appeared as Brangaene in Genoa. Cornetti’s verismo repertoire includes the Principessa di Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana and Rosa in Cilea’s L’Arlesiana, the last mentioned which she sang to great acclaim at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York under Eve Queler.
Marianne Cornetti began the 2012/2013 season as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. She then sang her first staged performances of the title role of La Gioconda at the Rome Opera. Cornetti was heard in two productions at the New National Theatre Foundation in Tokyo, appearing as Amneris in Aida and Abigaille in Nabucco. She also sang Amneris in Palermo. Engagements for the 2013/2014 season include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Laura in La Gioconda with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Azucena in Il Trovatore at the National Theatre of China in Beijing and the Teatro Muncipal in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Cornetti will also return to the Teatro Regio for Verdi concerts and appears with the company as Ulrica on their tour to Japan.
An Evening with Marianne Cornetti
Marianne Cornetti returns to her Pittsburgh roots for SummerFest’s special opening concert. Enjoy this rare opportunity to hear Ms. Cornetti without having to travel to one of the capitals of Europe! And to make the evening even more special, please also join us for our festival opening dinner and/or a post-concert reception with Ms. Cornetti and the SummerFest artists. (You may purchase the pre-concert dinner and/or post-concert reception as add-ons to the base ticket, or purchase a VIP ticket which includes everything—see below.)
Thursday 10 July at 7:30 pm
Reserved seating: $75, $65, $55, $45, $35, $25
Pre-Concert Dinner: $60
Post-Concert Reception: $35
Art Deco Theater
Or purchase a VIP Package that includes the Concert, the Pre-Concert Dinner, the Post-Concert Reception, garage parking, and intermission drink.
VIP Package: $165
Masterclass with Marianne Cornetti
There is no better way to learn the fine art of expressive singing than to study with a master performer. And there is no occasion more revealing than hearing young singers coached by a great artist. In this special masterclass open to the general public, members of our Young Artist Program receive an opportunity for personal coaching from Ms. Cornetti.
Tuesday 15 July at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $25, free for students with valid ID (must show at door)
Beaux Arts Ballroom