My first 20 years of Opera

My first 20 years of Opera

Dear friends,
a twenty year long career is a very important milestone. Not a finishing post, because the road ahead is still long and full of delights and pitfalls. I believe I am lucky because I can recount such a long personal history in music and theatre. Over the years of my career, from its beginnings until today, I’ve had the honour of working alongside great artists and getting to know new, exciting environments. Since my first performance (Malcom in Macbeth at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto) many things have changed in my artistic and private life. Let’s say that these two “lives” have grown together and are indissolubly linked, projected towards a future in which family and music will continue to walk side by side.
I have lived through great cultural change within the opera theatre, with stage direction that is becoming increasingly experimental and elaborate and musical research that is attentive to philology and authenticity of the score. The life of a musician is at the same time many-coloured and monochrome: great experiences, wonderful people in your daily life, but also the routine imposed by the demands of the voice and the worries of being far from home.
In 20 years I have sung over fifty roles, from Mozart to Stravinsky, from the great romantic Belcanto heroes to the complex tenor characters of the Verdi repertoire. The thrill of working with conductors of the standing of Maazel, Chailly, Muti, Temirkanov, Plasson, Pappano or Mehta, is an honour which I would never have expected to have. Then there are the great theatres: Paris, Milan (with the theatre that is closest to my heart), Vienna, London, New York, Tokyo, Chicago, with their wonderful orchestras. I have learnt many things, most importantly the understanding that all the gifts an artist gives an audience are reciprocated. The audience immediately senses a musician’s generosity and sincerity and rewards him accordingly.
The presence of my wife, Serena Gamberoni, also an opera singer with a wonderful career, has been fundamental in creating and supporting this artistic journey. She has always helped and supported me when things got difficult: having a colleague by my side has been a blessing for me.
Today, I would like to say thank you for the privilege of living my life in this way, receiving the gift of music which allows us to live life even more intensely and profoundly.
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