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Francesco Meli

Tenor

Biography

Francesco Meli in action.
Francesco Meli as Manrico in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Clive Barda

Italian tenor Francesco Meli made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 as the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) and has since sung Jacopo Foscari (I due Foscari), Manrico (Il trovatore) and in the Plácido Domingo Celebration. In the 2017/18 Season he returns to sing Don José (Carmen).

Meli was born in Genoa and made his professional debut as Macduff (Macbeth) at the Spoleto Festival. He is particularly known for his interpretations of Verdi roles, and has sung the Duke of Mantua for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Teatro Real, Madrid, Vienna State Opera, in Trieste and in Beijing, Alfredo Germont (La traviata) for the Metropolitan Opera, Arena di Verona and in Genoa and Hamburg, Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera) for Arena di Verona and in Rome and Parma, Manrico (Il trovatore) for La Fenice, Venice, and the Salzburg Festival, Ernani, Jacopo Foscari for La Scala, Milan, and in Rome, Gabriele Adorno in Rome and Ismaele (Nabucco) for Salzburg Festival.

Meli’s other operatic appearances include Leicester (Maria Stuarda) for the Metropolitan Opera, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) in Turin and Rome, Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) in Turin, Werther in Washington, Percy (Anna Bolena) for Vienna State Opera, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) in Turin, Italian Tenor (Der Rosenkavalier) for La Scala and Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia) in San Francisco.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Finding the light in Verdi’s <em>Il trovatore</em> - 'There is love and there is hope'

Watch: Finding the light in Verdi’s Il trovatore - 'There is love and there is hope'

18 July 2016

Verdi's opera is infamous for its darkness and violence, but the cast and creative team of The Royal Opera's recent production believe it has a positive message too.

Watch: Verdi’s <em>Il trovatore</em> on-demand

Watch: Verdi’s Il trovatore on-demand

14 July 2016

David Bösch’s new Royal Opera production is available to watch around the world for 30 days.

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

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