Donata Cucinotta, Soprano
Noted for her “particularly fine” voice from the New York Times, Donata Cucinotta is an active performer of both Opera, and Musicals. This seasons notable engagements include a leading role in the World Premiere of a new musical by Grammy winning composer Paul Sullivan The Last Ferryman at the Stonington Opera House, The First Lady in Opera Tampa’s Die Zauberflöte, Josephine in Knoxville Opera’s HMS Pinafore as well as performing as a featured singer at the Bristol Riverside Theater’s Winter Musicale.
Last season, she appeared with Knoxville Opera as Adele in Die Fledermause where she was hailed for her “bright and lively comedy” (Knoxville MetroPulse) and later listed as one of Knoxville’s “Most Memorable Classical Music Performance of 2012" She also appeared as the Countess in ¡Figaro! (90210) a new Spanish/English adaptation of Le Nozze di Figaro with Morningside Opera, and returned to Knoxville Opera as Clorinda in Cenerentola and a as a featured soloist in their annual Rossini Festival, and to the Denver Choralfest as the Soprano Soloist in the Dvorak Requiem.
Other notable appearances include the North American premiere of “Tone Poem” by Mario Jazzetti at Avery Fisher Hall, Gilda in Rigoletto at Opera Fort Collins, Musetta in La Bohème at Symphony Space, Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte with the Stony Hill Players, Adele in Die Fledermaus for Amarillo Opera, Nina in The Firefly and Fiametta in The Gondoliers for Ohio Light Opera, and Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow for Opera New Jersey. She also appeared as soprano soloist in the Bach Magnificat and the Mozart Mass in C Minor, at the Denver Choralfest, and was a featured artist with the Queens Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from Mannes College of Music, Ms Cucinotta joined Shreveport Opera as a SOX (Shreveport Opera Xpress) artist where she understudied Violetta (La Traviata), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Joanna (Sweeney Todd) on the main stage. She also performed Gretel in a touring production of Hansel and Gretel and was featured in a Broadway “Review” which toured the South. She was also a member of Opera Colorado’s ensemble and performed Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, understudied the Four Heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and performed Masha in The Music Shop, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette and Clorinda in Cinderella on tour.
Ms. Cucinotta has been honored as Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist, a Finalist in the Caruso International Competition, Semi Finalist at the San Antonio Opera Competition, Audience Choice Award and Honorable mention at the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition, and First Place at the NATS Eastern Regional and Empire State Vocal Competitions, and a finalist at the Classical Singer Competition.