Bianca Tognocchi is making her debut at Oper Frankfurt as Gilda in this run of Rigoletto performances and joins the Ensemble in 2010/21. This Italian soprano graduated from the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and has won prizes at many international singing competitions, including the »Renata Tebaldi«, »Marcella Pobbe« and »Magda Olivero«. She started her career in 2010 taking part in productions put on by AsLiCo. She is a regular guest at the Tirol Festival in Erl, where she recently sang the Nightingale in Braunfels’ Die Vögel / The Birds and Jemmy in Rossini‘s Guillaume Tell. She recently sang Elvira in Rossini‘s L’italiana in Algeri at the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy. Other recent engagements have included appearances at 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), the Waldvogel (Forest Bird in Siegfried), Esmeralda (Die verkaufte Braut / The Bartered Bride) and Gilda (Rigoletto), a role she sang for the first time at Malmö Opera in 2018. You can hear her this season in the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Staatstheater in Darmstadt. Future plans include singing alongside Rolando Villazón at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg.