Riccardo Massi

Tenore

Debut at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires

Debut at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires

On May 29, 2018 Riccardo Massi will make his debut at the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires as Radamès in Aida, in a production with stage concept and set designs by Roberto Oswald conducted by Maestro Carlos Vieu, the first of a series of four performances running through June 5, 2018. He will share the stage with Latonia Moore as Aida, Nadia Krasteva as Amneris, Mark Rucker as Amonasro and Roberto...

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Opera Now cover interview

Opera Now cover interview

On the occasion of his performances as Cavaradossi in “Tosca” at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Riccardo Massi was interviewed by Amanda Holloway for Opera Now. You can read the May issue with the complete cover feature on the following link:...

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Debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg

Debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg

On March 21, 2018 Riccardo Massi makes his originally scheduled debut at the Staatsoper Hamburg as Cavaradossi in Tosca. His unexpected debut at the prestigious German opera house took place on March 17, when he jumped in for a colleague in the tenor solo part of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem. In Robert Carsen’s Tosca production Riccardo shares the stage with Angela Gheorghiu in the title...

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Riccardo Massi to return to Covent Garden as Cavaradossi

Riccardo Massi to return to Covent Garden as Cavaradossi

On February 17, 2018 Riccardo Massi will return to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London as Cavaradossi in Tosca, in a production by Jonathan Kent and under the musical direction of Plácido Domingo, the first of a series of three performances running through March 3, 2018, in which he will share the stage with Martina Serafin in the title role and Marco Vratogna as Scarpia. Riccardo...

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Riccardo Massi as Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Palm Beach Opera

Riccardo Massi as Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Palm Beach Opera

On January 26 and 28, 2018 Riccardo Massi will sing Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Palm Beach Opera. The production is by Fenlon Lamb and Maestro David Stern will conduct. He will share the stage with Keri Alkema in the title role and Michael Chioldi as Scarpia. Cavaradossi is one of Riccardo Massi’s most performed roles, having already sung it at the Bavarian State Opera, Berlin State Opera,...

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Feature Il Resto del Carlino

Feature Il Resto del Carlino

The Italian newspaper Il Resto del Carlino announced Riccardo’s 2017/18 engagements. Next up: Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Palm Beach Opera opening on January 26. In February and March he’ll sing the same role at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at the Staatsoper Hamburg (house debut)....

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Riccardo Massi in Tosca in South Korea

Riccardo Massi in Tosca in South Korea

On November 23 and 25, 2017 Riccardo Massi will sing Mario Cavaradossi in concert performances of Tosca with the KBS Symphony Orchestra in South Korea. The performance on November 23 will take place at the Ansan Arts Center, the second performance on November 25 at the Seoul Arts Center. Soprano Ekaterina Metlova will sing the title role and baritone Franco Vassallo that of Scarpia. Yoel Levi...

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Riccardo Massi to return to the Bolshoi Theatre as Des Grieux

Riccardo Massi to return to the Bolshoi Theatre as Des Grieux

On October 25, 2017, Riccardo Massi will return to the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow as Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, almost one year to the day since he made his role debut at the same opera house. The production is by Adolf Shapiro and Anton Grishanin will conduct the three performances running through October 29. He will share the stage with Ainhoa Arteta in the title role, Igor Golovatenko as...

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Clash of dates / cancellation Foresto in “Attila”

Dear Friends, An unfortunate clash of dates has forced to me to cancel Attila. This decision makes me extremely sad and I apologize to all the people who were expecting to hear me sing in Lyon. I always love singing for French audiences, and was really looking forward to making my debut at L’Opéra De Lyon. Maestro Daniele Rustioni and I have already worked together twice on works by Giuseppe...

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Radamès in Aida in Hong Kong

Radamès in Aida in Hong Kong

On October 10, 2017, Riccardo Massi will make his Hong Kong Opera debut as Radamès in Aida in a production by Jean-Louis Grinda conducted by Maestro Xu Zhong. This is the first of a series of three performances running through October 14, 2017. He will share the stage with Hui He and Marjorie Owens alternating in the title role, Violeta Urmana as Amneris, Reginald Smith Jr. and Sun Li as...

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Los Angeles Opera debut as Don José in “Carmen”

Los Angeles Opera debut as Don José in “Carmen”

On September 9, 2017 Riccardo Massi will make his Los Angeles Opera debut as Don José in a Ron Daniels production of Carmen that will inaugurate L.A. Opera’s 2017/2018 season. Conducted by Maestro James Conlon, he will appear alongside Ana María Martínez in the title role, Amanda Woodbury as Micäela and Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo. It will be the first of four performances running through...

