Gianfranco Montresor was born in Verona and received his diploma from the Brescia College of Music. He made his debut in 1993 at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona in La Gattabianca by Paolo Arcà, followed by the roles of Escamillo in Carmen at the San Severo Festival and Marcello in La Bohème at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo.
His brilliance ensured a rapid career with appearances at major opera venues and events in Italy and abroad, such as the New National Theatre in Tokyo, the Wexford Opera Festival, the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, the Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon, the Macerata Opera Festival, the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, the Teatro Regio in Parma, the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, the Rome Opera House and the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona.
Mr. Montresor has worked with conductors Antonello Allemandi, Bruno Bartoletti, Yoram David, Jacques Delacôte, Renato Palumbo, Stefano Ranzani, Donato Renzetti and Keri-Lynn Wilson and with directors Yuri Alexandrov, Hugo de Ana and Giuseppe Patroni Griffi.
His repertoire includes Madame Butterfly (Sharpless), Cavalleria rusticana (Alfio), Fidelio (Don Pizarro), Don Carlos (Rodrigo), La Traviata (Germont), La Bohème (Marcello), Carmen (Escamillo), L’Elisir d’amore (Belcore), Assassinio nella cattedrale, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro), Attila (Ezio), Simon Boccanegra (Paolo Albiani), Otello (Jago), L’Enfance du Christ by Berlioz and Sly by Wolf Ferrari.
In 2004/05, Mr.Montresor made his debut as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia in Seoul and appeared in a new production of La Bohème at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo conducted by Donato Renzetti and directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. He also appeared in the world premiere of the opera by Marco Tutino, La bella e la bestia, at the Modena Opera House.
In 2005/06 he sang Escamillo in Carmen in Madrid, Jago in Otello and was in the cast of Il Dissoluto assolto at the Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon. He also went on a European concert tour together with Andrea Bocelli.
Gianfranco Montresor's recent engagements have included the world premiere of Teneke, the new opera by Fabio Vacchi at La Scala in Milan conducted by Roberto Abbado and directed by Ermanno Olmi, the role of Lescaut in Manon Lescaut and Werther at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, The Gambler at La Scala and the Berlin Staatsoper, Don Gregorio by Donizetti at the Teatro Bellini in Catania and Monterone in Rigoletto a Mantova.
Upcoming engagements include La Traviata in Trieste and La battaglia di Legnano at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.