Bass

Andrea Mastroni

Engagements this season and beyond include Italiana in Algeri at the Opéra de Toulon,Siegfried at Opera de Oviedo, Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper and Teatro di San Carlo, Tosca at the Osterfestspiele Salzburg and La Calisto at Teatro Real Madrid.

He has recorded a new Handel Serse for Deutsche Grammophon, with Il Pomo d’Oro and Handel arias for bass with the Accademia dell’ Annunciata.

© Nicola Garzetti

Introduction

Italian bass Andrea Mastroni began his musical education as a clarinettist before moving to vocal studies where he graduated from the Istituto Claudio Monteverdi in Cremona.

His repetoire includes Sparafucile Rigoletto, Simone Gianni Schicchi, Timur Turandot, Colline La Bohème, Figaro/Bartolo Le Nozze di Figaro, Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor, Ferrando Il trovatore, title role Don Pasquale and Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia.

He has appeared at Opernhaus Zurich, Teatro Massimo Di Palermo, Teatro Real Madrid, Cincinnati Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Theatre des Champs Elysées, Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden.


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Performance Schedule

  • 19:00 28 Apr 2018 Theater Bonn, BONN More info  

    Andrea Mastroni:
    ROSSINI Italiana in Algeria, “Già d’insolito adore” (Mustàfa)
    BEETHOVEN Fidelio, “Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben” (Rocco)
    Kristina Mkhitaryan:
    VERDI Rigoletto, “Caro nome” (Gilda)
    MASSANET Manon, “Adieu notre petite table” (Manon)
    VERDI La Traviata, “Parigi o cara”, (Violetta) – Duet with Ivan Magri

    Mezzo: Aude Extrémo
    Tenor: Ivan Magrì
    Bass: Andrea Mastroni
    Soprano: Kristina Mkhitaryan
    Mezzo: Anna Bonitatibus
    Soprano: Elena Bezgodkova
    Tenor: Alessandro Scotto di Luzio
    Soprano: Heather Enebretson
    Baritone: Kartal Karagedik
    Trumpet: Tamas Palfalvi
    Music Director: Dirk Kaftan
    Choir: Opernchor des Theater Bonn
    Ensemble: Beethoven Orchester Bonn

  • 17:00 03 Jun 2018 Opera de Lausanne, LAUSANNE More info  

    VERDI ‘Simon Boccanegra’

    Conductor: Stefano Ranzani
    Director: Arnaud Bernard
    Simon Boccanegra: Roberto Frontali
    Amelia Maria: Katzarava
    Jacopo Fiesco: Andrea Mastroni
    Gabriele Adorno: Andeka Gorrotxategi
    Paolo Albiani: Benoît Capt
    Pietro: Alexandre Diakoff

  • 19:00 06 Jun 2018 Opera de Lausanne, LAUSANNE More info  

    VERDI ‘Simon Boccanegra’

    Conductor: Stefano Ranzani
    Director: Arnaud Bernard
    Simon Boccanegra: Roberto Frontali
    Amelia Maria: Katzarava
    Jacopo Fiesco: Andrea Mastroni
    Gabriele Adorno: Andeka Gorrotxategi
    Paolo Albiani: Benoît Capt
    Pietro: Alexandre Diakoff

  • 20:00 08 Jun 2018 Opera de Lausanne, LAUSANNE More info  

    VERDI ‘Simon Boccanegra’

    Conductor: Stefano Ranzani
    Director: Arnaud Bernard
    Simon Boccanegra: Roberto Frontali
    Amelia Maria: Katzarava
    Jacopo Fiesco: Andrea Mastroni
    Gabriele Adorno: Andeka Gorrotxategi
    Paolo Albiani: Benoît Capt
    Pietro: Alexandre Diakoff

  • 15:00 10 Jun 2018 Opera de Lausanne, LAUSANNE More info  

    VERDI ‘Simon Boccanegra’

    Conductor: Stefano Ranzani
    Director: Arnaud Bernard
    Simon Boccanegra: Roberto Frontali
    Amelia Maria: Katzarava
    Jacopo Fiesco: Andrea Mastroni
    Gabriele Adorno: Andeka Gorrotxategi
    Paolo Albiani: Benoît Capt
    Pietro: Alexandre Diakoff