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Il trovatore at the Budapest Summer Festival

Il trovatore at the Budapest Summer Festival

RICCARDO MASSI TO STAR AS MANRICO IN IL TROVATORE AT THE BUDAPEST SUMMER FESTIVAL On July 28 and 30, 2017 Riccardo Massi will star as Manrico in Il trovatore at the Budapest Summer Festival in a production by László Vámos conducted by Balázs Kocsár. Alongside him Dinara Alieva will sing the role of Leonora, Mihály Kálmándy that of Count of Luna and Ildikó Komlósi will be Azucena. “Manrico is one...

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“Un ballo in maschera” in Mannheim alongside Sondra Radvanovsky

“Un ballo in maschera” in Mannheim alongside Sondra Radvanovsky

Riccardo Massi in a gala performance of Un ballo in maschera at the Nationaltheater Mannheim On July 15, 2017 Riccardo Massi will star as Gustavo (Riccardo) in a gala performance of Un ballo in maschera conducted by Benjamin Reiners at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, with Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia and Jorge Lagunes as Anckarström (Renato). “Gustavo, or – as it is more commonly known – Riccardo...

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Don José in “Carmen” in Taiwan

Don José in “Carmen” in Taiwan

RICCARDO MASSI AS DON JOSÉ IN CARMEN AT THE 2017 KAOHSIUNG SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL IN TAIWAN On June 2 and 4, 2016, Riccardo Massi will sing the role of Don José at the Taiwan KSAF in a Matthew Barclay production of Carmen conducted by Chin-Chin Yang, alongside Kirstin Chávez in the title role. “Matthew Barclay’s production is as a whole traditional”, says Riccardo Massi about this...

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Calaf in “Turandot” at Oper Köln

Calaf in “Turandot” at Oper Köln

On April 27, 2017 Riccardo Massi will make his Cologne Opera debut as Calaf in a Lydia Steier production of Turandot conducted by Claude Schnitzler, the first of six performances running through May 14, 2107. He will perform alongside Catherine Foster / Mlada Khudoley in the title role, Guanquin Yu / Ivana Rusko as Liù and Mika Kares / Lucas Singer as Timur. Since his 2013 role debut at the...

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Radames in “Aida” at the Metropolitan Opera

Radames in “Aida” at the Metropolitan Opera

RICCARDO MASSI TO RETURN TO THE METROPOLITAN OPERA AS RADAMES IN AIDA On April 10, 2017 Riccardo Massi returns to the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Radames in Aida, in the historical Sonja Frisell production conducted by Daniele Rustioni. Krassimira Stoyanova and Latonia Moore will share the title role, Violeta Urmana will be Amneris, George Gagnidze will sing the role of Amonasro and James...

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Debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo in “Madama Butterfly”

Debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo in “Madama Butterfly”

RICCARDO MASSI TO MAKE HIS HOUSE DEBUT AS PINKERTON IN MADAMA BUTTERFLY AT THE NEW NATIONAL THEATRE IN TOKYO. On February 2, 2017 Riccardo Massi will make his New National Theatre Tokyo debut as F.B. Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, in a production by Tamiya Kuriyama conducted by Maestro Philippe Auguin. The series of four performances will run through February 11, 2017. Riccardo...

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DVD “Turandot” at the Sydney Harbour

DVD “Turandot” at the Sydney Harbour

Chen Shi-Zheng’s spectacular production of Turandot, recorded at the Sydney Harbour earlier this year with Riccardo Massi as Calaf, Dragana Radakovic​ in the title role, Hyeseoung Kwon as Liù and conducted by Brian Castles-Onion has been released on DVD:...

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Cover interview with DAS OPERNGLAS

Cover interview with DAS OPERNGLAS

“Riccardo Massi – from stuntman to star tenor” Prior to the premiere of Manon Lescaut at the Berlin State Opera, the German magazine DAS OPERNGLAS published an extensive cover interview with Riccardo Massi in their December issue. Read the interview on the magazine’s website: http://bit.ly/2gEUza6 Riccardo will sing Des Grieux in the premiere of Manon Lescaut at the...

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Manon Lescaut at the Berliner Staatsoper im Schillertheater

Manon Lescaut at the Berliner Staatsoper im Schillertheater

In December Riccardo Massi will perform Des Grieux in a new production of Manon Lescaut at the Staatsoper im Schillertheater, Berlin. In Jürgen Flimm’s staging Anna Nechaeva will sing the title role, Roman Trekel Lescaut, Franz Hawlata Geronte and Stephan Rügamer Edmondo. Mikhail Tatarnikov will conduct. There will be six performances on December 4, 8, 11, 16, 19 & 22, 2016. More...

