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Felicita Brusoni is a contemporary soprano, vocal performer and a PhD student in Music with specialization in voice at Malmö Academy of Music, University of Lund (Sweden) carrying on a practice-based research project about extended vocal techniques. She studied opera singing at the R. Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna (Italy) while obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in DAMS – Disciplines of Arts, Music and Performative Arts (2010). Then, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree (2014) in Singing, and a first-class Master Degree (2017) in Vocal Chamber Music (focused on Lieder and contemporary music repertoire) from the Music Conservatory in La Spezia (Italy), where she also began to study the French horn. As a performer, she improved in contemporary singing with Nicholas Isherwood and Alda Caiello, building up a repertoire for solo voice, voice and electronics, duo with piano or other instruments, or voice ensemble, including pieces by Andriessen, Aperghis, Berio, Bussotti, Cage, Castiglioni, Crumb, Curran, Edgerton, Globokar, Kagel, Kurtág, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Rihm, Saariaho, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen. Through collaborations with composers and attending different labs focused on contemporary music, she started to explore the melting of different languages, incorporating various components in her performances, from visual arts to electronics. Besides national and international performances and concerts, opera theatres hirings and contemporary music festivals, she has sung several premieres written for her. She has worked together with composers such as Corrado, Curran, De Pasquale, Edgerton, Favali, Globokar, Nicoli, Scheipner, Spinosa, Vaglini, and she has been chosen as voice in residence in Stefano Gervasoni’s workshop for composers in Livorno (2020). Felicita performs solo, in duo with pianist Matteo Bogazzi (“Helmut Duo”) and in ensembles. Concerts led her to festivals all over Italy and Europe: Biennale di Venezia (Italy), International Stockhausen-Summerclasses (Kürten, Germany), Musica Futura (L’Aquila, Italy), Suoni Inauditi and Livorno Music Festival (Livorno, Italy), New Music Project (San Marino), Contrasti MotoContrario (Trento, Italy), Rondò by Divertimento Ensemble (Milano, Italy), New Made Week (Rovigo, Italy), Sound Spaces (Malmö, Sweden), Camino Contro Corrente (Camino al Tagliamento, Italy). As opera soloist, she sang Britten, Menotti, Puccini and premiered two new operas at Biennale di Venezia 2018 (by composers Sofia Avramidou and Elisa Corpolongo). She also performed musical theatre pieces, due to her stage skills (Histoire du Soldat by Stravinskij, Façade by Walton, Chansons de Bilits by Debussy, Platero y Yo by Castelnuovo Tedesco). In 2019 she won, in duo with Victor Andrini (bass), the “Special Jury” Prize for the performance of In the sky I am walking (Indianerlieder) by Karlheinz Stockhausen at “Note tra i calanchi” Festival in Bagnoregio, Italy. In 2018 she won the “Best Singer” Prize at San Marino New Music Project for her performance of the piece for solo voice Jenseits der Sicherheit by Vinko Globokar. According to the composer, this was the best performance ever of the piece. As well as contemporary music repertoire, Felicita worked with professional singers and ensembles focused on early and baroque music, and sang masterpieces by Bach, Carissimi, Couperin, Händel, Mozart, Vivaldi. She has recorded a CD for Bongiovanni with oratorios by Carissimi (Iudicium Extremum, Jephte).