Luca Salsi – Baritone
Ramón Tebar – Piano
Directly from his role in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera as well as recent performances at the Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House in London, and La Scala in Milan, internationally known Italian baritone Luca Salsi will perform an evening of the great Italian operatic repertoire right here in Naples!
Praised by «Il Sole 24 Ore» for “his beautiful voice, one that can be singled out from a crowded stage: penetrating, rich, polished, powerful and fresh”, Luca Salsi was born in San Secondo Parmense. He graduated as a singer at Parma’s Conservatory “Arrigo Boito” under the guidance of soprano Lucetta Bizza and then went on to master his technique with baritone Carlo Meliciani. He’s been able to rapidly walk the stages of the main opera houses worldwide: New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House in London, Bayerische Staatsoper, Washington National Opera, Salzburg Festival, Los Angeles Opera, Berlin’s Staatsoper, Liceu de Barcelona, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Parma, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Festival Puccini at Torre del Lago, Amesterdam’s Concertgebouw, Teatro Regio di Torino and Teatro Real in Madrid. He has worked with important conductors such as Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Daniele Gatti, James Conlon, Placido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Nicola Luisotti, Renato Palumbo, Donato Renzetti, Alberto Zedda; as well as prestigious stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Hugo De Ana, Werner Herzog, Antony Minghella, Franco Zeffirelli and David McVicar. During the 2012/2013 Season he made his debut at the Liceu de Barcelona as Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino, which was followed by several other important Verdi debuts such as Macbeth, Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore), Francesco Foscari (I Due Foscari), and Nabucco at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, conducted by Riccardo Muti. He opened the 2013/2014 Season of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra singing Macbeth, again conducted by Riccardo Muti. Among his engagements in the last seasons: Un Ballo In Maschera in Bologna, Lucia Di Lammermoor and Don Carlo at the MET in New York (where he made the headlines singing Ernani on the same day he sang Lucia di Lammermoor), La Traviata in Turin, London and Munich, Nabucco in Verona, Macbeth and Nabucco in Barcelona, Rigoletto in Madrid, I Due Foscari at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Falstaff in Chicago, Macbeth in Stockholm – under the baton of Riccardo Muti – Nabucco and Rigoletto in Rome, in Ernani and in Il Templario at the Salzburg Festival. More recently, Luca Salsi has made his role debut as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier (next to Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros) at the Bayerische Staatsoper and as Scarpia in Tosca at the Opera di Roma, he has starred in Rigoletto in Amsterdam (new staging by Damiano Michieletto) and has embodied Amonasro in Aida at the Salzburg Festival, once again under the baton of Riccardo Muti. In the near future, he will sing in Andrea Chénier for La Scala’s opening season with Riccardo Chailly on the podium (in a news staging by Mario Martone) and in three different titles at the Metropolitan in New York: Il Trovatore, Lucia Di Lamermoor and Luisa Miller.
RAMÓN TEBAR is considered one of the leading Spanish conductors of his generation. Recently appointed new Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Valencia Symphony Orchestra in Spain for a first period of four years, he holds other positions in both America and Europe such as: Opera Naples (Artistic Director, 2014-…), Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia (Principal Guest Conductor, 2015-…); Florida Grand Opera (Music Director and Principal Conductor, 2010-…, being the first Spanish conductor to be appointed Music Director of an American opera company); Palm Beach Symphony (Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, 2007-…); Santo Domingo Music Festival (2009-2015).
Acclaimed for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations and orchestra building skills, conductor Ramón Tebar’s international reputation in both the opera and orchestral arenas continues to expand. Among the orchestras and opera companies he has conducted and will conduct are: Philharmonia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Malasyan Philharmonic, Orchestre de Rouen, Het Gelders Orkest, Bulgarian National Radio Symphony, Munich Radio Symphony, Prague Philharmonia, Spanish National Orchestra (OCNE), Spanish Radio Television Orchestra (ORTVE), Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC), Galicia Symphony Orchestra (OSG), Valencia Orchestra,…Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Regio di Parma, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Kremlin Palace, Royal Festival Hall, Kölner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Staatsoper,…
Ramón Tebar has been recognized with various honors and awards, including the Henry C. Clark Conductor of the Year Award by Florida Grand Opera in 2010 and 2013, The Miami Herald as “Top 20 under 40” and “100 españoles by Marca España”. In 2014, he was bestowed the Cross of Officer of the Order of Mérito Civil in recognition of his cultural accomplishments by His Majesty, the King of Spain Felipe VI.
Tebar has recorded for UNIVERSAL MUSIC, UNITEL CLASSICA and DECCA.