In 1980 at the age of 20, Cecilia Gasdia won the first prize in the “New Voices for Opera” Competition dedicated to Maria Callas. She subsequently made her debut in Florence in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, but real fame was hers when, at last minute, she was called to the Scala in Milan to replace Montserrat Caballé in the title role of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena: the sensational success of the evening brought Cecilia Gasdia to the attention of orchestra conductors and directors all over the world.
In the 80’s Cecilia Gasdia at the Teatro Comunale in Florence made her debut in different roles: Violetta in a new production of La Traviata under the direction of Franco Zefirelli and conducted by Carlos Kleiber; Nannetta in a production of Falstaff conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini; Anne Truelove in The Rake’s Progress directed by Ken Russel and conducted by Riccardo Chailly, furthermore she appeared in Paris in Rossini’s Moise, Verdi’s Jérusalem and La Traviata, this last opera conducted by Zubin Metha.
She subsequently made her debut in the United States in Rigoletto in Philadelphia and New York with Riccardo Muti, with whom she had sung before Rossini’s Stabat Mater at the Edinburg Festival.
Cecilia Gasdia is one of the most internationally appreciated singers of Rossini’s work, and her repertoire includes fourteen roles of this talented composer; the collaboration with Rossini Festival in Pesaro, which began in 1983 with Mosè in Egitto, has continued over the years with Le Comte Ory, Il Viaggio a Reims conducted by Claudio Abbado of which a highly successful record was made by DG, Maometto II, Otello and Semiramide.
In June 1994, Cecilia Gasdia took part in an extraordinary concert in the Sarajevo National Library conducted by Zubin Metha, performing Mozart’s Requiem alongside José Carreras and Ruggero Raimondi. The concert, dedicated to the victims of the tragedy of ex-Yugoslavia, was broadcast by more than 30 television networks all round the world.
Amongst her most important engagements of the 1997-98 season we underline the production of Orfeo by C. Monteverdi at the Athens Concert Hall, staged by Pierluigi Pizzi and conducted by Claudio Scimone, Un giorno di regno by G. Verdi at the Teatro Regio in Parma, Orfeo by C. Monteverdi in a production of the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Giulio Cesare by G.F. Handel at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, L’Amico Fritz by P. Mascagni at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.
During the season 1998-99 she was busy with production of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the New National Theatre Tokyo, of L’Amico Fritz at the Teatro Bellini in Catania, a series of concerts with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Genoa and other Ligurian theatres, in a long series of concerts all over Italy with Claudio Scimone and I Solisti Veneti, with a production of Orfeo by A. Sartorio at the Teatro in Fano/Italy conducted by Alberto Zedda, with The merry widow at the Arena of Verona (in summer 1999).
Amongst her most important engagements of the 2000 season we underline the production of I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo at the Teatro Bellini in Catania conducted by Daniel Oren, of Le jongleur de Notre Dame by J. Massenet conducted by G. Gelmetti at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, of Mosè in Egitto by G. Rossini under the direction of Pierluigi Pizzi and conducted by Claudio Scimone at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona.
In January 2001 she met with a personal success in L’Amico Fritz with Andrea Bocelli at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona. In March-April she was joining Andrea Bocelli on US Spring Tour, eight concerts in USA and Canada winning american public’s heart and in june she appeared in a Gala Concert with Andrea Bocelli in Pisa for the reopening of the Tower of Pisa.
August 2001 she met a great success in Otello at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste with Josè Cura and an entusiastic success in Edinburgh at Edinburgh International Festival with Armida by Rossini.
In february and march 2002 Cecilia Gasdia sang Pagliacci by Leoncavallo at the Teatro Filarmonico- Arena of Verona Foundation and in april 2002 she debutted Tosca by Puccini at the Opera Theatre in Cairo with a great personal success. Next may she will sing The merry widow at Opera Theatre in Rome.
During 2003 she sing for Fondazione Gulbekian in Lisbona and she is the artistic witness in the world for the 25th Anniversari of the Pontificate of John Paul II singing in Rome, Strasburg, Monaco di Baviera, Buenos Aires, Rabat.
She is also an appreciated performer of refined piano Recitals and symphonic-vocal compositions. She is in particular in close and continuous cooperation (since the beginning of the career) with Claudio Scimone and I Solisti Veneti including an intense recording activity.