Francesca Matta grew up in Sardinia, Italy, where she graduated in opera singing from the Conservatoire G.P.L. da Palestrina. She continued her vocal studies with renowned international artists such as soprano Giusy Devinu and contralto Bernadette Manca di Nissa. Over the years she performed, both in Italy and UK, roles such as Gilda, Rigoletto; Mimí, La Bohème; Elisabetta, Maria Stuarda; Contessa, Le Nozze di Figaro; Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni; Fiordiligi, Così fan Tutte; Norina, Don Pasquale; Modista, Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze; Fanny, Adelson e Salvini; as well as numerous oratorio engagements including Mozart Requiem and Exultate Jubilate, Vivaldi Gloria, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn Elijah and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle.
Where did you study music? I started studying piano and violin at the Conservatoire when I was very young, until at the age of 18, when I discovered that singing was my true love.
What is your favourite piece of music/song? Impossible to answer! I’ll be cheeky and say that my favourite piece of music is always the opera I’m singing next
What single thing could you not live without? Pizza! I’m Italian after all!
Who has inspired you the most? In life, my parents, for always being supportive in pursuing my dreams. In music, my teacher Giusy Devinu, who loved singing and teaching so much that she kept doing it even when she was unwell in the last period of her life.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Sardinia, Italy, and moved to London in 2008.