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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).

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). Engagements since have included Giulio Cesare for Zürich Opera, Norwegian National Opera, Finnish National Opera and at the Handel Festival Karlsruhe, Riccardo Primo and Ariodante in Karlsruhe, Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) for Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Eliogabalo for Paris Opéra, Arbace (Vinci’s L’Artaserse) in Cologne, Versailles and on European tour, Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) and Arsace (Semiramide) for Opéra national de Lorraine, Andronico (Tamerlano) for the Salzburg Festival under Marc Minkowski, Poro for the Halle Handel Festival and Giasone for Chicago Opera Theater in his US debut.

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. Fagioli’s 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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