The italian mezzosoprano Serena Malfi studied at the Conservatorio and Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, she completed her studies at Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples.
She makes her debut in Salieri’s La Grotta di Trofonio at the Winterthur Festival in 2009.
Since this debut she has sung in Zurich, Teatro Comunale Firenze, Jesi Festival, Teatro dell’Opera Roma, Concertegebouw in Amsterdam, Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera de Oviedo, Opéra National de Paris, Theatre des Champs Elysees ,Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, the Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) in London, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto),Opéra de Lausanne, Teatro di San Carlo (Naples), Staatsoper Dresden.
She has worked with Daniel Barenboim, Silvain Cambreling, Louis Langrée, Riccardo Frizza, Michele Mariotti, Ottavio Dantone, Alan Curtis, Corrado Rovaris, Alain Altinoglu, Jeremy Rohrer, Thomas Hengelbrock, Sir Mark Elder, Evelino Pidó, Marc Minkowski, Riccardo Chailly and Fabio Luisi among others.
Earlier engagements include La Cenerentola in Bad Wildbad, Valencia, Tchaikovsky Hall Moscow, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Opéra de Paris, Teatro di San Carlo (Napoli), the Opéra de Lausanne and Wiener Staatsoper. In 2016 she sings the role at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma staged by Emma Dante. She made her debut at the Teatro Real in Madridas as Annio in La Clemenza di Tito and repeated this role at the Wiener Staatsoper and the Bayerische Staatsoper . In Vienna she sang her first Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and also repeated the role at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman with Wiener Staatsoper and at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and recently at the San Francisco Opera making her house debut.
Another important role in her career to date is Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia which she made her debut at the Zurich Opera in the 2010 season. She also sang the role at the Royal Opera House in London, Teatro Real in Madrid, Staatsoper Berlin, Kanazawa Concert Hall, Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Teatro Comunale of Bologna.
In 2014 Serena made her debut at Teatro alla Scala in Così fan tutte conducted by Daniel Barenboim and returned there for the new production of La gazza ladra in 2017 conducted by Riccardo Chailly and staged by the Oscar winning director Gabriele Salvatores.
In 2016 she made her debut at Staatsoper Dresden singing Ruggero in Haendel's Alcina and she sang her first Bellini as Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Opera de Oviedo.
She has appeared twice at the Pergolesi Festival in Iesi. In 2010 in Il Flaminio and in 2011 in the title role of La Salustia. Both of these opera have been released on DVD.
Recent and future engagements include her debut at Los Angeles Opera as Cenerentola and at Staatsoper Hamburg as Dorabella and Cherubino as well as her return to Naples and Florence, Don Giovanni in Tokyo and Così fan tutte in Bilbao.