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Luca Salsi

Born in San Secondo Parmense, Luca Salsi graduated in singing at the Conservatory “Arrigo Boito” of Parma under the guidance of the soprano Lucetta Bizzi. He later attended masterclasses with the baritone Carlo Meliciani. He made his operatic debut at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in Rossini’s La scala di seta production (1997). A winner of 2000 “Viotti” Competition in Vercelli, he has established an international career, performing regularly on some among the world’s most prestigious concert stages and opera houses including Metropolitan, Teatro alla Scala, Washington Opera, Los Angeles Opera, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Staatsoper in Berlin, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago.

He worked with such conductors as Mark Elder, Gabriele Ferro, Daniele Gatti, Placido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Julia Jones, Nicola Luisotti, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Renato Palumbo, Donato Renzetti, Emanuel Villaume and Alberto Zedda, and with important stage directors including Daniele Abbado, Robert Carsen, Hugo De Ana, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Antony Minghella, Lamberto Puggelli, Maurizio Scaparro and Franco Zeffirelli.

His repertoire includes such roles as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (New York, Washington, Berlin, Seul and Torre del Lago), Marcello in La bohème (Washington, Los Angeles, Milano, Palermo and Torre del Lago), Fordin Falstaff  (Bari and Cagliari), Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Bologna, Garsington, Genova, Tenerife and Cagliari),Valentin in Faust (Parma), the title role in Gianni Schicchi (Napoli), Germont in La traviata (Ancona), Ezio in Attila (Verona) and Frank in Edgar (Torre del Lago).

During the 2011/12 season he gained a great success performing Falstaff (Ford) at the Teatro Regio di Parma, Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) at the Metropolitan of New York, L’elisir d’amore (Belcore) in Bilbao, Rigoletto (title role) at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, La forza del destino (Don Carlo) at the Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires, La  bohème (Marcello) at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Lucia di Lammermoor at Deutsche Oper in Berlin and La traviata (Germont) at Festival di Macerata.

He opened the 2012/13 season with Liceu de Barcelona debut as Don Carlo in La forza del destino, followed by other important Verdi role debuts: as Macbeth at Teatro Pergolesi di Jesi and in Florence, as Conte di Luna (Il trovatore) at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, as Francesco Foscari (I due Foscari) and as Nabucco at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, under the baton of Riccardo Muti. He also performedLa traviata (Germont) at Opéra de Montecarlo and La bohème (Marcello) at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Among his future plans are La bohème (Marcello) at MET of New York, La forza del destino (Don Carlo) at Washington Opera, Luisa Miller (Miller) at Opéra de Lausanne and Nabucco (title role) at Liceu de Barcelona.

Other recent engagementes have included Un ballo in maschera (Renato) at the Washington Opera, La traviata (Germont) at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence and at the Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Il Corsaro (Seid) in Bilbao, I due Foscari (Fracesco) at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, La battaglia di Legnano (Rolando) and La bohème (Marcello) at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Attila (Ezio), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) and Il corsaro at the Teatro Regio di Parma, La bohème at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, I Pagliacci at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Ernani in Piacenza, Falstaff (Ford) in Liège and at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, L’elisir d’amore (Belcore) at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Lucia di Lammermoor (Lord Enrico) at the International May Festival in Wiesbaden, I Puritani at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Faust (Valentino) at the Macerata Opera Festival.

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