Monica Benvenuti was born in Florence, and graduated in humanistic studies and philosophy.
From 1993, the year of her debut as the protagonist in L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa and at the Teatro Sociale di Mantova, and in Zanetto by Mascagni at the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, she has performed (always as the lead roles) operas by: Monteverdi, Peri, Emilio de’ Cavalieri, Purcell, Blow, Rossi, Haendel, Pergolesi, Cimarosa, Mozart, Salieri, Spontini, Humperdinck, Wolf-Ferrari. Frequent incursions in chamber and symphonic repertoires, with works by Mozart, Rossini, Beethoven, Wagner, Mahler, Messiaen, Dallapiccola.
She sang in France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hungary, USA, Japan (Tokyo, Suntory Hall) and Brazil.
In 2004 was invited by Sylvano Bussotti to star as the protagonist, Justine/Juliette in the production of “Passion selon Sade” at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid under the direction of Arturo Tamayo. In 2005, she continued her collaboration with Bussotti in Bern, performing together with him, in a unique version of “Passion”, entitled Pianobar pour Sade.
In 2007 she performed Bussotti’s work again in the opera Silvano-Sylvano, at the Accademia di S. Cecilia, in a role specifically written for her. Then, she played in the live musical performance for the Rara film; she sang Furioso di Amneris , Ulrica , Eboli , Azucena e delle streghe (Milan 2013, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, conductor Tito Ceccherini and Lugano 2016, Orchestra RSI, conductor Arturo Tamayo), and Quasi il fantasia …, for voice and piano (Paris 2016).
Monica Benvenuti has been engaged for years as a teacher: singing teacher at “Giuseppe Verdi ” music school in Prato from 2000 to 2017; her students have achieved brilliant results in competitions and concert performances.
Often invited to join juries, she is a founding member of the AICI (Italian Association of Singing Teachers).
From the academic year 2011/2012 she has annual teaching assignments from the Italian State Conservatories (Benevento, La Spezia, Vicenza, Avellino, Castelfranco Veneto).
From 2001 she teaches many high-level specialization master classes; in the last years, she has been expanding his activities as a teacher of contemporary singing techniques, both for actors and singers. In 2011 she was responsible of the singers’ and actors’ training in the laboratory MITO CONTEST, organized by Maggio Musicale in Florence, Arts Academy in Verona and Academy Silvio d’Amico of Rome.
She has been working for many years with the European Institute of Florence as voice teacher: her students – coming from all over the world – had access to the most prestigious Conservatories and Academies (Accademia di Osimo, Accademia di Cagli, Conservatory of Venice and Florence, Conservatory of Amsterdam, National Opera of Toronto, Linz National Opera, …), have won a lot of competitions and in many cases they have started an established international career.