Italian tenor Riccardo Massi made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Cavaradossi (Tosca), and reprises the role in the 2015/16 Season.
Massi was born in Sarnano and initially trained as an actor. He is a specialist in the handling of ancient and medieval weapons, and financed his vocal studies with appearances as a stuntman in several films, including Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ and Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. He was invited to join the Accademia della Scala, Milan, and made his operatic debut in 2009 as Radames (Aida) in Salerno under Daniel Oren. He has since performed for the world’s major opera companies, including La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris Opéra, Opera Australia, Canadian Opera Company and Royal Swedish Opera.
Massi's repertory includes Cavaradossi (Tosca), Pollione (Norma), Jacopo Foscari (I due Foscari), Arrigo (La battaglia di Legnano), Enzo Grimaldo (La Giaconda), Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera) and Calaf (Turandot).