One of today’s rare true contraltos, Sara Mingardo has become a highly sought-after performer on both the concert and operatic stage in a wide range of repertory. She is a regular guest of some of the most prestigious theatrical institutions, and enjoys successful collaborations with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Myung Whun-Chung, Colin Davis, John Eliot Gardiner, Riccardo Muti, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Roger Norrington, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, Paul Daniel, John Eliot Gardiner, Emmanuelle Häim, Marc Minkowski, Trevor Pinnock, Maurizio Pollini, Christophe Rousset, Jordi Savall, Peter Schreier, Jeffrey Tate and prestigious orchestras throughout the world: Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Monteverdi Choir e Orchestra, Concerto Italiano, Les Talens Lyriques, Academia Montis Regalis.
Her operatic repertoire includes works by Gluck, Monteverdi, Handel, Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi, Cavalli, Mozart, Donizetti, Schumann, and Berlioz. In the concert hall she adds Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Mahler, Pergolesi, and Respighi to this list.
She recently performed L’Orfeo at Teatro alla Scala took part on the role of Speranza and she took part in Armida al Campo d’Egitto (Armida) in Paris and Wien, with Rinaldo Alessandrini and Concerto Italiano and in Spain with Messiah; Andronico in Tamerlano in London; Stabat Mater by Pergolesi in Antwerpen; Messiah in concert form in Paris with Concerto Italiano and Rinaldo Alessandrini; Simphony No 3 by Mahler at the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome; Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria (Penelope) at the Festival International Musique Baroque de Beaune.
She has been engaged for singing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in prestigious Theatres and Festivals: on tour with Claudio Abbado and the Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, Modena, in Morimondo Abbey (near Milan) and in Jesi; at the Festival Anima Mundi in Pisa (with John Eliot Gardiner); at Musikfesten in Bremen; at the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome (with Rinaldo Alessandrini); at the Barbican Hall in London; at the Salle Pleyel in Paris and at the “die Singel” in Antwerp (with Harry Bicket).
Others plans include: theMahler’s Symphony n. 8 at the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome; Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria (Penelope) at the Teatro alla Scala and at the Opernhaus in Zurich; Symphony n. 9 by Beethoven in Strasbourg; Salieri’s La Passione di Gesù Cristo (Giovanni) with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai in Turin; L’Italia del Destino at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Paris; Farnace in Amsterdam; Farnace (Tamiri) in Amsterdam.
The Italian Music Critics Association has just awarded her with the prestigious Premio Abbiati 2009.
Sara Mingardo was born in Venice and studied at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory with Franco Ghitti, completing her studies with a scholarship at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. After winning various national and international vocal competitions, in 1987 she made debuts in Il matrimonio segreto (Fidalma) and La Cenerentola (title role).