Biography
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Marianne Cornetti is recognized internationally as one of the leading Verdi mezzo-sopranos of her generation. She has appeared as Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il Trovatore, and Princess Eboli in Don Carlos at such theaters as the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Arena di Verona, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.

Cornetti’s engagements for the 2016/17 season include Princess de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Teatro di San Carlo, Princess Eboli at the Teatro Regio di Parma, her debut as Dame Quickly in Falstaff at the Palacio de la Ópera in La Coruña, Spain, in addition to performing the role at San Diego Opera, Fidès in Le prophete at the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, Azucena in Il Trovatore at the Teatro di San Carlo and Gran Teatre del Liceu, and a historic concert, From Verdi to Broadway, with tenor Greg Kunde in La Coruña, Spain, as well as being featured as soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Akron Symphony,

In the 2015/16 season, Cornetti sang Azucena in La Coruña, Spain and Tel Aviv, Ortrud in Lohengrin in Sao Paolo and Jezibaba in Rusalka at the Minnesota Opera. Engagements for the 2013/14 season included Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and Laura in La Gioconda with Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Azucena at the National Theatre of China in Beijing and the Teatro Muncipal in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Cornetti also returned to the Teatro Regio for Verdi concerts and appeared with the company as Ulrica on their tour to Japan.

In the 2014/15 season, Cornetti returned to the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden in Un ballo in maschera, performed as the Witch in Hansel and Gretel at the Minnesota Opera, sang Amneris at the Auditorio de Tenerife, and returned to the National Theatre of China as Azucena. She began the 2012/13 season as Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and then sang her first staged performances as the title role in La Gioconda at the Rome Opera. Cornetti was heard in two productions at the New National Theatre Foundation in Tokyo, appearing as Amneris and as Abigaille in Nabucco. She also sang Amneris in Palermo.

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Cornetti returned to the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in January of 2011 as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana. Earlier in the season, she appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Azucena, in Bilbao as Princess Eboli, and in Palermo where she sang her first Laura in La Gioconda.  In April of 2011, Cornetti returned to Brussels as Abigaille in concert performances of Nabucco with La Monnaie. She also sang Amneris with the Israeli Opera at Masada. In fall 2011, Cornetti returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Abigaille, and in February of 2012, she returned to La Scala in the role of Amneris, later appearing in the same role at the Hamburg State Opera. She subsequently sang her first performance as Gioconda in Timisoara and then performed Adriana Lecouvreur at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

In 2005, Cornetti sang her first Wagnerian role, appearing as Ortrud in Lohengrin at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste. She continued her excursion into this repertoire with her debut as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. She has since sung the role of Ortrud in Amsterdam, Paris, and Palermo, and has appeared as Brangäne in Genoa. Cornetti’s verismo repertoire includes Santuzza, Princess de Bouillon,and Rosa in Cilea’s L’Arlesiana, which she sang to great acclaim at Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York under Eve Queler. 

Cornetti began her professional career singing supporting roles in such important theaters as the Metropolitan Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. Her performances of Azucena in Il Trovatore at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Arena di Verona, and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma brought her international recognition. She made her debuts at the Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theatre Royale de La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, at Choregies D’Orange as Amneris in Aida, and at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Teatro Regio in Parma, and Bregenz Festival as Azucena in Il Trovatore. She also starred as Azucena on the Teatro Comunale di Bologna’s tour in Japan.

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Cornetti sang her first Eboli in Don Carlos under Daniel Oren in Tokyo and has been subsequently acclaimed for her portrayal of this role in Rome, Bilbao, Vienna and London. She made her debut with the Dutch National Opera as Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera and sang her first staged performances of Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino at La Monnaie in Brussels. She had previously sung this role in concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. Cornetti added the role of Princess de Bouillon in Adriana Lecouvreur to her repertoire at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in May of 2002, and has since sung Adriana at the Teatro Regio in Turin, as well as in Florence and Amsterdam. She also sang Rosa in Cilea’s L’Arlesiana for L’Opera de Montpellier and with the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall.

She appears frequently in concert in such works as Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Elgar's Sea Pictureand De Falla's El Amor Brujo. She has recorded Cilea’s LArlesiana and Puccini’s Edgar opposite Placido Domingo.

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