Francesco Meli - Tenor
Born in Genova in 1980, Francesco Meli began his singing studies at the age of seventeen at the School of Music in his home town with soprano Norma Palacios. His natural talent was proven by his subsequent achievements as he went on to win numerous competitions including the Jupiter in Arenzeno, Medda in Cagliari, and the Tosti and Curuso in Milan.
This gifted young tenor's blossoming career has included countless successful performances of the most celebrated roles such as "Don Giovanni" at the Opera Giacosa in Savona, Almaviva in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia", Casino in Verdi's "Otello" and Le Chevalier in "Dialogues des Carmelites" at La Scala which was conducted by Riccardo Muti and received widespread praise. Meli has also delivered memorable performances in "Fidelio" and "L'elisir d'amore" at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova as well as "Cos fan Tutte" in Florence and "La Sonnambula" in Bologna. He opened the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro this past summer in "Bianca e Falliero".
Meli has worked with many acclaimed professionals, including Robert Carsen, Graham Vick, and has been guided under the batons of Bruno Campanella, Lorin Maazel and Riccardo Muti, to name but a few.
Last year Meli opened the prestigious La Scala season in December in Luc Bondi's production of "Idomeneo". His future commitments include "Don Pasquale" in Genova, "Lucia di Lammermoor" and "Don Giovanni" at La Scala, "L'elisir d'amore" and "La Traviata", the latter opposite Angela Gheorghiu, both in Turin, "Il barbiere di Seviglia" in Zurich, and an exciting new production of "Don Giovanni" in Paris. Once again he will be the star opener of the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro for the next two summers with "Torvaldo e Dorliska" and "Otello", both in the title roles. Non-opera performances for Meli in 2006 include a number of prestigious and varied engagements including the 150th Anniversary celebrations of Credit Suisse and the Opening of the Winter Olympics in Turin.