Aprile Millo, soprano

Aprile Millo made a cinderella-like debut at the Metropolitan Opera on Dec. 3, 1984 replacing an ailing colleague and caused literally a sensation. Since that time she has sung over 180 performances of 15 different roles at her artistic home, the Metropolitan Opera. Outside New York, Mme. Millo has triumphed in the theaters of Frankfurt, Barcelona, Parma, Rome, Bologna, Torino, the Arena of Verona, The Baths of Caracalla, Munich, Berlin, Vienna,Zurich, Paris, Orange, Moscow, Rio de Janero, Sao Paolo, Santiago, Colon - Buenos Aires and of course, La Scala, Milan. Miss Millo will add to her roles with a debut in the atmospheric Puccini Masterpiece "Il Tabarro" with a distinguished cast at the Historic Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. This follows a Christmas Medley disc "Christmas Through the Ages!" to be followed by her first studio recording scheduled for release in 2015, and a filmed concert for eventual DVD release.

She has collaborated with such great conductors as Herbert von Karajan and Riccardo Muti at La Scala, as well as her great friend and mentor, James Levine, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and has sung in productions by the greatest stage directors, including Liu in Turandot, collaborating with legendary stage and film director, Franco Zeffirelli. She was also chosen by Maestro Zefferelli to be the voice of Elizabeth Taylor for the film, " Young Toscanini ".

Recording with James Levine a critically acclaimed Verdi series for Sony Classical, Millo has Aida, Il Trovatore, Luisa Miller and Don Carlo on disc and with DG a highly acclaimed DVD/Video of Un Ballo in Maschera with Levine, the Met and legendary tenor and great friend, Luciano Pavarotti as well as an EMMY winning broadcast DVD of Aida with the Met, Levine and famed tenor and great colleague, Placido Domingo.

The winner of numerous awards, Millo has won the unanimous Primo Premio-First Prize at the Voci Verdiane Concorso in Busetto, Italy, the Montserrat Caballe-Bernabe'Merti Special Verdi Prize Francisco Vinas, The Voce D'Oro, The Richard Tucker Foundation Award, and the Maria Callas Foundation Award, to name a few.

Millo is a rare throwback to another age of singing. A voice of quality and extention, able to do Bel Canto, Verdi, as well as the demanding rigors of the Puccini and Verismo school.