Maria Luigia Borsi

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Maria Luigia Borsi soprano

Maria Luigia Borsi is an Italian opera singer. A lyric soprano, she is especially known for interpreting operas by Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi. Among the qualities noted by the critical press are her breath control, phrasing, rich tone, and acting ability.[1]

Education and vocal training[edit]

Maria Luigia Borsi was born in Sora (Frosinone), Italy.[2] Her father is Tuscan (coming from the region of Tuscany), while her mother comes from the Italian region known as the Ciociaria, just south of Rome. Borsi began her vocal studies at a very young age while singing in a choir for children, La Corale "Domenico Savio", created by Don Lelio Bausani and received a degree in vocal performance from the Istituto Musicale Pietro Mascagni in Livorno, Italy.[3] Her main voice teachers have included Lucia Stanescu, Antonietta Stella, Renata Scotto and Claudio Desderi.[4]

She is married to American violinist Brad Repp[5]


In 2002, Maria Luigia Borsi was the winner of the International Voice Competition of San Remo, earning the title "Best opera singer of 2002" (The president of the jury was tenor Andrea Bocelli).[6][7] In 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008 Borsi participated in tours of Asia, Australia, the United States and Europe together with tenor Andrea Bocelli.[8][9][10][11][12]
In 2004, Borsi began her professional opera career at La Scala of Milan interpreting the role of Liú in Giacomo Puccini's opera Turandot, conductor Carlo Rizzi.[13] Also in 2004, Borsi performed the title role in La traviata (Violetta) for the re-opening of the Venetian opera house La Fenice, conductor Lorin Maazel.[14][15]

In 2005, Borsi once again performed the title role in La traviata (Violetta) at the Opernhaus Zürich together with baritone Renato Bruson, tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini, tenor José Cura and baritone Giorgio Zancanaro.[16] In 2007 Borsi was a guest Artist at the Special Olympics World Summer Games closing ceremony in Shanghai, together with José Carreras.[17][18] In 2008, Borsi performed the lead female role (Desdemona) in the Salzburg Festival production of Giuseppe Verdi's Otello, conductor Riccardo Muti.[19]

Maria Luigia Borsi is also known as a recitalist and has given solo recitals at venues like Wigmore Hall.[20] She has been a recital companion for singers like José Carreras and Leo Nucci.[21][22]



  1. ^ Law, Joe. "Otello, Cincinnati Opera - review". Opera News (July 7, 2010)
  2. ^ Schiavina, Maria Antonietta. "Maria Luigia Borsi" Il Tirreno (February 15, 2010)
  3. ^ Pellegrini, Annamaria. "A Londra canterò Mascagni e Puccini". Il Tirreno (January 8, 2010)
  4. ^ Maria Luigia Borsi (personal web-site)
  5. ^ Doane, Kathleen. "Maria Luigia Borsi: A voice whose time is now" Archived 2010-12-11 at the Wayback Machine.. Cincinnati Opera (2010).
  6. ^ a.g. "Sanremo News". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  7. ^ "Festival internazionale della lirica Vince il soprano Maria Luigia Borsi". Corriere della Sera (February 10, 2002)
  8. ^ "Andrea Bocelli - USA Tour 2002". 2002-11-10. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  9. ^ "Andrea Bocelli in concert (Aarhus, Denmark)". 2002-06-22. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  10. ^ "Andrea Bocelli in concert (Siena, Italy)". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  11. ^ "Andrea Bocelli - Asia Tour 2004". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  12. ^ "Andrea Bocelli - Asia Tour 2008". 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  13. ^ "La Scala Archives". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  14. ^ Milne, Don. "A soap opera in itself - La Fenice back from the dead". NZ Herald News (November 10, 2004)
  15. ^ "La Fenice Archives". 2004-11-12. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  16. ^ "Zurich Opera House Archive". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  17. ^ "BMA Entertainment". BMA Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  18. ^ "Promotor of the 2007 Special Olympics". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  19. ^ Loomis, George. "Salzburg Festival strikes both high notes and low". New York Times (August 27, 2008)
  20. ^ Briggs, Bob. "Maria Luigia Borsi - Songs of Tuscany’s Masters". Seen and Heard International (January 2010)
  21. ^ "2007 Carreras Tour Gallery". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  22. ^ "Libertà On Line: Lirica 2007". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  23. ^ "Beethoven Symphony No. 9 - Lorin Maazel". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  24. ^ "Dischi Fenice: SCHEDA". Retrieved 2010-12-03. 
  25. ^ Levine, Robert. "WINTER: Maometto" - review. (January 2004)
  26. ^ Amazon Website. [1]
  27. ^ Amazon Website. [2]

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