Anna Malavasi was born in Mantua and began to study singing in 1997 at the G. Rossini Conservatory of Pesaro. She studied singing with the soprano Fiorenza Cedolins, and obtained her diploma with the highest marks at the conservatory of Novara. She took part in the first masterclass held by Mirella Freni in Bologna, and was a pupil of Teatro Regio’s Verdi Opera Studio (Parma), under the direction of Renata Scotto. In 2001 she sang Doralice in La Gazzetta, directed by Dario Fo, for the Rossini Opera Festival and in 2002, after study at the Rossini Academy under Alberto Zedda, she sang Madama Cortese in Il viaggio a Reims. In 2003 she won first prize at Rome’s Second International Competition of Sacred Music. She has since enjoyed a busy career both in concert and in the opera house, with rôles including Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello, Laura in Luisa Miller and Ines in Il trovatore.