The Singer

Claudia Toti Lombardozzi started studying singing and vocal interpretation at the age of 16 and she has studied and performed in Italy and abroad with renowned teachers such as: Gabriella Tucci, Raina Kabaivanska, Alfredo Kraus, Gianfranco Plenizio and Igor Chichagov. From the beginning of her studies she showed a strong artistic temperament and this allowed her, through her voice, to discover her inner self and the joy of performing on stage. In 1994 she attended a drama course held by Prof. Michele Mirabella. She then went to New York to study the Strasberg method with Ilza Prestinari and Susan Batson. Still in search of the union between her inner self and expressivity, she attended courses on the Alexander Technique at the HB Studios in New York - relaxation and meditation techniques.

 

"My first singing lesson was a revelation! I was 16 and I was shocked to discover the range and beauty of the sounds that my voice could produce"

 

After turning 18, she began performing in Rome: at the Officers’ Club at Palazzo Barberini, in the concert series I Concerti del Tempietto, at the Sala Baldini and many more; at 19 she was among the finalists in the singing contest  "Paolo Neglia" in Enna; at 20 she joined the choir at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome after attending an audition and coming first out of 99 sopranos. With the choir she was busy during the summer season at Caracalla in Operas such as Aida, Nabucco, Turandot and Tosca and at the  Costanzi with Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, Die Flëdermaus, La Gioconda, Lucia di Lammermoore, La figlia del Reggimento, and La Bohème.

At 23 she sang the baroque opera “Aretusa” by Filippo Vitali, for the first time as a protagonist (Aretusa), together with Carlo Lepore and Sonia Ganassi. She then debuted  the role of Adina in “L’Elisir d'Amore” by G. Donizetti, conducted by Maestro Nicola Colabianchi. During the winter season she sang the Requiem by Verdi and The Creartion by Haydn with the maestros Georges Prètre and Giuseppe Sinopoli. At 25 she went to the USA and reached the semi-finals in the “Rosa Ponselle” competition in New York. The following year in Rome in the Basilica of S.Maria in Trastevere she recorded 2 baroque CDs by A. Scarlatti. In 1996 she was chosen by Tito Schipa Jr. to interpret the role of  Maria Callas in the project "Virtualmente Tosca", and in the same year she sang in “Madama Butterfly” directed by Bob Wilson and produced by the Teatro Comunale of Bologna. In 1998 in the Basilica of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere she held a concert of sacred arias by Verdi, Spontini and Puccini accompanied by the famous actor Nando Gazzolo. In 2000, in Manila, she sang in honour of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. On returning to Italy the sang the role of Mimì in “La Bohème” by G. Puccini conducted by  Maestro Roberto Bongiovanni at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. Again in Rome she sang the world première of “The Hero Yi Sun Shin”, at the Teatro dell'Opera with M° Nicola Samale. In 2001 she held many concerts, performing opera arias on tour in the USA in Phoenix, San Francisco, Portland, LA, and San Diego. In the same year, in Palermo, she won national first prize "Universo Donna" in the Opera section and interpreted the role of Pamina in "The Magic Flute" directed by M° Julia Jones at the  Teatro Massimo of Palermo. She returned to the Teatro Massimo for "Don Giovanni" conducted by M° Gabriele Ferro in the role of  Donna Elvira.

 

Claudia Toti Lombardozzi has sung many concerts around the world: in Seoul with M° Enzo de Rosa; in Sofia in collaboration with the Arena of Verona; in Croatia at the National Theatre of Spalato, in the role of Nedda in the Opera "Pagliacci" conducted by M° Loris Voltolini; in Tel-Aviv at the Givatayim Theatre. In 2004 she performed at the Vittoriano in Rome for the  award "Italiani nel Mondo"(Italians in the World) transmitted by RAI 1, the principal italian channel. She sang for the bands of the Army, Police and Navy thus promoting an exchange between institutions and citizens. She is very active in the promotion of Italian cultural and artistic heritage, a quality which has brought her to sing in the Grand Serail of Beirut in Lebanon, in the Italian embassies of Tunis and Berlin and in the Austrian Embassy in Italy.

Lorenzo Poli PH

Lorenzo Poli PH