Nuccia Focile

Biography

Born: November 25, 1961; MIlitello, Sicily  
Lyric soprano Nuccia Focile combines a clear voice, an attractive and youthful appearance, and a sparkling stage appearance to develop a leading international operatic career in the last several years of the twentieth century.

She was a pupil of Elio Battaglia while she studied at the Turin (Torino) Conservatory. At the end of her period of study, in 1986, she made her professional operatic debut as Oscar in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera
Read more at the Turin Opera. In the same year, she traveled to Philadelphia where she won the international Pavarotti Singing Competition. This resulted in a number of concert and operatic appearances with the famed tenor. This included the famous concert Pavarotti gave in his hometown of Modena, Italy, which was recorded on CD and video and broadcast live in Italy. This resulted in a very large audience experiencing her talent and charm and in offers to sing in most of the major houses in Europe.

He career trajectory had been a familiar one for young lyric sopranos: she began with the lighter Mozart roles, Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale, and soubrette roles such as Nannetta in Verdi's Falstaff. Later her voice broadened and she took on heavier lyrical parts and roles edging closer to the dramatic soprano repertory.

In the earlier part of her career, Nannetta became one of her favorite parts, for personal and well as musical reasons. In 1988, she visited the Welsh National Opera to sing in Falstaff in a production by Peter Stein that was highly acclaimed. She sang the role at Covent Garden that year, and joined the roster of the Welsh National Opera. The Stein production was taken on tour to London, New York, La Scala, and Paris. In 1990, it was scheduled to go to Tokyo, but by then her partner as Fenton (Nannetta's boy friend in the opera), Laurence Dale, was unavailable. Paul Charles Clarke, a British tenor from Liverpool, took over the part. They did not practice the kissing scene (the young lovers are behind a screen are revealed while smooching) until the performance. As Focile told a British women's magazine, "Well, we liked the kiss and decided to try the real thing!" She and Clarke were married in Monte Carlo and have made their home in Cardiff, Wales, since then. They now have a daughter, Antonia, who was born in New York, while her father was singing with the Metropolitan.

Focile made her Metropolitan debut in 1995 as Mimì in La Bohème. As her voice has taken on a more mature flavor, she has added parts such as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; Verdi's Luisa Miller; Gounod's Juliet; Amelia in Verdi's Simon Boccanegra; Puccini's Madama Butterfly; the title role in Janacek's Kat'ya Kabanova; and her favorite role, Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni.

