Roberto De Biasio only made his debut in December 2006, singing Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Donizetti of Bergamo, yet he has already found incredible success and has been catapulted to the forefront of today’s Verdi tenors. His ‘virile, glistening voice’ (New York Times), ‘appealingly natural sense of Italianate phrasing!’ (Boston Globe), ‘fluid phrasing and an exciting, ringing top’ (San Francisco Chronicle), are celebrated by press and audiences alike.
Before his singing career Roberto was a professional flautist and teacher of History of Modern and Contemporary Music at University of Cassino. After winning prestigious musical competitions (“E lucevan le stelle” Award, “Beniamino Gigli” Award…), it did not take long for Roberto to be appreciated by such conductors as Myung-Whun Chung, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti.
Whilst singing predominately in Italy, he soon made his international debuts at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opernhaus Zurich, Opéra de Montreal, Wiener Staatsoper, Opéra Bastille, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Sejong Theater in Seoul and Poly Theatre of Beijing. Italian venues include Teatro La Fenice Venice, Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma, Arena di Verona, Teatro Verdi of Trieste, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro Pavarotti of Modena, Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Bellini of Catania.
The season 2010/11 saw him give two critically acclaimed debuts: at the Metropolitan Opera New York singing Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra conducted by James Levine ‘a notable Met debut’ (New York Times), ‘It’s his house debut, and he couldn’t have provided a better one’ (Huffington Post) and at Opéra Bastille Paris singing Rodolfo in Luisa Miller.
Other notable appearances include Verdi’s Messa da Requiem conducted by Lorin Maazel at the Festival Verdi of Parma and Alfredo in La Traviata at Teatro La Fenice conducted by Myung Whun Chung and directed by Robert Carsen and a concert version of Bellini’s Norma at the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s opening event at the Tanglewood Festival conducted by Charles Dutoit, where Roberto had a tremendous success as Pollione.
Last season’s highlights included La Traviata at the Opéra de Montreal and at the Theatro Municipal São Paulo, Ernani and Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera New York.
Most recently Roberto debuted at Teatro Comunale di Bologna in Macbeth directed by Robert Wilson and conducted by Roberto Abbado, at the Wiener Staatsoper in Simon Boccanegra conducted by Evelino Pidò and at the Musikverein of Vienna with the Wiener Symphoniker conducted by Fabio Luisi to great success.