Chilean-Swedish mezzo soprano Luciana Mancini holds a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where she studied with Rita Dams, Jill Feldman, Michael Chance, Peter Kooij and Diane Forlano.
Most recent appearances include Berio’s Folk Songs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and at Musikfestspiele Sansoucci Potsdam, concerts with Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphael Pichon at the Festivals Chaise-Dieu and Sablé, with Collegium Vocal 1704 and Václav Luks, featuring music of Zelanka, Bach and Telemann, The Messiah with the Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, Bach’s Matthäus Passion with the Residentie Orkest, a new production by Sasha Waltz to mark the opening of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Galatea in Handel’s Acis, Galatea e Polifemo at the Händelfestspiele Halle, Panthalis in Boito’s Mefistofele at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the title role in Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires at Theater Bonn and Theater Halle and Proserpina in Monteverdi’s Orfeo in a new staging by Sasha Waltz with the Freiburger Barockorkester and Pablo Heras-Casado, at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, in Baden-Baden, Bergen, Opera de Lille and the Staatsoper Berlin.
Elsewhere, she has performed the roles of Vita Mondana and Prudentio in Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima et di Corpo at Staatsoper Berlin, conducted by René Jacobs, Amastre in Handel’s Serse at Theater an der Wien, conducted by Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Annio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Drottningholm Festival, Zaida in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia at Dutch National Opera, Volupia and Didone in Cavalli’s Egisto at l’Opéra-Comique in Paris with Le Poème Harmonique, Messaggera in a concert performance of Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze with the Bergen Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, Messaggera in Monteverdi’s Orfeo with the Choeur de Chambre de Namur and La Fenice, conducted by Jean Tubery, at the Vantaa Baroque Festival, Festival Baroque de Pontoise, in Bilbao and Warsaw.
Her wide repertoire also includes the roles of Bradamante in the opera Il palazzo Incantato by Luigi Rossi, Dafne in G. Peri’s L’Euridice, the main oratorios by J.S. Bach and several Handel parts such as Matilde in Lotario and Cleofe in the Oratorio La Resurrezione.
With Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata she has performed at the Musikfestspiele Sanssouci, the Early Music Festival of Brugge, Festival de Música Sacra in Cuenca, Festival de Semana Santa in Valladolid and Festival de Sablè and in Poissy.
Engagements in 2018/19 include the title role in Handel’s Serse at Theater Bonn, Proserpina at Berlin State Opera in Sasha Waltz’s production of Orfeo, Handel’s Messiah with the Orchestra of the 18th Century in Spain and Portugal, 2nd Woman in a new production of Dido and Aeneas by Sasha Waltz at the Teatro Real Madrid and New Year’s concerts with the Oslo Philharmonic.