Anna Bonitatibus, a native of the Basilicata region of Italy, began studying music at the age of nine. She received a diploma with honours in both Piano and Voice. After winning several international competitions, she turned her attention to the study of the vocal techniques and repertoire of the 18th century and belcanto.
The range of Anna Bonitatibus’s interpretations now includes over fifty operatic titles. From her first recording made in 1992, La Griselda by Antonio Vivaldi, she distinguished herself by the operas of the fervent baroque period. Particularly noteworthy are her appearances in Neapolitan opera buffa and French repertoire. Thanks to her performances of the most important and familiar works of Mozart, Handel, and Rossini, she has performed on Europe’s most prestigious stages and in concert halls worldwide. Among the many characters played her travesti roles deserve a special mention as well as her performances in the sacred repertoire.
She made her debut at La Scala in 1999 in Don Giovanni under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti; in the same season she performed as Adalgisa in a new production of Norma at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples.
Among her most recent debuts we would like to point-out title roles in Cavalli’s Didone as well as Handel’s Agrippina; Ariodante in Mayr’s Ginevra di Scozia and Verdi’s Requiem, which have received good reviews and enthusiastic acclaim by the audience. Debuts in new roles and in new prestigious venues have been already scheduled for Anna Bonitatibus’s upcoming seasons.
Ivor Bolton, Daniele Callegari, Bruno Campanella, William Christie, Myung-Whun Chung, Alan Curtis, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Romano Gandolfi, René Jacobs, Thomas Hengelbrock, Will Humburg, Louis Langrée, Nicola Luisotti, Lorin Maazel, Andrea Marcon, Sir Charles Mackerras, Marc Minkowski, Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Antonio Pappano, Jordi Savall, Jeffrey Tate, Marcello Viotti, Franz Welser-Möst, Alberto Zedda, are among the top conductors who have accompanied Anna Bonitatibus throughout her busy and glittering career in operatic and concert repertoire.
Directors such as David Alden, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Irina Brook, Roberto De Simone, Beppe de Tomasi, Jurgen Flimm, Dario Fo, Kasper Holten, Andreas Homoki, Jean-Louis Martinoty, Sir Jonathan Miller, Laurent Pelly, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Luca Ronconi, Toni Servillo, Emilio Sagi, Jerome Savary, Bartlett Sher, among others, have directed her on stage.
Anna Bonitatibus has recorded many CDs and DVDs; most recent recordings including the solo albums Semiramide – LaSignora regale (a fascinating selection of music dealing with Semiramis, the legendary queen, rare opera arias and scenes from 18th century until early 19th century, most of them never recorded before); Un Rendez-vous (Rossini’s arias for voice and piano – Sony RCA Red Seal, also on word tour); Haydn’s L’Infedeltà costante (Sony/DHM). Next year she will make a tour across Europe, where she will sing arias of the CD Semiramide. She has appeared in Handel’s Tolomeo and Vivaldi’s Andromeda liberata (Deutsche Grammophon); Scarlatti’s Lettere amorose, Handel’s Deidamia and Un’opera Immaginaria (Virgin); Verdi’s Falstaff (Naxos); César Franck’s Rédemption (Fenice) and also for BMG, Abeille, Oehms, and Avie. Upcoming release for Sony: La Tempesta, Marianna Martines’ late cantatas.