Born in Milan, Barbara Frittoli graduated with the highest honours at the Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan where she studied with Giovanna Canetti. She later was the winner of several international competitions. Among her career’s most remarkable performances were Le nozze di Figaro (Contessa d’Almaviva) with Riccardo Muti (Wiener Staatsoper 1994, 2005 – Teatro alla Scala 1997); Otello (Desdemona) at the Salzburger Österfestspiele (1996, 1998) and at the Teatro Regio di Torino (1997) under Claudio Abbado; Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi) at the Wiener Staatsoper (1994, 1997, 2002), at the Ravenna Festival with Riccardo Muti, at the Covent Garden with Colin Davis (1998) and at the Opéra Bastille with Sir Charles Mackerras (2000); Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in 1997 with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Paris under the baton of Claudio Abbado; Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) at the Salzburger Festspiele with Lorin Maazel (1999), at the Opéra Bastille with James Conlon (1999), at the Wiener Staatsoper (1997, 1998) at the Teatro Regio in Torino and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (2005); Turandot (Liù) in 1997 at the Opéra Bastille with Georges Prêtre and in 1998 in a tour in China with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Zubin Mehta. She sang Verdi’s Falstaff (Alice) at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Daniele Gatti (1997), at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze with Antonio Pappano (1998), at the Covent Garden under the baton of Bernard Haitink (1999). She performed Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna with Daniele Gatti (1998), at the Opernhaus in Zurich (2002), at the Teatro Regio di Torino and Wiener Staatsoper (2003). In 2004 she debuted the role of Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze, with Zubin Mehta.
During her brilliant career she also performed as the protagonist in Pergolesi’s Flaminio at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples (1993); as Mimì in La Bohème at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples (1992), Wiener Staatsoper (1993), Teatro Comunale di Firenze with Semyon Bychkov (1994), New York Metropolitan Opera (1995); as Micaela in Carmen Philadelphia Opera (1992), Wiener Staatsoper (1993), Covent Garden (1994), Metropolitan Opera (1995); as Sifare in Mitridate, re di Ponto at the Teatro Regio in Torino (1994) and in Paris under the baton of Christophe Rousset (2000); as Medora in Il corsaro at the Teatro Regio in Torino (1996), as Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Wiener Staatsoper (1992,1996); as Margherita in Faust at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova (2000).
Barbara Frittoli’s vast concert repertoire includes Mozart Arias, Lieder by Schubert, Wagner, R. Strauss, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Rossini Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Messa in c minor K.427, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, the cantata Mors et Vita by Gounod, Mahler’s Symphony n.4, performed with such conductor as Riccardo Muti, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, Colin Davis, Antonio Pappano, Bernard Haitink, Gianndrea Noseda. He has just sung Pergolesi’Stabat Mater with Ravenna Festival in Malta and the Verdi’s Requiem with Riccardo Muti in Parma and in Chicago, with Gianandrea Noseda in Copenhagen.