Italian tenor Riccardo Massi is rapidly earning international recognition as an exciting spinto tenor, and has been heard in theaters including the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Berlin State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In February of 2012, he will make his Metropolitan Opera Debut as Radames in Aida.
In the autumn of 2011, Riccardo Massi made his South American debut in Tosca in Rio de Janeiro. He then made his debut in Amsterdam as Enzo Grimaldo in a concert performance of La Gioconda at the Concertgebeouw opposite Eva Maria Westbroek and conducted by Maestro Bruno Bartoletti. This was followed by his Bayerische Staatsoper debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca in November of 2011. He then returned to the Berlin State Opera as Cavaradossi and sang the role for his French stage debut at the Opera D’Avignon, and for his debut at the Teatro Regio in Turin. In the summer of 2012, he returned to the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome as Radames in Aida.
In the fall of 2012 Riccardo Massi, sang his first Manrico in Il Trovatore for the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. He added Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera to his repertoire at the Basel Opera. In February 2013, Massi sang his first Calaf in Turandot in a new production at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm which will features Nina Stemme’s debut in the title role. Massi will subsequently make his debut at Michigan Opera Theater in Aida and at the Australian Opera in Sydney as Don Alvaro in La forza del destino. Other future projects include his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Cavaradossi.
Riccardo Massi developed his vocal technique in Rome with David Holst, who remains his sole mentor today A specialist in the handling of ancient and medieval weapons, he financed his musical studies with appearances as a stuntman in several films including Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, and in HBO’s Rome. Massi was invited to join the Accademia della Scala, after which he made his operatic debut in December of 2009 as Radamès in Aida in Salerno under Daniel Oren. He subsequently sang his first Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Landestheater Salzburg and then added Pollione in Norma to his repertoire in Lima, Peru. In the summer of 2010 he made his Glyndebourne Festival debut as Malcolm in Macbeth. Massi made his German operatic debut in October 2010 as Cavaradossi at the Staatsoper Berlin. He subsequently debuted at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste as Jacopo Foscari in Verdi’s I Due Foscari and at the Teatro dell‘Opera di Roma in Rome as Arrigo in La Battaglia di Legnano. He also debuted at the Verbier Festival in a concert performance of Tosca conducted by Giannadrea Noseda. Massi made his North American debut in Tosca with the Palm Beach Opera in the spring of 2011 and in the summer of the same year he performed at The Verbier Festival in Switzerland in concert performances of Tosca under Gianandrea Noseda.
Other roles in his developing repertoire include, the title roles in Ernani and Don Carlos, Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, Arrigo in I Vespri Siciliani, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, Loris Ipanoff in Fedora, and the title role in Andrea Chénier.