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Debut as Des Grieux and at the Bolshoi Theatre

Debut as Des Grieux and at the Bolshoi Theatre

On October 18, 2016 Riccardo Massi will make his role debut as Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in a new production at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. This will also be his debut at the famous Russian opera house. Ainhoa Arteta will sing the title role, Jader Benjamini will conduct. There will be three performances on October 18, 20 and 23.
More information on
http://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/1009/roles/#20161018190000

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Riccardo Massi’s Calaf in the cinemas and on TV

Riccardo Massi’s Calaf in the cinemas and on TV

In September you can enjoy Riccardo Massi’s Calaf in Turandot in cinemas worldwide and on television. On several dates the stunning production recorded at the Sydney Harbour in March 2016 will be screened in cinemas worldwide: http://www.turandotonsydneyharbour.com/ And on September 17 at 8:15 pm CET the production from the Bregenz Festival 2015 will be shown on the Austrian TV channel...

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Luisa Miller (Opera Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne) – classicmelbourne.com.au

Luisa Miller (Opera Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne) – classicmelbourne.com.au

As Rodolfo, the young man Luisa knows as Carlo but who is actually the son of the local lord, Count Walter, Riccardo Massi was pretty well a perfect match. Tall, handsome and in possession of a glorious tenor voice that has made him one of the rising stars of his generation, his impressive vocal quality and theatrical presence almost managed to compensate for a couple of laughably incongruous…

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Luisa Miller (Opera Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne) – HeraldSun

Luisa Miller (Opera Australia, Arts Centre Melbourne) – HeraldSun

Riccardo Massi exhibits a splendid coppery, broad-ranged and fervent tenor as Luisa’s lover Rodolfo. Massi gives perturbed but intent conviction to his Rodolfo and elevates with boundless eloquence one of the opera’s affecting pieces of music when recalling happier times with Luisa in Quando le sere al placido. Alongside Car, the two easily play out the tenderness of love and their misfortune of being betrayed…

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The Daily Telegraph – Turandot (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour)

The Daily Telegraph – Turandot (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour)

Massi is magnificent as Calaf. The Italian tenor is a tall man, giving him a commanding, heroic presence. He exudes charisma and passion, matched by his beautiful, rich, burnished voice. In a sensitive rendition of Nessun dorma he builds the aria perfectly, bringing the house down as he soars to the climactic top B..

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Turandot (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour) – Limelight Magazine

Turandot (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour) – Limelight Magazine

As Prince Calaf, the Italian tenor Riccardo Massi seems to be channelling his hero Franco Corelli in a stylish performance of enormous vocal passion. In a lyrical reading of the role, he eschews relentless heroics to convey a more nuanced reading than is sometimes the case. A bronzed lower register rises to a secure, tastefully produced upper register and his rendition of that aria is textbook, culminating in a perfectly judged..

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Tosca (Royal Opera House) – The guardian

Tosca (Royal Opera House) – The guardian

The latest Royal Opera revival of Jonathan Kent’s staging of Puccini’s Tosca marks the return of Angela Gheorghiu to the title role, which she sang when the production was first seen in 2006. It’s an exceptionally intelligent evening, and much of what Gheorghiu does takes you by surprise. With a grand diva playing a grand diva, I half expected..

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Turandot (Opernhaus Zürich) – bachtrack.com

Turandot (Opernhaus Zürich) – bachtrack.com

Riccardo Massi was determined and dedicated as Calaf, and his famous “Nessun Dorma” – always a hard act to follow – was muscular and memorable. Alexandra Tarniceru shone brightly in her debut as the slave girl, Liù; she was lucid, loveable and refreshing, her acting skills, utterly convincing…

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Zazà (Barbican) – The guardian

Zazà (Barbican) – The guardian

Stephen Gaertner, another exceptional artist, was her level-headed, affectionate Cascart and Riccardo Massi was the glamorous-sounding Milio. The smaller roles were all superbly done. High-voltage conducting and playing from Maurizio Benini and the BBC Symphony Orchestra added to the intensity. Occasional slips of balance mattered little in the excitement of it all – the whole thing was a knock-out performance…

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Turandot (Bregenzer Festspiele) – klassik.com

Turandot (Bregenzer Festspiele) – klassik.com

Giacomo Puccinis letzte Oper besitzt künstlerische Qualitäten, um auch auf der Seebühne bestehen zu können. Doch was Marco Arturo Marelli auf den See brachte, war eine der schwächsten Inszenierungen der letzten 20 Jahre an diesem Spielort. Das Spiel auf dem See fand nicht statt.

