Described as ‘A true vocal personality’ by Alberto Mattioli in Amadeus Magazine, Italian Mezzosoprano Arlene Belli is a recent graduate of the National Opera Studio in London and of the Conservatoire Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Recipient of the Make Music Audition Oracle Award, the Sybil Tutton Opera Award and the First Prize at the Simone Alaimo International Competition, whilst graduating from Santa Cecilia, she completed a degree in Political Science and International Relations at LUISS Guido Carli University.
Her versatile voice can range from Baroque to Contemporary repertoire, in fact her operatic appearances include Lucretia The rape fo Lucretia Opera North, Zaida Il Turco in Italia Longhope Summer Opera, Teresa La Sonnambula Random Opera Company, Dorina La Diavolessa Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia Teatro Greco, Dorabella Così fan tutte, Charlotte Werther Interocrea Festival, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro EtnaOpera Festival, Andromaca Il Polidoro Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Speranza and Ninfa in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Palazzo Te in Mantua but she has also premiered some contemporary roles like Adele in La sopravvivenza della specie, role written for her voice by Giuseppe Zampetti and performed at Teatro Eliseo in Rome, Lady Louisa Wolseley in The Master by Alberto Caruso at Wexford Festival Opera and the Pope in Edward Lambert’s The Burning Question at Tête à Tête Festival Opera.
Her recent performances include concerts with WNO, ENO and Opera North appearing at St. David’s Hall (Cardiff), The Coliseum (London), Cadogan Hall (London), Hoxton Hall, Whitehall and Fulham Palace, working with conductors by the likes of Paul Daniel, Olivia Clarke, Jeremy Silver, James Southall.
Equally at home in oratorio and choral music, credits include Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Requiem by Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Bach and Handel’s Messiah.
In 2023 Arlene will be returning at Cadogan Hall to perform as a soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No.3 with the Royal Orchestral Society conducted by Orlando Jopling and she will make her Grange Festival debut with the role of Polina in The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky.