Sydney Opera House

Carlo Barricelli



Carlo Barricelli was born in Australia of Italian parents, studied at the Musical Conservatory of Benevento, and has continued his singing studies with Franco Corelli and Paride Venturi. Among his many artistic achievements, in 1997, he won the International Opera Competition for young opera singers in Montegiorgio (Ascoli Piceno, Italy) and in 1999 he was finalist in the Franco Corelli International Competition (Ancona Italy).

In May 2000, he made his debut with the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Bonci Theatre, Cesena Italy followed by Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Theatres Fraschini of Pavia: “…the Rodolfo of Carlo Barricelli, with his prodigiously beautiful voice, rich of colours, of dramatic force, seductive in the mezze voci and generous in the top register, completely satisfied the audience”.

He returned in 2001 to the Theatres of the Lombardic cities with the role of Pinkerton confirming the success of the previous year.  In his 2002-2003 seasons he sang Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Verdi Theatre in Carrara, at the Fiesole Festival in Florence and in Thessaloniki Greece.  For this role, he was described as “the tenor who perfectly incarnates the role of the romantic hero helped by his powerful and energetic voice” (C. Lorenzi for La Nazione).  He performed Rodolfo at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona and at the Coccia Theatre in Novara.

In 2003, he made his debut in Dusseldorf as Pollione in Norma and sang Cavaradossi conducted by John Fiore.  Later that year, in Padova, he sang Pinkerton produced by Teatro La Fenice of Venice.

In recent seasons, Carlo Barricelli has sung Ismaele in Nabucco at La Fenice, Pinkerton in the Arena di Verona and in Stuggart, Cavaradossi in Belgrade and Naples, Rodolfo in Pistoia and Verdi’s Requiem in Florence.  Other engagements have included Cavaradossi for the Bregenz Festival in Austria, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut in Cagliari and Luigi in Il Tabarro and Rodolfo in La bohème for Opera Australia in Sydney.

His concert appearances have taken him to Paris, Boston, Jerusalem, Naples and New York.

2010 and 2011 engagements included Cavaradossi in both Sydney and Cagliari, Des Grieux in Slovenia, Paolo il Bello in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini in Trieste and the role of Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West for Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and in Lecce.  For Opera Australia in 2012, Carlo Barricelli sang Calaf in Turandot in Sydney and Melbourne; in 2013, he sang Radames in Aida in Melbourne for OA.