About the Artist

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The versatile American soprano Donata Cucinotta has been recognized for her powerful performances in operas, musicals and on the concert stage. Recent career highlights include Michael Tilson Thomas with the Louisville Orchestra, a Lincoln Center debut with the Queens Symphony Orchestra and multiple performances with Jack Everly and the Indianapolis Pops.

During the 17-18 season, she records her first Mimì in La bohème with Reclamation Opera and performs with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir under the baton of Eric Stark for the Vaughn Williams Dona Nobis Pacem. She joins On Site Opera for their annual gala.  Future engagements include returning to Indianapolis Opera for her role debut as Musetta in La bohème, Opera Ithaca as Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, a return to the Indianapolis Pops for their Yuletide concerts with Angela Brown as well as concerts with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Terre Haute Symphony.

Additional appearances include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Opera Ithaca, Countess in ¡Figaro! 90210 with Morningside Opera, Josephine in HMS Pinafore at Knoxville Opera, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte at Opera Tampa, Die Fledermaus with Amarillo and Knoxville Opera, Nina in The Firefly with Ohio Light Opera and Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera in the Heights, where D.L Groover of the Houston Press noted “Cucinotta’s fiery soprano [that] opened up with a blistering top, square on, raising goose bumps in the best possible way. To top it off, she’s the only soprano I know who can do a split, cartwheel, and a headsand! Brava for that!”

In the 16-17 season, Ms. Cucinotta sang concerts with The Louisville Orchestra, Baltimore Concert Opera, First Cost Opera, and the Columbus Philharmonic.  She made two company debuts – Asheville Lyric Opera debut as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha and Indianapolis Opera in Johnathan Dove’s Mansfield Park.  She sang the title role in Evangeline with the Longfellow Chorus and jumped in for Rachel Peters’s Wild Beasts with Center for Contemporary Opera where Richard Sasanow of Broadway World noted: “The Cast was smashing on all counts, so completely in tune with Peters’ music that is was sometimes startling that they could be so far inside each other’s heads. Donata Cucinotta was the center of it all as The Girl, with its rangy music. She captured all that was puerile and needy, and at the same time cruel and unthinking, in the dysfunctional worlds The Girl lives in and Imagines.”

A frequent concert and recitalist, she has also been heard in the Mozart Mass in C, Bach’s Magnificat and the Dvorak Requiem with the Denver Choral Fest.  She has also sung the soprano solos Bach’s in Die Elenden Sollen Essen, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dave Brubeck’s To Hope and Handel’s Messiah. As a recitalist, she will be touring her #Metoo program in conjunction with Sing For Hope.

After graduating from Mannes College of Music, Ms Cucinotta joined Shreveport Opera as a Young Artist where she understudied the roles of Violetta in La Traviata, and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro on the main stage. As a member of Opera Colorado’s ensemble, she appeared as Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, understudied the Four Heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and sang the roles of Masha in The Music Shop and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. She was then invited to make her Opera Fort Collins debut as Gilda in Rigoletto. As a resident artist at Opera New Jersey, she understudied Hanna in The Merry Widow.

Ms. Cucinotta is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist, semi-finalist in the Art Song Preservation Society of New York Competition, semi-finalist in the San Antonio Opera Competition, Audience Choice Award and Honorable Mention at the Shreveport Opera Singer of the Year Competition, and a finalist at the Classical Singer Competition.