#10: An Interview with Gabriella Di Laccio

In this episode I’m talking to Gabriella Di Laccio, founder and curator of the DONNE: Women in Music project. We discuss her career as a soprano, and how she came to set up a project championing music by women and supporting gender equality on concert programmes.


Gabriella Di Laccio © Anatole Klapouch

Winner of the “ Air Europa Classical Act of the Year Award 2013”, lyric coloratura soprano Gabriella Di Laccio enjoys an international career that spans the genres of opera, oratorio and chamber music.

Baroque opera productions include Platée by Rameau at the Megaron Opera House/ Athens, Orfeo by Monteverdi and Dido and Aeneas by Purcell with the English Bach Festival in London. Other operatic roles include Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Despina (Cosi fan Tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna (Le Nozze de Figaro), Semele (Handel) and Musetta (La Bohème).

Equally at home on the recital stage, Gabriella Di Laccio is known for her commitment to exploring and performing a vast range of concert repertoire. She performs regularly as a solo recitalist and as a member of various chamber groups covering a wide-ranging repertoire from baroque to contemporary. Gabriella has appeared in a number of major London platforms including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room at Southbank Centre and St. John’s Smith Square, amongst others.

In November 2018, Gabriella was listed as one of the BBC’s 100 most inspirational and influential women in the world. She is also the winner of the Araucaria Foundation Award (Brazil), Peter Pears Prize and Richard III Prize for concert singers (UK).

More information about DONNE is available on their website. If you would like to support DONNE, they have a contribution page here. You can also support them by buying CDs in their collection. All the profits from CD sales go towards future recordings.

The music played on the podcast is:
Chiquinha Gonzaga, ‘Gaucho’, performed by Angiolina Sensale, from the album Homage.
Barbara Strozzi, ‘Che sì può fare’ (prima parte), performed by Gabriella Di Laccio & Capela Strumentale, from the album Affetti Barocchi.

The results of the research into the repertoire of major orchestras that we discuss can be found here.

The theme tune is ‘Dusty Rag’ by May Aufderheide. Performed by Joanna Goldstein for Centaur. This podcast is licensed by PRS for Music (www.prsformusic.com).


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