Awarded the prestigious “Premio Abbiati” by the Associazione Critici Musicali Italiani for her “technique, musicality and stage presence that allow her to deliver undoubtedly valuable performances, supported by a proper knowledge of the style of each score”, soprano Carmela Remigio began her violin studies at the age of five. Only a few years later she began taking voice lessons under Aldo Protti, then perfecting her technique under Leone Magiera. After winning the 1992 “Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition” in Philadelphia she made her debut – at the young age of nineteen – singing the lead role in Giampaolo Testoni’s opera Alice at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
Heir to Italy’s greatest singing tradition she has performed with Pavarotti in over seventy concerts worldwide since 1997, performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and then Paris, Miami, Dublin, Beirut, Seoul, Bucharest, Hochland, to name a few.
Following her first baroque roles – that allowed her to develop her enunciation skills – she dedicated passionately to Mozart’s operas, singing all of their main roles: Susanna and Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Elettra and Ilia in Idomeneo, Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. She has been in over four hundred and fifty performances of Don Giovanni, singing both Donna Elvira and Donna Anna, the latter role allowing her to work with Peter Brook and Claudio Abbado, with whom she recorded, as a still very young artist, a prestigious version of Mozart’s masterpiece under the label Deutsche Grammophon (1998).
Since then she has collaborated with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Myung-Whun Chung, Jeffrey Tate, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Gustavo Dudamel, Riccardo Chailly, Gianandrea Noseda, Fabio Luisi, Juraj Valčuha, John Axelrod, Roberto Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Michel Plasson, Eliahu Inbal, Michele Mariotti, Kent Nagano, Rinaldo Alessandrini; and stage directors like David McVicar, Graham Vick, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Federico Tiezzi, Karole Armitage, Mario Martone, Luca Ronconi, Damiano Michieletto, Robert Wilson and Peter Brook.
Her debuts in Verdi’s roles like Alice in Falstaff (under Claudio Abbado and Lorin Maazel at the Salzburg Festival), Desdemona in Otello, Messa da Requiem, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, and Violetta in La Traviata, opened the doors to the romantic repertoire and to new opportunities to master her singing technique and her interpretation skills.
Her repertoire includes operas by Puccini, like La Bohème (Mimì) and Turandot (Liù); by Donizetti – of whom she interpreted his entire “Three Tudor Queens Cycle” (Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux, and Anna Bolena) –; and by di Rossini, like L’Inganno Felice, Maometto Secondo, Il Viaggio a Reims and Mosè in Egitto.
Some other roles she has interpreted are Norma, Adalgisa, Micaela (Carmen), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Marguerite (Faust), Malwina (Marschner’s Der Vampyr) at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Alceste at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo at Festival della Valle d’Itria.
A passionate Bel Canto interpreter, Carmela Remigio has expanded her repertoire to include roles like that of Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – the only Italian singer to interpret the role, after Mirella Freni – at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo and at La Fenice in Venice with Damiano Micheletto’s staging, Miranda in Alfredo Casella’s La Donna Serpente at the Teatro Regio di Torino and Nedda in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
She performs both opera and chamber music – sacred and secular – in the main Italian and international theatres, music festivals and concert halls: Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Salzburg Festival, London’s Royal Opera House, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Aix-en-Province Festival, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, La Monnaie in Brussels, and then Lausanne, Tokyo, Trieste, Lugano, Florence, Los Angeles, Paris.
Some her most relevant recordings include two different editions of Don Giovanni (Donna Anna), one of the two under Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon) and the other under Daniel Harding (Virgin), Rossini’s Stabat Mater conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti (Agorà), Arie Sacre Verdiane under Myung-Whun Chung (Deutsche Grammophon), a double CD titled Arias (Universal-Decca) dedicated to Tosti and Rossini.
In August 2016 she set a record of 450 performances of Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival, where she sang the role of Donna Anna.
Some of her upcoming engagements include Idomeneo (Ilia) at Teatro Massimo in Palermo; Otello, Turandot (Liù) and Don Giovanni (Elvira) at Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Pagliacci (Nedda) at Bologna’s Teatro Comunale; Rossini’s cantata La riconoscenza at Rossini Opera Festival; La clemenza di Tito at Barcelona’s Liceu.