American mezzo-soprano TARA VENDITTI has been acclaimed on four continents as a “consummate singing actor” (Frankfurter Rundschau) in a wide-ranging repertoire spanning over four centuries’ worth of music. In the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Venditti made her Wuhan Philharmonic debut as CARMEN, a role with which she has become singularly identified in recent seasons, thus marking the first occasion that a Western opera has ever been performed in Wuhan. Ms. Venditti went on to make both her Parisian debut and Théâtre du Châtelet debut in the French premiere of Sondheim’s PASSION, covering Natalie Dessay in the role of Fosca and performing the role of Fosca’s Mother. Most recently, Ms. Venditti made her Schwetzingen Festspiele debut in the role of Zaide Nutrice in the German premiere of Cavalli’s rediscovered 1652 opera VEREMONDA, L’AMAZZONE DI ARAGONA, in collaboration with Concerto Köln. Future roles include Aldonza MAN OF LA MANCHA for Portland Opera (US).
Sought after for her “richly sung and electrifying” (Metro London) portrayals of CARMEN which number 72 to date and counting, Ms. Venditti has performed the role with Opera Holland Park (London), Staatstheater Mainz, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Theater Bremen, Theater Freiburg, Theater Münster, Kentucky Opera, and the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Venditti’s “incandescent” Carmen portrayals have been hailed by audiences and critics alike in sold out performances to standing ovations.
In recent seasons, Ms. Venditti has made debuts with several major international opera houses and orchestras, including Teatro alla Scala as Frasquita (mezzo-version) CARMEN under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, rejoining the maestro for an ensuing concert version of the opera in Caracas with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra; Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Handel’s TAMERLANO with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the baton of Ivor Bolton; Capella Cracoviensis (Krakow) under the baton of Alessandro De Marchi in the title role of Handel’s SOLOMON and Opéra-Théâtre de Metz as Ophélie in the world premiere of Pierre Thilloy’s LE JOUR DES MEURTRES. Other opera companies with which Ms. Venditti has appeared as a soloist include Opéra National de Lyon, New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera Birmingham, Center for Contemporary Opera, American Music Theater Festival, Connecticut Grand Opera, Theater Bielefeld.
For four seasons Ms. Venditti was a soloist at Staatstheater Nürnberg, where some of her roles included Mère Marie DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES, Suzuki MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Hänsel HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, Lola CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Siebel FAUST, Aldonza MAN OF LA MANCHA, Rosina IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Maddalena RIGOLETTO, Olga EUGENE ONEGIN, Orfeo ORFEO ED EURIDICE (Gluck), the title role in DIE GROSSHERZOGIN VON GEROLSTEIN and the roles of Flosshilde and Schwertleite in the company’s production of DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, conducted by Philippe Auguin. This production also toured to the Beijing Music Festival, where it was the first ever Ring Cycle performed in China, going on to earn a “Best of the Fest” award for the ensemble.
A champion of 20th and 21st century repertoire, Ms. Venditti is a first choice among composers and new music organizations, having participated in premieres of numerous new works in New York (including New York City Opera’s CENTRAL PARK TRILOGY), Philadelphia, Green Bay, Memphis, Santa Fe, and most recently Staatstheater Darmstadt’s production of Luigi Nono’s epic work PROMETEO (July 2015). Ms. Venditti has proven herself a unique interpreter of the music of Kurt Weill. In 2015 she debuted with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna at the Wiener Konzerthaus with a compelling program of Weill’s “radio music”, including his cantata written for radio performance THE BALLAD OF MAGNA CARTA. She also bowed at the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv as Leocadja Begbick in AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY, conducted by David Stern.
An alumna of the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory (Dean’s Scholar) B.Mus., Manhattan School of Music (Merit Scholar) M. Mus., Ms. Venditti held the position of Associate Teacher of Singing for the University Conservatories of Nürnberg-Augsburg from 2006-2008, continues to lead masterclasses worldwide for Universities and Opera Companies, and also maintains a successful private teaching studio of working singers.