  • 19:00 17 Jun 2018 Bayerische Staatsoper, MUNICH More info  

    VERDI ‘Rigoletto’

    Conductor: Daniele Callegari
    Director: Árpád Schilling
    Il Duca Di Mantova: Saimir Pirgu
    Rigoletto: Markus Brück
    Gilda: Rosa Feola
    Sparafucile: Andrea Mastroni
    Maddalena + Giovanna: Alisa Kolosova
    Il Conte Di Monterone: Kristof Klorek
    Marullo: Andrea Borghini
    Borsa Matteo: Manuel Günther
    Il Conte Di Ceprano: Christian Rieger
    La Contessa Di Ceprano: Paula Iancic
    Usciere: Oleg Davydov
    Paggio Della Duchessa: Alyona Abramowa

  • 19:00 20 Jun 2018 Bayerische Staatsoper, MUNICH More info  

    VERDI ‘Rigoletto’

    Conductor: Daniele Callegari
    Director: Árpád Schilling
    Il Duca Di Mantova: Saimir Pirgu
    Rigoletto: Markus Brück
    Gilda: Rosa Feola
    Sparafucile: Andrea Mastroni
    Maddalena + Giovanna: Alisa Kolosova
    Il Conte Di Monterone: Kristof Klorek
    Marullo: Andrea Borghini
    Borsa Matteo: Manuel Günther
    Il Conte Di Ceprano: Christian Rieger
    La Contessa Di Ceprano: Paula Iancic
    Usciere: Oleg Davydov
    Paggio Della Duchessa: Alyona Abramowa

  • 18:00 24 Jun 2018 Bayerische Staatsoper, MUNICH More info  

    VERDI ‘Rigoletto’

    Conductor: Daniele Callegari
    Director: Árpád Schilling
    Il Duca Di Mantova: Saimir Pirgu
    Rigoletto: Markus Brück
    Gilda: Rosa Feola
    Sparafucile: Andrea Mastroni
    Maddalena + Giovanna: Alisa Kolosova
    Il Conte Di Monterone: Kristof Klorek
    Marullo: Andrea Borghini
    Borsa Matteo: Manuel Günther
    Il Conte Di Ceprano: Christian Rieger
    La Contessa Di Ceprano: Paula Iancic
    Usciere: Oleg Davydov
    Paggio Della Duchessa: Alyona Abramowa

Discography

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    HANDEL Melancholia

    Label: Musica Viva Records

    Release Date: 01 Jan 18

    Conductor: Riccardo Doni
    Bass: Andrea Mastroni
    Accademia Dell’Annunciata

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    VERDI Rigoletto

    Label: Delos

    Release Date: 10 Nov 17

    Conductor: Constantine Orbelian

    Dmitri Hvorostovsky
    Nadine Sierra
    Francesco Demuro
    Andrea Mastroni
    Oksana Volkova

    Kaunas Symphony Orchestra
    Men of the Kaunas State Choi

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    DUPARC Lamento

    Label: Brilliant Classics

    Release Date: 04 Dec 15

    Bass: Andrea Mastroni
    Piano: Mattia Ometto

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    ROSSINI Semiramide

    Label: Naxos

    Release Date: 03 Sep 13

    Conductor: Antonino Fogliani

    Semiramide: Alex Penda
    Arsace: Marianna Pizzolato
    Assur: Lorenzo Regazzo
    Idreno: John Osborn
    Oroe: Andrea Mastroni
    Azema: Marija Jokovic
    Mitrane: Vassilis Kavayas
    Nino’s ghost: Raffaele Facciolà

    Camerata Bach Choir & Virtuosi Brunensis

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    GOUNOD Roméo et Juliette

    Label: DECCA

    Release Date: 12 Nov 12

    Conductor: Fabio Luisi

    Roméo: Andrea Bocelli
    Juliette: Maite Alberola

    Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro Carlo Felice of Genova

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    VERDI I Vespri Siciliani

