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Franco Fagioli



Franco Fagioli in action.
Franco Fagioli in Idomeneo, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Argentine countertenor Franco Fagioli made his Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Idamante (Idomeneo). He returns in the 2019/20 Season as Nerone (Agrippina).

Fagioli was born in Tucumán and studied singing there and at the Instituto Superior de Arte, Buenos Aires. He began his international career after winning the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Neue Stimmen Award (2003). He has toured in concert with Il Pomo d’Oro as Nerone (Agrippina) and Serse (Serse). Selected operatic engagements include Nerone (Agrippina) for Bavarian State Opera, Ruggiero (Alcina) for Hamburg State Opera, the title role of Eliogabalo for Dutch National Opera and Paris Opéra, Andronico (Tamerlano) for La Scala, Milan, Arsace (Semiramide) and Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) for Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy, Giulio Cesare (Giulio Cesare) for the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, and Zürich Opera and Serse (Serse) and Cecilio (Lucio Silla) in Karlsruhe. Other repertory includes Handel’s Bertarido (Rodelinda), Ariodante, Arsace (Partenope), Riccardo Primo, Poro and Teseo; Farnaspe (Pergolesi’s Adriano in Siria); Achille (Corselli’s Achille in Sciro); Romeo (Zingarelli’s Giulietta e Romeo) and Sigismondo (Rossini’s Sigismondo) and Malcom (La donna del Lago).

Fagioli has performed in concert throughout Europe, in works by Rossini (including Petite Messe solennelle and an all-Rossini recital at the Salzburg Festival), Porpora, J.C. Bach, Jommelli, Handel and Pergolesi (including his Stabat Mater), among others. He is the first countertenor to sign an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, for which label he has recorded Handel’s Serse and Gluck’s Orfeo and albums of Rossini and Handel arias. Other recordings include works by Porpora and arias written for the castrato Caffarelli (both Naïve), Steffani’s Stabat Mater (Decca), Berenice with Il Complesso Barocco (Virgin) and arias by Handel and Mozart (Arte Nuove).

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