Anna Bonitatibus


The Anti-Diva, as she likes to describe herself, is renowned for the noble passion with which she interprets titles between the most famous of ‘teatro musicale’, as well as the tireless commitment with which she promotes the divulgation of a rarer repertoire.

  • Halle Handel Preize 2023
  • Bärenreiter Jubilee Ambassador 2023-2024
  • Winner of the International Opera Awards 2015


Anna Bonitatibus has represented over seventy titles in her repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi's absolute masterpieces to the revived operas of Cavalli (Didone, Ercole amante, Calisto), passing through Haendel's operatic productions (Agrippina, Deidamia, Julius Caesar, Orlando, Tamerlano, Tolomeo, Ottone, The Triumph of Time and Disillusion), and composers from the Neapolitan school, including Pergolesi and Cimarosa, up to her beloved Gioachino Rossini: Cinderella, The Barber of Seville, L’Italiana in Algeri, Il Viaggio a Reims, Tancredi, and other cantatas, masses, and the rare and precious Péchés de Vieillesse by the Pesaro-born composer.

Impersonating Cherubino in the renowned The Marriage of Figaro, she has been acclaimed as one of the most celebrated Mozart interpreters. Her performances have extended to include Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Mitridate Re di Ponto, Lucio Silla, La Clemenza di Tito, as well as sacred and secular compositions from Salzburg. Her vast mezzo-soprano repertoire also includes Verdi's Requiem, Mayr's Ginevra di Scozia, and Donizetti's Enrico di Borgogna, which she performed with great success at the Donizetti Opera in Bergamo (2018). In the French repertoire, she has performed Carmen, successfully debuting the role in Madrid (2018), and she has also added L’Enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel, Romeo and Juliet by Berlioz and Gounod, The Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach, Werther and Don Quixote by Massenet to her credits.

Throughout her career, Anna Bonitatibus has collaborated with renowned musicians, directors, and artists on prestigious stages worldwide, from Teatro alla Scala to the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Opéra comique in Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Royal Opera House in London, and at festivals in Salzburg, Florence, Monaco, Bologna, Grange, and renowned international concert halls from Russia to the United States. Among the esteemed names she has worked with are Charles Mackerras, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, René Jacobs, William Christie, Ivor Bolton, Myung-Whun Chung, Alan Curtis, Roberto Abbado, Ottavio Dantone, Marc Minkowski, Raphael Pichon, Stefano Montanari, Angela Hewitt, Andrea Lucchesini, Luca Ronconi, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Dario Fo, David McVicar, Laurent Pelly, David Alden, Jonathan Miller, Kasper Holten, Emilio Sagi, Irina Brook, Ivo van Hove, David Bösch, Mariame Clément, Tobias Kratzer, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, and Valérie Lesort, among others. She has shared the stage with distinguished colleagues such as Michele Pertusi, Christian Gerhaher, Rockwell Blake, Barbara Frittoli, Juan Diego Flórez, Cecilia Bartoli, Simon Keenlyside, Sabine Devieilhe, Franco Fagioli, Angela Georghiu, Patrizia Ciofi, Michael Spyres, Thomas Allen, Roberto Alagna, Vivica Genaux, Lisette Oropesa, Magdalena Kožená, Philippe Jarrousky, and Aleksandra Kurzac.

Anna Bonitatibus has given numerous recitals, personally curating the programs. Some of her recent recitals include "Beethoven and Rossini," "Beyond the Borders: Music and Musicians of the New Europe" (Wigmore Hall), "Prime Donne - da Margherita Durastanti ad Adelaide Malanotte" (Haendel Festival, Karlsruhe), "Tanti affetti: Rossini e le sue Muse" (Rossini Opera Festival), and "Cantori e Maestri" (I Festival Toscanini, Parma).

In 2021, she made her debut at the Staatsoper in Hamburg with Haendel's Agrippina in a production directed by Barry Kosky. She returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich in May 2022 with the same opera, garnering enormous success. In the summer of 2022, she had a double debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and in Mozart's Idomeneo. In the autumn of the same year, she returned to perform Verdi's Requiem on tour with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano, visiting Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. The year 2023 is dedicated to Handel: she will debut as Ruggiero in Alcina on tour with Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski (Paris, Bordeaux, Hamburg, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia), followed by a stop at the Teatro alla Scala in February 2024 for her first Serse at the Halle Haendel Festival, where she was awarded the prestigious Haendel Preis 2023.

In addition to her artistic activities, Anna Bonitatibus is committed to researching and promoting Italian chamber opera through the London-based music publishing house, Consonarte-Vox in Musica that she co-founded. Her most recent album, "Monologues," recorded with pianist Adele D’Aronzo dedicated to musical monologues of characters from mythology, history, and literature, has just been released (Prospero). Among her highly successful recordings are "Semiramide - La Signora regale," a journey dedicated to the first Queen of the East, which earned her the International Opera Awards 2015 (DHM); "en travesti," dedicated to 'trouser roles' composed for female voices (BR Klassik); "La Tempesta," cantatas by composer Marianna Martines (DHM); and "Canti italiani" by Beethoven (Consonarte). Her DVD releases include The Barber of Seville (Hardy-RaiTrade), La Didone e Ercole amante (OpusArte), Così fan tutte (Arthaus), and The Coronation of Poppea (Virgin Classic). Her performances are also available for streaming, such as La Clemenza di Tito and Lucio Silla (La Monnaie, Brussels) and L’Italiana in Algeri (Staatsoper, Vienna).

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