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Veronica Cangemi


Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Veronica Cangemi was first Cellist of the Mendoza Symphony Orchestra before winning the first prize at the National Singing Contest in Argentina.

She started her career in Europe singing Armide by Gluck with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre in Versailles, Hänsel Und Gretel at Radio France. She continued with Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Despina in Così fan tutte and Les Pelerins de la Mecque in Montpellier with William Christie, Ombra felice at the Salzburg Mozart Festwochen and at the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysees, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Adina in L'elisir D'amore as part of Opera National de Lyon. She also sang Servilia in La clemenza di Tito in Glyndebourne with Sir Neville Marriner, Zerlina and Dardane in Haydn's L'incontro improvviso at the Bordeaux Opera, Rameau's Platee at the Lisbon Festival, Emilia in Vivaldi's Catone in Uttica in Tourcoing, Ilia in Idomeneo with Marc Minkowski at the Flanders Opera and at the Lyon National Opera, Monteverdi's Orfeo with Il Giardino Armonico at the Graz Festival, her first Poppea in L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze, and Dalinda in Ariodante at the Bavarian State Opera.

She interpreted the title role of Scarlatti's La Griselda at the Innsbruck Festival and at the Berlin Deutsche Staatsoper, Celos aùn del aire matan (a Spanish baroque opera) at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Emilia in Catone in Uttica at the Paris Opéra Comique with Jean-Claude Malgoire, Juditha triomphans at the Montreux Festival, Armida in Rinaldo at the Bavarian State Opera, the title role in a new production of Iphigenie En Aulide in Glyndebourne, and the title part of Mozart's Zaide at the Lufthansa Festival in London.

In concert, she performed Mahler's Symphony No. 4 on tour with Jean-Claude Casadesus and the Orchestre National de Lille,  Marek Janowski and the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester in Berlin and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Louis Langree and the Orchestre de Picardie. 

She co-operated with Heinrich Schiff at the Winterthur Festival, Thomas Hengelbrock at the Würzburg Festival, Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Jean-Claude Malgoire and La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy, Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico, Sir Neville Marriner, Ivor Bolton, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Sixteen Orchestra on tour in Spain, the Freiburger Barockorchester and René Jacobs, and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Ton Koopman in Cagliari.

Among her projects for 2002 and 2003 were Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Lacoste Festival, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito with Ivor Bolton in Florence, as well as Rinaldo (Armida and First Siren) and Xerxes (Atalanta) at the Bavarian State Opera Munich.

She recorded a Vivaldi solo album with the Ensemble Matheus conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi for Opus 111, as well as La Griselda by Scarlatti with René Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi. 

Furthermore, she appeared in concert performances of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in Munich with the Bayerischer Rundfunk, concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Fauré's Requiem/Marc Minkowski), at the Venice Teatro La Fenice with concerts of Beethoven's Christus am Ölberg (Marc Minkowski) and with Trevor Pinnock for Handel's La Resurrezione in London. 

In the 2003-2004 season she sang Ilia at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze and returns to the Bavarian State Opera for Xerxes (Atalanta), Ariodante (Dalinda) and Così fan tutte (Despina).  For the season opening of Teatro La Fenice she performs the role of Angele in the new production of Le domino noir - conductor: Marc Minkowski.  Ivor Bolton invited her for concerts of La Senna Festeggiante with the Freiburger Barock orchestra. 

In 2004-2005 she sang Marzelline/Fidelio for the first time at the opera of Rome. She made another role debut in the part of Ginevra/Ariodante at the Bavarian State Opera and sang the role of Morgan in the new production of Alcina, also at the Bavarian State Opera (with Vesselina Kasarova). M° Zubin Mehta invited her for a production of Don Giovanni/ (Zerlina) in Florence, at Salzburg Festival she participated in a concert, conducted by M° Minkowski. 

She started the 2005-06 season with her debut as Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elyseés in Paris, followed by a recording of a Händel project with Alan Curtis, concerts with the Ensemble Matheus with M° Spinosi. She returned to Munich for revivals of Xerxes and Rinaldo. She had her debut at Zürich's Opernhaus with Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno/Bellezza and performs the role of Lucio Cinna (Lucio Silla) at Teatro La Fenice, a production which was shown at Salzburg Festival. Also at the Salzburg Festival she took over the role of Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) under the baton of M° Harnoncourt. 

She opened the 2006-07 season with a concert of Mozart's Coronation Mass in Salzburg, followed by her debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Zerlina in their production of Don Giovanni.  A highlight of this season was her debut of the role of Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) in Vienna (Theater an der Wien), a production conducted by René Jacobs and directed by Christoph Loy. She earned a huge personal success in this role.

M° Adam Fischer invited her for Mozart concerts at the Würzburg Festival. She finished the season with a concert tour with René Jacobs and performances of Alcina and Così fan tutte during the July Festival at Munich's State Opera.

The 2007-08 season brought her debut in the U.S. She participated in the Ariodante production of San Francisco's Opera House. She also appeared as Ismene (Mitridate) at Bruxelles La Monnaie, in concerts with Ensemble Matheus (La Fida Ninfa), concerts with Adam Fischer in Spain (Haydn's Creation) and Budapest, concerts with Jean-Christophe Spinosi in Edinburgh and Toulouse.  At Dresden's State Opera she had her debut as Musetta (La bohème). 

In 2008-09 she returned to the Theatre des Champs-Elyseés in Paris for a production of Così Fan Tutte, followed by a production of Ercole Amante with Ivor Bolton at Amsterdam's Opera House; which was a house and role debut.  In Japan she sang for the first time Micaela in a concert version of Carmen, together with Vesselina Kasarova, followed by a production of Messiah in Nancy with Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Under the baton of M° Claudio Abbado she sang a concert with a Pergolesi program, recorded by Deutsche Grammophon.

In 2009-10 she appeared in concerts of Armida (role debut) and Handel's Ezio, a production of Agrippina (role debut Poppea) at the Teatro La Fenice, followed by a production of Ariodante (Ginevra) in Oviedo, revival of Don Giovanni at La Scala, a production of Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna) at Washington Opera and a concert tour with Giardino Armonico.

In the 2010-11 season she appeared in a new production of Alcina at Vienna's State Opera, at the Innsbruck Festival with Ottone in Villa, a new production of Antigona (title role) at Berlin's State Opera, conductor René Jacobs, at the Theatre des Champs-Elyseés for Orlando Furioso (Angelica), and with the same piece at Nice and Nancy Opera, in Budapest and at the Barbican in London as well as numerous concerts.

In 2011-12 she performed a revival of Alcina at Vienna's State Opera, at New National Theatre in Tokyo the role debut of Mimi (La bohème), a new production of Deidamia at Amsterdam's Opera House and concerts with Ensemble Matheus, at the Festival Baden-Baden, at the Vienna Konzerthaus "Alfons und Estrella" with Ivor Bolton, Händel's Poro with Baseler Kammerorchester, to mention only a few. 

Among her recordings are Richard Strauss's Le Bourgeois gentilhomme for Virgin Classics, Roggiero (Tancredi) with Roberto Abbado for BMG-RCA, Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium for Orfeo, Dalinda (Ariodante) for Archiv  Produktions-DGG (this recording has been awarded « Diapason d'Or of the Year 1998 » and « Orphée d'Or »), and most recently, Gluck's Orfeo Ed Euridice (Euridice) with the Freiburger Barockorchester conducted by René Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi, Vivaldi's Orlando Furioso with Ensemble Matheus under M° Spinosi for Naïve.  The recording of Griselda with Naive has been awarded "Diapason d'Or of the Year 2006".

March 2012

Veronica Cangemi