Mezzosoprano Lorena Scarlata Rizzo hails from Palermo, where she began her voice studies early with American soprano Elizabeth Lombardini Smith. She completed her degree in Vocal studies at the State Music Conservatory “Vincenzo Bellini” in Palermo with the highest grades and an honors mention. She completed various masterclasses with Magda Olivero, Pier Miranda Ferraro, Raina Kabaivanska, Dott. Romolo G. Gazzani, Renato Bruson etc.
In 1999, Lorena won the Caruso Prize for young opera singers in Milan and in 2008 she won the International Singing Competition in Siracuse, Italy “Voices from the Mediterranean”. Her opera debut saw her as “Fidalma” in “ Il Matrimonio Segreto” by Cimarosa with the stage direction of Beppe De Tomasi.
She has been heard as “Amneris” in Aida at the Teatro Verdi di Firenze, in Cortona and at the Aspendos Festival in Antalya. She has performed in numerous productions of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly as “Suzuki” in the theaters of Lucca, Ravenna , Parma, Livorno, Trento, Pisa, Sassari, Como, Pavia, Cremona, Brescia, Mantova and Rovigo.
At Palermo’s Teatro Massimo she has interpreted “Pastuchyna” in Janacek’s Jenufa, “Hansel” in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, “Mother Goose” in Britten’s The Rake’s Progress, “Frugola” in Il Tabarro, “Thetis” in Persée et Andromede by Ibert, “Fidalma” in Il Matrimonio Segreto, “Tisbe” in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and “Teresa” in Bellini’s La Sonnambula, a role which she also sang in the theaters of the Lombardy Region of Italy (As.Li.Co).
At the Teatro Politeama of Palermo she performed “Elisabetta” in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, “Madre” and “Orchessa” in Henze’s Pollicino, Cimarosa’s “La Finta Parigina”, Elektra (Magd), the “Mother” in Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and “Meg” in Falstaff. Other roles which she has performed in major Italian theaters include “Glasa” in Janaceck’s Kat’a Kabanova, “Mercedes” in Bizet’s Carmen, “Dama” in Verdi’s Macbeth, “Second and Third Dame” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, “Flora” in Verdi’s La Traviata (Stage Direction F. Zeffirelli), “Giannetta” in Le Cantatrici Villane, “Tisbe” in La Cenerentola (also in Peking), “Dorabella” in Così fan tutte, “Zerlina” in Don Giovanni, “Zita” in Gianni Schicchi, “Fenena” in Nabucco and “Lola” in Cavalleria Rusticana. Lorena has sung at the Wexford Opera Festival performing “Euryclee” in Fauré’s Penelope and “Veronique” in Bizet’s Docteur Miracle.
She also has an intense performing schedule in contemporary music which includes performances of Eliodoro Sollima’s Due Cantate, in sacred music with performances of Mozart’s Requiem for the Festival Anima mundi in Pisa with Yuri Terminakov, and in symphonic repertory which includes Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder.