Iolanda Massimo soprano
Iolanda Massimo studied piano and opera singing at the Lorenzo Perosi Conservatory, in Campobasso, under the guidance of the mezzo-soprano Claudia Marchi. After vocal studies, she also graduated as ballet dancer at the Royal Academy of Dance of London. Following her formation, Iolanda Massimo perfected her artistic career under the guidance of Richard Barker.
She made her opera debut in 2018, with the roles of Frugola in Il Tabarro and Sister Zelatrice in Suor Angelica from G. Puccini, at the Teatro Savoia di Campobasso. In the same year, she sang Kate in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, at the Teatro Moderno di Latina. In 2019, she sang the Vivaldi's Gloria at the Teatro Savoia di Campobasso and, in the same year, she sang the cycle of songs Les Nuits d’Été from Hector Berlioz, with orchestra at the also in Campobasso.
In 2021, she participated, as an effective student, at the Alberto Zedda Rossinian Academy, perfecting her rossinian repertoire with Ernesto Palacio. In the same year, she took part in the masterclass of Alto Perfection in Opera Singing with the soprano Barbara Frittoli. She is currently enrolled in the annual high-level masterclass in vocal technique and repertoire interpretation, held by the soprano Raina Kabaivanska. In July, she made her debut at the Teatro Rossini di Pesaro, singing the roles of Corinna and Delia in Il Viaggio a Reims, by the Rossini Opera Festival. In September, she held a concert of bel canto at the Teatro Rossini di Lugo, by the Rossini Open Festival, accompained by the pianist Richard Barker. In November, she was the winner of the First International Voice Competition in Milan, obtaining the special prize of the Accademia del Belcanto Rodolfo Celletti.