‘He was almost matched in vocal excitement by the dark-hued mezzo of Rossana Rinaldi . She not only served up all the fireworks in the writing, but also encompassed highly affecting legato singing.’
The mezzo-soprano Rossana Rinaldi regularly sings at all the major Italian opera houses.
She made her debut at the Scala di Milano as SUZUKI in ‘Madama Butterfly’ at the side of Placido Domingo and Leo Nucci under Riccardo Muti. At the Teatro dell´Opera di Roma she was FENENA in ‘Nabucco’ and MS QUICKLY in ‘Falstaff’ . At the Arena di Verona she portrayed MADDALENA in ‘Rigoletto’ and SUZUKI.
She was SANTUZZA in ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ at the Teatro Bellini in Catania, the Teatro Politeama in Lecce, the Arena di Verona, in Bari and Torino.
At the Opera House Zurich she made her debut as PREZIOSILLA in ‚La Forza del Destino’ under Nello Santi. She sang AMNERIS in ‚Aida’ at the Festival in Avenches and at the National Theatre Tokyo with Daniela Dessi and Fabio Armiliato under the direction of Placido Domingo. In Tokyo, she also performed in a Domingo Gala.
Besides, her repertoire also includes such roles as DALILA in ‘Samson und Dalila’(debut at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna),MARTHE, MERCEDES, GIOVANNA DI SEYMOUR in “Anna Bolena”, PRINCIPESSA in “Suor Angelica”, TIGRANA in “Edgar”.
Rossana Rinaldi already worked with such renowned conductors as Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nello Santi, Alain Lombard, Daniel Oren…just to name a few. She regularly performs with famous collegues like José Carreras, Placido Domingo, José Cura, Marcelo Alvarez, Leo Nucci, Ruggero Raimondi, Barbara Frittoli and Katia Ricciarelli.
In May 2012 the artist made her debut as FENENA in ‘Nabucco’ at the Opera House Bilbao under the musical direction of Massimo Zanetti. In 2013 she was CARMEN in Helsingborg, SUZUKI in ‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice and FENENA at the Festival in the Arena di Verona.
In autumn 2013 the Italian mezzosoprano made her debut in Germany AZUCENA in ‚Il Trovatore’ at the Munster Theatre, upon which he press commented:
‘The only singer, who is really captivating in both her vocal and acting performance is Rossana Rinaldi as Azucena. With her profoundly shining voice, she knows how to draw a very Verdi-like, sophisticated portrait of the character and succeeds in worming a gratefull murmuring out of the audience at the end of the performance.'
In 2014 she sang FENENA at the Teatro Comunale in Florence and AMNERIS in ‘Aida’ at the Festival in St. Margarethen and at the Arts Center Seoul. In the season 14/15 she could be seen a.o. as ORFEO in ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ at the Teatro Verdi Trieste and as ENRICHETTA DI FRANCIA in ‘I Puritani’ at the Teatro Comunale Firenze. In 2016 she sings AMNERIS at the Schwerin Castle Festival, SUZUKI in ‘Madama Butterfly’ at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli and MADDALENA in Rigoletto in Bologna. In autumn 2015 she succeeded in the Verdi-Requiem at the Philharmionics in Gasteig in Munich.
Rinaldi's melodious, dark mezzo has a respectable sonority. In the lyrical passages such as Recordare together with Masiero she impressed with fine piano.