Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist

Francesco Meli

Born in Genova in 1980, he began his singing studies at seventeen with soprano Norma Palacios at his hometown’s School of Music.

In 2002 he has made his debut in Macbeth, Petite messe Solemnelle and Puccini’s Messa di gloria, the latter broadcast by RAI, at the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, and later he sang in Don Giovanni and L'elisir d'amore at the Opera Giocosa in Savona, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with AsLiCo.

He has immediately made his debuts in Lisbon Edmondo Manon Lescaut, in Bologna L’Elisir d’amore and La Sonnambula, in La Scala, Les Dialogues des Carmelites with Riccardo Muti as Otello, Fidelio, L’elisir d’amore and Don Pasquale at the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa, Così fan tutte in Florence and Verona. 

He has opened the Rossini Festival in Pesaro with Bianca e Falliero and Torvaldo e Dorliska in two following Seasons, Genoa’s 2005/06 Season in Don Giovanni and La Scala’s one in Idomeneo. 

He has made his debut in Zurich in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in Paris and at the Barbican in Don Giovanni, and he opened new productions of Don Giovanni at La Scala and in Valencia. 

He sang La sonnambula in Lyon and Paris, released on CD by Virgin, Anna Bolena in Verona, L’Elisir d’amore and Falstaff in Turin, his debut in Verona’s Arena in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Maria Stuarda at La Scala. 

He has made his debut in Vienna in Così fan tutte, conducted by Riccardo Muti, and sang new productions of Lucia di Lammermoor in Bologna, Falstaff in Paris, Maometto II in Pesaro. He made his debut at Coven Garden with Rigoletto, and sang Don Pasquale in Turin and Bologna, La Traviata in Turin, Rigoletto in Palermo, Simon Boccanegra and Werther in Parma. He made his MET debut in Rigoletto, a new Anna Bolena and Simon Boccanegra in Vienna, Un Ballo in Maschera in Parma, Der Rosenkavalier at La Scala, Il Trovatore at La Fenice Theater in Venice and Werther in Washington, I due Foscari in Los Angeles and Simon Boccanegra in Roma conducted by Riccardo Muti.

He has sung Verdi’s Requiem with Daniele Gatti, Lorin Maazel, Gianandrea Noseda, Yuri Temirkanov among the others...He has worked with Luc Bondy, Robert Carsen, Hugo De Ana, Andrè Engel, Mario Martone, Pierluigi Pizzi, Graham Vick, and has been conducted by Bruno Campanella, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Lorin Maazel,  Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Oren among the others.

Among his next engagements: 4 Verdi title with Riccardo Muti  Riccardo Muti in Rome, Chicago and Salzburg, Un ballo in maschera at Accademia di Santa Cecilia conducted by da Antonio Pappano and Verdi’s Requiem in London, Torino and Verbier.

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