    Label: C Major

    Release Date: 13 May 13

    Conductor: Massimo Zanetti
    Director: Pier Luigi Pizzi

    Guido di Monforte:  Leo Nucci
    Il sire di Bethune: Dario Russo
    Il conte Vaudemont: Andrea Mastroni
    Arrigo: Fabio Armiliato
    Giovanni da Procida: Giacomo Prestia
    La
    duchessa Elena: Daniela Dessì
    Ninetta: Adriana Di Paola
    Danieli: Raoul d’Eramo
    Tebaldo: Roberto Jachini Virgili
    Roberto: Alessandro Battiato
    Manfredo: Camillo Facchino

    Parma Teatro Regio Chorus and Orchestra

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    04 Feb 18 HÄNDEL Melancholia
    Museo Nazionale di Scienza e Tecnologia “Leonardo Da Vinci” di Milano

    “… la musica di Händel è magnifica e che magnifica è pure la voce ampia e sonora di Mastroni, dal timbro scuro e profondo, davvero singolare per colore e morbidezza; tanto più che questa voce è messa a servizio di un fraseggio duttile, piegato a sfumature di inaudita eleganza, ma pure incisivo e preciso nei virtuosismi di una scrittura ricca e frastagliata. Il cantante ha dedicato sempre grande attenzione alle parole, non solo nei recitativi, scanditi con precisione, ma anche nei momenti di lirica effusione, come nell’aria “Invida sorte avara”, da Ariodante, pagina di tersa bellezza. Ha emozionato la particolarissima scrittura di “Fra l’ombre e gl’orrori”, da Aci Galatea e Polifemo, che porta Mastroni a delibare un sicuro falsetto alternato a note profondissime, assecondato da un’orchestra morbida e avvolgente”.

    Fabio Larovere, Connessi all’Opera, 8 February 2018

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    14 Dec 17 VERDI Rigoletto
    Royal Opera House

    “We heard two exciting basses: aside the Platanias/Fomina duets, the high points of Act 1 were the entries of Sparafucile and Monterone. Andrea Mastroni was a rather youthful, slick Sparafucile, but with a big voice which can generate excitement right through the middle of the range as well as on the long low F as he exits; he also very much livened up his Act 3 exchanges with Maddalena (Nadia Krasteva, in a promising Royal Opera debut).”

    David Karlin, Backtrack, 15 December 2017

    “Michael Fabiano’s Duke is the real deal. Impulsive, volatile and brimming with arrogance, he conveys the feral power of a lustful despot on the loose, with his voice and body language. I also like Andrea Mastroni’s Sparafucile, his vocal timbre as black as his heart.”

    Richard Morrison, The Time, 18 December 2017

    “Andrea Mastroni was a fantastic Sparafucile, a man of the shadows, his evil understated but undoubtable: Mastroni’s sensitive, graded parlando in Act 1 told us all we needed to know.”

    Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 17 December 2017

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    19 Nov 17 HANDEL Serse
    Opéra Royal du Chateau de Versailles

    “Pour soutenir un tel plateau notamment dans ses ensembles (l’équilibre, c’est la basse, nous rappelait récemment Attila !) et afin d’offrir la noirceur d’Ariodate, il faut une basse royale : elle se nomme ici Andrea Mastroni. Sonore jusque dans les notes les plus graves de la tessiture, il fait forte impression avec une voix enracinée et très riche en harmoniques graves. Le public en gronde comme lui.”
    Charles Arden, Olyrix, 20 November 2017

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    17 Jul 17 VERDI Rigoletto
    Arena di Verona

    “Il faut admirer la jeune basse Andrea Mastroni en Sparafucile de maître ! La nature fut généreuse avec le Lombard [lire notre critique de son CD Henri Duparc] – on perçoit nettement la voix naturelle dont il dispose –, mais il ne s’en tient pas là : une maîtrise exemplaire de ses moyens conduit cette incarnation magistrale.”
    Katy Oberlé, Anaclase, 6 July 2017

