Laura Catrani

Laura Catrani

Vox in Femina

The woman and the poetic of madness 

for female voice and images
A project by Laura Catrani

Vox in Femina is an idea. A circular drawing of silent images.
Vox in Femina is breath and dance. A body that becomes the voice, song, whisper and scream of all women, in an anthropological journey into the female world.

Laura Catrani, soprano
Francesco Lupi Timini, Lucio Basadonne images
Music by:
Hildegard Von Bingen, Cathy Berberian, Niccolò Castiglioni, Luciano Berio, Delilah Gutman, Alessandro Solbiati, John Cage, Matteo Franceschini, David Zelavi.


I imagined Vox in Femina in 2010, born from the need to mirror myself in an authentic identity, driven to a complex and difficult choice: the voice alone without musical accompaniment. On the theatrical space, therefore, alone, through singing I lead the concert. Silence, invited as a travel companion on my journey, has taught me not to be afraid of it. The beating of the heart, the imperceptible movement of the eyelashes, the jolt of the breath have opened a gash in my perception of the music; Singing dialogues with the silence from which it draws inspiration and strength.
The images, curated by Francesco Lupi Timini and filmed by Lucio Basadonne, have the function of keeping the viewer’s attention tied to a common thread, delicately accompanying the voice in the circular design that this concert creates. The images tell the essence and technique of the pieces in execution, while enhancing the emptiness of the theatrical space. With a reference from the distant Middle Ages of Hildegard von Bingen I come to the essential contemporary repertoire of Luciano Berio, Cathy Berberian, Niccolò Castiglioni and John Cage. On stage I am also a spokesperson for new music, which has more strongly theatrical accents, which also colors the sounds and noises of everyday life and which the composers Alessandro Solbiati, Matteo Franceschini and Delilah Gutman wrote specifically for this concert and for my voice.
Vox in Femina is therefore research into female language and acoustic experimentation, which brings infinite voices and potentials to the center of the discourse, in an expressive kaleidoscope in which neurosis and madness often reach out. The voice, like a light turned on in the dark, brings to the surface even the smallest gestures of the real world or of inner movement and lays bare the vast and sensitive universe of women.

Vox in Bestia

The animals of the Divine Comedy 

Laura Catrani – Soprano
Original music for solo voice by:
Fabrizio de Rossi Re – Inferno
Matteo Franceschini – Purgatorio
Alessandro Solbiati – Inferno
Dante Alighieri, Tiziano Scarpa – Script
Gianluigi Toccafondo – Video Animation

A project by Laura Catrani for solo voice


Cerberus, the coluber, the augello, the eagle, the bee, the lamb. But also the astor, the worms and the trapdoors.
Three poetic places emerge from the three cantos of the Comedy in which wild beasts and imaginary animals are always a link between men and God: an extraordinary “poetic bestiary”, fantastic, bristling with symbols, but at the same time real.
This is the heart of Vox in Bestia, a project by soprano Laura Catrani conceived on the occasion of the seven hundredth anniversary of Dante’s death.

First national radio show – May 2021 RAI Radio3 in fifteen episodes
Finalist in the Prix Europa 2021, category for best European musical radio podcast
25 concerts throughout Italy in six months
Record release for Stradivarius, May 2022

Virtuosissima Sirena

A evening in the Strozzi house, listening to Barbara

Laura Catrani, soprano
Accademia dell’Annunciata
Angelo Calvo, Archimede De Martini, Violins
Cristina Vidoni, cello
Laura La Vecchia, Theorbo
Riccardo Doni, harpsichord and direction

Lyrics by Guido Barbieri



Marco Uccellini:
Corrente IX da Sonate, arie e correnti Op. 4
Per 2 violini e b.c.

Barbara Strozzi:
La vendetta
A voce sola, 2 violini e b.c.
L’amante segreto
A voce sola e b.c.

Dario Castello:
Sonata IX dal libro primo – Venezia 1629
A due Violini e Violone

Barbara Strozzi:
Parasti in dulcedine
A voce sola e b.c.
A voce sola, 2 violini e b.c.

Giovanni Legrenzi:
La Savorgnana
A due Violini e Violone

Barbara Strozzi:
Lagrime mie
A voce sola e b.c.
Costume de’ grandi
A voce sola, 2 violini e b.c.


