Soprano Mara Zampieri made her US debut in a performance of Mercadante's IL GIURAMENTO given by Eve Queler's Opera Orchestra of New York at Avery Fisher Hall in 1981. The bespectacled diva made a vivid impression with her unusual timbre and intense style; she shared the stage with Agnes Baltsa, who - like Zampieri - had a great personal success that night.
Zampieri's New York career was essentially limited to that single performance. She was scheduled for her Met debut in 1986 as Elisabetta in DON CARLO, but was replaced by Aprile Millo following the dress rehearsal. In 1991, Ms. Queler invited Mara Zampieri to sing with Opera Orchestra of New York again, this time at Carnegie Hall in a concert performance of Donizetti's ROBERTO DEVEREUX. I have a tape of some of the dress rehearsal and Zampieri sounds fine in her own rather quirky way. But on the night of the performance, we arrived to find that Martile Rowland would be singing instead.
Mara Zampieri had a successful career in Europe, including an acclaimed portrayal of Strauss's Salome at Vienna in 1991. In recent seasons, she has re-surfaced, singing the roles of Flora Bervoix and Mama Lucia at La Scala.