    “Andrea Mastroni è un ottimo Sparafucile, dal timbro grave sempre ben calibrato e dalla linea melodica gestita con sapienza.”
    Raffaella Petrosino, GB Opera, 5 July 2017

    “Ottimo lo Sparafucile disegnato da Andrea Mastroni, che nella voce tornita trova una vena notturna che contribuisce ad ammantare di ulteriore mistero il personaggio.”
    Alessandro Cammarano, Operaclick, 2 July 2017

     

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    12 May 17 VERDI Don Carlo
    Royal Opera House Covent Garden

    “…Andrea Mastroni’s sonorous Carlos V…”
    Michael Church, Independent, 16 May 2017

    “David Junghoon Kim was a dignified Lerma, whilst Andrea Mastroni held our attention as Carlos V.”
    Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, 16 May 2017

    ” Andrea Mastroni was impeccably mysterious as Carlos V…”
    Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard, 15 May 2017

    “Otra historia es el prometedor bajo Andrea Mastroni … Mastroni impresionó con su voz profunda y potente de auténtico bajo en sus brevísimas intervenciones como Carlo V.”

    Elio Ronco Bonvehi, Culturalresuena, 20 May 2017

     

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    19 Mar 17 VERDI Rigoletto
    Hamburgische Staatsoper

    “The best singing of the evening came from Andrea Mastroni as Sparafucile … Milan-born Mastroni was absolutely convincing as the duplicitous assassin and his vocal abilities were no less impressive. A floaty top E flat on ‘Sparafucile’ in his first encounter with Rigoletto was both sinister and seductive while the low F naturals in Act 1 and his ‘Buona notte’ in Act 3 had sepulchral sonority.”

    Jonathan Sutherland, Bachtrack, 19 March 2017

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    20 Jan 17 VERDI Rigoletto
    Metropolitan Opera

    “Her naivety was in stark contrast to the evil of the character of Sparafucile, which was so chillingly brought out by Italian bass Andrea Mastroni, making his Met debut. His performance was one of the vocal highlights of the evening, his booming resonance in the low lying tessitura drawing out the character’s darkness. He portrayed the hitman with an almost perverse and unrepentant pleasure – this pure evil contrasted with the innocence of Gilda heightening the sense of impending tragedy.”
    Oliver Brett, Bachtrack, 23 January 2017

    “Andrea Mastroni made a superb company debut as Sparafucile, playing the slick, shady hitman with a rich barolo voice.”
    Eric C. Simpson, New York Classical Review, 21 January 2017

    “…his voice and demeanor display all the oily charisma one could desire.”
    Patrick Clement James, Parterre, 22 January 2017

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    04 Nov 16 PEROCCO Aquagranda (World Premiere)
    Teatro la Fenice, Venice

    “Andrea Mastroni, forte dell’autorevolezza della sua cavata grave ma al contempo capace di vellutate morbidezze…”

    Andrea Mastroni has an authoritative low register, while having ease and softness in his upper one.

    Alessandro Cammarano, Operaclick, 5 November 2016

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    11 Dec 15 VERDI Rigoletto
    Teatro Real Madrid

    “Il basso milanese Andrea Mastroni è uno Sparafucile perfetto…”

    Milanese-bass Andrea Mastroni is a perfect Sparafucile…

    Michele Curnis, GB Opera, 14 December 2015

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    21 Oct 15 MOZART Die Zauberflöte
    Teatro Massimo, Palermo

    “…la voce profonda e morbida del basso Andrea Mastroni, un Sarastro perfettamente addentro alla figura posata e autorevole, solare, del personaggio.”

    …his voice was deep and soft. Bass Andrea Mastroni was a perfect gentle, autoritative, and cheerful Sarastro.

    Elisabetta Ragusa, GB Opera, 27 October 2017

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    22 Sep 15 DONIZETTI Roberto Deveraux
    Teatro Real Madrid

    “Le reste de la distribution est en revanche irréprochable, jusque dans ses rôles secondaires (notamment la basse sonore et bien chantante d’Andrea Mastroni en Sir Raleigh)…”

    The other members of the cast were a flawless match, even in the supporting roles (bass Andrea Mastroni distiguinshed himself in the role of Sir Raleigh for his big voice and amazing singing lines)…

    Antoine Brunetto, Forum Opéra, 4 October 2015

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    25 Jul 15 PUCCINI Turandot
    Cincinnati Opera

    “Also new to Cincinnati Opera, bass Andrea Mastroni as Timur displayed the banished ruler’s powerful yet plaintive assessment of what he deserves and what has been denied him. The shocked collective mourning for Liu was made particularly effective by Mastroni’s performance.”

