Silvia Tro Santafé
Silvia Tro Santafé was born in Valencia and studied at the Conservatorio “Joaquin Rodrigo” with Ana Luisa Chova, later studying with Carlo Bergonzi, Walter Berry, Gerard Souzay, Félix Lavilla, Magda Olivero, Monserrat Caballé and Renata Scotto. After her professional debut in La Scala di Seta at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in 1992 she won a place at the Julliard School in New York and was awarded first prize in the Opera Index Competition. Shortly afterwards she made her American debut singing Cherubino in Santa Fe.
Since then she has become one of the most sought after coloratura mezzos of her generation. As a great Handelian, she has sung Medoro (Orlando) in Valencia; Tolomeo (Giulio Cesare) with the Netherlands Opera and in Bologna; Polinesso (Ariodante) in Paris (Palais Garnier), Dresden and at the Salzburg Festival; the title role in Rinaldo at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin; Amastre in Xerxes in Paris (Théâtre des Champs Elysées); Ruggiero (Alcina) in Paris (Châtelet) Amsterdam and Oviedo; and the title role in ‘Ariodante’ at the Liceu, Barcelona. Among many other Baroque roles she has sung the title role in Eliogabalo in Brussels (La Monnaie).
Above all, she has established an international reputation as a great Rossini singer: her Rosina has been heard in Bologna, Toulouse, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Luxembourg and at the Vienna State Opera; she has sung Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri) in Berlin, Zurich, Dresden and Vienna; and her Angelina in La Cenerentola has been acclaimed in, Barcelona, Zurich, Brussels, Dresden and Munich. Other Rossini roles include Ernestina (L’equivoco sravagante) at the Rossini Opera Festival, Malcom (La Donna del Lago) at the San Carlos in Lisbon and Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims) in Frankfurt Opera.
Other appearances include the title role in L’enfant et les sortileges, Barcelona (Liceu); Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffman) with the Rome Opera; Dorabella in Oviedo; and Charlotte (‘Werther’) in Como and Pisa. Her recent debut, singing Adalgisa to Edita Gruberova’s Norma in Hamburg and Berlin, was a great public and critical success.
Silvia has an extensive concert and recital repertoire. Her recording for Globe of Spanish songs was given a top rating by Diapason Magazine. Other recordings include La Verbena de la Paloma with Placida Domingo, Zerlina in Don Giovanni on Kikko Classics, Xerxes (Amastre) with William Christie for Virgin and Scarlatti’s Griselda for Harmonia Mundi with René Jacobs.
Among other exciting future plans include a return to Vienna for L’Italiana and Barbiere, a new Massenet Don Quichotte in Brussels, singing Dulcinée, and L’Italiana at the Teatro Real Madrid.
She will return again to the States to open the Washington Opera Season in 2009 singing Rosina. Adalgisa in Norma at the Monnaie, La Cenerentola at the Dresden Semperoper, Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Pierotto in Linda di Chamounix and Cecilio in Lucio Silla at the Liceu Barcelona, Giovanna Seymour in Anna Bolena in Dortmund and Rosina at the Geneva Opera.