Bianca Tognocchi leaves the ensemble at Oper Leipzig to join Oper Frankfurt, where she made her house debut singing Gilda in Rigoletto in early 2020, in the 2020/21 season, during which roles include Olga Sukarew in a new production of Giordano's Fedora, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, the Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel, Voice of the Forest Bird in Siegfried and Xenia in a new production of Boris Godunov. This Italian soprano studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and won prizes at many international singing competitions including the Renata Tebaldi, Marcella Pobbe and Magda Olivero competitions. She began her stage career in 2010, in AsLiCo productions. She is a regular guest at the Tirol Festivals in Erl, where she was recently heard as the Nightingale in Braunfels’ Die Vögel / The Birds, Jemmy in Rossini's Guillaume Tell and Amina in Bellini's La sonnambula. She sang Elvira in Rossini's L’italiana in Algeri at the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy. Other engagements have taken Bianca Tognocchi to places including La Scala Milan, the Teatro Regio in Turin and Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, the Opéra de Chambre de Genève and Ravenna Festival. She joined the ensemble at Oper Leipzig in 2018/19, where she has sung the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Frasquita (Carmen), Forest Bird (Siegfried), Esmeralda (Die verkaufte Braut / The Bartered Bride) and Gilda (Rigoletto), a role she sang at Malmö Opera in 2018. The corona virus situation prevented her from singing a Flower Maiden (Parsifal), Italian Singer (Capriccio) and Guardian of the Threshold (Die Frau ohne Schatten), which Leipzig hope to reschedule. She sang Lucia this season at the Staatstheater in Darmstadt and can be heard as Aminta in Mozart's Il re pastore (in concert) at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 2021.