“Virtuosissima sirena” aims to draw a faithful and affectionate portrait of the greatest Italian composer of the seventeenth century. The choice of cantatas and arias reflects the variety of styles, attitudes, and affects that cross his music: from the intense tragos, exemplified on the model of the lament, of large and extended cantatas such as Lagrime mie or L’amante segreteria up to the tone brilliant, parodistic, playful of short and dazzling ariettes such as Tradimento or Costume de’ grandi. But the concert is not a simple sequence of “selected pieces”. Through a series of narrative miniatures placed in the junctures of the program, one of the historic “meetings” that brought into the Strozzi house is reconstructed, as recounted in great detail by the Veglie de’ Signori Academici Unisoni, an anonymous chronicle published in 1638, the most illustrious members of the Academy of Unisons. The scene, suspended between reality and imagination, is this: Barbara, during a vigil, reads an “academic discourse”, written by Matteo Dandolo and Gian Francesco Loredan entitled Contesa del canto e delle lagrime. He listens to the opinions of the scholars, intervenes, comments, and of course illustrates his ideas through song. What triggers the amorous passion – the Discourse asks – with greater force: the abstract affects of singing or the concrete weakness of tears? A question to which Barbara answers with her own words, but above all with the enchanted beauty of her poetic and musical voice.
Guido Barbieri

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“… This strong personality is today the greatest interpreter of contemporary music in Italy”
Gabriele Moroni, Rivista Musica, ottobre 2022
“… The comparison with the Berberian becomes obvious: It's difficult to find so much versatility in onesole performer, from every point of view, technical and expressive``
Giovanni Battista Boccardo, Cult Week, September 2022
“… Creator, client, and amazing interpreter, Laura Catrani reinvents the Berberian style. Making her voice, the spatial attitude of her singing, the compass for composers”
Angelo Foletto, Playing News, October 2022
“the soprano Laura Catrani famous for her interpretation of Luciano's Sequenza III Berio``
Mattia Rossi, Il Giornale, National Page, October 2022
“…the soprano from Rimini, a point of reference (but it would be better to call her an “authority”) of contemporary singing, proves not to embody, but to be schizophrenically capable of modulating her voice as he sees fit.
Andrea Bedetti, Music Voice, August 2022

Considered by the critics as the reference voice for the chamber repertoire, of the twentieth century and contemporary, flexible and musical in the double role of singer and actress, Laura Catrani undertook musical studies at a young age, graduating with full marks in Singing and Chamber Vocal Music at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan.
She has been an interpreter of numerous performances by modern and contemporary composers and of works in world premieres including ``Il dissoluto assolto`` by Azio Corghi (Teatro La Scala in Milan), ``Leggenda`` and ``Il Suono giallo`` by Alessandro Solbiat ( Teatro Regio of Turin and Teatro Comunale of Bologna), ``La metamorfosi`` by Silvia Colasanti (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), and ``Il gridario`` and ``Forést`` by Matteo Franceschini (Venice Biennale and Teatro Comunale di Bolzano).
In the field of research of the solo voice repertoire, Laura Catrani has built a unique and special artistic path by collaborating with the most accredited composers on the international scene who have written for her.
Vox in Femina, born in 2009, is her first concert for solo voice and new music. In 2021, the new project for voice ``Vox in Bestia, the animals of the Divine Comedy``, which debuts in 15 episodes on Radio3 Rai, is a finalist in the Prix Europa as the best European radio musical program and in the form of a live concert realizes a rich Italian tour.
In May 2022 her album comes out in a new recording for the Stradivarius label, collecting a huge number of awards and positive evaluations, to name just a few, Disco del Mese for Music Voice, Disco del Sole for the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Cinque Stelle for the Music Magazine, Cinque Stelle for the monthly Suonare News.
In conjunction with her classical musical studies, she also trained as an actress at the ``Paolo Grassi`` Acting School in Milan and specialized alongside the dancers Avi Kaiser, Sergio Antonino and Valentina Moar with whom she created various dance, theater and singing shows . Attracted by movement research and experimentation, she became a trainer of the GYROKINESIS® method, of which she regularly gives lessons to musicians and opera singers with the aim of increasing their bodily awareness.
Invited to Conservatories and Musical Institutions, she frequently holds masterclasses on twentieth-century and contemporary chamber vocals, with particular reference to composition for solo voice.
Since 2017 she has been the titular guest of his own Workshop ``Il Teatro della Voce`` at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. She is a contract professor of Singing in the acting and contemporary dance classes of the ``Paolo Grassi`` Civic School of Theater in Milan, and of Singing in the twentieth century and Contemporary repertoire at the ``Claudio Abbado`` Civic School of Music in Milan.
She has recorded for the Naxos, Stradivarius and Ulysses Arts labels several discs of classical, contemporary and chamber music.