Agenda 2017 | 2018


October, 16 L'Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio in Concert
— The Queen of the Night —
Roma Auditorium Parco della Musica
March, 1-2-3-4-5 THE MAGIC FLUTE (Mozart)
— The Queen of the Night —
Palermo Teatro Biondo
February, 24-25-26-28 THE MAGIC FLUTE (Mozart)
— The Queen of the Night —
San Donà di Piave
January, 21-22 DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (W. A. Mozart) Cond. Dejan Savić, directed by Lindsay Kemp — Die Königin der Nacht — Lucca Teatro del Giglio
January, 14-15 DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (W. A. Mozart) Cond. Dejan Savić, directed by Lindsay Kemp — Die Königin der Nacht — Pisa Teatro Verdi


January, 28 REQUIEM KW 626 (W. A. Mozart) Cond. Valery Voronin, Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria Auditorium Amantea (CS) - Italy



She graduated with honors in Singing and Baroque Singing. She studied with Margaret Baker Genovesi and Madame Henriette Dejean in Paris. Then she attended belcanto master classes by Mirella Freni, Raina Kabaivanska, Magda Oliviero and Mariella Devia, and improved the ancient style with Emma Kirkby.

She excelled and won several prizes in International Competitions such as "Toti dal Monte", “Iris Adami Corradetti” and "De Nardis". In 2003 Maria Laura debuted as Cèrés in Paisiello’s Proserpine at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, where she has been singing operas by Paisiello, Cherubini, Piccinni and Sarro, and where in 2006 she was awarded the title of “Best performer” at the 31st edition of the Festival. In 2009 she was awarded by Renata Scotto with the “Premio Nazionale delle Arti” at Accademia di Santa Cecilia. In 2010 she received the “Golden Opera Award” at the Arena di Verona with Mirella Freni, Desirée Rancatore e Celso Albelo.

Next engagements: Requiem by Mozart K 626 (Auditorium Amantea, Cond. Valery Voronin, Orchestra Filarmonica della Calabria); concert in Wien (Die Königin der Nacht).

Her Repertoire embraces more than 30 leading roles, including Alcina, Arianna, Drusilla, Die Königin der Nacht, Lucia, Cunegonde, Konstanze, Olympia, Lulu, ranging from early Baroque music (Carissimi, Stradella - Chapelle Royale di Versailles, Rossi, Steffani, Monteverdi, Galimberti), to baroque and late baroque (Händel - La Coruña, An der Wien- Vivaldi, Bach, Porpora, Piccinni, Paisiello, Sarro - Hermitage di San Pietroburgo- Mozart, Salieri, Cherubuni, Galuppi, Albinoni, Insanguine, Leo, Cimarosa, Haydn, Jommelli - Santiago de Compostela- Lucchesi, Pergolesi, Scarlatti), XIX century music (Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Offenbach, Rossini, Schumann, Verdi, Thomas) and XX century music (Braunfels, Berg, Bernstein, Debussy, Ravel, Strauss).

