Sara Mingardo


Born: March 2, 1961; Mestre  
Italian singer Sara Mingardo is generally considered among the more important contraltos of her generation. Her repertory is broad, encompassing works by composers from Monteverdi to Britten, though she has scored some of her greatest successes in the operas of Handel.

Mingardo was born in the Venetian suburb of Mestre. Though she displayed musical talent early on, she did not develop quickly: after studies in Venice at the Benedetto
Read more Marcello Conservatory and in Siena at the Academia Chigiana, she made her official operatic debut in Italy only in 1987, in Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto, singing Fidalma.

Following that success she sang Cinderella in the eponymous Rossini opera, in Treviso and Rovigo, in 1988. It was in that Treviso effort that she won first prize in the annual Toti Dal Monte competition. Her other competition successes include the Giulietta Simionato Prize at the 23rd Vienna Competition. While most of Mingardo's appearances up to 1989 were at second-tier operatic venues, she began making her breakthrough at the major sites in Italy thereafter, including La Scala and San Carlo.

In 1995 she made her first recording (on Polygram Records), singing the title character in Handel's Riccardo Primo, led by Christophe Rousset. This followed her official international debut in that role, in Fontevraud, France. She reprised this same role later on at the International Festival of Baroque Music in Bonn and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

After that 1995 French debut, she appeared regularly at numerous other major international locales: under Claudio Abbado, she sang Emilia in Verdi's Otello at the 1996 Salzburg Festival. Her U.S. debut was at the 2000 Santa Fe Opera Festival production of Rossini's Ermione, where she sang Anromaca.

Mingardo has developed a strong international following over the years and has thus been in demand on recordings. Two solo albums appeared in 2003 and 2004, respectively, on the Opus III label. The first, titled Sara Mingardo, featured works by Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, and Handel, and the second, works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Handel, and others. Read less
Mozart: Requiem / Prohaska, Mingardo, Schmitt, Pape, Abbado
Release Date: 08/27/2013   Label: Accentus  
Catalog: 20258   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: Messiah / Davis, Gritton, Mingardo, Padmore, Et Al
Release Date: 10/09/2007   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 607   Number of Discs: 2
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Handel: Tamerlano / Domingo, Bacelli, Mingardo
Release Date: 04/28/2009   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1006   Number of Discs: 3
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Mosca: Signor Goldoni / Hannigan, Gaiello, Mingardo
Release Date: 02/24/2009   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 33600   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: Aci, Galatea E Polifemo / Florio, Mingardo, Abete, Rosique
Release Date: 06/29/2010   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 33645   Number of Discs: 1
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