Kismara de Lourdes Pessatti, known as Kismara Pezzati or Kismara Pessatti (Curitiba, June 3, 1974), is a Brazilianmezzo-soprano naturalized in Switzerland. Previously known for performances in operas and concerts primarily as a contralto, she has recently expanded her repertoire to dramatic mezzo-soprano.
She has performed with several internationally-recognized opera companies and orchestras in countries such as Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, France, England, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Russia, Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela. Her career includes a number of recordings and performances from a diverse collection of works, from Monteverdi through Wagner and Verdi to contemporary music.
Kismara Pessatti was born in Curitiba, Paraná, in 1974. Pessatti is her official surname, but she started using Pezzati as her stage name after learning that this was the original spelling of her ancestors’ surname in Italy, before they emigrated to Brazil.
Her connection to music began in childhood and she grew up singing with her parents and siblings. However, she was the first in the family to dedicate herself to a career in music.
Pessatti holds a BA in Classical Singing from the Escola Superior de Música e Belas Artes do Paraná (Paraná’s College of Music and Fine Arts), where she graduated in 1997 under the guidance of prof. Neyde Thomas. Still during her studies, she performed her first solo recitals in the series “Música nos Museus” (Music at the Museums) in Curitiba from 1996 to 1998.
In 1999, she moved to Berlin where she continued her specialization in the class of Prof. Norma Sharp and in the vocal interpretation class of Ks.Júlia Várady. In 2004, she received the title Diplom-Sängerin für Musiktheater und/oder Konzert (which after the Bologna Declaration is recognized as a Master’s degree) at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin (Hanns Eisler Academy of Music Berlin). Other masterclasses with recognized professionals in the field followed, including sessions with Thomas Hampson, Reri Grist and Jeanette Scovotti, Ruth Rohner, Francisco Araiza, and Alberto Zedda, among others.
Early in the course of her studies in Berlin, she debuted in the summer of 2001 as Matilda in the opera Ottone by Handel/Telemann at the Theater Magdeburg, in Germany, thus launching her international career.
Between 2003-2005, Pessatti was a member of the Opera Studio at the Zürich Opera (Oper Zürich), where the opera La Pietra del Paragone by Rossini was produced in 2004, with premieres in Zurich and performances in Mezières and Genoa. In this production, she played Clarice, a role that earned her a contract as a regular soloist for the entity. While at the Opera Studio, she performed the role of Mother in the German version of Gian Carlo Menotti‘s opera “The Consul”. She also participated in other professional productions at the house – such as roles as Giovanna in Rigoletto by Verdi (a production recorded on DVD), under Nello Santi and scenic direction by Gilbert Deflo; and as Alisa in Donizetti‘s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Ralf Weikert and scenic direction by Robert Carsen.
In 2005, in the beginning of her contract with the Zürich Opera, she was chosen by Nikolaus Harnoncourt to participate in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea as Nutrice, under his musical direction and scenic direction by Jürgen Flimm. This production was also taken in concert form to the Royal Festival Hall in London. During the same year, she debuted as Filipjewna in Tchaikovski‘s Eugen Onegin, under Vladimir Fedoseyev and stage direction by Grisha Asagaroff.
For the 2006 season, she debuted as Rosalia in Tiefland by Eugen d’Albert (production released on DVD ), under the musical direction of Franz Welser-Möst and stage direction by Matthias Hartmann. In addition, she was featured in a production of Les Noces, by Strawinsky, conducted by Peter Feranec and choreographed by Heinz Spoerli.
In 2007, she played Annina in Strauss‘ Der Rosenkavalier, under Welser-Möst and stage direction by Sven-Eric Bechtolf  – a production that was taken to the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo. She played Marthe Schwertlein in Faust by Gounod, under the direction of Patrick Fournillier and Götz Friedrich. She was also in Schumann‘s Szenen aus Goethes Faust, presented in concert form at Zurich’s Tonhalle, where she sang the roles of Mater Gloriosa, Martha, Mangel and Samaritana
In 2008, she debuted as Amme in Mussorgsky‘s Boris Godunov under the direction of Vladimir Fedoseyev and scenic direction by Klaus Grüber. In addition, she played Annina once more in Der Rosenkavalier under the direction of Welser-Möst, this time in concert form at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
In that same year, the singer left her permanent position with the Zürich Opera.