Roberto De Biasio

Introduction

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Roberto De Biasio only made his debut in December 2006, singing Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Donizetti di Bergamo, yet already he has found incredible success and has been catapulted to the forefront of today’s Verdi tenors. His ‘virile, glistening voice’ (New York Times), ‘gleaming tenor’ (Boston Globe), ‘fluid phrasing and an exciting, ringing top’ (San Francisco Chronicle), are celebrated by press and audiences alike.

Roberto made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York singing Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra conducted by James Levine and at the Opéra Bastille Paris singing Rodolfo in Luisa Miller conducted by Daniel Oren. Other notable appearances include Verdi’s Messa da Requiem conducted by Lorin Maazel at the Festival Verdi of Parma and Alfredo in La Traviata at Teatro La Fenice conducted by Myung Whun Chung.The tenor also had a tremendous success singing Pollione in a concert version of Bellini's Norma at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s opening event at the Tanglewood Festival, conducted by Charles Dutoit.



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Repertoire

Bernstein
Candide title role

Bizet
Carmen Don José

Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin Lensky

Cilea
L’Arlesiana Federico

Donizetti
Lucia di Lammermoor Edgardo
Lucrezia Borgia Gennaro
Maria di Rohan Riccardo
Poliuto title role
Roberto Devereux title role

Gounoud
Faust title role
Romeo et Juliette Romeo

Offenbach
Les Contes d’Hoffmann title role

Massenet
Manon des Grieux
Thais Nicias
Werther title role

Puccini
La Bohème Rodolfo
Madama Butterfly Pinkerton
La Rondine Ruggero
Tosca Cavaradossi

Verdi
Alzira Zamoro
Aroldo title role
Attila Forresto
Un Ballo in Maschera Riccardo
La battaglia di Legnano Arrigo
Il Corsaro Corrado
Don Carlo title role
I due Foscari Jacopo
Ernani title role
Giovanna D’Arco  Carlo VII
I Lombardi Oronte
Luisa Miller Rodolfo
Macbeth Macduff
I Masnadieri Carlo
Nabucco Ismaele
Oberto Riccardo
La Traviata Alfredo
Il Trovatore Manrico
Stiffelio title role
Simon Boccanegra Gabriele Adorno
Messa di requiem

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Schedule

Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe

BIZET: Carmen

Carmen (6/27 - 7/18) - Daniela Mack
Carmen (7/28 - 8/23) - Ana María Martínez
Don José - Roberto De Biasio
Escamillo - Kostas Smoriginas
Micaëla - Joyce El-Khoury
Zuniga - Evan Hughes
Le Remendado - Noah Baetge
Conductor - Rory Macdonald
Director - Stephen Lawless
Scenic Designer - Benoit Dugardyn
Costume Designer - Jorge Jara
Lighting Designer - Pat Collins
Choreographer - Nicola Bowie

Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe

BIZET: Carmen

Carmen (6/27 - 7/18) - Daniela Mack
Carmen (7/28 - 8/23) - Ana María Martínez
Don José - Roberto De Biasio
Escamillo - Kostas Smoriginas
Micaëla - Joyce El-Khoury
Zuniga - Evan Hughes
Le Remendado - Noah Baetge

Conductor - Rory Macdonald
Director - Stephen Lawless

Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe

BIZET: Carmen

Carmen (6/27 - 7/18) - Daniela Mack
Carmen (7/28 - 8/23) - Ana María Martínez
Don José - Roberto De Biasio
Escamillo - Kostas Smoriginas
Micaëla - Joyce El-Khoury
Zuniga - Evan Hughes
Le Remendado - Noah Baetge

Conductor - Rory Macdonald
Director - Stephen Lawless

Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe

BIZET: Carmen

Carmen (6/27 - 7/18) - Daniela Mack
Carmen (7/28 - 8/23) - Ana María Martínez
Don José - Roberto De Biasio
Escamillo - Kostas Smoriginas
Micaëla - Joyce El-Khoury
Zuniga - Evan Hughes
Le Remendado - Noah Baetge

Conductor - Rory Macdonald
Director - Stephen Lawless

Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe

BIZET: Carmen

Carmen (6/27 - 7/18) - Daniela Mack
Carmen (7/28 - 8/23) - Ana María Martínez
Don José - Roberto De Biasio
Escamillo - Kostas Smoriginas
Micaëla - Joyce El-Khoury
Zuniga - Evan Hughes
Le Remendado - Noah Baetge

Conductor - Rory Macdonald
Director - Stephen Lawless

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Press

Verdi

Ernani

Metropolitan Opera, New York

...His voice is warm and sizable, with a youthful bloom. He sang Ernani with verve and ardor but also taste. Handsome and limber, Mr. De Biasio embodied his hotheaded character, torn between his love for Elvira and determination to seek revenge against Don Carlo, whom Ernani blames for the death of his father....he is understandibly in demand these days... The New York Times, February 3rd 2012

Bellini

Norma

Tanglewood Festival

Italian tenor Roberto De Biasio, whose glistening, penetrating voice was heard to fine effect in Pollione's opening aria. Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times
Even more ardent was the Pollione, Sicilian tenor Roberto De Biasio. His was real bel canto singing, but with power and deep dramatic involvement, and he sounded like a young José Carreras. One would like to see De Biasio on stage. Lee Eiseman, Classical-scene.com
Roberto De Biasio showed off a gleaming tenor and an appealingly natural sense of Italianate phrasing Jeremy Eichler, The Globe
Tenor Roberto De Basio was in splendid voice as Pollione [...} His tone was creamy-textured, consistent and beautifully-produced from top to bottom. David Wright, The Classical review

Verdi

Simon Boccanegra

Metropolitan Opera New York

'and there was a notable Met debut by an appealing and handsome 42-year-old Sicilian tenor, Roberto De Biasio. He replaced Ramón Vargas, who was ill, as Amelia’s lover, Gabriele Adorno. Formerly a professional flutist, Mr. De Biasio has been singing for only four years, to increasing success [...] he has a virile voice and potential.' The New York Times
'Roberto De Biasio made his unscheduled Met debut replacing an indisposed Ramón Vargas.  His biography reports that the 42 year-old Sicilian tenor has been active as an opera singer for only four years, after a career as a flautist. [...] De Biasio was incomparably more satisfactory, and revealed a sturdy, virile and attractive instrument, a willingness to sing piano when needed, a decent technique (the notes around the passaggio were properly prepared and covered), and a sensitive phrasing.  His top was also for the most part reliable and secure. For the record, in a role that is often overlooked and neglected, after his aria De Biasio obtained the loudest and longest applause of the evening.' Nicola Lischi, Opera Britannia
'Then there was Roberto De Biasio as Maria/Amelia's intended--and in for the ill Ramon Vargas (who'll appear for the remaining four performances). De Biasio generously offered consistently sweet tones supported by admirable vocal heft. It's his house debut, and he couldn't have provided a better one -- not if the ticket buyers were any barometer.' David Finkle, The Huffington Post

Recordings

Donizetti

Lucrezia Borgia
Theodossiou, De Biasio, Iori, Palacios
Tiziano Severini
Orchestra and Chorus of the Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti

Naxos

Donizetti

Lucia di Lammermoor
Rancatore, De Biasio, Grassi, Iori 
Antonino Fogliani
Orchestra and Chorus of the Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti

Naxos