Nuccia Focile (born November 25, 1961), is an Italian soprano.
She was born in Sicily, studied in Turin under Elio Battaglia, and made her opera debut as Oscar in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at La Scala in 1986. Also in that year, she won the International Pavarotti Competition in Philadelphia, following which she made many concert appearances with the famous tenor. In 1995 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimì in Puccini's La bohème.
Recently she has appeared as Elisabeth in Verdi's Don Carlos for the Welsh National Opera, Despina in Mozart's Così fan tutte for both the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore for Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Mimì for Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Seattle Opera, and Musetta (also in La bohème) for Royal Opera, London.
She brings an "almost unbearable poignancy" to Mimì, her best-known role. Her other roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Gluck's Iphigenia in Tauris, Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, the Countess in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, the title role in Menotti's Maria Golovin, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Violetta in Verdi's La traviata, and Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin among others.
She has made several recordings for the Philips, Opera Rara and Telarc labels, including three Mozart operas conducted by Charles Mackerras.
She lives near Dinas Powys, Wales, with her husband, English tenor Paul Charles Clarke, and their daughter Antonia.
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