Italian born Mezzo Silvia Colloca received her musical education in Italy at Scuola Musicale di Milano where she completed her studies in classical singing in 2003. Following that Silvia participated in various singing master classes around Italy, including
In 2008/9 Silvia toured the UK as the lead mezzo in the West End show A Night at the Opera, which culminated with a season at the London Palladium. In the show Silvia performed arias and duets from Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Carmen.
Silvia moved to Sydney in 2010, Silvia debuted on the Australian stage in the title role of Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for Prometheus Opera. In 2015, she reprised the title role at the Spectrum Now Festival, Sydney, under film Director Shannon Murphy. Reviewers have praised Silvia’s voice and dramatic range with generosity.
Silvia is also a professional actress for stage and screen, as well as a writer and TV host.
“Orfeo’s despair is gloriously realised by Colloca whose rich yet pure and powerful mezzo soprano and dramatic acting range are ideally suited to the decision to make Orfeo an ambiguous and androgynous figure. She projects all the strengths of masculine and feminine and unabashed emotion in the early scenes making the tragedy quickly tangible”
"...First, I must stress that the singing was superb. In particular, this production's Orfeo, alto Silvia Colloca (and yes, I checked, in the current-day near-total absence of castrati in the opera world, the role is now sung by an alto or a countertenor), has a room-filling voice of terrific versatility, gorgeous tone, and jaw-droppingly accurate pitch..."
"I mention Colloca last because she is unquestionably the star of the show. Her warm, mellow, rich voice was matched only in its expressiveness by her acting, which was superb. A professional actress for stage and film as well as a singer, I was astonished to see what looked like real tears running down her face at one particularly poignant moment. She, probably more than anyone, really made the audience empathise with the cruel tragedy of love and death. She reached the height of her expressiveness with her beautiful messa di voce and carefully chosen dynamic nuances just after Euridice’s second death. Only rarely does one come across such a true singer-actor."