Italian bass Roberto Tagliavini makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as Leporello (Don Giovanni).
Tagliavini was born in Parma where he studied singing with the baritone Romano Franceschetto. He sings for leading opera houses throughout Europe including La Scala, Milan, Paris Opéra, Teatro Real Madrid, Liceu, Barcelona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Zürich Opera, Dutch National Opera, and the Mariinsky Theatre, and for companies in the USA including Los Angeles Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He has appeared at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and for Salzburg Festival. His repertory includes many bel canto and Verdi roles such as Selim (Il turco in Italia), Mustafà (L’italiana in Algeri), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Fernando (La gazza ladra), Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims), Maometto (Maometto II), Elmiro (Otello), Governor (Le Comte Ory), Rodolfo (La sonnambula), Oroveso (Norma), Sir Giorgio (I puritani), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Banco (Macbeth), Attila, Zaccaria (Nabucco) and Pagano (I Lombardi alla prima crociata).
Tagliavini’s operatic repertory also includes Count Almaviva and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), and French roles such as Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette), the Comte des Grieux (Manon), Escamillo (Carmen) and the four villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). His concert repertory includes Mozart's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem and Rossini's Stabat Mater.