Aprile Millo

2018 Very Honoured

Visiting Master & Recital

The beloved soprano has for over twenty-five years been a beacon of style, a voice with an authentic Verdi sound and idiomatic phrasing; the genuine article lirico-spinto soprano d’agilita’, Millo has been thrilling audiences since her Cinderella-like debut at the Metropolitan Opera in December of 1984 literally caused a sensation. The newspapers the next day heralded the birth of "A New Verdi Star," and more than 30 years later Millo is still winning praise from critics and often frenzied ovations from an adoring public. 

Aprile Millo is represented by

Columbia Artists Management Inc.

Contact: CAMI 1790 Broadway, New York, New York 10019

(212) 841.9544


Robert Lombardo and Associates

Cyrena Esposito Red Letter Entertainment

437 West 48th Street, Suite D New York, New York 10036

(212) 247-2375



Aprile Millo & James Levine

Aprile Millo sings 'Pace, Pace, mio Dio' from La Forza del Destino (Verdi), conducted by James Levine.

Biography


Her voice hailed as "the rarest of the rare"- ruby rich and velvet- has been compared with some of the greatest voices who have ever lived, like legendary sopranos, Renata Tebaldi, Zinka Milanov, Rosa Ponselle and Maria Caniglia and Claudia Muzio.


In performances of a startling variety - from a prodigy to a prodigious artist capable of stunning versatility and golden age vocal glamour- Millo literally grew up in front of the New York public in unforgettable nights of music and excitement.

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Cheering publics and sold out houses heard Bellini's IL PIRATA, Rossini's WILLIAM TELL; Catalani's LA WALLY, and Umberto Giordano's ANDREA CHENIER, Cilea's ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, Leoncavallo's rarely heard ZAZA'; to Verdi master-pieces of LA BATTAGLIA DI LEGNANO and I LOMBARDI, AIDA, OTELLO, LUISA MILLER, DON CARLO, Il TROVATORE, UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, her debut SIMON BOCCANEGRA Ponchielli's LA GIOCONDA, both Margherita / Elena in Boito's Scapigliatura masterpiece, MEFISTOFELE and Puccini's towering TURANDOT as both Liu and Turandot and most recently LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST and Giorgetta in Il Tabarro; beloved and well known operas as well as often neglected masterpieces. In October 2018 Mme. Millo will perform the title role in Cilea's ADRIANA LECOUVREUR at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.

Renata Tebaldi and Zinka Milanov would both become great friends and beloved mentors to the young California-raised, New York born soprano. It would be Licia Albanese who found her and first took interest. Beverly Sills guided her early and Magda Olivero would be her counsel for her debut "Adriana Lecouvreur" and remains a font of inspiration. Elisabeth Schwarzkopf would take her to the legendary conductor Herbert Von Karajan and then to Riccardo Muti who acclaimed her at 24 and gave her a Teatro alla Scala debut in "Ernani". It would be a modern day Serafin in the person of James Levine who saw in Millo the Verdi soprano he had been waiting for. The Force of Destiny indeed. Millo went on to be the leading soprano for the Italian Wing of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera for over 20 years.

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Operavision Academy


Millo along with Italo-Canadese soprano revelation, Maria Vetere, began the official Summer Opera Program , Operavision Academy in Busseto, Italy in collaboration with the Comune di Busseto, The Casa Barezzi, Foundation Renata Tebaldi Museo, The Casa Verdi.

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Along with Millo, Operavision Academy has worked with the great bel canto champion Richard Bonynge since its inception. He returns again this year. Recitals this year in Carrara and in Citta della Pieve mark her return to the concert stage.


"The audience could tell they were in the presence of an artist of the "old school", something more and more rare these days." Philadelphia Inquirer. 2005.


Millo has sung over 162 performances of 15 different roles in her artistic home at the Metropolitan Opera fashioning her career on the the model of her predecessors; she chose to remain in one house for the majority of her time.


