Biography

Maria Parazzini possesses one of the rarest Verdian voices of today. She graduated from the G. Rossini Conservatory of Pesaro. She also attended the Chigiana Academy of Siena and the "Vacanze musicale" in Venice under the guidance of the gret Soprano Gina Cigna.

At the start of her career, she met resounding success in "La Traviata" and was invited in the most prestigious theatres such as: La Scala of Milan, The Opera of Rome, The Arena of Verona, The Regio of Parma, The Phenix of Venice, The Municipal theatre of Bologne, The S. Carlo of Naples, The Regio of Turin and many more.

Abroad, in particular in Berlin, she played the first Aida at the Arena of Verona outside of Italy. This opera confirmed her success in San Francisco, under the direction of the master Gavazzeni.

Her performances were numerous: in Madrid, Monaco, Zurich, Francfort, Edimbourg, Bordeaux, Bilbao, Sofia and Avignon accompanied by renown opera singers such as Domingo, Carreras, Pavarotti, Bergonzi, Aragall, Giacomini Brusson, Siepi, Kristoff, Cassotto, Raimondi, Giaiotti et Cappuccilli.

In 1986, she was the protagonist in "un Bal masqué" at the Arena of Verona in the presence of Prince Charles of Great Britain. The same performance was presented at the Scala of Milan, with the same mise-en-scene, accompanied by Pavarotti. She also played in "Nabucco" at the theatre Regio of Turin.

Amongst the numerous prizes she received during her career figures: the 1st prize "Viotti d'oro", the "Maria Malibran" prize, the "Verdi d'oro" in Parma, the 1st international art prize, the "Sagittario d'oro" with the following remark: "Maria Parazzini possesses one of the rarest tessitura and resounding voices which is the expression of a soul singing pain, joy, love with the subtle warm intensity of celestial sounds".