About Gloconda

Gioconda Vessichelli (born in Rome, Italy) is an opera singer.

Gioconda is the inventor and pioneer of BollywoOPERA style.

She has sung in the Bollywood movie Prague in 2013, and she has given her voice for the Bollywood movie Mary Kom on the song "Ziddi dil" together with Vishal Dadlani.

On 20 December 2014 the song "Thodi Daaru" was released featuring Mika Singh and Kuwar Virk.

Gioconda has done live performances as first fusion ever between opera and classical Hindi music with artists of the caliber of Gino Banks, Niladri Kumar, Silvaganesha, in festivals and auditoriums like Nehru Centre in Mumbai. She collaborates with Hari Haran, Anup Jalota, and many others.

On 31 st march 2016 her international video "We are one" in which she sings and acts together with Anup Jalota for peace in the world has been launched from the Minister of India in Delhi.

She is in the annual book of Italian opera singer for having sung in the first world edition of contemporary opera at "Teatro comunale di Modena", broadcasted on Italian state radio RAI.

Gioconda is the first singer in the premiere world ever of the contemporary opera “Lavinia fuggita” by Matteo d’Amico. She has two degrees in opera singing and musicology from Italian conservatory "Santa Cecilia" and international high school of opera "H.Wolf".

The tenor Luciano Pavarotti has been her teacher, among other opera singers who selected her as one of the best students.

She was selected as best singer at accademia rossiniana in Pesaro and she debuts the role of "Madama cortese" in "il viaggio a Reims" by Rossini with the symphonic orchestra of Rof at Rossini theatre in Pesaro. She sings again in a Rossini opera at Ercolano international opera season in "Il barbiere di Siviglia" and at teatro Politeama opera season in Lecce. After Rossini she debuts "Carmen" by Bizet. Her interpretation of the role "Mimì" in the opera "La Boheme" by Puccini received positive critiques.

She has been invited to the “Venice Awards” to sing for the composer Ennio Morricone with the programme being broadcasted on RAI (Italian State television) in 2007.

She works with choreographer and director Linsday Kemp and conductor David Haughton for the opera "A Midsummer night's dream" by Benjamin Britten at Teatro del Giglio in Lucca and later in teatro Verdi in Pisa and Teatro Goldoni in Livorno.

She was singer and also director in the opera Tosca at international festival "Quattro notti" in Benevento, and the next year at the same festival she makes her debut as an actress also and not only as just a singer in "La Vedova Allegra" by Lehar and as actress and singer again in "Orfeo all'inferno" by Offenbach at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari as well as in Christmas Carol with choir and orchestra also with the famous violinist Uto Ughi and the famous actor Michele Placido and in Germany she sings not only Italian opera arias but she is also specialized in Lieder at international chamber music academy "H. Wolf".

She supports the women's cause in a Puccini concert with all love opera songs devoted to women, she supports Aids researche through a concert in French Polynesia / Thaiti (Papeete) where she is honorary Citizen also aired in radio, as a musicologist she has a deep interest in fusion which has led her to perform in several concerts among which the one in Santa Cecilia Auditorium in Rome with the Italian jazz man Renzo Arbore and with the great conductor Pappano.

She was the first real opera singer in the world to make a fusion between opera and Hindi music. She has sung for Balaji productions and she often collaborates with the Bollywood singer Shibani Kashyap. She was the only international member of the jury of Miss India Worldwide in Pune in 2014, in which she also performed the song "Pyar Hua Iqraar" in opera version composed by herself.

She has received various invitations from Bollywood industry to give not only her voice but also her presence as a special western opera actress in Bollywood movies, but up to now she is only focused on music and she has just accepted to do the ramp as a model at Miss India Worldwide because it was linked to a musical performance of her composition. Recently she has accepted to feature, together with Mika Singh as a dancer, in a special Latino passionate style in Dilbagh Singh's video "Bottoms up" released in April 2015. She is involved in several philanthropic projects and for that she got the noble chivalric title of “Dame” from Cernetic Royal House. She won the Norman International Academy medal for her artistic career, as she started to sing opera as a prodigy child, when she was 14 years old, even if normally an opera singer's career starts at around 30 years of age.

She opens Teatro Politeama of Lecce season in concert together with KATIA RICCIARELLI.

She sings “ Barbiere di Siviglia ” at Ercolano Festival.

Her artistic ductility brings her to be director, actress and singer in “ La Vedova Allegra ” by Lèhar with the costumes of the famous stilist Renato Balestra. All the event is created by herself and exported in several theatres in the International Festival “4 Notti” presented by Pippo Baudo.

Concert at Teatro Stabile of Verona together with the pianist Marco Boemi in “ In aria..un castello di note, parole, emozioni ”.concert in Japan Foundation Institute in Rome, and she sings together with Sinfonic Orchestra of Pesaro.concert with orchestra del Lazio (conductor Lu Ja) at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome.WORLDVISION on Italian State television RAI2 at Venice Awards for Ennio Morricone, as the Italian pride in the world.concert for ANTONIO PAPPANO FOUNDATION with M° Pappano.Teatro lirico di Cagliari in ” Orfeo all’Inferno ” by Offenbach, the role of GiunoneTOSCA at Festival Internazionale di Benevento.CEL (Teathre of Livorno, Pisa, Lucca) “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”By Britten in the role of Helena with JOHNATHAN WEBB as conductor and LINSDAY KEMP as Director.

She sings in several concerts in Italy and abroad (Opera seasons as Fermo, Camerata Musicale Sulmonese, Hugo Wolf. She sings for Belgian Embassy after winning a scholarship by Belgian Ambassador in Rome. From 2008 up to now she sings Traviata, Tosca, LaBoheme in several tournees in Usa, Austria, Germany with great success of public and press).

She is artistic director of “Calvi International Festival” and president of jury in the singing competition “Federico II”.

Her sparkling personality and artistic versatility bring her to sing and to conduce several musical events together with famous state italian television showmen (Albano, Garrison, Pippo Baudo).

She is finalist at World Competition “MITROPOULOS” in Athens in December 2003 in occasion of Olympic Games 2004 and on that occasion she sings for Greek State radio.

She graduates at “International Opera University” in Sulmona after winning a scholarship with artists such as MagdaOlivero, Gianni Raimondi

She is conductor of several choirs in Italy and she also teaches in MTD Academy in Rome and in several academies of music. She has been member of Conservatory committe for both the winter and summer exam session of vocal chamber music.

She sings in Italian, English, Hindi, Punjabi, French, German, Spanish, Bulgarian, Albanian, Russian, Latin languages.

Movies in which Gioconda sung

  • 2013 movie "Prague" music director and singer, song "touch opera", label Universal
  • 2014 "Mary Kom" singer, music director Sashi Suman, song "Ziddi dil" together with Vishal Dadlani, label Zee music
  • 2015 "Kahin toh hoga", music director Raaj Aashoo, song "Rabba"
  • 2016 "Like a prayer" music director Gioconda Vessichelli, Naveen Kumar label Sony

Awards

She is the winner of the following international opera competitions:

  • ”Anemos, 1998”
  • “Napolinova 1999”
  • ”Alaleona 2000”
  • "Mario Lanza 2001"
  • ”Albanese 2002”
  • "Città di Cagli 2005"
  • “Leoncavallo 2013”

She is finalist at International Opera Competitions “Rosetum-Scala”