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Tosca (Sydney Opera House) – Daily Review

Tosca (Sydney Opera House) – Daily Review

Riccardo Massi is in fine vocal form as Cavaradossi, rising to the heights of Puccini’s score with a light, rounded touch. His performance of the third act aria E’lucevan le stelle is sublime. Massi also conjures up plenty of chemistry with Echalaz..

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Carmen (Deutsche Oper) – Bachtrack

Carmen (Deutsche Oper) – Bachtrack

Massi sang the role beautifully. His Flower Song was deeply emotional, with ringing high notes and almost baritonal low ones. His desperation in the long final duet “C’est toi! C’est moi!” was palpable…

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Gioconda – Opéra de Marseille

Gioconda – Opéra de Marseille

Riccardo Massi, Enzo au physique avantageux, à l’engagement dramatique plus que crédible, possède une voix de ténor fine et solide comme une lame, un peu mate peut-être, remarquablement cultivée, conduite avec un goût raffiné, enchanteur même, pour un “Cielo e Mar” d’anthologie. Un ténor à suivre de très près qui pourrait bientôt damer le pion à certains..

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La Gioconda – ForumOpera.com

La Gioconda – ForumOpera.com

Aussi sobre que possible pour un personnage que sa sincérité fougueuse entraîne à se trahir, Riccardo Massi, lui aussi à ses débuts scéniques bien qu’il ait déjà chanté le rôle d’Enzo en concert à Amsterdam. Appelé à la rescousse après deux de ses confrères, il ne semble pas pénalisé par cette arrivée tardive, et dès son apparition, sa stature et son maintien sont bien ceux du noble proscrit. Entre son aspect juvénile qui convient au personnage, l’énergie vocale qui lui permet de…

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Placido Domingo’s Tosca – Royal Opera House

Placido Domingo’s Tosca – Royal Opera House

It cannot be easy to be Cavaradossi when these two are around, but Riccardo Massi made an excellent Covent Garden debut in the role. This Italian tenor has an interesting history, having first trained as an actor, he worked as a stunt man in such movies as Mel Gibson’s Passion of Christ and Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York in order to finance his singing lessons…

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La forza del destino – Review on Crikey

La forza del destino – Review on Crikey

Massi made his debut only four years ago, yet has already sung on numerous of the most prestigious stages in Europe, as well as with The Met. His is the most attractive of tenors: as warm and smooth as melted couverture, while remaining clear and strong…

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La forza del destino – The Australian

La forza del destino – The Australian

Making his role debut as Don Alvaro, tenor Riccardo Massi was outstanding.
His ringing upper register strength suited his character’s ardent impetuousness, yet he was able to maintain a silkily smooth sound.

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Turandot – Seen and heard international

Turandot – Seen and heard international

Riccardo Massi, making his operatic debut as recently as 2009 he has rapidly become one of the hottest new Italian tenors, singing on many of the prestige opera houses in Europe and already also sung Radames at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Un Ballo in maschera – Badische Zeitung

Un Ballo in maschera – Badische Zeitung

In nur drei Jahren professioneller Praxis hat Riccardo Massi es bis an die New Yorker “Met” gebracht: welche Tenorqualitäten – ein Riccardo, breit in der Tiefe, weich dazu, zu Zwischentönen fähig, glanzvoll in der schön ausgesteuerten Höhe. Wetten, dass der in einem Jahrzehnt zu einem Otello…

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Aida – Great review of Riccardo’s Radames in Metropolitan Opera House

Aida – Great review of Riccardo’s Radames in Metropolitan Opera House

The first of the three remaining performances (February 23) was taken over by the young Italian tenor Riccardo Massi who has been singing professionally for only three years.

Signor Massi made a very fine initial impression and built on that throughout the evening. Tall, sturdy of frame with a chiseled Roman profile, the tenor looked like a warrior. Massi has an interesting background – he is an expert in the handling…

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TOSCA – Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

TOSCA – Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Agé de 25 ans, Riccardo Massi, issu de l’Accademia de la Scala – où il s’est fait connaître dès 2009 en sauvant, avec sa fiancée Anita Rachvelishvili dans le rôle-titre, la première de Carmen dirigée par…

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