A prizewinner of Premio Abbiati (2009), Sara Mingardo is one of the genuine contralto voices on the music scene today. She collaborated with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Ottavio Dantone, Colin Davis, John Eliot Gardiner, Riccardo Muti, Trevor Pinnock, Christophe Rousset, Jordi Savall, Jeffrey Tate and Rinaldo Alessandrini. Her repertoire includes works by Gluck, Monteverdi, Handel, Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi, Cavalli, Mozart, Donizetti, Schumann and Berlioz. Particularly active on the concert side, she has a vast repertoire ranging from Pergolesi to Respighi, through Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak and Mahler.
Amongst her recent engagements it is worth mentioning: Händel’s Messiah under Natalie Stutzmann in USA with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at the Teatro alla Scala under Fasolis and in Aix-en-Provence under Haïm on tour in Europe; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Rome (Accademia Filarmonica) with Rinaldo Alessandrini, in Bilbao and in Madrid under Dantone; Brahms’Alto Rhapsody in Rome under Daniele Gatti and in Cagliari; Pelléas et Melisande in Bochum; Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater at the Musica Sacra Festival in Münster; Bach’s Johannes-Passion with Musica Saeculorum in Essen and Aix- en- Provence; Mendelssohn’s Elias in Florence under Daniele Gatti and then in Copenhagen; a solo recital at the Grand Théâtre de Genève; Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno; Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Lucerne Festival under Chailly; revival of L’incoronazione di Poppea at La Scala and in New York with Rinaldo Alessandrini; Vivaldi’s L’Incoronazione di Dario in Turin under Dantone; Brahms’Alto Rhapsody in Florence; Mozart’s Requiem in London; L’Orfeo in Leipzig; Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Penelope) at the Staatsoper Hamburg under Jean-Christophe Spinosi; Wesendonck Lieder in Geneve with the Geneve Camerata; Mozart’s Requiem in Dublin and with Ensemble Pygmalion and on tour in the next month in Paris, Versailles, Bordeaux, Toulouse. Other future plans include: Petite Messe Solennelle and Handel’s Messiah in Vienna; Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater in Naples and on tour in Europe; Petite messe solennelle in Luxembourg; a Monteverdi concert in Oviedo and Madrid; a Gala Concert at the Wigmore Hall in London; Mahler’s 3rd Symphony in Cologne; Rodelinda in Lyon; Il Ritorno di Ulisse in Patria in Hamburg; Mozart’s Requiem in Chicago under the baton of Riccardo Muti and in Aix en Provence under the baton of Raphael Pichon project directed by Romeo Castellucci; L’Orfeo with Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations in New York.