Adelaide Negri
Soprano

Argentinian, italian parents. Diplomated lawyer at the University of Buenos Aires. She studied singing and acting at the “Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón”, winning the Golden Medal to the best singer, and a British Council Scholarship for one year’s training at the “London Opera Centre”.
She sang then at the Bishopsgate Institute in London and at the Fairfield Hall in Croydon (Fidelio), at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge (Donna Anna).


She made her début in Opera at the Teatro Colón in Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” (1974), beginning then an uninterrupted 25 year’s collaboration with that Theatre: “Rita”, “Madame Butterfly”, “La vida breve”, “Don Carlo”,“Mefistofele”, “Lucia di Lammermoor”, “Norma”, “Beatrice di Tenda”, “Nabucco”, “Aida”, the world’s première of “Antigona Velez” by Juan Carlos Zorzi, “Proserpina y el extranjero” by Juan José Castro, “Macbeth” (1998).

In Argentina, she also sang at Teatro Argentino de La Plata: Queen of the Night, Don Carlo, Don Giovanni (D.Elvira), Manon Lescaut, Turandot, Mefistofele (Margherita and Elena), Messa da Requiem.
At the Auditorium, with the National Simphony Orchestra: Zemlinski’s Lyric Simphony, Strauss’ Salomé final scene, and the Four last songs; Wagner’s Isolde’s Love Death, Verdi’s Requiem.


Her European debut took place at the Staadtheater Klagenfurt (Austria) singing “Lucia di Lammermoor” (1977/78), “Norma” 1978) “Il tabarro” (1978) and “Maria Stuarda” (1980). Followed by engagements with Staattheater Wien (Lucia di Lammermoor), Hamburgishes Oper (Lucia, Il Trovatore) OperBonn (“Norma” “Medea”, “Armida”) Stuttgart Oper (“La Traviata”), Bruknerhalle Linz (Guglielmo Tell), Frankfurt Alte Oper (Maria Stuarda).

She sang in Italy: Bergamo: Teatro Donizetti, Verona: Arena di Verona, Torino: Teatro Regio, Genova: Teatro Margherita, Macerata: Arena Sferisterio, Trieste: Teatro Verdi, Cagliari: Teatro Palestrina and Teatro Romano, Catania: Teatro Bellini, Jesi: Teatro Pergolesi, Padova: Teatro Verdi, Parma: Teatro Regio, Modena, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Ravenna, Ferrara, Rovigo, Treviso: Teatri Comunali, Fano: Corte Malatestiana, Enna: Castel Lombardia, Benevento: Arena romana.

In France: Radio France (Matilde di Shabran), Grand Teatre Tours (Lucia, Anna Bolena), Teatre des Arts Rouen (Il trovatore).
In Switzerland: Operntheatre Bern (Manon Lescaut), Winthertur Staattheater (Königin der Nacht).
In Hungary: Erkel Theatre, Budapest (Norma). Szeged Festival (Turandot).

In Spain: Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona (Don Giovanni (Elvira), Norma, Un ballo in maschera, Beatrice di Tenda, Balada’s Cristobal Colon,, and covers: La Gioconda, Il Trovatore).
Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid (Macbeth), Teatro Arriaga y Anfiteatro Olbia de Bilbao (Anna Bolena), Teatro Principal de Mahon (Aida, Un ballo in maschera, La Boheme) y de Palma de Mallorca (Andrea Chenier), Teatro Colón de La Coruña (Tosca, Nabucco), Auditorio de Santiago de Compostela, Gran Teatro de Huelva, Auditorio Padilla de Almería, Teatro Benito Pérez Galdós de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (La Sonnambula).

In Belgium: Liége (Maria Stuarda).
In Portugal: Teatro San Carlos in Lisbon (Macbeth, Il Trovatore).
In South Africa: Johannesburg Civic Center and Pretoria Arts Council (Nabucco), Durban Alhambra Theatre (Manon Lescaut).
In Japan: Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo (I Pagliacci).
In South Korea: Sejong Cultural Center in Seoul (Nabucco).

In U.S.A. she made a surprise début at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York singing “Norma”, opposite Placido Domingo and Tatiana Troyanos, conducting James Levine, a performance also broadcasted for U.S.A. and Canada. (1982) Following a three seasons’ engagement with the Met for Il Trovatore with Fiorenza Cossotto, Ermanno Mauro and Juan Pons (1983), Ernani with Luciano Pavarotti, Sherril Milnes and Ruggero Raimondi (1983), Macbeth with Sherril Milnes and Louis Quilico (1984). In “The Met on tour” she sang in Boston, and in “The Met in the Parks” (Lucia di Lammermoor) (1983). In Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center (Un ballo in maschera), in Denver, Colorado (Il Trovatore), in Bridgeport and Standford (Nabucco) , in San Juan de Puerto Rico (La Gioconda), in Palm Beach (La Traviata).

In South America: Venezuela: Teatro Municipal de Caracas (Semiramide, Jone, L’africana), Fundación Teresa Carreño (Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma), Uruguay: Teatrro Solis de Montevideo (Tosca, Aida, Turandot). Brazil: Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo (Semiramide).

In 1997, she founded “La Casa de la Opera de Buenos Aires”, promoting less known Operas by Italian composers: Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia (1999 and 2000), Roberto Devereux (2000), Maria Stuarda (2002), Anna Bolena (2003), Viva la Mamma (2002); Bellini’s La Straniera (2000), Il Pirata (2001), Norma (2006); Puccini’s Le Villi and Suor Angelica (2001); Cherubini’s Medea (2002); Rossini’s Armida (2003), Elisabetta Regina d’Inghilterra (2004), Guglielmo Tell (2005); Verdi’s Nabucco (2004) and La Forza del destino (2005); Ponchielli’s La Gioconda (2006).

For her extraordinary activity promoting young performers, Adelaida deserved the “Mecenate 2000 Prize” in Buenos Aires.

She is frequently invited to dictate Master Classes of Operatic interpretation, and to participate as Jury in Singing International Contests.

She has made her debut as producer in "La traviata" at Theatro Sao Pedro in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Compania Opera de Sao Paulo, 2008)

biografía discografía Adelaide Negri,"NORMA", Metropolitan Opera House,
New York, February 1982

The Musical Critics Association and the Argentine Senate Awarded Miss Negri with an honour diploma “for her brilliant international career  and for her support of young performers from her Casa de la Opera”

She produced for the first time an opera in the City of La Rioja, Argentina, in a double program with "Rita" and "Elisir d'amore", and has been nominated "Guest of Honour" by the town's Major. (September 2008)
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