Mezzo-soprano Leyla Martinucci began her career as an actress and singer at age 10 at the Sferisterio di Macerata as Il Pastorello in Tosca. After subsequent collaborations with acclaimed director Peter Stein in Milan and Madrid, she focused her ambitions on opera, and performed at Teatro Politeama in Lecce as Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera. Invitations followed for her to perform with the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra in China at Quintai Concert Hall under the baton of Maestro J. Peng Liu, and to sing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Maestro Stefano Vignati at Opening Night of the 43rd annual Festival Barocco. She then appeared as Lola inCavalleria Rusticana and Maestra delle Novizie inSuor Angelica with Miami Lyric Opera, and in critically acclaimed performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Noto.
Summer 2015 was crucial for her career; she was invited by Marcello Giordani to take part in hisMarcello Giordani & Friends concert in Catania and to sing in concert with stars Aprile Millo and Gregory Kunde. The following March she appeared as Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica at Stapling Performing Arts Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Subsequent appearances include opening night of the Veneto Festival with I Solisti Veneti in the MozartRequiem and Albinoni Magnificat under baton of Maestro Claudio Scimone, Rosina in Barbiere di Siviglia in Udine and Trieste, the role of La Gloria in the world premiere of Vivaldi’s La Gloria e Imeneo at Villa Manin in Udine with the Orchestra of Teatro La Fenice, and both Flora in La traviata and Lola inCavalleria rusticana at Miami Lyric Opera.
In May 2017 she returned to Padova to perform Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with I Solisti Veneti for the opening of the Veneto Festival, followed by her debut at the Silesian Theatre in Opava in the title role of Carmen, and her reprisal of La Gloria in La Gloria e Imeneo at Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza with I Solisti Veneti in a production directed by Ivan Stefanutti and under the baton of Maestro Claudio Scimone.
Her 2017-18 season began with appearances as Maddalena in Rigoletto at Opera Grand Rapids, Toledo Opera, and Opera Carolina, followed by her New York City Opera debut as Angelina in La Cenerentola and her return to Opava in May as Carmen at the Silesian Theatre.
Ms. Martinucci currently studies with the renowned mezzo-soprano Luciana D’Intino.