Giuseppe Filianoti is one of the preeminent lyric tenors of his generation. The beauty of his voice, the passionate lyricism of his artistry, and the dramatic fervor of his approach to the stage have won him widespread critical and popular praise. Since his professional debut in 1998, Mr. Filianoti has emerged as a beacon of style and nuance in a wide-ranging repertoire. While the majority of his performances have centered on the bel canto and later 19th-century lyric Italian and French works, he has also successfully essayed roles by Cherubini and Mozart through those of such 20th century masters as Strauss, Debussy, Stravinsky and Britten.
In the 2013-14 season, the tenor adds two new roles to his repertoire: the Earl of Essex, the eponymous hero of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux and Jacopo Foscari in Verdi’s I due Foscari. At the Bayerische Staatsoper Mr. Filianoti sings Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore (Sep. 20-28), followed by his first Due Foscaris at the Staatsoper Hamburg in a new production by David Alden, conducted by Simone Young (Oct. 27-Nov. 21). On the stage of the Opernhaus Zürich he sings La bohème under the baton of Nello Santi (Dec. 22-Jan. 3). In the new year Mr. Filianoti finds himself shuttling across the Atlantic, beginning with more Elisirs, this time for his San Diego Opera debut (Feb 15-23m). His European recital debut takes place in London’s Wigmore Hall as part of the Rosenblatt Recital Series, for which he is accompanied by pianist Iain Burnside (Mar. 11).
Returning to North America, he presents his portrayal of the melancholy poet in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann for his first appearances with the Palm Beach Opera (Mar. 21-23m). This is followed by his final company and role debuts of the season, with the Canadian Opera Company, in the COC’s first production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, directed by Stephen Lawless and conducted by Corrado Rovaris (Apr. 25-May 21). Wrapping up his season are more Bohèmes, this time for his return to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden (Jul. 9-19m). Born in Reggio Calabria in 1974, the Italian tenor first obtained a degree in Literature, a background he considers to be essential to his operatic foundation and discipline. In 1997, he graduated from the "F. Cilea" Conservatory, studying with Anna Vandi. Mr. Filianoti won a highly-coveted two-year scholarship to Milan’s Accademia del Teatro alla Scala. During this period of intensive fine-tuning of his voice, he met Alfredo Kraus, who became his mentor and the decisive influence in helping the young singer develop his artistic style, technique and virtuosity.
Mr. Filianoti debuted in 1998 at Bergamo as Dom Sébastien. In 1999, after singing Argirio in Tancredi at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, he was engaged by Riccardo Muti to sing in Paisiello's Nina, o sia pazza per amore. In 2003, again under Mo. Muti, he opened the season of La Scala with Rossini's Moïse et Pharaon. He made his Covent Garden debut in 2000 as Alfredo in La traviata, returning there in the title role of Donizetti's Dom Sébastien in 2005 and as Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore (2009). He is a frequent guest at La Scala, where he has performed in Un giorno di regno (2001), Rigoletto & Lucrezia Borgia (2002), Gianni Schicchi & Falstaff (2004), Lucia di Lammermoor (2006) and Don Giovanni (2011 & 2012). At Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera he has sung Die Zauberflöte (2001), Gianni Schicchi (2002), Faust (2003) and Werther (2007), and debuted with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in a concert version of Idomeneo (2004).
In 2005 he made his widely celebrated American debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor. In subsequent seasons he returned to the Company as Edgardo (2008 & 2009), as well as in many of his other signature roles, including Nemorino (2006), Il duca di Mantova (2009 & 2010), Ruggero/La rondine (2009 & 2013), Hoffmann (2010) and Tito/La clemenza di Tito (2012). Elsewhere in the U.S. he has also appeared to great acclaim at the San Francisco Opera as Edgardo (2008) and at New York’s Carnegie Hall as Federico in Cilea’s L'Arlesiana (2007). Nemorino was the role of his debut at the Los Angeles Opera in 2009, as well as at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2010, where he returned in 2011 for Edgardo and in 2013 for the Duca di Mantova. The vehicle for Mr. Filianoti’s debut with Washington Concert Opera (2011) was the title role in Werther, one of his favorite operas. His US recital debut took place in Kansas City’s Harriman Jewell Series in April 2012.
Additionally, Mr. Filianoti has performed in the major European music capitals: in Berlin (Faust / Deutsche Oper – 2004, the Verdi Requiem at the Philharmonie – 2009, and Don Giovanni / Staatsoper - 2012, the latter two both led by Daniel Barenboim); Vienna (Traviata - 2002, Elisir - 2007 and Lucia - 2009); Barcelona (Traviata - 2002, Rigoletto and Elisir - 2005 and Lucia - 2006); Florence (Traviata - 2000, Zauberflöte – 2002 and Don Giovanni - 2005); Hamburg (Idomeneo – 2006, Hoffmann – 2007, La bohème – 2012 and Faust – 2011 & 2012); Madrid (Celos aun del aire matan – 2000 and Traviata - 2003); Paris (Rondine - 2005, Elisir - 2009, Hoffmann – 2010 and Manon – 2012); Munich (Elisir – 2009, Don Giovanni – 2010 and Hoffmann – 2013); Salzburg (Macbeth – 2011); and Moscow (Don Giovanni – 2012). In 2004, Giuseppe Filianoti was awarded the Franco Abbiati Italian Critics´ Prize as Best Singer of the Year.
The tenor regularly expands his diverse discography and videography. Among the CDs: Giuseppe Sarti’s Giulio Sabino (Ottavio Dantone, cond.) and Lucrezia Borgia (Mariella Devia, Marianna Pizzolato, Marco Guidarini, Cond.); Tancredi (from Pesaro, with Daniela Barcellona; Gianluigi Gelmetti conducting); Donizetti’s Dom Sébastien (with Vesselina Kasarova and Simon Keenlyside, Mark Elder, Cond.), Boito’s Mefistofele (with Dimitra Theodossiou and Ferruccio Furlanetto, led by Stefano Ranzani); Paisiello’s Nina (Anna Caterina Antonacci, Juan Diego Flórez, Michele Pertusi, Riccardo Muti/La Scala.) Among his performances preserved on DVD are: Cherubini’s Medea with Ms. Antonacci and Sara Mingardo, Evelino Pidò, conducting; Rossini´s Moïse et Pharaon with Barbara Frittoli, Ildar Abdrazakov & Erwin Schrott, Riccardo Muti/La Scala; La traviata with Mariella Devia and Renato Bruson; Mefistofele (same cast as the previously-listed CD); and a 2007 New Year’s Gala Concert from the Teatro La Fenice (with Ms. Theodossiou and Roberto Frontali). Awaiting release this season are a DVD of Tito from the Metropolitan Opera, as well as a live CD recording of Cilea’s L’arlesiana which includes previously unperformed music.