Roberto Frontali

Roberto Frontali is considered one of the most important Italian baritones of his generation. At the beginning of his career, he dedicated himself to bel canto roles by Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti, later moving on to the Verdi repertoire, and more recently to Puccini and verismo. He made his opera debut in 1986 in his hometown of Rome in Spontini's Agnes von Hohenstaufen. In the 1990s, he made debuts at the New York Met (L’elisir d’amore), La Scala in Milan (Beatrice di Tenda), and with Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and at the Vienna State Opera. Among his recent engagements, notable performances include Michonnet (Adriana Lecouvreur) and Simon Boccanegra at the Vienna State Opera, as well as in Buenos Aires and Berlin, Macbeth in Paris, and Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande) in Florence. He has also portrayed Rigoletto at the Met and at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Falstaff in Los Angeles and Lausanne, La Fanciulla del West at the San Francisco Opera and in Palermo, Cavalleria rusticana in Rome, Tosca in San Francisco, Venice, and Sao Paulo, Michele (Il Tabarro) and Gianni Schicchi at the Theater an der Wien and in Copenhagen. He debuted as Iago (Otello) in Naples and later performed this role in Turin, among other places. Current engagements include Scarpia at the Royal Opera House in London, at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, and in Tokyo, Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac at the New Yorke Met as well as Fanuèl in Boito's Nerone in Cagliari.