Bio: FRANCESCA RUSSO ERMOLLI Mezzo Soprano Recently engaged in Willy Decker's evocative production of Katia Kabanova at San Carlo in Naples, she is among the three elected artists invited to participate in the "musical meeting" that M°Riccardo Muti wanted to offer to the detainees of the Minorile Penitentiary Institute of Nisida, last November, where she performed in the most famous opera ari-as of her repertoire. She recently personified Nina’s character in Nina ossia la Pazza per Amore by Paisiello at the Royal Palace of Caserta, Belvedere of San Leucio, accompanied by M° Vincenzo Caruso, getting a particular success of public and criticism for this debut, and confirming her as an excellent interpreter/actress in those roles where the singing alternates with acting in prose, as requested by the intense score of Paisiello. Formerly she was Dimitri in the Fedora di Giordano at the San Carlo di Napoli, with M° Ascher Fisch, where the role en travesti makes her peculiar vocal agility and youthful appearance, in a fresh and impassioned interpretation. She has been invited in Bruxelles, on behalf of Martin Schultz, President of the European Parliament to perform a Solo Gala Recital at the opening of the exibition of the Italians Works of Art from the European Parliament's art collection, to celebrate the commencement of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. She has made her debut in Amsterdam's DNO in Armide by Gluck, directed by Ivor Bolton. With the same director was Queen of Sheba at the RAI in Turin, in Haendel’s Solomon Winner of the ASLICO for the “Monteverdi-Project” Competition, she acquired particularly strong links with Baroque Music, singing Provenzale, Rinaldo da Capua, Latilla, Leo, Vinci, Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Bononcini and Jommelli. Winner of the "7th City of Pistoia Competition" for the role of Rosina of Barbiere di Siviglia, interpreting it successfully in Pistoia, Napoli, Lucca, Grosseto. Alongside the presence on the scene, an intense concert activity, with programs ranging from Monteverdi to twentieth century music; He is one of the soloists of the last edition of Mozart's Requiem at the San Carlo in Naples, under the guidance of Hansjorg Albrecht His most recent engagements have seen her in Bach's Magnificat at the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari with Daniele Rustioni at the Theater an der Wien as Giunone in the Calisto by F.Cavalli, with Christophe Rousset and Les Talents Lyriques as Serse in “Haendel’s Serse on tour” in France, and Bradamante in Vivaldi's Or-lando Furioso at the Auditorium Nacionàl in Madrid, on both occasions directed by Jean Christophe Spinosi with his Ensemble Matheus as Turnspit in Dvorak's Rusalka at the San Carlo in Naples, with John Fiore, and as Annio in the Clemenza di Tito by Mozart in the memorable setting that inaugu-rated the San Carlo in Naples, directed by Jeffrey Tate, with Luca Ronconi and the splendid costumes by Emanuel Ungaro Always a support and a striking presence on stage, with a busy and intensive concert schedule, with programs ranging from Monteverdi to the music of the twentieth century. She is well known for her wide range of versatility, and is able to sing in several different languages with ease, always giving integrity to the style of the ''Recitar cantando'' with the utmost honesty First Class Degree in Piano, Singing and French Language & Literature Since the very beginning of her career she performed the mains roles of her repertoire, in Baroque as well than in Belcanto, with internationnally renowned conductors and directors as: Ivor Bolton e Barrie Kosky ( Gluck – Armide - Nederlandse Oper Amsterdam & Haendel -Solomon-Queen of Sheba - RAI di Torino) John Fiore e Manfred Scweigkofler ( Dvorak- Rusalka -- Turnspit -San Carlo di Napoli), Hansjorg Albrecht (Mozart Requiem – Napoli, San Carlo) Daniele Rustioni ( Bach Magnificat - Teatro Petruzzelli - Bari) Alan Curtis e Pierluigi Pizzi (T. Traetta - Buovo d'Antona --Cecchina - Teatro la Fenice di Venezia-CD Opus 111 ) Jeffrey Tate e Luca Ronconi (Mozart- Clemenza di Tito- Annio - San Carlo) Jerome Correas (Haendel -Alcina -Ruggero - Royaumont) Christophe Rousset (Cavalli -Calisto -Giunone & Destino- Theater an der Wien) Jean-Christophe Spinosi e Nathalie Spinosi ( Haendel - Serse – as Serse – Opera French Tour & Vivaldi -Orlando Furioso - Bradamante- Auditorium Nacionàl - Madrid) Claudio Desderi e Josè Carlos Plaza (Mozart: Dorabella, Cherubino, Marcellina e Ramiro) & Italian Tour with a celebration recital for the Bicentenary: Wagner -Wesendonk Lieder and Verdi – Songs -Ferrara, Lucca, Cento Andrjy Yurkevitch e Andrea de Rosa (Donizetti- Maria Stuarda- Elisabetta- San Carlo) Bruno Campanella e Francesco Esposito ( Rossini- Italiana in Algeri- Isabella-San Carlo) Gabriele Ferro e Filippo Crivelli (Rossini- Barbiere di Sviglia - Rosina San Carlo) Antonello Allemandi Mozart- Nozze di Figaro- Cherubino- Fidenza Herbert Handt (Rossini- Barbiere di Siviglia- Rosina) Antonio Florio e Christophe Galland (Leo- La Finta Cameriera – Filindo – Pontoise, Rennes, Bilbao, + CD Opus 111) Arturo Cirillo ( Vinci- Alidoro - Elisa- Teatro Valli- Reggio Emilia-CD+DVD Dynamic / Premio choc musique e fff de télérama)Davide Livermore ( Paisiello- Pulcinella Vendicato - Marioletta e Provenzale -la Colomba Ferita – Balduino&Antonia), Daniel Bernet e Giorgio Marini (Puccini-Suor Angelica Novizia & Cercatrice) Christopher Franklin (Cambiale di Matrimonio - Wildbad-Festival Rossini -DVD+CD Naxos), Rinaldo Alessandrini (Monteverdi- Il Ballo delle Ingrate & il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda -Paris, Eglise de St. Sévérin +CD Opus 111), Roberto Gini ( Monteverdi- Selva Morale et Spirituale – Cremona Teatro Ponchielli + CD Amadeus), Roberto de Simone (Paisiello- lo Vommaro a Duello – Bettina- Napoli Teatro festival Italia e Là ci darem la Mano a Roma Teatro Qurino/Premio ETI “gli Olimpici del Teatro”) Her repertoire includes the main roles of the falcon/ lyric mezzo: She recorded for France2, Opus 111, Giulia, Brilliant, Amadeus, Naxos, Radio Tre Rai, Rai di Torino, and for several European Broadcasting Stations.