One of the last representative of the Italian school of great artists such as Ezio Pinza and Cesare Siepi, Roberto Scandiuzzi is considered today one of the world’s most appreciated basses. He was only 24 when he made his company debut at Teatro alla Scala, in Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Riccardo Muti. After his acclaimed performance as Jacopo Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, under the baton of Sir Georg Solti, he started a shining international career that led him to such theatres as Metropolitan Opera of New York, Opéra National de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, San Francisco Opera, working with such renowned conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Valerij Gergeev, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Antonio Pappano, Georges Prêtre, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sir Georg Solti and Marcello Viotti. His vast repertory ranges from Verdi bass roles to the French and Russian repertoire, as well as from Scapigliatura (Boito’s Mefistofele) to Verism (Ponchielli’s La Gioconda).
Also active on concert field, he has worked with such renowned orchestras as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Die Münchner Philharmoniker. Among his greatest successes in recent years, it can be reported: Pelléas et Mélisande (Arkel) at Opera di Firenze conducted by Daniele Gatti, Faust (Méphistophélès) at Staatsoper Berlin, Aida (Ramfis) at Opéra National de Paris and at Seoul Arts Center, Norma (Oroveso) at NCPA Beijing, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Basilio) at Royal Opera House of Muscat, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and Grand Théâtre de Genève, Don Pasquale (title role) at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, La Gioconda (Alvise) at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Luisa Miller (conte Walter) at New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Don Carlo (Filippo II) at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. His wide discography includes Simon Boccanegra (dvd Decca), Don Carlo, Jerusalem and Aroldo by Verdi (Philips), Messa da Requiem and Gioconda (EMI), Cristoforo Colombo (Koch), Stabat Mater by Rossini, Rigoletto and Stabat Mater by Dvorák (DGG), La Sonnambula (Nightingale), La bohème (Erato), Macbeth (Sine Qua Non – dvd TDK) , two recordings of Turandot (Decca and Nuova Era), Jérusalem and the only one recording of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with Giuseppe Sinopoli and Staatskapelle Dresden.
In January 2007 Roberto Scandiuzzi celebrated his 25 year career and was awarded the title of UNICEF testimonial. LATEST PERFORMANCES: Turandot (Timur) at Shhanxi Grand Theatre of Xi’an; Verdi’s Requiem at Opera Australia in Sydney, conductor Renato Palumbo; La Sonnambula (Conte Rodolfo) and Il barbiere di Siviglia (Basilio) at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia; Don Pasquale (title role) at Teatro Verdi di Salerno; Jérusalem (Roger) at Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège; La grotta di Trofonio (Trofonio) at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and at Festival della Valle d’Itria; La forza del destino (Padre Guardiano), Don Carlo (Filippo II) and Nabucco (Zaccaria) at State Musical Theatre Sofia; La Juive (cardinal de Brogni) at Opéra de Lyon; Le Braci by Marco Tutino (Henke) at Opera di Firenze. FORTHCOMING PROJECTS: La ciociara by Tutino (Von Bock) at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari; Macbeth (Banco) and Don Carlos (le grand Inquisiteur) at Opéra de Lyon; Aida (Ramfis) at Teatro Colon de Buenos Aires and at Opera Australia di Sydney; Verdi’s Requiem and Don Carlo (il grande inquisitore) at Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège; Lucrezia Borgia (Don Alfonso) at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse; Il barbiere di Siviglia (Basilio) at Semperoper Dresden.