Italian bass-baritone Simone Del Savio made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Schaunard (La bohème), and returns to sing the role in the 2014/15 Season.
Del Savio was born in Susa and studied singing privately before training at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Turin. In 2005 he won the International Toti dal Monte Competition in Trevisio and second prize in the International Riccardo Zandonai Competition in Riva del Garda. He made his operatic debut aged 18 in Salieri’s Prima la musica e poi le parole. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2008 as Montano (Otello) and in 2012 sang Monterone (Rigoletto) with Paris Opéra and Giorgio Germont (La traviata) with Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Del Savio’s other engagements have included Le Dancaïre (Carmen) for Salzburg Easter Festival, Leporello (Don Giovanni) on tour in Italy and in Toulon, Giorgio Germont in Geneva, Schaunard in Las Palmas and for Paris Opéra, Don Pasquale in Clermont-Ferrand, Rouen, Limoges and Reims and Ping (Turandot) for Rome Opera.