Aprile Millo

Aprile Millo

American opera singer soprano
Date of Birth: 14.04.1958
Country: USA

  1. April Millo: A Biography
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Early Career
  4. International Success and Recognition
  5. Later Career
  6. It is known that Millo also maintains a blog titled "Operavision."

April Millo: A Biography

April Millo is an American operatic soprano with Italian and Irish roots, who gained fame as a talented interpreter of Giuseppe Verdi's works. Possessing a powerful, warm, and passionate lyric-dramatic soprano voice, Millo became one of the most celebrated opera performers of the last decades of the 20th century. Although she has performed in most of the world's major opera houses and sang with numerous renowned orchestras and vocal ensembles, Millo spent a significant part of her career on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in her hometown of New York City, appearing in over 160 performances in 15 different roles.

Aprile Millo

Early Life and Education

April Millo was born on April 14, 1958, in New York City. Her parents, tenor Giovanni Millo (also known as John Hamill) and soprano Margherita Girosi, were opera artists. April developed an interest in music at an early age and received the foundations of her musical education from her parents. After graduating from Hollywood High School in 1976, she received an invitation to intern at the San Diego Opera Center, where she performed the role of the High Priestess in "Aida." Millo traveled to Europe multiple times, winning various vocal competitions, including the first prize at the International Competition "Concorso Internazionale di Voci Verdiane" in 1978 in Bussetto, Italy, dedicated to the performance of Verdi's operas. She also won the special prize "Montserrat Caballé Bernabe Merti Special Verdi Prize Award" in Barcelona in 1979 and the "Geraldine Farrar Award" in 1980.

Aprile Millo

Early Career

In the fall of 1980, after leaving the San Diego Opera, Millo received her first major role as the lead in Verdi's "Aida" at the Utah Opera. She returned to the Utah Opera in early 1981 to sing Santuzza in Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana." Millo then traveled to New York and auditioned at the New York City Opera, where her father had sung from 1942 to 1946, and was offered a contract for several roles. In turn, the Metropolitan Opera offered the 22-year-old singer to participate in the Young Artists Program and perform several leading roles. Prior to this, Millo had only studied singing with her parents, and at the Metropolitan Opera, she worked under the guidance of Dick Marzollo, David Stivender, and Rita Patanè. She also had the opportunity to study with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, who introduced her to Herbert von Karajan, as well as with Renata Tebaldi, Zinka Milanov, and Licia Albanese.

Aprile Millo

International Success and Recognition

In November 1982, April Millo made her European debut as Aida in Karlsruhe, Germany, and in December, she performed Elvira in "Ernani" at La Scala, replacing an ill singer. In January 1983, she returned to La Scala as a leading soloist. In November 1984, Millo made her debut in New York, singing Matilda in Rossini's "Guillaume Tell" under the baton of Eve Queler, accompanied by the Opera Orchestra of New York. On December 3, 1984, Millo made her debut on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as Amelia in Verdi's "Simon Boccanegra" – once again replacing an ill soprano. Critics highly praised Millo's performance, noting the breadth, fullness, and brilliance of her voice, impeccable technical skill, nuanced understanding of the opera's dramatic aspects, and mastery of subtleties. Shortly after, Millo was awarded two major prizes for classical singers: the Richard Tucker Award in 1985 and the Maria Callas Foundation Award in 1986. These successes paved the way for her career.

Later Career

In the following years, Millo added roles such as Griselda in Verdi's "I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata," Luisa Miller, Leonora in "Il trovatore," Tosca, and Amelia in "Un ballo in maschera" to her repertoire. In 1991, she made her debut as Margherita in Boito's "Mefistofele" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, followed by the role of Leonora in "La forza del destino" at the Bavarian State Opera and Maddalena in "Andrea Chénier" at the San Francisco Opera in the next year. An automobile accident in Turin temporarily forced Millo to withdraw from performances, but she returned to the Metropolitan Opera in 1995 as Desdemona. Since then, she has sung in leading theaters in Frankfurt, Barcelona, Rome, Bologna, Verona, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Moscow, among others.

It is known that Millo also maintains a blog titled "Operavision."