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.
I adore Verdi.