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. Recently 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 Cosi fan tutte (Florence Opera), 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 along with Sara Mingardo, Morte e sepoltura di Cristo by Caldara, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with Minkowski and the Coronation Mass with Fabio Biondi, Stradella’s rediscovered Cantatas with René Jacobs (Fondazione Cini in Venice) and Abra in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with Alessandro De Marchi (La Fenice). She 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; Mozart’s La Finta giardiniera at La Scala; Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista at the Salzburg Festival; Despina in Così fan tutte at the Opernhaus Zürich and with Marc Minkowski at the Drottningholm Opera Festival; Michal in Saul at the Theater an der Wien; Venus/Cinzia in Ercole amante at the Opéra Comique in Paris with Raphaël Pichon; Dorinda in Orlando at the Theater an der Wien…