Maria Paola De Luca
Field of Study: VOICE - CODI/23
Apulian Falcon soprano, she took up music in childhood first playing Orff instruments.
At age 7 she began studying the piano.
In 1989 she graduated in Piano Performance from the Bari Conservatoire under the guidance of Rosario Mastroserio.
She simultaneously studied opera singing, composition, and choir conduction.
In 1991 she graduated in Opera Performance as a Mezzosoprano.
Through vocal technique studies under Sofia Mukametova and Irina Vassilieva and a three year advanced vocal technique and repertoire course at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese under Elio Battaglia and Lucio Gallo, she has defined her particular vocal type as a Falcon soprano: extremely flexible in both the range, volume and timbre deriving its name from the well-known French soprano Marie-Cornélie Falcon who lived in the nineteenth century.
She has enjoyed a brilliant career in Italy, Europe, and overseas.
She has performed the following roles: Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (1994); Mamma Lucia and Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (1995); Dorabella in Così fan tutte (1997); Azucena in Il trovatore (1997); and Carmen (2003).
As for the symphonic repertoire, she has sung the Gloria by Vivaldi, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini and as a pianist, she has performed the Carmina Burana by Orff.
Together with the ensemble ‘Women in classic’ she has toured Canada (Montreal, Toronto), the States (New York, Brooklyn, Ossegin, Providence, Los Angeles), and Greece.
Meeting Katia Ricciarelli has allowed her to discover new technical and interpretive horizons.
Continuous collaborations with well-known artists have enriched her talent, knowledge, open-mindedness, and cultural curiosity.
She has performed with, amongst others: Lucio Dalla; Michele Placido; Enzo Garinei; Ugo Pagliai; Fiorenza Cossotto; Bruno Praticò; Nicola Samale; Jose Luis Pareja; Ovidiu Balan; and Leonardo Quadrini.
Equally successful are her collaborations with the pianists: Young Min Lee and Ernesto Pulignano.