Formidable young mezzo-soprano Gaia Petrone is a graduate of the prestigious Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. A first prize recipient at the Seventh International F. Provenzale Early Music Singing Competition and the Twelfth International Valerio Gentile Opera Competition, she is fast making a name for herself on both the operatic stage and the concert platform.
Petrone’s 2016/17 season highlights include her house debuts with Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse as Ursule in Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict , Emilia in Rossini Otello for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and Ramise in the revival ofMax Emanuel Cenčić’s acclaimed production of Arminio in Karlsruhe. She also returns to Sweden for concert performances of Cenerentola with Smålands Musik & Teater and tours with King’s Consort Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans.
Her professional career began when, while still a student, she performed the roles of Apollonia La Canterina at the Festival dell'Intermezzo e dell'Opera buffa; Dorina in Latilla's La finta cameriera at II Festivalatilla; and Lisetta Il mondo della luna in the Teatro Bonci, Cesena. She also performed the role of Tancredi in Scarlatti's Erminia Tancredi Polidoro e Pastore with the Ensemble Concerto de' Cavalieri at the Centro di Musica Antica Pietà de' Turchini, and created the roles of Pitura and Alinda in the world premiere of Cavalli-Stradella's Il novello Giasone at the Valle d'Itria Festival 2011.
In concert, she has performed Vivaldi's Gloria with the Gruppo d'Archi Veneto, and with the Wiener Kammersymphonie at Vienna's Musikverein; Handel Dixit Dominus; Vivaldi Magnificat; Bach Mass in B Minor under the baton of Marco Berrini; and Schutz Musikalische Exequien conducted by Peter Neumann. She has also appeared in concert at the Teatro Sociale de Rovigo, and the Teatro Comunale di Vicenza with the Regionale Filarmonia Veneta, under the baton of Stefano Romani. Her discography includes a live recording of Haydn Il mondo della luna, released on Bongiovanni Records, and Czerny's transcription of Mozart's Requiem on Naxos. In 2015 she made her UK debut in Handel’s Messiah with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Nathalie Stutzmann.
In 2012, Gaia Petrone joined the young ensemble of Theater an der Wien and performed to great acclaim such roles as Clarina La cambiale di matrimonio, Medoro Orlando, Sibari Semiramidericonosciuta and Sesto La Clemenza di Tito. In the winter of 2013/14 she made a star turning debut in the title role of Cenerentola: “The vocal highlight of the evening was Gaia Petrone. She sang an almost flawless Angelina, with nimble coloratura and a beautiful controlled, supple mezzo voice” (Die Presse) Shortly after this success she made her US debut as Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Palm Beach Opera and appeared as Pisana in the Theater an der Wien production of I due Foscani with Placido Domingo and James Conlon. Other engagements include Ippolita in Cavalli’s Elena for Aix-en-Provence Festival tour; a return to LaCenerentola at Gothenburg Opera, Damigella in L’incoronazione di Poppea and Emilia in Rossini’s Otello at Theater an der Wien, Angelina/ Cenerentola for Europaincanto in Teatro Argentina di Roma and Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and Ursule in Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.
Recent engagements include a return to Rossini’s Otello in Teatro San Carlo di Napoli (conductor Gabriele Ferro, director Amos Gitai), Abra in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with The King’s Consort in tour in Theater an der Wien, Concertgebouw and Opéra royale de Versailles and Ramise in Handel’s Arminio with Armonia Atenea and Max Emanuel Cencic as director for the Handel Festspiele in Karlsruhe, the roles of Proserpina/Ninfa in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Teatro Ponchielli of Cremona with Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone as conductor, Maddalena in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Isaura in Meyerbeer’s Margherita d’Anjou for the Festival di Martina Franca under the beaton of M° Fabio Luisi, the roles of Aurora and Fosforo in Stefano Landi’s La morte d’Orfeo in De Nationale Opera of Amsterdam with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyrique and Pierre Audi as director, Iris in Silvia Colasanti’s Proserpine for Festival dei due mondi di Spoleto 2019, Eduige in Handel’s Rodelinda at Ópera Nacional de Chile and Cleone in Rossini’s Ermione at Teatro San Carlo of Naples.
Future engagements include the main role of Sabina in Gaetano Donizetti’s Le nozze in villa for Festival Donizetti Opera 2020 of Bergamo and Zaida in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia at Teatro San Carlo of Naples, under the baton of M° Montanaro and Antonio Calenda as director.