It’s a thrill to be performing one of my signature roles again, Ernani at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. It was in Rome, under conductor Riccardo Muti, that I debuted this role in 2013. Today, the Opera di Roma is reviving that same production, with staging, set and costumes by Hugo de Ana and music direction by Marco Armiliato.
The world is living through difficult times and opera asks itself questions and asks us questions about great civil and private passions, about honour, betrayal and passion. Verdi’s music reaches places which we ourselves could not reach on our own: it is powerful, beautiful, illuminating. Rehearsing Ernani here at the Opera di Roma has given me further confirmation of this. But I’m also worried about Villa Sant’Agata, which is expected to be up for auction very soon. As an artist and an Italian, the villa is a symbol “in stone” of Verdi’s work. It is a beautiful house, rich with memories of Verdi and of Italian history. As Italians, we owe Verdi so much and that is why we should all make every effort so that the Villa becomes part of everyone’s cultural heritage to be enjoyed for what it is: Verdi’s home but also one of our memorial monuments.
I want to share my enthusiasm about this special week which I’ll be spending at La Scala.
I’ll be Alfredo again in La Traviata directed by Liliana Cavani on March 12th, 14th and 17th. I will again be alongside amazing colleagues, with Angel Blue as Violetta and Placido Domingo as Germont father.
Our conductor will be Marco Armiliato. We are all proud to be part of the Genoese Maestro’s debut at La Scala!
Again at La Scala, in the “A. Toscanini” Boxes Foyer on Saturday March 16th at 5 p.m., as part of the cycle “Great voices at La Scala”, in cooperation with the magazine L’Opera: I will be the guest at the gathering devoted to me, I am grateful to Sabino Lenoci and Giancarlo Landini for this compliment which I greatly appreciate. It will be a delightful opportunity to meet up with friends and fans!
I’m just back from Tokyo where I sang in the Verdi Requiem conducted by Riccardo Muti.
It was a head-spinning whirlwind of emotions! That’s what it’s like to be singing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, such wonderful musicians and friends with whom it is always an honour and a privilege to be making music.
I am overwhelmed by all the affection shown by the people and colleagues who shared this experience with me and my mind goes back with gratitude to Maestro Muti who each time teaches and transmits respect towards music and towards our culture. With him we always grow more mature and discover new horizons to explore…
I can only say thank you and silently enjoy this happiness.
I wanted this space on my website just for me and for you who love opera, belcanto, music and the theatre and I mean to enrich it with a bit more about myself.
I’m fond of the idea that you would like to get to know me a little better, so I’ll be telling you about the productions I take part in all over the world, but also about my reflections on music, the world of theatre, the lives of singers, the joy of working with great artists and the longing for home and children which takes over when you are too far away for too long. I’d like to talk too about my city, Genoa, which I love so much and where I always return with a lover’s feelings, because its sea and its thousand-year history enchant and create a sense of pride and belonging.
On a more practical note, I’ll be updating you on my engagements and the theatres where I’m performing.
I spent January at La Scala in Milan, taken up with the role of Alfredo. The staging is the momentous, lavish Liliana Cavani production, with scenery by Oscar Dante Ferretti and costumes by Gabriella Pescucci.
Can you remember? It’s the famous Traviata which Maestro Muti conducted at La Scala in 1990. I’m proud to be part of two star-studded casts to mark the revival of this work at La Scala until March 17th. This is my third Verdi role since last autumn: Ernani at La Scala, Gabriele Adorno at the Royal Opera House and now Alfredo, again at La Scala.
An exhilarating run in prospect of an engagement particularly close to my heart: on January 31st and February 2nd I’ll be singing in the Verdi Requiem Mass at the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, under Riccardo Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.