Author: Francesco Meli


I am flattered to be singing in this live concert, an online classical music service streamed from the Idagio platform, which with Florence’s theatre will be launching Global Concert Hall, a new virtual concert room for audiences all over the world. The programme is devoted entirely to Giuseppe Verdi and a record of the concert will be released.
Tickets are already for sale on the platform at 9.90 euro each and it will be possible to access the concert for 24 hours:
Teatro del Maggio is the first great European institution to take part in this project by Idagio, which already has over 1.9 million app downloads and subscribers in 190 countries. It was designed in Berlin by experts in music, technology, business and design and IDAGIO offers a catalogue of over 2 million authorized tracks.
My wish is for all the artists involved, the Florence Opera and audiences all over the world to get great enjoyment from this concert filled with meaning and symbol of a new sensitivity and of amazing opportunities for all of us.


Ph. Michele Monasta


Dear friends,

what else could I do but sing for you at this time? Easter is coming and I have accepted the invitation by the local government of my region,  Liguria, to send up the most sublime of prayers, the music left to us by our great Verdi, Rossini, Puccini and the many other composers who approached the sacred through music.

On Sunday April 12th at 12,30 I will be singing in this special concert live from the Cathedral in Genoa:

“Resurrezione. Voci dalla Cattedrale di Genova”.

We have involved other born or adopted Ligurian artists like Matteo Lippi, Iván Ayón Rivas, Serena Gamberoni, Elena Belfiore and pianist Maria Letizia Poltini.

With the permission of cardinal Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco and the Chapter of Canon we will be holding this concert behind closed doors in the Cathedral of Saint Laurence in full respect of the regulations concerning social distancing. The music will be interspersed with Gospel  readings and will reach you thanks to a diocese recording and live broadcasting by Liguria’s tv channels, the Region of Liguria’s social media channels and streaming by Teatro Carlo Felice.

I am moved, none of my recent theatre engagements can equal the profound significance of this performance.

Ph. Victor Santiago


Whenever I sing Verdi I’m happy and even more so when it comes to performing as Manrico! From February 6th to 29th I’ll be singing in the wonderful production of Il Trovatore which director Alvis Hermanis has set in a picture gallery. It’s a co-production by Teatro alla Scala and Salzburger Festspiele and I’ve already had the honour of singing as Manrico in the 2014 staging in Salzburg.

Then as now, I think this is a truly unique production and I feel honoured to take part in it alongside excellent colleagues and under conductor Maestro Luisotti.

I’m also grateful to La Scala for the opportunity to sing there again this season, just one month after its inauguration with Tosca and in one of my signature roles.

Ph. Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano


“Ingemisco tamquam reus,

Culpa rubet vultus meus,

Supplicanti, supplicanti parce, deus.”

I cannot think of a more intense prayer or more pervasive music than this composed by Verdi: Ingemisco, from the Requiem which I sang on January 13th at the Musikverein in Vienna with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Singverein conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti. With me were other wonderful colleagues, Krassimira Stoyanova, Daniela Barcellona and Riccardo Zanellato.



This has been an exciting Tosca and on January 8th I said goodbye to my character Cavaradossi after two months in his company. We rehearsed, studied and performed in a fantastic atmosphere, immersed in Davide Livermore’s staging and fully aware of how exceptional this production was. It was an honour to open the 2019/2020 season at La Scala, to be conducted by M° Riccardo Chailly and to sing with colleagues like Anna Netrebko, Saioa Hernandez and Luca Salsi. Bravo to the Orchestra and to the Chorus prepared by chorus master Bruno Casoni!

I won’t have to wait long before having the pleasure of singing here again: I’m Manrico in Il Trovatore, on stage at La Scala from February 6th to March 6th.

Ernani in France

Ernani has been an important opera in my career and my character embodies all the features of the belcanto tenor and the romantic hero, yet with all the force of Verdi’s composition. I am captivated by the beauty of this music and the immense power of its melodies. A world of amorous passion, alive with action and the feelings of iron determination seen in the fatal oath which brings death, conspiracy, pride and dignity, all revolve around the third act chorus, Si ridesti il Leon di Castiglia. It is a challenge that I am always happy to take up.

I have brought Ernani to the stage several times since 2013, starting with the unforgettable debut at the Rome Opera conducted by Riccardo Muti, with Tatiana Serjan, Luca Salsi and Ildar Abdrazakov in full creative flow. The most recent performance was last year at La Scala conducted by Ádám Fischer, again with Ildar and Luca and with Aylin Pérez as Elvira. In between, I have fond memories of other productions, at the Met with Placido Domingo and Angela Meade conducted by James Levine, in Marseilles with Ludovic Tézier and at a Salzburg Festival in a concert performance, again conducted by Muti.

It is a pleasure to be back in this role, once again as a concert performance, which in this more than other operas helps bring to the fore the music itself, almost freeing it from the acting which can be extremely intricate and weighty. We will have a young Italian conductor, Daniele Rustioni, whom I hold in great esteem. I will be singing alongside Carmen Giannattasio, Amartuvshin Enkhbat and Roberto Tagliavini.

Being Ernani in France, in Lyon, Paris and Vichy, will be a tribute to the vivid imagination of another of the great Romantics, Victor Hugo. It was from his Hernani that Francesco Maria Piave drew inspiration for the libretto which captivated Verdi.


It is with great joy that I’m back in Piacenza after the success of Gioconda in 2018. A Verdi Gala like this one, on stage at the Teatro Municipale on October 25th and 27th, is uncommon in Italian theatres and, to my mind, very intriguing, offering three acts from three different operas, complete with scenery and costumes. What a thrill! What a challenge, too, musically and emotionally, all on the same evening to be Gabriele Adorno, Radamès and Otello, my first time in this last role. It will be a personal journey deep inside Verdi’s composition, the dramaturgical power of his operas and the poignant beauty of his vocality in this Piacenza theatre which is so dear to me and a place of friendship more than of work.


At last I can announce that I’m going to be Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca which will inaugurate the 2019/2020 season at La Scala in Milan. My amazing colleagues, Anna Netrebko as Tosca and Luca Salsi as Scarpia, and I will be conducted by Maestro Riccardo Chailly in a new production by Davide Livermore, with stage sets by Giò Forma and costumes by Gianluca Falaschi.

That makes four operas which I’ll be singing in at La Scala this season (Tosca, Il Trovatore, La Gioconda and La Traviata). It’s a unique honour which fills me with pride.

We’ll be on stage from December 7th 2019 to January 8th 2020, with a live tv broadcast on Rai 1 for the opening night on the day of Patron Saint, St. Ambrose.


(Photo by Marcello Orselli: my first Cavaradossi at the Carlo Felice in Genoa, 2016)


Verdi Requiem at the Salzburg Festival: proud to take part in this magnificent production

My magnificent year with the Verdi Requiem conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti will culminate with the three concerts to be held at the Salzburg Festival on August 13th, 15th and 17th. With the Wiener Philharmoniker and my amazing colleagues Anita Rachvelishvili, Krassimira Stoyanova e Ildar Abdrazakov, alongside the Vienna State Opera Chorus we will be performing to commemorate Herbert von Karajan who died on July 16th 1989.

It is an immense honour for me to be singing again in Salzburg on such a prestigious occasion and to be performing Verdi under the baton of Riccardo Muti.

Tickets are all sold out!

My summer masterclass

The young opera singers who attended the masterclass which I held at Palazzo Pesce at Mola di Bari have performed in a concert which was appreciated by a large audience. Working with them has been an intense, revitalizing experience: I wish them the best of luck for their professional and artistic goals.