On April 5, 2019 Riccardo Massi will return to the Bavarian State Opera as B.F. Pinkerton in the Wolfe Busse staging of Madama Butterfly, conducted by Daniele Callegari. The cast will also feature Ermonela Jaho in the title role, Annalisa Stroppa as Suzuki and Boris Pinkhasovich as Sharpless, among others. There will be two further performances, on April 7 and 12. Antonino Fogliani will conduct the performance on April 12.
Massi comes to the Bavarian State Opera as Pinkerton after having sung the role in a very successful gala performance in Mannheim in March 2019, causing the press to praise his “authentic Pinkerton”, “far from all dull clichés”, “who wins everyone’s heart” (Mannheimer Morgen). The role has also taken him to the Tokyo New National Theatre and the Norwegian Opera.
Following this production, Massi will sing Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Washington National Opera and at the Dresden Semperoper before returning the Bavarian State Opera in July to sing Pollione in Norma.