Born in Milan, she graduated with the highest honor at "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory in Milan where she studied with Giovanna Canetti. She later was the winner of several international competitions.
Among her career's most remarkable performances are Le nozze di Figaro (contessa d'Almaviva) in Ferrara, Otello (Desdemona) at the Salzburg Festival and at Teatro Regio in Turin with Claudio Abbado, Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi) at the Wiener Staatsoper , at Ravenna Festival with Riccardo Muti, and with Colin Davis at Covent Garden.
She sang Don Giovanni at Salzburg Festival with Lorin Maazel, Turnadot (Liu) at Opéra Bastille with Georges Prêtre and a tour with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Zubin Mehta. At the Metropolitan she was Desdemona in Otello with James Levine, a role which she has performed in Brussels (Pappano), Wien, Nice, Florence (Mehta), and in which he made his debut at Monaco under the baton of Mehta and in which she made her debut in Munich. She sang Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) to Glyndebourne, at Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan, the role of Elettra in Idomeno in Dresden under the baton of Colin Davis, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito and the title role in Luisa Miller at the Royal Opera House. She also returned to Opéra National de Paris in Simon Boccanegra and Otello.
At Teatro Alla Scala, she sang Leonora in Il trovatore, Alice in Falstaff, Desdemona in Otello, La Contessa d'Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Anaide in Mosè in Egitto and Suor Angelica in Il trittico.
Her repertoire also includes Pergolesi's Il Flaminio, La bohème at Wiener Staatsoper and at Metropolitan Opera, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Sifare in Mitridate, re di Ponto in Turin and Paris with Christophe Rousset, Medora in Il corsaro, Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffman, Alice in Falstaff in Rome with Daniele Gatti, in Florence with Pappano, and at Covent Garden with Haitink. She was Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Margherite in Faust, Elisabetta in Don Carlo and the title role of Luisa Miller, debuted at Teatro Comunale di Firenze under the direction of Zubin Mehta, and Liù in Turnadot at Gran Teatre Liceu di Barcellona.
She has worked with leading orchestras and famous conductors of the world. Her vast concert repertoire includes Verdi's Requiem performed under the baton of Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda along with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Wiener Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her repertoire also includes Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, K.427 Mass in C minor by Mozart (London Symphony Orchestra/Colin Davis), Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, Stabat Mater by Rossini (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly) and Mahler's Fourth Symphony (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Bernard Haitink).
She has recently sung Thais in Turin, the Verdi Requiem conducted by Maestro Pappano at Covent Garden, Così fan tutte in Valencia, Le nozze di Figaro in Madrid, at the Opéra National in Paris and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Simon Boccanegra conducted by James Levine in Boston and New York, Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Luisa Miller at the Zurich Opera, La bohème in Tokyo Yokohama on tour with the Teatro Regio in Turin, as well as Simon Boccanegra at the Metropolitan Opera, Falstaff and La bohème in Zurich and Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera and Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Among her future engagements are La clemenza di Tito, Don Carlos and Pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera, Falstaff at Teatro Alla Scala, Suor Angelica and Adriana Lecouvreur at Liceu in Barcellona, Don Carlo, Otello and Tosca in Berlin, La bohème at Covent Garden, Simon Boccanegra, Così fan tutte and Don Carlo in Vienna.