Aprile Millo made a cinderella like debut at the Metropolitan Opera on Dec. 3, 1984 replacing an ailing colleague and caused literally a sensation. Considered by many to be "one of the glories of her generation".
The papers next day heralded the birth of a "New Verdi Star!" and almost 30 years later, Millo is still winning praise from objective critics and frenzied ovations from an adoring public.
She has sung over 180 performances of 15 different roles at her artistic home the Metropolitan Opera. Outside New York, Mme. Millo has triumphed in the theaters of Frankfurt, Barcelona, Parma, Rome, Bologna, Torino, the Arena of Verona, The Baths of Caracalla, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Paris, Orange, Moscow, Rio de Janiero, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Colon - Buenos Aires and of course, La Scala, Milan.
Miss Millo added to her repertoire with an acclaimed debut in the atmospheric Puccini masterpiece "Il Tabarro" with Maestro Donato Renzetti and a distinguished cast at the Historic Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa in 2014.
A Christmas Medley disc "Christmas Through the Ages!" on CD baby, Amazon and ITunes is to be followed by her first studio recording scheduled for release in 2019, and a filmed concert for eventual DVD release.
To celebrate in Italy the life of Renata Tebaldi, the Genius of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini for the Milano Expo 2015, Millo in association with the fabulous young soprano with a PhD, Dr. Mary-Lou Vetere and the Centro Studi Italiani in Urbania, Italy inaugurated a summer intensive in opera, called Operavision Academy. Now in its acclaimed fourth year it has quickly become a place to be presented by the Casa Barezzi and the Renata Tebaldi Fondazione Museo in Busseto, Italy..
The Operavision Academy returns to Busseto, Italy in July of 2018 and during its last week will see again a Master Class by a great friend and legendary champion of Bel Canto, Richard Bonynge. Miss Millo continues her association with the Renata Tebaldi Fondazione Museo in Busseto, Italy paying homage to the great Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi. She was honored to be the Puccini Ambassador with the fabulous Dottoresa Simonetta Puccini and at concert at the Castello di Malaspina di Massa for the Circolo Carrarese "A Mercuriali" where a check was given in support of Dr. Puccini's great restoration of the Villa Puccini at Torre del Lago.
Keenly aware of passing on the traditions to a new generation and sharing her voice and love for the divine world of opera.
She has collaborated with such great conductors as Herbert von Karajan and Riccardo Muti at La Scala, as well as her great friend and mentor, James Levine, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and has sung in productions by the greatest stage directors, including Liu in Turandot, collaborating with legendary stage and film director, Franco Zeffirelli. She was also chosen by Maestro Zefferelli to be the voice of Elizabeth Taylor for the film,
" Young Toscanini ".
Recording with James Levine a critically acclaimed Verdi series for Sony Classical, Millo has AIDA, IL TROVATORE, LUISA MILLER and DON CARLO on disc and with DG a highly acclaimed DVD/Video of Un Ballo in Maschera with Levine, the Met and legendary tenor and great friend, Luciano Pavarotti as well as an EMMY winning broadcast DVD of AIDA with the Met, Levine and famed tenor and great colleague, Placido Domingo.
The winner of numerous awards, Millo has won the unanimous Primo Premio-First Prize at the Voci Verdiane Concorso in Busetto, Italy, the Montserrat Caballe-Bernabe'Merti Special Verdi Prize Francisco Vinas, The Voce D'Oro, The Richard Tucker Foundation Award, and the Maria Callas Foundation Award, to name a few. Last year, 2017 she was awarded the Claudia Muzio Award and the Ida Miccolis Award in a sold out concert in Brazil, Aprile Millo in Rio,and just recently, the coveted Verdi D'Oro Prize given to the great interpreters in History of Verdi by the Amici Di Verdi of Busseto, Italy.
Millo is a rare throwback to another age of singing. A voice of quality and range, able to do Bel Canto, Verdi, as well as the demanding rigors of the Puccini and Verismo school.
Committed to the "authentic" message and tradition Millo continues to win audiences over to the world of opera, and keep the "faith" with all the long time fans.
The "old" flame still burns bright with Aprile Millo's ruby rich voice, gleaming high notes and passionate thoroughly Italianate phrasing wed to a riveting dramatic presence .