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Luca Grassi

Baritone

Born in the San Marino Republic and trained as an engineer, Luca Grassi started his music studies in Bologna with Paride Venturi. He is now under the guidance of Carlo Meliciani.

In 1998, he won in the Città di Roma competition where he made his debut as Germont in La traviata. In the same year he performed, in Czech, the title role in Šarlatán by P. Haas at the Wexford Festival Opera.


In 2018: Pagliacci (Tonio) - Leipzig; Roméo et Juliette - NCPA in Beijing; La traviata (Germont) - Venice.


In 2016 and 2017: Un ballo in maschera (Renato) - Essen; Les pecheurs de perles (Zurga) - Firenze; Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) - Venice and Naples; La traviata (Germont) - Venice; Falstaff (Ford) - Cagliari; La straniera - Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Carmen (Escamillo) - Turin.


In 2016 and 2017: Un ballo in maschera (Renato) - Essen; Les pecheurs de perles (Zurga) - Firenze; Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) - Venice and Naples; La traviata (Germont) - Venice; Falstaff (Ford) - Cagliari; La straniera - Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; Carmen (Escamillo) - Turin.


From 2013 to 2015: Un ballo in maschera (Renato) - Parma, Catania, Deutsche Opera in Berlin, St. Gallen, Braunschweig and Essen; Attila (Ezio) - St. Gallen, Catania; Otello (Iago) - Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv; Les pecheurs de perles - Teatro Real in Madrid; Cavalleria rusticana (Alfio) and Pagliacci (Tonio) - ABAO-OLBE in Bilbao, NCPA in Beijing, Teatro Municipal in Sao Paulo and Naples; Tosca (Scarpia) - Tiroler Festspiele in Erl;  La forza del destino (Don Carlo di Vargas) - Pisa; L'africaine (Nélusko) - opening of the season 2013/14 in Venice; Macbeth and I due Foscari (Francesco Foscari) - St. Gallen; Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) - Venice.


Mr. Grassi has been a regularly guest of the Martina Franca Festival, where he has performed the title role in Roland (N. Piccinni), Soliman in La reine de Saba, Le Comte de Saint-Bris in Les Huguenots, the title role in Werther (J. Massenet - baritone version), Sèvere in Polyeucte.


Notable productions have been La bohème (Marcello) at the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève; Pagliacci and Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) under the baton of Daniele Gatti at Teatro Comunale in Bologna; I Puritani (Sir Riccardo Forth) at Teatro Verdi in Trieste; Aida (Amonasro) at Teatro Sociale di Rovigo, Pisa, Trento; Stiffelio (Stankar) at Teatro Verdi in Trieste.


He performed Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Scottish Opera-Glasgow, at the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Don Giovanni (title role) at Opera Giocosa di Savona, Le Marquis de la Force in Les dialogues des Carmélites at Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Frederick in Lakmé at Teatro Massimo in Palermo.


In the 2004/05 season, he was appreciate with his role debut as Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles in Venice, a production conducted by Marcello Viotti, and in the Japan tour of the Gran Teatro la Fenice di Venezia.


He took part to the reopening of La Fenice singing La traviata (Germont), conducted by Lorin Maazel. And he performed the role of Cristiano in Zandonai's I Cavalieri di Ekebù at Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Falstaff (Ford) at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Aida (Amonasro) at the Teatro Regio in Turin.


During the last seasons he sang: Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera Hong Kong, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo (recorded on cd and dvd), in St. Gallen, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin conducted by Renato Palumbo and at the Dallas Opera, Escamillo in Carmen at the Opera Giocosa in Savona with Fondazione Toscanini, at San Carlo in Naples and in Las Palmas, Giovanna d’Arco in St. Gallen, Israele in Marino Faliero in Bergamo and Sassari (released on cd and dvd by Naxos), Hérode in Hérodiade in Bucharest, La traviata at the Leipzig Oper, in St. Gallen, in Montreal and in Pisa, Macbeth in Sassari, I pagliacci in Tenerife, Alzira in St. Gallen, Conte in Le nozze di Figaro in Bilbao, Beatrice di Tenda in Catania, Les pecheurs de perles in Verona and Salerno conducted by Daniel Oren (recorded on cd), Madama Butterfly in Genova, La bohéme (Marcello) in Bergamo, La Straniera at the Festpielhaus in Baden-Baden with Edita Gruberova (recorded on cd).






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