She appears in theaters in Italy (Teatro San Carlo - Naples, Arena - Verona, Teatro alla Scala - Milan, Teatro La Fenice - Venice, Teatro Malibran - Venice, Teatro Lirico - Cagliari, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Florence, Teatro Filarmonico - Verona, Teatro Olimpico - Vicenza, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia - Rome), Germany (Halle, München, Potsdam, Chemnitz, Mannheim), Austria (Theater an der Wien), Spain (La Coruña, Albacete, Valladolid, Santiago de Compostela), France (Chapelle Royale de Versailles - Paris), Russia (Hermitage - St. Petersburg). She performs at international festivals of modern and ancient music such as Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Händelfestspiel in Halle, Ambronay, Sagra Musicale Umbra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Festival de Mùsica de Compostela, Festival International Enescu, Festival Barocco in Viterbo, Festival Arcadia in Musica, Womad in London. She collaborates with conductors such as R. Abbado, G. Antonini, G. Carella, A. Curtis, R. Doni, D. Fasolis, C. Goldstein, F. Guglielmo, D. Jurowski, A. Marcon, S. Molardi, G. B. Rigon, C. Rizzi, C. Rousset, F. M. Sardelli, T. Severini, J. van Veldhofen, and with directors such as M. Carniti, R. Carsen, G. Cobelli, B. de Tomasi, M. Gandini, M. Gasparon, I. Kerkhof, D. Livermore, D. Michieletto, A. Pizzech, P. Pizzi..
In 2005 Maria Laura recorded for Sony BMG La Cenerentola (Clorinda) in München with Vesselina Kasarova directed by Carlo Rizzi and sang the title role in Cherubini’s Ifigenia with the Orchestra Toscanini conducted by Tiziano Severini; in 2006 she was awarded the title of “Best Performer” at the 31th edition of Maria Laura has the opportunity to live out her love of acting the opera stage, and she performed the role of Farnace in the Mitridate by Porpora in Fenice, Malibran, Valladolid, Mart - Rovereto, Bibiena, gaining huge public and critic favor. In 2007 she took place in Mozart‘s Schauspieldirektor (Mad. Herz) in Sassari and Braunfels’s Die Vögel in Cagliari (Die Nachtigall) with Roberto Abbado. In 2006 she sang in the Magic Flute at teatro Olimpico of Vicenza (first Dame and cover of the Queen of the Night) and she started her collaboration with Alan Curtis in Wien (ad der Wien), Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña. In 2008 she took up an invitation by Andrea Marcon to sing the title role of Alcina in Potsdam, Halle and Andromeda by Vivaldi in Ambronay and Venezia. In 2009 she took part in the title role of Händel’s Alcina at Milano’s La Scala with Robert Carsen and Giovanni Antonini. In 2010 she sang the arduous role of Marchesa in Salieri’s Il Mondo alla rovescia at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona and also the Intermezzo La furba e lo sciocco in San Petersburg’s Hermitage. In 2010-2012 she has been Alcina at the Chemnitz Staatsoper since two years, and she sang in the Incoronazione di Poppea at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Pizzi. Than she was choosed in San Carlo with Cimarosa’s Il Marito disperato to sing Eugenia under the direction of Christoph Rousset. Other roles: Damigella, Virtù and Pallade in Monteverdi’s Incoronazione di Poppea (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Die Nachtigall in Die Vögel by Braunfels (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari), Aspasia in Mitridate by Mozart, Elvira in Italiana in Algeri, Elisa in Re Pastore by Mozart, Ifigenia in Ifigenia in Aulide by Cherubini, Lulu by Bernstein.
She enjoys exploring new and unusual repertoires covering different epochs and styles from oratorio to madrigals via unconventional music theatre and modern genre, but especially enjoys the 17th century “recitar cantando” style. Maria Laura is particulary interested in heightening the emotional impact of the text and music with the use of gesture, musical rethoric and ornamentation.
Since 2011 she has been touring the worldwide with the amazing Queen of the Night in the Mozart’s Magic Flute with the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio (over 110 performances), gaining the enthusiastic applause of the audience and critics.

Maria Laura Martorana recorded for Sony BMG (Cenerentola with Vesselina Kasarova), Brilliant Classics (Ottone in Villa by Vivaldi, and Cantate di Porpora per soprano), Dynamic (Proserpine by Paisiello, Lo sposo di tre by Cherubini, Achille in Sciro by Sarro, I giuochi di Agrigento by Paisiello, Il mondo alla rovescia by Salieri), CPO (Il Flauto Magico), Nuova Era (L'italiana in Algeri), Virgin Classics (Ariodante, Giove in Argo by Händel).

Keen on studying ancient music manuscripts, graduated in molecular biology and researcher at the Institut Curie for two years, Maria Laura loves portraiture photography and oil painting.

Ms Martorana is a very skilled singer in my opinion! She is musical, sensitive to the drama and creative in her ornamentation; her intonation is very nice fluidly organic. Passionate singing. Her early style is beautiful and I can well-understand why she has a wonderful career starting wonderfully expanding. Brava, Maria Laura!
Beverly Hoch - 2014





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