In the 2013/14 Season Italian baritone Vito Priante makes his role debut as Escamillo in The Royal Opera's production of Carmen. He has previously sung Leone (Tamerlano) with the Company.
Born in Naples in 1979, Priante studied German and French literature before making his professional debut in 2002 as Uberto (La serva padrona) in Florence. He has since performed throughout Europe and the USA for opera companies, festivals and venues including La Scala, Milan, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Los Angeles Opera, the BBC Proms and the Salzburg Festival. His repertory includes Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia) and Belcore (L'elisir d'amore).
Priante is in demand as a concert artist and has performed with Riccardo Muti in Betulia liberata, Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem, in Haydn's Stabat Mater at the Salzburg Festival and in Armida with the Concertgebouw. His recordings include, on DVD, Le nozze di Figaro (2012 Glyndebourne Festival), Il Flaminio (Arthus Musik) and Motezuma (Dynamic), and on CD Floridante (Archiv), Alcina (Archiv) and Pietro il grande (Dynamic).