On June 1 and 7, 2019 Riccardo Massi will return to the Dresden Semperoper to sing Cavaradossi in Tosca, in the Johannes Schaaf production. Stefano Ranzani will conduct. He will be joined by Angela Gheorghiu (Tosca), and John Lundgren (Scarpia), among others.
Massi comes to this production immediately after singing Cavaradossi at the Washington National Opera in May 2019, during which he made a highly successful house debut: critics lauded him as the “highlight of the evening” (Washington Classical Review), and praised not only his “smooth and powerful” voice (Washington Classical Review) but his ability to “make time stop by holding a note and riding the sound fed by his heart-felt humanity” (DC Theater Scene). He was most recently heard at the Semperoper during the 2015/2016 season, singing Cavaradossi in performances of this current production, by Johannes Schaaf.
After this Tosca in Dresden, Massi will return to the Munich Opera Festival, singing Pollione in Norma. Further future engagements include reprising Cavaradossi (Tosca) at the Dresden Semperoper, as well as singing Manrico (Il trovatore) at the Bavarian State Opera, and Zamoro (Alzira), at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liege next season.