Italian baritone Vito Priante made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Leone (Tamerlano) and has since sung Escamillo (Carmen) for The Royal Opera. He returns in the 2016/17 Season to sing Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia).
Priante was born in Naples in 1979 and 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 with engagements including Betulia liberata, Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem under Riccardo Muti, Haydn’s Stabat Mater at the Salzburg Festival and Armida with the Concertgebouw. His recordings include, on DVD, Le nozze di Figaro (2012 Glyndebourne Festival), Flaminio (Arthus Musik) and Motezuma (Dynamic), and on CD Floridante (Archiv), Alcina (Archiv) and Pietro il grande (Dynamic).