One of the last basses of the Italian school of great artists such as Ezio Pinza, Tancredi Pasero and Cesare Siepi, Roberto Scandiuzzi is considered today one of the world’s most appreciated basses.
He has performed on the world’s most prestigious concert stages and opera houses including Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera of New York, Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, San Francisco Opera, working with such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Georges Prctre, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir George Solti and Marcello Viotti.
His vast repertory ranges from Verdi bass roles to the French and Russian repertoire, as well as from scapigliatura (Boito’s Mefistofele) to verismo (Bodoèro in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda).
Also active on concert field, he has worked with such renowned orchestras as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, Orchestre National de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Die Münchner Philharmoniker of Munich.
He opened the 2015/16 season performing as Jacopo Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra at Teatro Verdi in Pisa, followed by Le Braci by Marco Tutino at Opera in Florence, La Juive (Brogny) at Opéra de Lyon, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio) at Teatro La Fenice in Venice and Simon Boccanegra (Jacopo Fiesco) in Rovigo and Lucca.
Among his future plans are La grotta di Trofonio at Martina Franca Festival and at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Norma at Sofia, Pelléas et Mélisande (Arkel) in Shanghai, Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro) in Rovigo, Trieste, Padova, Simon Boccanegra (Jacopo Fiesco) in Bucarest, Tristan und Isolde (King Marke) at Teatro Verdi di Trieste, La forza del destino (Padre Guardiano) in Beijing and La Sonnambula (Conte Rodolfo) at Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
During the 2014/15 season he performed Norma (Oroveso) in Beijing, Faust (Méphistophélès) in Berlin, Don Pasquale (title role) at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Messa da Requiem by Verdi at Grand Théatre de Genève, Pelléas et Mélisande (Arkel) at Opera in Florence, as well as the word premiere of Marco Tutino’s new opera, Le Braci, at Festival of Martina Franca.
His vast discography includes Simon Boccanegra (Decca), Don Carlo, Jerusalem and Aroldo by Verdi (Philips), Messa da Requiem and Gioconda (EMI), Cristoforo Colombo (Koch), Stabat Mater by Rossini, Rigoletto and Stabat Mater by Dvorak (DGG), La Sonnambula (Nightingale), La bohème (Erato), Macbeth (Sine Qua Non – dvd TDK) , two recordings of Turandot (Decca and Nuova Era), Jerusalem and the only recording of Verdi’s Messa da Requime with Giuseppe Sinopoli and Staatskapelle Dresden.
In January 2007 Roberto Scandiuzzi celebrated his 25 year career and was awarded the title of UNICEF testimonial.