Devia, Mariella

Mariella Devia

Mariella Devia (12 April 1948) is an Italian operatic soprano. After beginning her career as a lyric coloratura soprano, in recent years she has also enjoyed much success with some of the most dramatic roles in the bel canto repertoire.


Born in Chiusavecchia, Devia trained at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome with Iolanda Magnoni. She made her stage debut in Treviso in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor in 1973[1] and quickly sang throughout Italy, making her debut at La Scala in Milan in 1987, as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi.[2]

On the international scene, she appeared at the Metropolitan Opera from 1979 to 1994 as Lucia, Gilda, Nannetta, Despina and Konstanze,[3] and at Carnegie Hall as Lakmé, in 1979, and later as Teresa in Benvenuto Cellini, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Elvira in I puritani and Adelia.[1] She made her debut at the Paris Opera (I puritani - Salle Favart)[4] and the Aix-en-Provence Festival (as Konstanze)[5] in 1987, and at the Royal Opera House in London in 1988 (again as Konstanze).[6]

She was a regular at the Pesaro Festival and at the Festival della Valle d'Itria in Martina Franca, where she collaborated in the resurrection of long neglected operas by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and other bel canto composers. She is also admired for her Mozart performances in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, The Magic Flute, Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Idomeneo.[1]

In 2013, the day after her 65th birthday, she sang for the first time the role of Norma at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna with great success.[7] She has since included the role of Norma in her usual repertoire along with the "Three Donizetti Queens", Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena and Elisabetta from Roberto Devereux, which she had debuted between 2006 and 2011.[8]

On June 5, 2014, after a 15-year absence from the United States, she returned for a performance of Roberto Devereux at New York's Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York to great audience and critical acclaim.[9]




  1. ^ a b c Biography.
  2. ^ Archivio Teatro alla Scala
  3. ^ Mariella Devia (Metropolitan Opera Archives).
  4. ^ MémOpéra.
  5. ^ Karl-Josef Kutsch and Leo Riemens (eds), Großes Sängerlexikon, Munich, Saur 2003, ISBN 3-598-11598-9, Band 2, p. 1142.
  6. ^ ROH Collections Online.
  7. ^ Jack Buckley, "Mariella Devia's Norma", Seen and Heard International, 16 April 2013
    Gabriele Cesaretti, (in Italian) "Bologna – Teatro Comunale: Norma", OperaClick, undated
  8. ^ Precisely: 2006 at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Maria Stuarda (David Toschi, "Roma - Teatro dell'Opera: MARIA STUARDA - review", OperaClick, undated); 2007 at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Anna Bolena (Ilaria Bellini, "Anna Bolena - review",, undated); 2011 at the Opéra de Marseille, Roberto Devereux (Maurice Salles, "Honneur à Devia - review", Le magazine du monde lyrique, 22 November 2011). For Devia's present repertoire, cf Programma at
  9. ^ "From a Wistful Queen, Longing and Regret" by Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, June 6, 2014
  10. ^ Devia's only breeches role: Mario Merigo, Mariella Devia - L'intervista, «Connessi all'Opera», 25 August 2016.


  • Le guide de l'opéra, les indispensables de la musique, R. Mancini & J-J. Rouveroux (Fayard, 1986) ISBN 2-213-01563-5
  • Biography of Mariella Devia, in the theatre programme for the performances of Roberto Devereux at the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, 2016, p. 98