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The mezzo-soprano Marianna Pizzolato, a native of Sicily, studied at the Bellini Conservatory in Palermo. Together with the tenor Raúl Giménez, she has performed numerous Rossini roles, which remain the focus of her repertoire. In 2003 she made her debut at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, and it is as a Rossini heroine that she first appeared on the stages of the Opéra National de Paris (Angelina in La cenerentola) and the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri). Marianna Pizzolato is intensively devoted to early music: she made her debut at La Scala in Milan in Monteverdi’s Ulisse; other credits include performances in Handel’s Serse with William Christie; at the Ravenna Festival, where Riccardo Muti invited her to sing; and with Anna Netrebko in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. Since then she has also made the leap into the Verdi repertoire and has performed in Nabucco at the Royal Opera House in London.