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Ambrogio Maestri

Baritone

Biography

Ambrogio Maestri in action.
Ambrogio Maestri in L'elisir d'amore, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2012

Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Don Carlo di Vargas (La forza del destino) and has since sung Sir John Falstaff (Falstaff) and Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore) for the Company. In the 2014/15 Season he returns to sing Falstaff.

Maestri was born in Pavia and studied piano and singing there. He worked as a chef in his family’s restaurant before beginning his operatic career. In 2001 he made his role debut as Falstaff under Riccardo Muti at La Scala, Milan, and the Teatro Verdi, Busseto, as part of the Verdi Centenary celebrations. He has since become renowned for his performances in the role, which he has sung worldwide more than 200 times. His repertory also includes many other Verdi roles, such as Nabucco, Rolando (La battaglia di Legnano), Count di Luna (Il trovatore), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Simon Boccanegra, Amonasro (Aida) and Iago (Otello). He appears for opera companies around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Paris Opéra, Liceu, Barcelona, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala and the Arena di Verona.

Maestri's other repertory includes Scarpia (Tosca), Tonio (Pagliacci), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana) and Michonnet (Adriana Lecouvreur). Maestri enjoys cooking and has recorded several YouTube cookery videos.

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