Brazilian-Italian soprano, Ornella de Lucca, is currently a Master’s Student at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. She was in the opera class of Alexander von Pfeil and Gernot Sahler, studied Lied with the renowned baritone, Wolfgang Holzmair, and studies voice with American soprano, Barbara Bonney. Her production credits at the Mozarteum include Olympia in Offenbach’s “Les contes d’Hoffmann” and Leocadia in Phillippe Boesmans’ “Reigen”.
Ornella received her Bachelor of Music from the Universität Mozarteum in 2018. During her bachelor studies, Ornella was heavily involved in the Mozart Opera Institute (MOI), a program at the university founded and run by Josef Wallnig, which focuses on historical performance practice and movement in operas of the Baroque and Classical eras. During her time at MOI, Ornella sang the roles of Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s “Der Schauspieldirektor” and Atalanta in Gluck’s “La corona”.
Some of her additional roles at the Universtiät Mozarteum include Serpina in Pergolesi’s “La serva padrona” and Fanny in Rossini’s “La Cambiale di Matriomonio.”
In 2019 Ornella sang Dinorah in Meyerbeer’s “Le pardon de Plöemel” at the Landestheater Linz. At the Opera Studio “Arte in Scene”, she sang Rosina in Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia” under the baton of Maestro Matteo Bariani on the Isola del Giglio in Italy. In her native Brazil during the early years of her studies, Ornella sang Gerardino in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” during the Oficina de Musica do Parana in Curitiba and a Flower in the Brazilian opera, “A Vovozinha” by Benedito Nicolau de Santos.
Ornella began her vocal studies at a young age in her hometown of Curitiba (Paraná), Brazil under the tutelage of Brazilian soprano, Neyde Thomas. Prior to her move to Europe in 2013, Ornella studied at the Escola de Música e Belas Artes do Parané (EMBAP) in Curitiba with mezzo-soprano Denise Sartori and was heard in productions of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” and “Trial by Jury”, as well as in Offenbach’s “Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui”. Ornella has participated in several master classes with teachers such as William Matteuzzi, Carlo Colombara, Claudio Desderi, Mariana Cioromila, Evelyn Tubb, Grace Bumbry, Rio Novello and more.
In July 2021, she participated as a soloist in the inguaration of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she sang
"Pulcinella" by Igor Stravinsky.