Rossella Bevacqua studied the piano and singing in Messina, completing her studies there with distinction. She has won prizes in a number of international competitions, twice, in 1999 and 2000, in the Giuseppe di Stefano Competition, and in the E. Cilea, N. Piccinni and Battistini contests. She made her début in 1999 as Elvira in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri. Subsequent Rossini rôles have included Clorinda in La Cenerentola in Siena and Chieti, and Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia in Pesaro and Bologna. In Pesaro she also sang Corinna in Il viaggio a Reims and Alice in Le Comte Ory. She made her début at the Rome Teatro dell’Opera under Gianluigi Gelmetti in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Il tabarro. In Messina she sang Jenny in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Carolina in Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto. Her other rôles have included Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen in Pisa, Rosina in Paisiello’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in Salerno and Garsenda in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini in Rome under Renzetti, as well as in Macerata under Barbarcini. In Mantua she sang Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and in Genoa Inez in La favorita.