Millo would go on to acclaimed appearances in Vienna, Rome, Bologna, Verona, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Munich, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, Japan and Seville among the many world theaters where she is a popular favorite, both in opera and recital.


“There is no mistaking the real thing. Millo is all about communication, immediate and intense, a beguiling mix of the spiritual and the carnal.....breathtaking piani and gorgeous sounds become a bridge on which the public is transported to another place and time......” ABC Spain


"The High Priestess of that 'Old-Time Operatic Religion" Millo is famous the world over for her gorgeous voice and Golden Age manner. The audiences scream and stamp their approval like a rock concert; a bit of a recluse, she is a guaranteed sold out house and a once in a lifetime event! You have to hear this to believe it, not an ordinary night in the theater. Who said opera had to be boring?! What a voice!” Playbill 2009


Recording rarely, her Verdi series with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera for The Sony Classical Label are considered modern day classics of Verdi repertoire.


She also has a DG highly acclaimed DVD/Video of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera with Maestro Levine, from the Met, and legendary tenor and friend, Luciano Pavarotti and also in the Emmy Award winning DVD of Aida with the Met, Maestro Levine, and the fabulous Placido Domingo.


Maestro Franco Zefferelli chose her to be the voice of Elizabeth Taylor in his film, "The Young Toscanini". They went on to become fast friends and she sang at Elizabeth’s wedding at Michael

Jackson’s Never Never Land in front of a glittering group of world and political stars.


She is the winner of numerous awards: unanimously chosen the Primo Premio First Prize at the Voci Verdiane Concorso in Busetto, Italy; the Montserrat Caballé-Bernabe’Merti Special Verdi Prize; Francisco Vinas, The Voce D'Oro; The Richard Tucker Foundation Award the Maria Callas Foundation Award; and the NIAF Award “La Voce D’Angelo” given in memory of Renata Tebaldi. This year she is receiving the Premio Bellini in Taormina.


Mme. Millo has been a hard working exponent of the Verismo/Scapigliatura period and has helped bring to light the neglected masterpieces of Leoncavallo's "Zaza" and the little known Montemezzi's "Il Cantesimo" and Catalani's "La Wally" and Lincinio Refice's sacred opera, "Cecilia" and as both heroines in Boito’s magical Mefistofele.


Another string on her bow is the ability to sing in her native language of english with a disarming charm and direct communication.


Graduating into a Puccini soprano of intense communication she has triumphed in "La Fanciulla del West" and as both Liu and Turandot in Turandot and is considered the reigning "Tosca" of her generation. In February of 2014 she debuted for the historic Teatro di Genova, her first Giorgetta in “Il Tabarro”.


Performing with The Opera Orchestra of New York, in Bellini's "Il Pirata", Verdi's "La Battaglia di Legnano" and "Il Lombardi" as well as Rossini's "William Tell", "La Wally" of Catalani, Giordano's "Andrea Chenier", and Ponchielli's "La Gioconda" and "Adriana Lecovreur" of Cilea as well as a truly jubilant Puccini in "La Fanciulla del West” in 2005.


Down to earth but aware of the perils of today for the world of music Millo remains anchored in the principles of the Old School. An audience remains hungry for the grandeur and a style of music that Millo supplies. "Never having sung out of her repertoire, the voice remains remarkable and brilliant with rich warm middle tones, the most rare today, and such gleaming true spinto-high notes." Michael Scott British musicologist and author of “ Record of Singing”.


“The recital was like Ms. Millo herself, simultaneously contemporary and a throwback to another era: Her gestures noble and slow, are classic, but she also blogs and tweets. Her banter was informal, but she is deadly serious about singing which she views as a sacred calling... the big aria “L’altra notte in fondo al mare” from Boito’s Mefistofele she delivered truthful and passionate, her voice big and sure, gleamed up to a dazzling high B. I had never seen a standing ovation interrupt a recital before. People were literally screaming. Aprile Millo stood, a bit shocked, tears streaming down her face… My favorite operatic moment of 2009!”

Zachary Woolfe, NY Observer/NY Times