Susanna Rigacci, born in Stockholm (Sweden) into a family of musicians, began her musical and vocal studies at the conservatory “L. Cherubini” of Florence. There, she was a student of Renata Ongaro and graduated with honours. She continued her studies in Milan with Gina Cigna and in Padoa with Iris Adami Corradetti. After winning a singing competition in Rieti, she made her operatic debut as Rosina in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. She was awarded a prize in the “Maria Callas competition”, which was broadcast by Italian television, and won the first prize in the “Sängerförderungspreis”, Mozarteum International Competition in Salzburg.
Since then she has embarked on an international career and sung in world-class opera houses both in Italy and abroad: among the others, La Scala (Milan), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; La Fenice (Venice), Teatro dell’Opera (Rome), Carnegie Hall (New York), Opéra Comique and Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris), Royal Albert Hall (London). Since the early years of her career, Susanna Rigacci has developed an interest in contemporary music and received invitations from: La Biennale (Venice), London Sinfonietta, Barbican Center (London), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Festival di Gibellina, RAI Rome, RAI Turin, RAI Milan, Orchestra dei Pomeriggi Musicali (Milan), Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana; ORT-Orchestra della Toscana, Rome Sinfonietta, Recherche Ensemble, Ensemble Nuovo Contrappunto, Contemporart-Ensemble. Her contemporary repertoire includes works of Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Berio, Nono, Morricone, Piovani, Togni, Castiglioni, D’Amico, Sciarrino, Clementi, Sinopoli, Pennisi, Gaslini, Ferrero, Arcà, Corghi.
Since 2001, she has been the solo voice of Ennio Morricone’s concerts in Italy and all around the world.
In 2015 she joined Voxnova Italia with which she participated in the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale in the world premiere of “In the midst of things” by Gene Coleman.
She regularly holds international masterclasses and has been invited by universities and academies in Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, and Italy.