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Mario Zeffiri

An esteemed interpreter of the belcanto repertoire, Mario Zeffiri has been enjoying a brilliant international career, which has brought him to perform in major institutions all over Europe.

He sang at the Teatro alla Scala (La sonnambula), at the Opera di Roma (Tancredi, La sonnambula, Il turco in Italia, Salome, Rosenkavalier), at the Teatro Regio di Torino (Semiramide, Die Entführung aus dem Serail), at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Elisabetta Regina d'Inghilterra, Il barbiere di Siviglia), at the Teatro Comunale di Firenze (Il barbiere di Siviglia, Messa da Requiem; Stabat Mater), at the Teatro Verdi of Trieste (Rigoletto) and at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona (La sonnambula).

Outside Italy, he has performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Opèra Comique in Paris, at the Liceu in Barcelona, at the Deutsche Oper and at the Philharmonie in Berlin, at the Carnegie Hall in New York, at the Chicago Symphony Center, as well as in the opera houses of  Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Köln, Düsseldorf, Essen, Dresden, Leipzig, Helsinki, Brussels, Bordeaux, Nice, Montpellier, Liège, Athens.

His repertoire includes more than 45 titles, and he distinguishes himself especially in such roles as Arturo (I Puritani), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Elvino (La sonnambula), Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto), Tonio (La fille du régiment), Tenor- soloist (Verdi-Requiem).

Mario Zeffiri regluarly collaborates with renowned conductors, such as Riccardo Muti, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Daniele Gatti, Roberto Abbado, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Alberto Zedda, Stefan Soltesz, Helmut Rilling, Eve Queler and with directors such as Dario Fo, Pierluigi Pizzi, Pier’Alli, Luca Ronconi, Hugo de Ana.

In 2007, under the baton of Riccardo Muti, he has been singing Verdi’s Requiem in Ravenna, Parma, Las Palmas and at the Quirinale Palace of Rome. He took on the role of Ernesto (Don Pasquale) in Malta, Bolshoi of Moscow, Marinsky Theater of St. Petersburg,  as well as that of Don Calandrino (Il ritorno di Don Calandrino by Cimarosa) in Las Palmas, Ravenna and Piacenza. He appeared as Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto) at the Estonian National Opera.

Among his 2008 engagements it is worth mentioning: Lélio by Berlioz at the Teatro la Fenice di Venezia and at the Ravenna Festival, both under Riccardo Muti, whit whom Mario Zeffiri enjoys a long-time collaboration.  He was at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari for La Sonnambula, in Savona as Titus in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, he made his debut as Fernand in La Favorite in Santiago de Chile with a remarkable success among public and critics, then he was Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Megaron in Athens. He made an astonishing début at Estonian National Opera in Tallinn as Arnold Melcthal in Guillaume Tell.

During the last season he interpretated and recorded Verdi’s Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti conducting, then he was Leicester (Maria Stuarda) in Mannheim, Lord Arturo Talbo ( I Puritani) at Scottish Opera in Glasgow, Don Ramiro ( La cenerentola) at Deutsche Oper  Berlin and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) in Thessaloniki. He made his debut at the Palais Garnier in Paris  in Demofoonte (title role) in the Salzburger Festspiele - production under Riccardo Muti.

Coming engagements bring him to Essen (I Puritani ), to Zürich (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), to Napoli's San Carlo theater (Petite Messe Solennelle), to Cagliari (I Puritani) and at last to the Wiener Musikverein in Stabat Mater with M° Muti conducting.

Born in Athens, Mario Zeffiri has completed his education in Italy, thanks to a scholarship of the “Maria Callas” Foundation, at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala and in Spain with the tenor Juan Oncina. He presently studies with Kammersänger Peter Gougaloff in Berlin.

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