Loriana Castellano



Loriana Castellano, born in Altamura, Italy, graduated with honours in Vocal Studies from the “Tito Schipa” Music Conservatory in Lecce with Amelia Felle. She then continued her studies with Claudio Desderi, Edward Smith and Sara Mingardo. In 2008, she studied at the Belcanto Academy in Bad Wildbad with Raul Gimenez and Alberto Zedda. She has been the recipient of prizes at several international competitions, including: “Città di Adelfia” in 2005 (1st prize); “Terra di Leuca” in 2006 (1st prize); “Roma Festival” in 2006 (1st prize); and “Campolieto” in 2010. She represented Italy in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2013.

After winning the 64th “International European Competition for Young Lyric Singers” in Spoleto, she studied with Renato Bruson, Norma Fantini and Enza Ferrari and there she was able to make her house debut and role debuts in Il matrimonio segreto, Elisir d’Amore, Madama Butterfly, Pipa and Balafuso, and Reality Opera.

Ms. Castellano made her professional debut in 2005 as Fulvio in Duni’s Catone in Utica, during the Duni Festival in Matera. Other important debuts followed: Dorotea in Donizetti’s Le Convenienze e Inconvenienze teatrali at the Teatro Orfeo in Taranto; Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro in Rome, Second Woman and Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri; and Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina with Le Parlement de Musique conducted by Martin Gester at the Vannes Theatre. She was also involved in a series of concerts for Van Westerhout Cultural Activities in New York and then in a concert tour in China. Other early engagements included: Zelinda in the modern premiere of Myslivecek’s Medonte, with L’Arte del Mondo led by Werner Ehrhardt, recorded for DHM; Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans at the Soli Deo Gloria Festival – Braunschweig and at the Festival de Beaune, with Modo Antiquo and Federico Maria Sardelli (Arte TV); Ser Marcantonio in Bad Wildbad, recorded for Naxos; Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica with Modo Antiquo and Federico Maria Sardelli at the Theater an der Wien and at the Opera Rara Festival in Krakow; Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra conducted by Thierry Fischer in Utrecht; Così Fan Tutte in Matera; and Madama Butterfly in Palermo.

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”De son côté, la mezzo italienne Loriana Castellano – déjà applaudie in loco l’été passé dans Orlando Furioso de Vivaldi – compte parmi les très bonnes chanteuses du moment. Son timbre sombre et sensuel, sa ligne de chant déliée, sa belle projection, sa puissance et sa noblesse de phrasé en font une très belle Almirena, piquante et espiègle, particulièrement tendre dans le magnifique « Augelleti che cantate », un des rares airs conservés de la partition originale, où les notes perlées qu’elle y distille se mêlent à une flûte ici pleine d’humour et de pépiements”.