    Jay Harvey, Up Stage, 30 July 2015

    “It is an imposing sound, full, noble, and rich. He, too, will be a valuable presence on operatic stages in years to come”

    OperaNews, October 2015

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    10 Aug 14 VERDI Aida
    Arena di Verona

    “Andrea Mastroni nei panni del Faraone conferma i pronostici che lo rilevano come una delle voci gravi migliori della sua generazione…”

    As the Pharaoh, Andrea Mastroni confirms he is one of the best bass voices of this generation…

    Raffaella Petrosino, GB Opera, 12 August 2014

Interviews

Read Andrea’s interview on his album “Melancholia: Händel’s Bass Arias” on OperaWire (2018)

Read Andrea’s interview on his Met debut on OperaWire (2017)

Read Andrea’s interview on Blastingnews (2017)

Trevor Gillis talks to Andrea about his Met debut, upcoming album, and most challenging role. Read it here. (2017)

Andrea talks to Fabio Larovere from Connessi all’Opera about his new CD Melancholia. Read it here. (2017)

 

Repertoire

OPERA:
BEETHOVEN Fidelio (Rocco)
BOITO Mefistofele
BORODIN Prince Igor
CAVALLI La calisto
DONIZETTI Don Pasquale (Don Pasquale)
DONIZETTI La Favorita (Baldassarre)
HANDEL Rodelinda (Garibaldo)
HANDEL Orlando (Zoroastro)
HANDEL  Ariodante (Il Re di Scozia)
HANDEL Giulio Cesare (Achilla)
HANDEL Agrippina (Claudio / Pallante)
MONTEVERDI Orfeo (Caronte)
MONTEVERDI L’ Incoronazione di Poppea (Seneca)
MOZART Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro)
MOZART Die Entführung aus dem Serail  (Osmin)
MOZART Don Giovanni (Leporello)
MOZART Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso)
MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov (Pimen)
PUCCINI La bohème (Colline)
ROSSINI Italiana in Algeri (Mustafà)
ROSSINI Il Turco in Italia (Selim)
ROSSINI Il Viaggio a Reims (Lord Sidney)
ROSSINI La pietra di Paragone (Asdrubale)
ROSSINI Le comte Ory (Le Gouverneur)
ROSSINI Semiramide (Oroe)
STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos (Truffaldin)
STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier (Baron Ochs)
TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin
TCHAIKOVSKY Iolanta (King Rene)
VERDI Rigoletto (Sparafucile)
VERDI I Masnadieri (Massimiliano)
VERDI Simon Boccanegra (Jacopo Fiesco)
WAGNER Parsifal (Gurnemanz)
WAGNER Tristan und Isolde (König Marke)
WAGNER Das Rheingold (Fafner)
WAGNER Die Walküre (Hunding)
WAGNER Die fliegende Holländer (Daland)
WAGNER Lohengrin (Heinrich)

CONCERT:
BACH St John Passion
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9
BRUCKNER Requiem
FAURE Requiem
HAHN Mélodies
HANDEL The Messiah (solo a 415 Hz)
MOZART Requiem
MAHLER Kindertotenlieder
MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
MAHLER Rückert-Lieder
SCHUBERT Die schöne Müllerin
SCHUBERT Winterreise
SCHUBERT Schwanengesang
SCHUBERT Lieder (Erlkönig, Romanze aus Rosamunde, Die Forelle, an die Musik)
SCHUMANN Dictherliebe op.47
SCHUMANN Liederkreis
WOLF Michelangelo Lieder
DUPARC Mélodies (Opera omnia)
DVORAK Stabat Mater
DVORAK Requiem