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Lucio Gallo



Lucio Gallo in action.
Lucio Gallo in Il tabarro (from Il trittico), The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Italian baritone Lucio Gallo made his Royal Opera debut in 1991 as Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) and has since sung many roles with the Company, including Iago (Otello), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Michele (Il tabarro), Gianni Schicchi, Simon Boccanegra and Scarpia (Tosca). In the 2015/16 Season he reprises the roles of Michele and Gianni Schicchi.

Gallo was born in Taranto and worked as a bass guitarist before studying singing at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin with Elio Battaglia. He has won many competitions and appeared at the world’s leading concert halls and opera houses, including La Scala, Milan, Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, and festivals such as the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, and the Salzburg Festival. His wide repertory ranges from Mozart to Wagner, signature roles including Iago, Klingsor (Parisfal), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Tonio (Pagliacci), Jack Rance (La fanciulla del West), Scarpia, Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Don Pizarro (Fidelio), the title role of Der fliegende Holländer, Macbeth, Rigoletto and Giorgio Germont (La traviata).

He has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Charles Davis, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Carlo Rizzi, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Jeffrey Tate, and recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Sony, Decca and Warner Fonit Cetra.

News and features

Cast change: Bryn Terfel and Lucio Gallo to sing in Tosca

Cast change: Bryn Terfel and Lucio Gallo to sing in Tosca

27 February 2014

Welsh bass-baritone to sing on 16, 19 and 26 June; Italian baritone to sing on 21 June, replacing Sebastian Catana.