Italian tenor Francesco Meli made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 as the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and has since sung Jacopo Foscari (I due Foscari). Other performances at the Royal Opera House include singing extracts from the role of Duke of Mantua and Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) in the Plácido Domingo Celebration (2011). In the 2015/16 Season he sings Manrico (Il trovatore) for The Royal Opera.
Francesco Meli Italian tenor
Meli was born in Genoa and made his professional debut as Macduff (Macbeth) at the Spoleto Festival. He is particularly known for his interpretations of Verdi roles, and has sung the Duke of Mantua for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Teatro Real, Madrid, Vienna State Opera, in Trieste and in Beijing, Alfredo Germont (La traviata) for the Metropolitan Opera, Arena di Verona and in Genoa and Hamburg, Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera) for Arena di Verona and in Rome and Parma, Manrico (Il trovatore) for La Fenice, Venice, and the Salzburg Festival, Ernani, Jacopo Foscari for La Scala, Milan, and in Rome, Gabriele Adorno in Rome and Ismaele (Nabucco) for Salzburg Festival.
Meli’s other operatic appearances include Leicester (Maria Stuarda) for the Metropolitan Opera, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) in Turin and Rome, Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) in Turin, Werther in Washington, Percy (Anna Bolena) for Vienna State Opera, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) in Turin, Italian Tenor (Der Rosenkavalier) for La Scala and Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia) in San Francisco.