Having obtained her diplomas (degrees) in voice and in piano, Nunzia Santodirocco began her career with a debut at the Piccinni Theatre in Bari as Lisetta in "Il Mondo della Luna" by N. Piccinni. Over the years, dueto a natural evolution of her voice, she changed to a purely lyric repertoire, interpreting the roles of Violetta Valery in La Traviata (Verdi), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Mozart), Micaela in Carmen (Bizet), Mimi in La Bohème (Puccini), Leonora in Il Trovatore (Verdi), Nedda in Pagliacci (Leoncavallo); Suor Angelica (Puccini), Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly (Puccini), Tosca (Puccini), Aida (Verdi), Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi).
During her career she performed at Opera Theatre of Roma, Petruzzelli Theatre of Bari, Politeama Greco Theater in Lecce, Teatro Sociale in Como, Teatro Comunale in Piacenza, Teatro Sociale in Trento; Teatro "Marrucino" in Chieti; Luglio Musicale Trapanese, Teatro Nazionale in Rome, Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Messina, Nuovo Auditorium in Rome, "La Sapienza" University in Rome, Theatre du Casino Municipal in Biarritz (France), Television Ukraine, Seoul Art Center (South Korea), Daegu Opera House (South Korea), Tokyo Opera City (Japan ), Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in Dublin (Ireland); UCC's Aula Maxima of Cork (Ireland); Watergate Centre in Washington (USA), Princeton University (USA).
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent her as representative and acclaimed interpreter of Italian opera where she performed in the presence of Heads of State, Government and Ambassadors of various nationalities in the following countries:
- The Navoy Theatre in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) where she interpreted "Gilda" in Rigoletto and "Violetta" in La Traviata;
- the Tbilisi Opera House (Georgia) as "Donna Anna" in Don Giovanni (Mozart);
- the Jakarta Gedung Kesenian Theatre (Indonesia), where she also held a master class at the Jakarta University;
- Sheraton Imperial – Kuala Lumpur (Malesia)
- The Daniel Sorano Thetre in Dakar (Senegal).
- The Hall of Honour of the Palace of the Chancellery of La Paz (Bolivia)
She has also participated in prestigious international festivals for sacred and ancient music such as the "Pergolesi Festival" and the “Rassegna di Musica Antica della città di Urbino”.
She has sung along side such distinguished artists as Josè Carreras, Cecilia Gasdia, Gianluca Terranova, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Nazzareno Antinori, Piero Giuliacci, Francesco Anile, Claudio Lippi, Ugo Pagliai, Paola Gasmann, etc...
As well with famous conducters such as: Marcello Rota, V. Shutej, Flavio Colusso, Marzio Conti, Vincenzo Antonellini, Claudio Maria Micheli, Franz Albanese, Nicola Samale, Silvano Corsi, ecc; and with famous set directors such as: Claudio Del Monaco, Luca Verdone, Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, Marisa Fabbri, Simona Marchini, Enrico Stinchelli, Franco Vacchi, Alessio Pizzec, Enrico Castiglione.
In 2007 she was chosen for the role of "Maria Callas" in the theatrical Callas' Album, represented at the Teatro Sociale in Como on the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Maria Callas, during which she performed some of the most famous arias from the repertoire of the renowned soprano.
The 2013-2014 season included performances as Tosca with the Teatro Politeama in Lecce, Italy, and the title roles in Madama Butterfly at the Kyoto Opera Festival and Aida at the Seoul Art Center in South Korea. The 2015-2016 season saw her return to the title roles in Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Marrucino di Chieti and to Aida at the Teatro Verdi di Salerno under the esteemed baton of Daniel Oren. She most recently was named the Italian representative to an international “Stars of the World” concert at the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet honoring the soprano, Galina Vishnevskaya.
Her television appearances include shows such as "Buona Domenica" for RTL (Luxembourg Radio Television), "Unomattina" (RAI 1 Italy), "Opera Club" (RAI International) program conducted by Simona Marchini.
She has recorded the following cd's:
- The integral of the Oratory of G. Carissimi in 9 CD (ed. Musicaimmagine Records) in collaboration with RadioRai;
- Madama Butterfly by G. Puccini (published by Ricordi) for the series Cantolopera;
- Lo sposo burlato by G. Paisiello (ed. Bongiovanni);
- Giuseppe Riconosciuto (ed. Fonè).
Classic Neapolitan Song (ed. Culturellevents Vienna)
During her extensive career, she sang with partners such as:
Josè Carreras, Cecilia Gasdia, Gianluca Terranova, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Nazzareno Antinori, Piero Giuliacci, Francesco Anile, Claudio Lippi, Ugo Pagliai, Paola Gasmann, etc...
Cantate n. 199* - 202* - 209*
IX Sinfonia (Soprano solo)*
Missa Solemnis (Soprano solo)*
Integrale degli Oratori (Soprano solo)*
Adriana Lecouvreur (Adriana)
Libeslider Waltz (Soprano solo)*
Messiah (Soprano solo)*
L’Amico Friz (Suzel)*
Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza)
Don Giovanni (Donna Anna* - DonnaElvira)
Exultate Jubilate (Soprano solo)*
Requiem (Soprano solo)*
Stabat Mater (Soprano solo)*
La Bohéme (Mimì)*
Madama Butterfly (Cio Cio San)*
Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)*
La Rondine (Magda)
Manon Lescaut (Manon)
Petite Messe Solennelle (Soprano solo)*
Stabat Mater (Soprano solo)*
Un Ballo in Maschera (Amelia)*
La Traviata (Violetta)*
Il Trovatore (Leonora)*
Messa di Requiem (Soprano solo)*
Beatus Vir (Soprano solo)*