was born in Rome and studied voice with Ivenza Fogli. She was first prize winner in several important vocal competitions and made her stage début at Treviso as Fiorilla in Rossini’s Turco in Italia and then in Mozart’s Schauspieldirektor also at Treviso.
Since then Chiara Taigi has appeared in most of Italy’s major theaters including the Rome Opera and La Scala as well as Florence’s Maggio Fiorentino, Bologna, Turin, Trieste and Genoa and the theaters of Reggio Emilia, Modena, Parma and Catania, Palermo and Naples.
Ms Taigi’s repertory encompasses the major leading soprano roles of Verdi and Puccini including Ballo in Maschera, Simon Boccanegra (under Claudio Abbado), Due Foscari, Otello (under both Muti and Mehta), La battaglia di Legnano, Il corsaro, Manon Lescaut, Mimi in La boheme, Tosca, Giorgetta in Il tabarro and Suor Angelica and the roles of Maddalena in Andrea Chenier, Fedora, Nedda and recently Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana. She has been heard at La Scala as Ellen in Peter Grimes conducted by Jeffrey Tate
Outside of Italy Chiara Taigi has appeared at the Zurich Opera, Dresden’s Semper Opera, Leipzig, Berlin’s Staatsoper and Deutscheoper, Hamburg Staatsoper and at the Opera de Nice and with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Staatskappell in Dresden and with Milan’s Verdi Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly for the Verdi Requiem. She has appeared at the Cortona Festival under Antonio Pappano. For the inauguration of the 70th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in 2007 Ms Taigi sang the role of Ismene in the premiere of Antigone by Ivan Fedele.
Chiara Taigi has appeared with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic singing the Verdi Requiem conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. In August 2007 she made a splendid debut in Cherubini’s Medea at the Taormina Festival and in the fall of 2007 she sang the same role at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and repeated it in Nancy and Marseilles in France and at Catania in 2008 and 09.
In February 2009 she sang the Verdi Requiem at the Verdi Auditorium in Milan and in June, for the 2000th Anniversary of Saint Paul, the Apostle, Ms Taigi sang Haydn’s The Creation under Loren Maazel with the Toscanini Orchestra of Parma in the basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls.
Ms Taigi was guest artist as Mimi in Bohème the National Arts Center of China in Beijing in April 2009 while in July she was Aida in Cagliari and then Santuzza at Taormina. After opening the Bellini Festival in Catania with a concert of opera operas under the direction of Eve Queler, Chiara Taigi was featured soloist with Claudio Scimone at the Baroque Festival of Padua. In May 2010 Chiara Taigi sang Leonora in Il Trovatore to reopen the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janiero, Liù in a new Turandot production at Taormina’s ancient Greek Theater and Amelia in Ballo in Maschera at Liege.
Chiara Taigi’s US debut takes place in March 2011 as Selika opposite Marcello Giordani in Giacomo Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine at Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center with the Opera Orchestra of New York conducted by Eve Queler in a performance commemorating the great tenor Richard Tucker and then as Tosca with the Palm Beach Opera.
In May 2011, Chiara Taigi has debucted in the opera of Fabio Vacchi “Lo Stesso Mare” and in August 2011, at the Taormina Festival, she will sung in Nabucco of G. Verdi.