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Luca Salsi was appreciated by Il Sole 24 ore for "the voice so beautiful that it stands out in the fray of the stage: incisive, full, shapely, powerful and fresh"

Among the most successful baritones of his generation, Luca Salsi has performed on the major stages of the world, and has been the protagonist of three season openings at the Teatro alla Scala.

Born in San Secondo Parmense, Luca Salsi he graduated in singing at the "Arrigo Boito" Conservatory in Parma, under the guidance of the soprano Lucetta Bizza, perfecting himself with the baritone Carlo Meliciani.
 
He made his debut very young in 1997 at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna in Rossini's La Scala di seta. In 2000 he won the Viotti competition in Vercelli, starting an intense career that saw him protagonist on the major stages of the world: the Metropolitan in New York, the Teatro alla Scala, the Royal Opera House in London, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Washington National Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Los Angeles Opera, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Liceu de Barcelona, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theater, the Rome Opera House, the San Carlo Theater in Naples, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and the Teatro Real in Madrid.
 
He has collaborated with important conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Riccardo Chailly, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Daniele Gatti, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Nicola Luisotti, Renato Palumbo, Donato Renzetti, Michele Mariotti and Alberto Zedda, as well as with prestigious directors such as Robert Carsen, Hugo De Ana, Antony Minghella, Werner Herzog, Franco Zeffirelli, David McVicar and Damiano Michieletto.
 
In the 2012/2013 season Luca Salsi made his debut at the Liceu in Barcelona as Don Carlo in La forza del destino, followed by other important debuts in Verdi roles such as Macbeth, the Count of Luna (Il Trovatore), Francesco Foscari (I due Foscari) and Nabucco at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome conducted by Riccardo Muti. He opened the 2013/2014 season of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Macbeth, again conducted by Riccardo Muti.
 
He subsequently made his role debut as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier (alongside Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, starred in Rigoletto in Amsterdam and played Amonasro in Aida at the Salzburg Festival, again conducted by Riccardo Silent. In October 2017 he made his debut in the role of Scarpia in Tosca at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome.
 
Luca Salsi was the protagonist of two season openings at the Teatro alla Scala, in 2017 in Andrea Chénier and in 2019 in Tosca, on both occasions alongside Anna Netrebko and under the direction of Riccardo Chailly. He also inaugurated the Verdi Festival of Parma in Macbeth and the 2018/19 season of the Teatro La Fenice, again in the part of Macbeth (directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Myung-whun Chung). He made his debut as Iago in Othello with the Berliner Philharmoniker and was Macbeth conducted by Riccardo Muti (Florence and Ravenna), Rodrigo in Don Carlo at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna and for the inauguration of the Teatro Real in Madrid, Carlo in Ernani at the Teatro alla Scala, Germont in La traviata and Scarpia in Tosca at the Opéra de Paris, Nabucco and Gérard in Andrea Chénier at the Wiener Staatsoper, Simon Boccanegra at the Salzburg Festival (with Valery Gergiev on the podium of the Wiener Philharmoniker), and more once Germont in La traviata at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. In February 2020 he made his debut as Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti. In 2020 he sang the part of Jago for the first time in Italy in a new production by the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and on December 7 he participated in the Teatro alla Scala show "A riveder le stelle".
 
In January 2021 he made his debut as Ernesto in Il Pirata at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, in the following two months he was Rodrigo in Don Carlo at the Teatro Comunale Pavarotti in Modena, Rigoletto at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Scarpia in Tosca conducted by Zubin Mehta both at Teatro del Maggio and at the Salzburg Pentecost Festival. Among the other commitments in 2021, three new productions of Macbeth stand out, at the Wiener Staatsoper, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and at the Teatro alla Scala in December, for the inauguration of the 2021/22 season; other notable appearances took place at the Arena di Verona, Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Teatro di San Carlo, Teatro Real in Madrid and the Royal Opera House in London.
 
Among the numerous engagements in 2022, Luca Salsi has been Rigoletto at the Royal Opera House in London, Renato in the Masked Ball at the Teatro alla Scala, Nabucco and Giorgio Germont at the Verona Arena, Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with the direction of Hope Scappucci.
 
In May of the same year, the Ettore Bastianini Association awarded him the 2022 Bastianini Prize.
 
Among the 2023 appointments, Luca Salsi will be at the Vienna Staatsoper in Aida and Tosca, at the Liceu in Barcelona and in Naples for the San Carlo season, protagonist in Macbeth, at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Il tabarro), at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (Tosca), at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Aida), at the Teatro alla Scala, in recital and as the protagonist in Macbeth, at the Fenice in Venice in I due Foscari.
 
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(Luca Salsi, top photo, credit ©Marco Borrelli)
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