Giulia Semenzato has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Udine and studied singing at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice with Silvia da Ros, Giancarlo Pasquetto and Silva Stella. She then graduated with honours from the Schola Cantorum in Basel where she specialized in Baroque music with Rosa Dominguez. She took part in the Academy of the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Winner of the International Competition Toti dal Monte in Treviso with the role of Elisetta in Cimarosa’s Matrimonio segreto, Giulia made her debuts at the Teatro di Treviso, Teatro di Ferrara, Teatro di Rovigo and in Lucca and Ravenna. She also was a prize winner of the Cesti Singing Competition in Innsbruck and was awarded the “Premio Farinelli” for the best singer at the Concorso Lirico Città di Bologna.
Quickly recognised as a young rising talent, Giulia Semenzato was Celia in Lucio Silla at the Teatro alla Scala where she began a collaboration with Marc Minkowski. She returned twice to La Scala to sing Nannetta in Falstaff with Zubin Metha and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Paavo Jarvi. Shortly after, Mr. Metha re-invited her to appear in Falstaff in Beijing.
Giulia has performed numerous opera roles among which: Sandrina in Piccinni’s La Cecchina, Maria in Nino Rota’s I due timidi (both at the Teatro Malibran in Venice), the title roles in Cavalli’s Eritrea under Stefano Montanari at La Fenice and in Elena with the Cappella Mediterranea conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Other highlights include Despina in Così fan tutte (Florence Opera, Opernhaus Zürich and Drottningholm Opera Festival); Venere/Proserpina in Orfeo by Rossi with Raphaël Pichon (Nancy, Bordeaux, Versailles); Carolina in Cimarosa’s Matrimonio segreto (Innsbruck); Conti’s Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena with René Jacobs (Paris Philharmonie, Theater an der Wien, Cologne Philharmonie).
Her repertoire also embraces sacred music: Gloria by Vivaldi alongside Sara Mingardo, Morte e sepoltura di Cristo by Caldara, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with Marc Minkowski and the Coronation Mass with Fabio Biondi. She performed Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista (Salzburg Festival) and his rediscovered Cantatas with René Jacobs (Fondazione Cini in Venice). She was Abra in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with Alessandro De Marchi (La Fenice) and sang Handel’s Messiah, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Requiem accompanied by La Barocca under the baton of Ruben Jais.
Recent and future engagements include Almirena in Rinaldo at the Glyndebourne Festival; Serpetta in Mozart’s Finta giardiniera at La Scala; Michal in Saul and Dorinda in Orlando both at the Theater an der Wien; Venus/Cinzia in Ercole amante at the Opéra Comique in Paris with Raphaël Pichon.
In January 2019 Giulia was Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni alongside Erwin Schrott with the Kammerorchester Basel conducted by Giovanni Antonini at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Basel. She was among the soloists for the concert of the Salzburg Mozartwoche with Antonini leading Il Giardino Armonico.