As a very young Italian soprano, Virna Sforza graduated the Conservatory of Music “Santa Cecilia” in Rome, then studied at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana and the Accademia Filarmonica Bologna where she was awarded every coveted prize.
Her vocal and artistic standards were formed working with the likes of A. Stella, L. Pavarotti, L. Arruga, L. Magiera, R. Scotto and V. Zeani. She is the winner of numerous international competitions – among them the Luciano Pavarotti, Giacomo Lauri Volpi, and Maria Caniglia prizes, and others.
In 1995, Sforza debuted in Milan with Mozart’s Zaide under the direction of M. Flash within the great Teatro alla Scala, and then went on to debut as Mimi in La Boheme with Luciano Pavarotti at the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
In 2014, Sforza made her mark as a Bel Canto singer at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome in her debut as Elizabeth in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux under the baton of Campanella, and opposite S. Ganassi and A. Gazale. It was on this break out occasion that critics applauded her ‘very distinct style, sheer beauty and opulence of voice, with a pianissimo not having been heard since the days of Montserrat Caballe.’
Throughout her career, she’s been singing on the stages of many international theaters: Trovatore in Spain; Tigrane of Gluck at the Teatro Piccinni in Bari; Apollo e Giacinto by Mozart, Nabucco (Abigaille) by Verdi in Vienna; Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky, Vivaldi’s Gloria at ‘National Academy of Santa Cecilia’ with Vladimir Spivakov; after which she was invited to the Festival of Colmar performing a concert of Schubert and Mahler Lieder with Orchestra of the Moscow Virtuosi.
She continues her career with: Un Ballo in Maschera by Verdi, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur at the Teatro Bellini in Catania; Nerone of Mascagni, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in Spoleto and at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca; Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) of Mozart at the Euro-Mediterranean Festival with R.Bruson; Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, Norma (Norma) of Bellini, Puccini’s Tosca, Aida (Aida) at the Bregenz Festival in Austria; Anna Bolena (Anna) at the Argentina Theatre in Rome.
In 2015 she was invited by the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome for a media presentation of “Giuseppe Verdi And His Art” in the presence of President Giorgio Napolitano, portraying the most famous Verdi Arias.
Virna Sforza remains a superb interpreter of symphonic music – Petit Messe Solennelle by Rossini, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, Requiem by Brahms, the Verdi Requiem and Mahler Lieder which she performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra.