About Kismara Pessatti


Kismara Pessatti is known for the tenderness and powerfulness of her mezzo-soprano voice. With a solid career in the opera business, she has performed under the baton of great conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Nello Santi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Marek Janowski, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Petrenko, François Xavier Roth, Markus Stenz and Helmuth Rilling, having shared the stage with colleagues such as Leo Nucci, Jonas Kaufmann, Piotr Beczała, Klaus Florian Vogt, Nina Stemme, Eva Mei, Vesselina Kasarova and Waltraud Meier, to name a few.

The mezzo-soprano’s expansive repertoire includes the roles of Amneris and Eboli in Verdi's Aida and Don Carlo, as well Dalila in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, having played Carmen in Germany, Neris in Cherubini’s Médée in Rio de Janeiro and Maffio Orsini in Donizzetti’s Lucrezia Borgia in Switzerland (St. Gallen). With a formidable warm low range, she has also sung many contralto parts such as Erda (Wagner’s Rheingold and Siegfried) in Essen, Gluck’s Orfeo and Britten’s Oberon (Midsummer Night's Dream) in São Paulo, Mary (Flying Dutchman) in Luxembourg, Geneva, Bari, Caen and Zurich, Annina (Rosenkavalier) in Tokyo, Wesener's Mutter (Die Soldaten by Zimmermann) and Contralto Solo (Die Eroberung von Mexiko by Rihm) in Cologne, Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto in Saint-Etienne and Ms. Quickly (Falstaff) in Bogotá. 

Along her well established career, Ms. Pessatti has collaborated with worldwide well-known orchestras such as Berliner Philharmoniker, Geneva Chamber Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, having performed in some of the most important stages in Europe featuring Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Royal Festival Hall in London, Opera House Cologne, Opera House Zurich, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Teatro del Liceu de Barcelona.

On the concert stage, she made a name as well with her debut at the Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, singing El Amor Brujo by Falla, followed by the live CD recording of Hartmann’s 1st. Symphony. In Geneva, she sang Wesendonck Lieder in Henze’s version with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, in Hamburg, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival and, in Bogotá, Berio‘s Folksongs, Mahler‘s Symphony No. 2, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, having also presented this masterpiece in Germany (Duisburg) under Lorin Maazel. Recently, at Teatro Solis in Montevideo (Uruguay), she sang Heléne in Faust et Heléne by Lili Boulanger, Rückert Lieder by Mahler and the first recording of Carlos Estrada’s song cycle Robaiyat.

The strong collaboration with Helmuth Rilling at the International Bach Academy comprises St. John’s Passion in Moscow and Christmas Oratorio by J. S. Bach at Liederhalle Stuttgart, Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher in Caracas, Handel's Messiah in Essen, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Prague and Elijah by Mendelssohn in Milan with LaVerdi Orchestra.

Her career and voice development is framed by several recordings, including Der Ring des Nibelungen under Janowski, Hartmann’s Symphony No.1 under Stenz among some DVDs for the Zürich Opera House (Rigoletto and Tiefland). The newest one is the solo album Hildegard Now and Then, which is dedicated to Hildegard von Bingen's music and her texts composed by Silvia Berg.

Italian Brazilian, the international opera singer began her studies in acting and singing in Brazil and finished her graduation at the Academy of Music "Hans Eisler" with Prof. Norma Sharp and Julia Varady in Berlin. Invited to integrate the International Opera Studio at the Zurich Opera House, she later joined the ensemble of that Theater for three seasons.

Fluent in six languages (German, Portuguese, Spanish, English, Italian and French), Kismara Pessatti is a Swiss citizen with current residence in Valencia, Spain.


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