"Carolina Lippo as Despina is the spearhead of the cast, and achieves a remarkable performance in every respect."
"...fantastic stage presence and dramatic facial expressions, but above all a virtuoso bel canto performance."
"Lippo dominated the stage as Norina."
Opera in Wein
Carolina Lippo graduated in Piano and Singing at the Conservatory Giovanni Battista Martini in Bologna before joining the Young Artist Programme at the Theater an der Wien. In 2018, she won the Semperoper Dresden Debut Prize at the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition.
Her recent and upcoming engagements include Despina Così fan tutte for Nevill Holt Opera, Merab Saul (cover) for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lisetta Le Metamorfosi di Pasquale at the "Pergolesi-Spontini" Festival, Adina L’elisir D'Amore at Teatro Regio of Torino, Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at Semperoper Dresden, and her debut at The Grange Festival.
Carolina's engagements at the Theater an der Wien include Merab Saul in a new production by Claus Guth conducted by Laurence Cummings; a new production by Mariame Clément's of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen conducted by Christophe Rousset; Seraph in Mendelssohn's Elias; Keith Warner's production of Gottfried von Einem’s Der Besuch der alten Dame conducted by Michael Boder; Sergej Morozov’s production of Porpora’s Arianna in Nasso conducted by Markellos Chryssicos; Marcos Darbyshire’s production of Don Pasquale conducted by Tscho Theissing; Despina Così fan tutte conducted by Stefan Vladar; Jean Renshaw's new production of Sallieri’s La scuola de' gelosi conducted by Stefan Gottfried; and Kay Link's new production of Handel’s Oreste conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky.
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Mozart Cosi fan tutte (Despina), Nevill Holt Opera
Carolina Lippo was terrific as a dissolute Despina.
Ashutosh Khandekar, Opera Now
At the epicentre of the intrigue are Carolina Lippo’s hard-bitten Despina and John Molloy’s lounge-lizard old professor Don Alfonso.
George Hall, The Stage
Carolina Lippo fully embraces the soubrette role of Despina, making the maid a particularly manipulative figure as her philosophy of following her own desires equates far more to making money than it does to enjoying love. Not only does she ensure big payments from Don Alfonso both towards the start and at the end, but she sings ‘Una donna a quindici anni’ while running rings around a sleeping party-goer as she smears lipstick on his face and steals money from his jacket.
Sam Smith, Music OMH
Carolina Lippo showed good comic talent in her portrayal of Alfonso's ally, the housemaid Despina
William Hartston, The Daily Express
Stealing the limelight is the sister’s chattering maid Despina (Carolina Lippo) whose use of an egg whisk in teaching the unfaithful sisters a lesson they will never forget is very frightening! ...As leaders of deception, John Malloy and Carolina Lippo will have few equals.
Clive Peacock, Harborough Mail
Pietro Generali Adelaide di Borgogna (extracts), Teatro Sociale, Rovigo
Carolina Lippo, an interpreter devoted mainly to the 18th century repertoire, gives depth and credibility to the character, with perfect diction, sensitivity in capturing her character’s intentions and affections, and an unwavering vocal style, founded on a clear and secure voice in all registers.
Daniela Goldoni, OperaClick
Mozart Cosi fan tutte (Despina)
Theater an der Wien (2018)
Carolina Lippo as Despina is the spearhead of the cast, and achieves a remarkable performance in every respect.
Carolina Lippo, who plays Despina, shows her great acting talent, with flashes of sarcasm in her eyes, nonchalance and ease both vocally and in her acting.
Händel Oreste (Ifigenia)
Händel-Festspiele Halle (2018)
Carolina Lippo (soprano) gave a wonderful interpretation of Ifigenia. In this ambiguous role, she highlighted the loving character and at the same time the darkness of the character, in a clear and pure voice with a very attractive and fine grain.
Carolina Lippo in the Cecilia Young role of Ifigenia carried off the role of executioner-with-a heart quite successfully, also contributing an attractive voice.
The central role of Ifigenia may be less demanding, but the Italian soprano Carolina Lippo brought a wonderful lightness of touch to it with her clarion voice, right from the gentle opening continuo aria Bella calma (from an early Italian cantata) as she first spots Oreste crumpled at the front of the stage. Her two simile arias give a hint of her final siciliano from Siroe Mi lagnerò, tacendo (I silent will bemoan my cruel fate), as she prepares the execution of Oreste, masks the extent of her inner turmoil. Ms. Lippo's controlled elegance was a great asset here".
Opera con Brio
Händel Saul (Merab)
Theater an der Wien (2018)
Merab was excellently performed by the understudy Carollina Lippo.
Kurt Bayer’s Commentary
…the warm temperament of an excellent last-minute substitute, Carolina Lippo.
Donizetti Don Pasquale (Norina)
Theater an der Wien (2017)
Carolina Lippo, whose Norina wiped the floor with her three easily-manipulated male stage partners, singing with rich, sizeable tone not unlike that of Mirella Freni in this role.
Thoroughly humorous were the actors - especially the Italian soprano Carolina Lippo as a malicious, almost vicious Norina … with her fantastic stage presence and her grotesque-comic facial expressions, but above all with her virtuoso bel canto performance.
…the Italian soprano has all the top tones and coloraturas required by Donizetti, but also has a very fine wit. This Norina sets the tone in every way.
Carolina Lippo is Norina not only in the staging, but she also vocally dominates the scene.
Radio Klassik Stephansdom
Carolina Lippo has the personality for this type of Norina
Der Neue Merker
If the voice is also a bit metallic, it still convinces with a fine and powerful soprano, with all top notes and necessary coloratura.
Carolina Lippo is a refreshingly cheeky Norina … and masters the game brilliantly with her secure soprano.
Lippo dominated the stage as Norina. With her moving, but somewhat metallic-sounding soprano she showed Don Pasquale who the "Domina" is in the house.
Opera in Wein
Carolina Lippo Concert Repertoire
Carolina Lippo Opera Repertoire
Amina (La sonnambula)
Fata Smeraldina (La donna serpente)
Fiorina (Don Checco)
Adina (L’elisir d’amore)
Gnese (Il campiello)
Title (Adelaide di Borgogna)
Valencienne (Die Lustige Witwe)
Despina (Cosí fan tutte)
Semiramide (La Semiramide in Villa)
Antiope (Arianna in Nasso)
The Fairy Queen
Giulia (La scala di seta)
Ernestina (La scuola de gelosi)
Lisetta (Le metamorfosi di Pasquale)