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Francesco Meli is one of the most sought-after tenors in the world; 2022 marks her 20-year career, during which she has collaborated with the most prestigious directors, singing in major theaters and festivals. He is artistic director and teacher of the Academy of High Specialization for opera singers of the Opera Carlo Felice in Genoa.

He has more than fifty roles in his repertoire, and is also dedicated to symphonic and chamber music. Francesco Meli has received numerous awards and recognitions, and is present in a large number of DVDs published by the most important record companies.

Francesco Meli is one of the most fascinating and sought-after tenors in the world.
Born in Genoa in 1980, he began his singing studies at the age of seventeen at the Paganini Conservatory of his city and then continued them with Vittorio Terranova, subsequently establishing himself in various opera competitions, including Caruso, Zandonai and Tosti.
In 2002 he made his debut in Puccini's Macbeth, Petite Messe Solennelle and Messa di Gloria at the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, starting an outstanding career in the bel canto and Rossini repertoire. In 2022 he celebrates twenty years of career, eighteen years of collaboration with the Teatro alla Scala and also the twentieth role sung in the Milanese theater. In fact, he made his debut at La Scala at the age of 23 in Les Dialogues des Carmelites conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti, and then returned there in the following years for Otello, Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda, Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen, Giovanna d'Arco, I due Foscari, Don Carlo, La traviata, Ernani, Tosca, Il Trovatore, Aida, L'elisir d'amore, Macbeth, Un ballo in maschera.
In 2004 he made his debut as Nemorino in Elisir d'amore, subsequently singing the part in countless theatres. Since 2005 he has opened the Carlo Felice season in Don Giovanni and the Rossini Opera Festival with a new production of Bianca and Falliero. He sang in The Barber of Seville in Zurich, in Don Giovanni at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, La Sonnambula in Lyon for a Virgin recording alongside Natalie Dessay, in Così fan tutte in Vienna conducted by Riccardo Muti where he returned for a new production of Anna Bolena, Maometto II at the Rossini Opera Festival and in Tokyo, Torvaldo and Dorliska again in Pesaro for the opening of the Festival in 2006, then the Duke of Mantua for his debuts at the Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera .
Since 2009 he has gradually abandoned the Belcanto roles in favor of the more lyrical ones: after I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Simon Boccanegra and Werther in Parma, he made his debut in the major Verdi roles, and in the Verdi year of 2013 he sang in Simon Boccanegra, I due Foscari, Ernani and Nabucco at the Rome Opera and in Salzburg conducted by Riccardo Muti, Ernani at the Metropolitan in New York, Macbeth conducted by Muti in Chicago, Simon Boccanegra in Vienna and at the Fenice, Un ballo in maschera in Parma, Rome, Arena di Verona and La Fenice, Il Trovatore at the Fenice and in new productions in Salzburg, Covent Garden, Amsterdam and Monte-Carlo, I due Foscari in Los Angeles, Covent Garden and at La Scala, Joan of Arc in Salzburg and at La Scala for the season opener, Don Carlo at La Scala, Aida at the Salzburg Festival conducted by Riccardo Muti, new productions of Carmen in Madrid and Covent Garden. He inaugurated the Scala season five times, sung in the opening concert of the Olympics in Turin and in that of Expo 2015 in Milan, both broadcast by Rai.
Francesco Meli has over fifty roles in his repertoire and has been directed by major world conductors, working regularly with Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Muti, Christian Thielemann, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Frizza, Daniele Rustioni and Yuri Temirkanov.
She has sung in solo recitals at La Scala, London, Tokyo and St. Petersburg, in Verdi's Requiem with Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Gianandrea Noseda and Yuri Temirkanov at La Scala, London, Paris, Zurich, Moscow , Salzburg, St. Petersburg, Tokyo and Vienna. In 2019, still singing in the Requiem conducted by Muti, he performed for the first time with the Berliner Philharmoniker during the Easter Festival in Baden-Baden.
