“The appeal of Aspromonte’s art lies not just in the wonderful vocal colors that she can generate, but in the voice’s flexibility, and in the detailed attention she gives to her phrasing, which is full of nuanced inflections and subtel ornamentations, underpinned by clear articulation”
Renowned as one of the best interpreters of the baroque and classical repertoire, Francesca Aspromonte graduated with honors from the Mozarteum in Salzburg and studied with Renata Scotto at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Francesca has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Theatre de Champs-Elysees, Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Zaryadye Hall, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Theatre an- der-Wien, Wiener Konzerthaus, Fundaçao Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatro la Fenice, Grand Theatre de Provence, Philharmonie Essen.
She sang with renowned conductors such as Zubin Metha, John Eliot Gardiner, Ivor Bolton, Christophe Rousset, Gustavo Gimeno, Manfred Honeck, Diego Fasolis, Ottavio Dantone, Giovanni Antonini, Maxim Emelyanichev, Enrico Onofri, Leonardo García Alarcón, Raphaël Pichon, Stefano Montanari.
Among her past engagements, it’s worth mentioning: the title role in Cavalli’s Erismena at the Festival d’Aix en Provence; the title role in Hasse’s Semele at the Innsbrucker Festwochen; Almirena in Handel's Rinaldo with Accademia Bizantina; Euridice in Luigi Rossi’s L’Orfeo with Pygmalion; the title role in Caldara’s Dafne in Teatro la Fenice; Deidamia in Corselli’s Achille in Sciro at Teatro Real de Madrid with Ivor Bolton; Angelica in Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso at Teatro La Fenice; La Musica and Messaggiera in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the 2015 BBC Proms; the title role in Caldara’s La Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo in Prague with Collegium 1704; the title role in Porpora’s Iole at the Bremen Musikfest; the title role in Haendel's Acis&Galatea in Moscow, Marzelline in Beethoven's Fidelio with Zubin Metha at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, plus numerous recitals dedicated to sacred, operatic or chamber music repertoire.
Francesca recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony DHM, Alpha Classics, Christophorus, Harmonia Mundi, Ricercare, HDB Sonus.
She signed an exclusive recording engagement with Pentatone Music and her debut album “Prologue” (a selection of 17th-century operatic prologues, from Monteverdi to Scarlatti) with Il Pomo d’oro ensemble and Enrico Onofri, has been worldwide critically acclaimed.
Her second album for Pentatone "Maria&Maddalena" (among the best recordings of 2022 according to Gramophone) portrays the Two Maries through early 18th-century oratorios by Bononcini, Scarlatti, Haendel, Lulier, and others, together with violinist Boris Begelman and I Barocchisti under the baton of Diego Fasolis.
Future plans include her debut at Teatro alla Scala as Carlo Celmino in Vinci's Li zite n'galera, the title role in L'incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi at Beaune Festival, a liederabend dedicated to Robert Schumann with pianist Domenico Codispoti in La Coruña, a recital at the Innsbrucker Festwochen with La Floridiana and Nicoleta Paraschivescu, the release of her third recital album for Pentatone with Arsenale Sonoro conducted by Boris Begelman.
Since 2019 Francesca teaches interpretation of the Italian baroque repertoire at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.