Carla Maffioletti

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Carla Maffioletti (born c.1980 in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) is a Brazilian/Italian opera singer.

Born in Brazil, Maffioletti shares both Italian and Brazilian nationalities. She began her singing career under the guidance of the Brazilian soprano Neyde Thomas and Classical Guitar at UFRGS University in her homeland. At the age of 15 Maffioletti was already touring throughout Brazil and South America with the pioneering guitar ensemble Camerata Consort during a period of 7 years. From 1998 to 2000 she studied Opera and Lied repertoire with Mya Besselink at the Maastricht Conservatorium in the Netherlands, where she lives ever since.

Since 2002 she’s part of the soloist ensemble of violinist André Rieu and his JS Orchestra performing roles like Olympia (les contes d’Hofmann), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Sylvia (Czardas Fürstin), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) and others. With Rieu, Carla has been touring worldwide and singing in places such as Radio City Hall (New York), Waldbühne (Berlin), Shönbrunn Palace (Vienna), Vrijthof Square (Maastricht) Olympic Park (Seoul) and International Forum (Tokyo) and Roger's Center (Toronto), and recording several CDs and DVDs.

During the season 2009-2011 Maffioletti was member of the Gießen Opera House in Germany, performing roles such as Papagena and Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), Carolina (Il Matrimonio Segreto), Olympia (Tales of Hoffmann), Marja (Der Revisor), Raven (Sigurd, the Dragon Slayer), Valencienne (Die Lustige Witwe), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Meroë (Die Großmüttige Tomyris) and Maria-Luisa (Goya).

In 2013 Maffioletti was engaged by the Stadttheater Luzern, in Switzerland for the part of Scintilla at Bruno Maderna's opera Satyricon, considered the highest role ever written for a coloratura, reaching up to a Bb6.

During the summer of 2000 she joined the selected singers for the concert during Münchner Singschule Festival accompanied by the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, and was acclaimed by the critics for her performance of Olympa’s aria (J. Offenbach), by the renowned coloratura soprano Reri Grist, with whom she shares collaboration ever since.

In Brazil, Maffioletti recorded 3 important Cds, Erudito I, Tudo Muda with songs of Flávio Oliveira and the first recording of the opera A Boiúna by Walter Schultz Portoalegre. And in September 2012 she produced and released her first solo Album, Blue Bird which contains arias from Opera, Operetta and Art songs arranged by Carla Maffioletti herself in collaboration with Annemie Hermans for the Mandoline Ensemble The Strings and special Guests from the Johann Strauß Orchestra from André Rieu. This CD also contains a solo track featuring Carla Maffioletti as a guitarist, on the beautiful The Deer Hunter Cavatina. She also plays herself at this Ensemble since 2007.

In addition to her recent opera engagements, Carla performed roles such as Rossignol (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Frasquita (Carmen), Angélique (Angélique), Inah (A Boiúna). She has sung under the direction of Ed Spanjaard, Jan Stulen, Enrico Delamboye, Emmanuël Pleijers, Tulio Bellardi, Antônio C. B. Cunha, Ion Bressan and Marcelo Viotti.

In 2007 she joined the Mandoline Ensemble The Strings under the direction of Annemie Hermans, performing as a guitarist.

In addition to her musical activities, she had acted in theater plays and musicals, amongst them are Medea (award for best original soundtrack by Carla Maffioletti and Patrícia Heckteuer), Sentimental Journey (award for best musical) and Jacobina – Uma balada para o Cristo Mulher (award for best musical).

She was born in the second largest city in southern Brazil; a port town on Guaíba River. As a very young girl she began playing the violin before changing to classical guitar. Her talents were such that by her early teens she was performing at concerts throughout the country. While at university she began taking singing lessons and very quickly developed her outstanding voice.

Multilingual (she speaks Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, English, French, German and Dutch), Maffioletti decided to study voice at the Maastricht Academy of Music in Maastricht, the Netherlands. While attending the academy, she came to the attention of André Rieu who hired her as a vocalist with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. In addition to global touring with the orchestra, Maffioletti has performed as a soloist on several of Rieu's albums and has appeared in his PBS television broadcasts in the United States. On Rieu's DVD I Lost My Heart in Heidelberg (2009) she sings "Die Juliska aus Budapest" and (with Mirusia Louwerse and the Berlin Comedian Harmonists) "Adieu, Mein Kleiner Gardeoffizier".[1]

Discography[edit]

2012 Carla Maffioletti's Solo CD Blue Bird

2011 Mannenkoor Sta. Caecilia Swijkhuisen Un Incontro Musicale

2009 André Rieu CD-DVD Ich hab’ mein Herz in Heidelberg verloren

2007 André Rieu DVD Live in Vienna

2006 André Rieu CD-DVD New York Memories

2005 André Rieu CD-DVD Songs from my Heart

2004 André Rieu CD-DVD Der Fliegende Holländer

2003 André Rieu CD-DVD Romantic Paradise André Rieu CD Live in Tuscany

2002 CD Tudo Muda Lieder von Flávio Oliveira

2001 CD A Boiuna Opern von Walter-Schulz Portoalegre

1996 CD Erudito I Lieder von R. Gnattali, M. Furtado, A. Garritano

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