Manuela Custer was born in Novara and made her debut at the Teatro Regio in Turin with Rossini’s Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra and the role of Cherubino in Nozze di Figaro.
This immediately led to an international career which saw her appearing: in Luzern with Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges under Viotti, in Montecarlo with Mozart’s Così fan tutte under Accardo, in Verona, Genoa and Lille as Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann under Richard Bonynge, in Venice and Salzburg with Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans under Scimone, at the Istanbul International Festival first in the title role of Bertoni’s Orfeo under Scimone directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi, and afterwards as Irene in Vivaldi’s Bajazet directed by Pizzi under Fabio Biondi, at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Vivaldi’s Giustino and Arminio under Alan Curtis, at Martina Franca’s Festival with Donizetti’s La Zingara, at the Edinburgh International Festival with Rossini’s Zelmira, at Verona’s Teatro Filarmonico with Il Barbiere di Siviglia opposite Juan Diego Florez, at the Rome Opera with Faust and Capuleti e Montecchi, at Paris’ Theatre des Champs-Elysèes with Vivaldi’s Orlando Finto pazzo and Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, at Seville’s La Maestranza as Ottavia in Incoronazione di Poppea under Rousset directed by Graham Vick, at the Rossini Opera Festival with Il Vero omaggio, Le nozze di Teti e Peleo, La Gazzetta directed by Dario Fo and La Gazza ladra, at the Royal Festival Hall and at Theatre Royal Drury Lane with Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei and Il diluvio universale, at Opéra de Lyon with Anna Bolena, at La Scala in Milan with Debussy’s La demoiselle élue under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Cavalli’s Didone.
Ms. Custer’s discography includes: La rimembranza, La partenza, Il primo dolce affanno, L’esule di Granata, Pia de’ Tolomei, Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra, Zelmira, Il diluvio universale and Maria Stuarda for Opera Rara, Juditha Triumphans for Warner Fonit, Arminio for Virgin Classics.
Her latest engagements have included: Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Bari and Detroit, Vivaldi’s Bajazet at the Wiener Konzerthaus and in Yokohama under Fabio Biondi with Europa Galante, Italiana in Algeri at the Opèra de Toulon, at the Dallas Opera, in Cordoba and Florence, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Malaga, Le Mans, Nantes and Angers with M° Aldo Ceccato, Tutino’s Le bel indiferent in Turin, Cavalli’s La Didone under Fabio Biondi, Galuppi’s Olimpiade under Andrea Marcon, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart's Requiem conducted by Alain Altinoglu for La Fenice in Venice, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Fabio Luisi at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and in Florence under Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Milan and Malaga under Aldo Ceccato, Garcia’s Il Califfo di Bagdad at the Granada Festival, Teatro La Zarzuela in Madrid and Palau de la Musica in Barcelona under Christophe Rousset (with a live cd recording), Falstaff under Gianandrea Noseda for the opening of the season of Turin’s Teatro Regio, where she returned for Salome under Noseda directed by Robert Carsen, for Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann under Emmanuel Villaume directed by Nicolas Joel and for the title role in Rossini's Tancredi directed by Yannis Kokkos, Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Savona and Turin with Academia Montis Regalis, Donizetti’s Anna Bolena directed by Graham Vick in Palermo, Vivaldi’s Orlando furioso (Alcina) at the Amsterdam Konzertgebouw and at Santa Cecilia in Rome with Venive Baroque Orchestra and Andrea Marcon, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in Leipzig and London with M° Riccardo Chailly (to be released on dvd Euroarts), Italiana in Algeri in Dallas, Florence and Cordoba, Juditha Triumphans in Amsterdam and Baden-Baden, Faust in Palma de Mallorca under Pietro Rizzo, Falstaff in Bilbao under Marco Armiliato directed by Arnaud Bernard.
Her future engagements include: Il diluvio universale in St. Gallen, Olimpiade conducted by Ottavio Dantone in Jesi, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Sassari, San Sebastian, Peralada and Madrid, Rossini's Suite Dodo conducted by Alberto Zedda in Madrid, Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Dallas Opera.
Ultimo cambio: 2010-06-21, 15:15 EDT (Manuela Custer)