Francesco Meli

Born in Genova in 1980, he starts his singing studies at the age of seventeen with soprano Norma Palacios at his hometown’s School of music.

In 2002 he makes his debut in Macbeth, Petite Messe Solennelle and Puccini’s Messa di gloria at the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto and he begins then the debuts in the main Italian Houses like Bologna, Venice, Florence, Naples, Verona and Turin.

He makes his debut at La Scala in 2000 in Les dialogues des Carmelites under the baton of Riccardo Muti, and he will come back to La Scala later on for Otello, Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda and Der Rosenkavalier.

In 2005 he opens Rossini Opera Festival in a new production of Bianca e Falliero and Teatro Carlo Felice in Don Giovanni.

He makes his big foreign debuts in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Zurich, Don Giovanniin Paris and at the Barbican, La sonnambula in Lyon released on CD by Virgin (with Natalie Dessay), Così fan tutte in Wien under Riccardo Muti, Maometto II in Tokio, Rigoletto at Covent Garden. 

Since 2009 he slowly moves from bel canto to more lyric roles: after his debut in I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Simon Boccanegra and Werther in Parma, he sings again I Lombardi alla prima crociata in Macerata, Rigoletto at Met in New York, Simon Boccanegra in Wien, Un ballo in maschera in Parma, Il Trovatore at Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, debuts in Werther in Washington and in I due Foscari  in Los Angeles.

In the Verdi year 2013 he sings for the opening season at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and in a new production of Simon Boccanegra conducted by Riccardo Muti, and sings the main Verdi roles with the top-rated conductors in the main Italian and foreign Houses : highlights are Un ballo in maschera at Accademia di Santa Cecilia with Antonio Pappano, a new Trovatore in Salzburg, La Traviata in Paris, I due Foscari in London, Ernani in Rome and at the Met, Simon Boccanegra at La Fenice and Wien, Carmen, Giovanna d’Arco, I due Foscari, Don Carlo and La Traviata at La Scala, Aida in Salzburg with Riccardo Muti 

He has sung Verdi Requiem conducted by Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Noseda and Yuri Temirkanov.

He recorded DVDs of Verdi’s Requiem, Anna Bolena and Giovanna d'Arco for Deutsche Grammophone and I Lombardi alla prima crociata for Unitel.

Among his future engagements Ernani at La Scala, Simon Boccanegra in Vienna and London, as well as regular engagements for new productions at La Scala, London, Madrid, Munich, Vienna....


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