Paola Aurelia Cuffolo
Paola Aurelia Cuffolo is an Anglo-Italian mezzo soprano, director, and singing teacher based in the UK. She regularly sings freelance in operas and concerts throughout the UK, and until recently was the Artistic Director and co-founder of Opera Lyrica, a charity that provided performance opportunities to burgeoning singers, players, and technical staff - she now directs freelance. She is a graduate both of St Peter's College, Oxford and Birkbeck College, University of London. Paola currently divides her time between Oxford and London, singing, directing, and honouring her regular teaching commitments. She is also a regular lecturer on opera for Opera Prelude.
Paola is available for private hire as a singer for weddings, funerals, parties and private functions. Use the form on the Contact page to enquire about her rates.
Praise for Paola
'[Paola] has endless emotional intelligence.' - Robin Bowman
'[...] Impressive performance.' - Rockwell Blake, First International Masterclass, SUNY Plattsburgh, NY
'Cuffolo's direction was [...] highly effective: the stories were brilliantly told.' (Director, The Impresario/Doctor Miracle 2016, Galamb Borong)
'Cuffolo was still able to find some little gems of innovation in the direction of [the] piece’ (Director, La Traviata 2015, Roxana Haines)
'[Cuffolo's] uncluttered approach allows the music of both operas to speak.' (Director, Venus and Adonis/Dido and Aeneas 2015, Fringe Opera, ****)
'Cuffolo [...] explore[s] her themes of sense and sensibility, reason and romance in a highly intelligent way.' (Director, Così Fan Tutte 2014, Planet Hugill, ****)
'Opera Lyrica had thought long and hard about how to approach their production and it made for an impressive evening.' (Director, Acis and Galatea 2013, Fringe Opera, ****)
'Opera Lyrica's take on Il Barbiere di Siviglia was one which would have pleased Rossini with its concept.' (Director, Il Barbiere di Siviglia 2013, Cherwell)
From audience members
'We always learn such a lot, and in such an entertaining manner.'
'A really wonderful lecture [...]. I was mesmerised and have a much greater understanding of the voices [...].'