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Roberto
Scandiuzzi

One of the last representatives of the Italian school of great basses such as Ezio Pinza and Cesare Siepi, by whom he was profoundly influenced, Roberto Scandiuzzi is today considered by critics to be the best "noble bass" on the international opera scene

He is a regular guest at the most prestigious theaters in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Opéra National de Paris, the Wiener Staatsoper, collaborating with the most authoritative conductors and the most important orchestral groups. Upcoming engagements include Rigoletto and Aida in Sydney, Manon in Oviedo, Boris Godunov in Toulouse and Paris.

One of the last representatives of the Italian school of great basses such as Ezio Pinza and Cesare Siepi, by whom he was profoundly influenced, Roberto Scandiuzzi is now considered by critics to be the best "bass noble" on the international operatic scene.
 
In 1982 he made his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Le nozze di Figaro under the direction of Riccardo Muti. His portrayal of the character Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra at London's Covent Garden under the baton of Sir Georg Solti ensured him international acclaim. Since then he has been a regular guest at the most prestigious theaters in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera of New York, Opéra National de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper of Monaco, San Francisco Opera, and has collaborated with conductors of the caliber of Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Valerij Gergeev, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Georges Prêtre, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Georg Solti and Marcello Viotti.
 
His vast repertoire ranges from Verdi bass roles to roles from the French and Russian repertoire; as well as from scapigliatura (Mefistofele di Boito) to verismo (La Gioconda di Ponchielli). Also active in the concert field, he has collaborated with some of the most important orchestral ensembles in the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchester de Paris, Orchester National de France, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
Among the greatest successes of recent years we can mention Pelléas et Mélisande (Arkel) at the Florence Opera conducted by Daniele Gatti, Faust (Méphistophélès) at the Staatsoper Berlin, Aida (Ramfis) at the Opéra National de Paris and at the Seoul Arts Center , Norma (Oroveso) at the NCPA in Beijing, The Barber of Seville (Basilio) at the Royal Opera House of Muscat, at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Don Pasquale (title role) at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, La Gioconda (Alvise) at the Teatro del'Opera di Roma, Luisa Miller (Count Walter) at the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Don Carlo (Philip II) at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse.
 
His extensive discography includes Simon Boccanegra (dvd Decca), Verdi's Don Carlo, Jérusalem and Aroldo (Philips), Requiem and Gioconda (EMI), Cristoforo Colombo (Koch), Rossini's Stabat Mater, Rigoletto and Dvorák's Stabat Mater (DGG ), La Sonnambula (Nightingale), La bohème (Erato), Macbeth (Sine Qua Non – dvd TDK), two recordings of Turandot (Decca and Nuova Era), Jérusalem and the only recording of Verdi's Requiem by Giuseppe Sinopoli with the Dresden Staatskapelle.
 
Recent engagements include Don Pasquale at the New National Theater in Tokyo and in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Don Carlos and Verdi's Requiem Mass at the De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp; Rigoletto at Opera Australia in Melbourne; The Barber of Seville at the Semperoper in Dresden and in Toulouse; The Pirate (Goffrey) at the Grand Théatre in Geneva; Simon Boccanegra and Verdi's Requiem Mass at the Petruzzelli Theater in Bari; Verdi's Requiem at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège; Aida at Opera Australia in Sydney and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires; Macbeth and Don Carlos (Grand Inquisiteur) at the Lyon Opéra; La ciociara by Tutino and Ernani at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari; Turandot at the Shaanxi Grand Theater in Xi'an; Verdi's Requiem Mass at Opera Australia in Sydney, conductor Renato Palumbo; La Sonnambula and The Barber of Seville at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Jérusalem at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège; Don Carlos(Grand Inquisiteur) at the Vienna Staatsoper; Turandot at the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa; Aida at Opera Australia, Sydney and Brisbane; La Juive (Brogny) at Opera Australia Sydney; The Barber of Seville in Toulouse; Samson et Dalila at the San Carlo in Naples; The suspended time of the flight to Trento.
 
Upcoming appointments include Rigoletto and Aida in Sydney, Manon in Oviedo, Boris Godunov in Toulouse and Paris.
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(Photo below, credit ©Harcourt Paris)

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