Since then her career has taken her to the major theatres all over the world including La Scala Milan, the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Covent Garden, and San Francisco. She has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras including Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome.
Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Abbado, Bychkov, Chailly, Dudamel, Harding, Mehta, Muti, Ozawa, Pappano and Rattle. Her wide repertoire includes all of the main mezzo roles of Mozart (Idamante, Cherubino, Elvira, Dorabella, Sesto), and Rossini (Cerentola, Rosina, Isabella) and many of the roles of Monteverdi, Cavalli and Handel. Her operatic performances also include the French operas Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Werther, Don Quichotte and L’Enfant et les sortileges.
Monica Bacelli is recognised as a leading interpreter of contemporary music both in concert and on the stage. She has sung many world premieres including the stage monologue Le bel indifferent of Marco Tutino, Le ver in Il Re Orso by Marco Stroppa in Paris and the title role in Ivan Fedele’s Antigone at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. She was noted for her long collaboration with Luciano Berio who wrote the role of Marina for her in Outis (La Scala Milan) and Orvid in Cronaca del luogo as well as the chamber work Altra voce presented at the Salzburg Festival as part of the Pollini project, and repeated in New York (Carnegie Hall), Tokyo, Rome and Paris (Salle Pleyel). She has also sung Berio’s Folk Songs at La Scala Milan, with the Berlin Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain and with the London Sinfonietta at the BBC Proms.
Her searching interpretative curiosity, her interest in chamber music and research into unusual vocal repertoire, in addition to her constant commitment to opera, have led her in recent years to a wide variety of projects ranging from early to contemporary music, with a focus on Italian art song of the twentieth century.
Monica Bacelli was honoured with the prestigious Abbiati Award given by Italian music critics.
Notable among her recordings are Mozart’s La finta giardiniera conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt for TELDEC, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Zubin Mehta for SONY, Mozart’s Lucio Silla conducted by Tomas Netopil for DYNAMIC, two versions of Handel’s Tamerlano, one conducted by Trevor Pinnock for AIVE and the other one a Teatro Real's majestic production DVD for Opusarte with Placido Domingo, Vivaldi’s Armida al campo d’Egitto conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini for Naïve and most recently, a collection of Respighi songs for Stradivarius, sponsored by the Cini’s Foundation.
Recent and future engagements include Pelléas et Mélisande for La Monnaie, Don Govanni in Sao Paolo, Falstaff in Bari, Clemenza di Tito for Teatro la Fenice di Venezia and Poppea for Opera National de Paris and Teatro all Scala di Milano. Concert engagements include Dvorak’s Stabat Mater in Teatro Regio di Parma, Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and a concert performance of Pelléas et Mélisande with the Philharmonia.