As for the symphonic repertoire, in addition to Verdi's Requiem it has in its repertoire those of Mozart, Donizetti, Dvořák and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Petite Messe Solennelle and Rossini's Stabat Mater, Messa di Gloria by Puccini and Mascagni, Verdi's Hymn of the Nations , Dvořák's Stabat Mater and Stravinsky's Pulcinella. In chamber music he has a predilection for the romances of Tosti, Respighi but also Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Verdi, Duparc and Ravel. He has recorded Britten's Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo and Liszt's Three Sonnets of Petrarch (Opus Arte).
He won the Abbiati Prize in 2013 for Verdi's interpretations, La Maschera d'oro, the opera Oscar, the Zenatello Prize at the Arena di Verona, the Orazio Tosi Prize, the Carlo Alberto Cappelli Prize, the Pertile Prize, the Lugo, the Prandelli Prize, the Mascagni Prize, the golden Tiberini, the golden ISO, the Labò plaque and the golden Pavarotti.
Since February 2020 she has been testimonial of the Renata Tebaldi Museum in Busseto.
It is present in numerous DVDs published by Deutsche Grammophon, Unitel, Opus Arte.
Among his most recent engagements, Simon Boccanegra in London, Genoa and Vienna, Ernani and La Traviata at La Scala, Verdi's Requiem conducted by Riccardo Muti in Tokyo, Baden-Baden and at the Salzburg Festival, Aida at the Teatro La Fenice, again Aida but in concert form in Chicago with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Muti. The 2019/2020 season includes the Verdi Opera Gala in Piacenza, Joan of Arc in concert at La Monnaie, Ernani in concert in Lyon, Paris and Vichy, Verdi's Requiem conducted by Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Musikverein. He opened the 2019/20 season at La Scala, singing as Cavaradossi in Tosca, under the baton of Riccardo Chailly and directed by David Livermore. On 23 February 2020, when the Teatro alla Scala was closed due to the covid, he was busy right there with Il Trovatore, another distinctive role of which he would celebrate the 50th performance with one of the February reruns.
The resumption of activity in the summer of 2020 saw him engaged in a masked ball in the form of a concert at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in concert with the piano at the Municipal Theater of Piacenza, at La Scala, at the Fenice, at the Valle d'Itria Festivals and the Scolacium Archaeological Park, in concert with the orchestra at the Verona Arena.
At the end of August he sang in Verdi's Requiem, conducted by Zubin Mehta, at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Then again the Requiem with the Orchestra and Choir of La Scala directed by Riccardo Chailly in the cathedrals of Milan, Bergamo and Brescia. In October 2020 he was Radamès in Aida in concert form at La Scala, on December 5 he sang in I due Foscari in concert form at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.
He participated in the show "A riveder le stelle" that the Teatro alla Scala organized for December 7, 2020 in collaboration with Rai.
At the beginning of 2021 he made a long tour in Japan, in concert and as Cavaradossi in Tosca at the New National Theater in Tokyo. During the year he performed in concerts and operas at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Verona Arena, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Municipal Theater in Piacenza, the San Carlo Theater and the Bayerische Staatsoper. In November 2021, his first monographic album, "Prima Verdi", was released. In December 2021 he sang for the fifth time for the opening of the Teatro alla Scala season, as Macduff in Macbeth.
In 2022 he is expected in various concerts and galas, as well as at the Semperoper Dresden (Aida), Teatro alla Scala and Lyric Opera of Chicago (Un ballo in maschera), Opera di Roma (Ernani), Margitszigeti Színház of Budapest (Tosca), Arena of Verona (La traviata) and Royal Opera House (Aida).
In the 2023 season he will star in four Teatro del Maggio productions (Ernani, Don Carlo, La traviata and Carmen), before returning to the Royal Opera House to sing again as Radamès in Aida.
He is artistic director and one of the teachers of the Academy of High Specialization for opera singers of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.
(Photo above, ©Victor Santiago, below, as Macduff in Macbeth, Teatro alla Scala 2021 ©Brescia and Amisano)
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