She also sings concert performances, including the Welsh Proms at Cardiff Bay. She has recorded for the Philips and Opera Rara labels. Among the discs she has recorded are a Eugene Onegin with Semyon Bychkov conducting, Donizetti's L'assedio di Calais (as Eleonora), and three acclaimed Telarc productions of Mozart-Da Ponte operas with Charles Mackerras: Le nozze di Figaro (as Susanna), Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte. She has also participated in the anthology recordings A Hundred Years of Italian Opera, 1820 - 1830 and Donizetti Divas. Read less
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  • 1.
    Riccardo Muti At La Scala [6-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107543 Release Date: 06/24/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Tomislav Muzek,  Antonello Ceron,  Barbara Frittoli,  Giorgio Giuseppini  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 2.
    Donizetti: Don Pasquale / Muti, Furlanetto, Gallo, Kunde, Teatro Alla Scala
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107207 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Nuccia Focile,  Gregory Kunde,  Lucio Gallo,  Ferruccio Furlanetto  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 3.
    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Mackerras, Miles, Focile, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80725 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Alessandro Corbelli,  Carol Vaness,  Suzanne Murphy,  Alastair Miles  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Chamber Chorus
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    Luciano Pavarotti - The Emi Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 13937 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Dolora Zajic,  Cheryl Studer,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Samuel Ramey  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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  • 5.
    Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
    Label: Morrison Music Trust   Catalog: 2045-46 Release Date: 01/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Nuccia Focile,  Paul Charles Clarke,  Gordon Hawkins,  James Meng  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Guidarini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus
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    Verdi: Don Carlo / Muti, Pavarotti, Dessi, Ramey, Coni
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58631 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Alexander Anisimov,  Andrea Silvestrelli,  Marilena Laurenza,  Orfeo Zanetti  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
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  • 7.
    La Scala Collection - 11 Operas
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OA LS3000BD Release Date: 07/25/2006   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Francisco Araiza,  Natale de Carolis,  Claudio Desderi,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Lorin Maazel,  Stefano Ranzani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Olga Borodina - Portrait
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000639902 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Manuel de Falla,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Olga Borodina,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Semeon Skigin,  Larissa Gergieva  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Patrick Summers,  Nikolai Korniev,  Valery Gergiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir  ... 
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    Andrea Bocelli - A Night In Tuscany
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000679209 Release Date: 04/18/2006  
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilèa,  Various
    Performer:  Andrea Bocelli,  Sarah Brightman,  Nuccia Focile,  Zucchero
    Conductor:  Marcello Rota
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Pisana Chorus
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  • 10.
    Vocal Teamwork - Rare Operatic Ensembles
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 233 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Coccia,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ferdinando Paër,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Miles,  Anne Mason,  Bruce Ford,  Mark Glanville  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  John Matheson,  Giuliano Carella,  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4757017 Release Date: 10/03/2005  
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Francis Egerton,  Hervé Hennequin,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  Neil Shicoff  ... 
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris,  St Petersburg Chamber Choir
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    Pergolesi: Lo Frate 'nnamorato / Muti, La Scala
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 3005 Release Date: 08/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  Amelia Felle,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Nuccia Focile,  Luciana D'Intino  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Ricci: La Prigione Di Edinburgo / Bellini, Robinson,Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 228 Release Date: 06/08/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Ricci
    Performer:  Colin Lee,  Dean Robinson,  Nicola Rossi Giordano,  Elisabetta Scano  ... 
    Conductor:  Gabriele Bellini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Verdi: Don Carlo / Muti, Pavarotti, Dessi, Ramey, Coni
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54867 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Marilena Laurenza,  Orfeo Zanetti,  Mario Bolognesi,  Nuccia Focile  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Favorite Mozart Arias / Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80529 Release Date: 11/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Allen,  Barbara Hendricks,  June Anderson,  Jerry Hadley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Opera Rara Collection - 20 Selected Highlights
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 205 Release Date: 09/08/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Saverio Mercadante,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu,  Paul Nilon,  William Matteuzzi,  Bruce Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Alun Francis,  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Della Jones Sings Donizetti / Parry, Philharmonia, Francis
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 203 Release Date: 07/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Ian Caley,  Christian Du Plessis,  Nuccia Focile  ... 
    Conductor:  Alun Francis,  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Pavarotti Plus
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448700 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Piero Cappuccilli,  Dolora Zajic,  Giuseppe Sabbatini,  Leo Nucci  ... 
    Conductor:  Leone Magiera,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 19.
    100 Years Of Italian Opera 1820-1830
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 104 Release Date: 03/13/1997   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Gioachino Rossini,  Carlo Coccia,  Michele Carafa  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Diana Montague,  Paul Nilon,  Bruce Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Mackerras, Skovhus, Corbelli
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80420 Release Date: 08/27/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Nuccia Focile,  Felicity Lott,  Jerry Hadley,  Umberto Chiummo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Chamber Chorus
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  • 21.
    Rossini: Messe Solennelle, Messa Di Milano / Marriner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446097 Release Date: 05/30/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Susanne Mentzer,  Nuccia Focile,  Ian Bostridge,  Simone Alaimo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 22.
    Donizetti: L'assedio Di Calais / Parry, Du Plessis, Jones
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  John Treleaven,  Christian Du Plessis,  Nuccia Focile,  Della Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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  • 23.
    Mozart: Così Fan Tutte / Mackerras, Lott, Hadley, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80360 Release Date: 03/29/1994   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gilles Cachemaille,  Alessandro Corbelli,  Jerry Hadley,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Edinburgh Festival Chorus
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  • 24.
    Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin / Bychkov, Hvorostovsky, Focile
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438235 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Neil Shicoff,  Sarah Walker,  Alexander Anisimov,  Nuccia Focile  ... 
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Chamber Choir,  Orchestre de Paris
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