Loriana Castellano, born in Altamura, Italy, graduated with honors in vocal studies at the “Tito Schipa” Music Conservatory in Lecce with Amelia Felle. She then continued her studies with Claudio Desderi, Edward Smith and Sara Mingardo. In 2008, she attended the Belcanto Academy in Bad Wildbad with Raul Gimenez and Alberto Zedda. She successfully participated in several international competitions, such as: “Città di Adelfia” in 2005 (1st prize); “Terra di Leuca” in 2006 (1st prize); “Roma Festival” in 2006 (1st prize); and “Campolieto” in 2010.
After winning the 64th edition of the “International European Competition for Young Lyric Singers” in Spoleto, she studied with Renato Bruson, Norma Fantini and Enza Ferrari and there she debuted in Matrimonio Segreto, Elisir d’Amore, Madama Butterfly, Pipa and Balafuso, and Reality Opera.
Ms. Castellano made her debut in 2005 as Fulvio in Duni’s Catone in Utica, during the Duni Festival in Matera. Other important debuts followed: Dorotea in Donizetti’s Le Convenienze e Inconvenienze teatrali at the Teatro Orfeo in Taranto; Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro in Rome, Second Woman and Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri; Bradamante in Händel’s Alcina with Le Parlement de Musique conducted by Martin Gester at the Vannes Theatre.
She sang Mozart’s Nocturnes in Bari and participated as Dorabella in the Mozart-based pastiche Requiem per Don Giovanni during the Maggio Salentino. She was also involved in a series of concerts for the Van Westerhout Cultural Activities in New York and then in a concert tour in China. Other recent engagements include: the modern premiere of Myslivecek’s Medonte (Zelinda), with L’Arte del Mondo led by Werner Ehrhardt, recorded for DHM; Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans at the Soli Deo Gloria Festival – Braunschweig and at the Festival de Beaune, with Modo Antiquo and Federico Maria Sardelli (Arte TV); Ser Marcantonio in Bad Wildbad, recorder for Naxos. Her sacred music repertoire includes: Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Salve Regina; Vivaldi’s Gloria, Magnificat and Kyrie RV 578; Händel’s Messiah; Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica with Modo Antiquo and Federico Maria Sardelli at the Theater an der Wien and at the Opera Rara Festival in Krakow; Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra conducted by Thierry Fischer in Utrecht; Così Fan Tutte in Matera; Madama Butterfly in Palermo.
Winner of Toti dal Monte Contest she made her debut as Fidalma in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto in Treviso, Ferrara, Rovigo, Ravenna and Lucca. Mrs Castellano has lately made her debut in La Cenerentola (title role) in Sao Paolo and she performed in La Traviata at the Opera in Monte- Carlo, Vivaldi’s Farnace (1738) in Florence under the baton of Federico Maria Sardelli (Dynamic DVD), La Cambiale di Matrimonio in Ingolstadt, Mozart’s La Betulia Liberata in Wroclaw; Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Trento and Seul, J.M.Kraus’s Begrabnis Kantate (recorded for DHM) at the Berliner Philarmoniker, Battistelli’s Il Medico dei Pazzi in Nancy and La Fenice in Venice, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Kyrie RV 578 with Haydn Sinfonietta Wien in Linz Brucknerhaus.
She sang in the BBC Cardiff Singer in the world 2013.
She studies with Sara Mingardo and Raina Kabaivanska.
Future projects: La Gazza Ladra at Petruzzelli Theater, Adriana Lecouvreur at Opera of Monte-Carlo.