The soprano Patrizia Cigna was born in Volterra and studied with Jolanda Meneguzzer at the Florence Luigi Cherubini Conservatorio. Competition victories have included those of Rocca delle Macie in Siena and Tito Schipa in Lecce. In 1993 she made her operatic début in a work of Benjamin Britten and quickly embarked on an international career. She later sang in La serva padrona in Santander, and appeared as Despina in Così fan tutte at the Teatro Regio in Turin, and as Adina in São Paolo. She has sung Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, appeared as Micaela in Carmen at the Verona Arena, and as Amenaide in Tancredi at the Teatro di Emilia. She appeared as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro in Seoul and other cities in South Korea, and has collaborated with the conductors Zubin Mehta, Gary Bertini and many others, making some fifteen recordings.