Italian tenor Roberto Saccà made hsi Royal Opera debut in 2001 as Orfeo (Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo) and has since returned to sing Leukippos (Daphne, in concert), Alexy Ivanovitch (The Gambler) and Tenor/Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) for The Royal Opera.
Saccà grew up in Germany. His Sicilian heritage led him to study Italian bel canto and his early performance experience included singing folksongs in the style of Mario Lanza on television. He later studied singing in Stuttgart and in Karlsruhe, where he broadened his repertory, and in the 1990s began a fruitful relationship with Zürich Opera. His interest in the music of Richard Strauss began in 2002 when he sang Leukippos for Deutsche Oper Berlin. Since then he has sung for many leading opera houses in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, including Hamburg State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Zürich Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Bayreuth Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
A leading Mozart tenor, in recent years Saccà has broadened his repertory to include many 20th-century roles, including Fritz (Der ferne Klang), Walter (Weinberg’s Die Passagierin), Emperor (Die Frau ohne Schatten) and the title roles in Peter Grimes and Palestrina. Other engagements include Walter von Stolzing (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for Salzburg Festival.