Italian soprano Marcella Di Garbo has an impressive and diverse musical career that spans various countries and includes both opera and concert performances.
Marcella began her vocal studies under the guidance of Maestro Davide Rocca in Milan, taking her initial steps in her singing career. She continued her education and graduated in singing from the Conservatorio Paganini of Genova in August 2016. In July 2018, she had the privilege of performing the roles of Pamina in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" and Rosalinde in Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" at the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar under the direction of Maestro Damon Nestor Ploumis.
In September 2017, Marcella was awarded a place at the prestigious Royal College of Music in London, where she pursued a Master of Performance degree, supported by a full scholarship. She successfully completed her studies and graduated in July 2019. During her time at the Royal College of Music, she participated in various projects, including collaborating with screen composers and artists from the Royal Academy of Arts.
Marcella's dedication to her craft led her to engage in further training, including attending masterclasses with the critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sonia Ganassi and delving into baroque repertoire through classes with soprano Marinella Pennicchi.
Her career highlights include notable debuts in roles such as Musetta in Puccini's "La Bohème" at the Auditorium Santa Barnaba in Brescia, Italy, covering the role of Nedda in Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci" at the Varna State Theatre, and performing as the soloist in Handel's "Messiah" conducted by Martinho Lutero Galati at the Basilica di Sant'Eufemia in Milan, Italy. She also took on the role of soloist in Orff's "Carmina Burana" conducted by Claudio di Meo in St. Alban's, UK, and performed Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" with "Ensemble Matters."
Marcella has continued to build her repertoire with roles such as Valancienne in "The Merry Widow" at Teatro Santa Giulia in Brescia. Her recent commitments include portraying the Enchanted Plant in "La liberazione di Ruggero dall'isola di Alcina" by F. Caccini at the Brighton Early Music Festival in July 2021 and singing the solo for the CD recording of Vespri alla Beata Vergine by Don Francesco Antonio Urio, set to be released in September 2021 by URANIA records Classical Label. She also took on the role of Countess in Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" in October 2021 and made her debut as Alice Ford in Verdi's "Falstaff," along with the role of Gilda in Verdi's "Rigoletto" at the Teatro Martinetti in Italy.
Marcella's career continued to flourish with her participation in the Westminster Opera Company production of "The Marriage of Figaro" in the summer of 2023, where she portrayed the role of Marcellina and debuted in France at the Chateau de Panloy. In September 2022, she was awarded a scholarship at St. Luke's Church Shepherd's Bush, and in February 2023, she joined the Bellini Opera House in Catania, Sicily, as an extra chorus member.
Beyond her performing career, Marcella is a dedicated teacher, specializing in working with children and beginner singers. She also contributes her expertise to the Nucleo Project as Musicianship Lead. In April 2019, she founded Opera POT, an annual workshop for young singers culminating in opera scene performances (more information can be found on the Opera POT page). In April 2023, she took on the role of leading the Junior Choir at St George's Church Holland Park.
In addition to her musical pursuits, Marcella holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the Catholic University of Milan. Her multifaceted talents and passion for music continue to shine through in her performances, teaching, and dedication to the musical arts.