Born in Pavia (Italy), Ambrogio Maestri made a particularly strong debut in 2001 in the lead role of Falstaff at La Scala in Milan and the Teatro Verdi in Busseto under the direction of Riccardo Muti. It was again under the direction of Riccardo Muti that he would first perform the roles of Iago (Otello), Renato (Un ballo in Maschera), Don Carlo (La Forza del destino) and Germont (La Traviata) on the stage in Milan. He has been invited to perform at the greatest international opera houses (the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, London’s Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, and the Verona Arenas) where he sang the roles of Count di Luna in Il Trovatore, Amonasro in Aida, Rolando in La Battaglia di Legnano, the title roles in Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto, Nabucco and of course Falstaff, one of his favourite roles. He has performed under the aegis of some of the most famous conductors and directors, including Zubin Mehta, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Oren, Fabio Luisi, Antonio Pappano, Jeffrey Tate, Nello Santi, Marcello Viotti, Marco Armiliato, Gianandrea Noseda, Renato Palumbo, Daniel Harding, Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Carsen, Graham Vick, Peter Stein, Robert Wilson, Laurent Pelly, Mario Martone, Hugo De Ana, and Bartlett Sher. In 2006, he performed the role of Dulcamara for the first time at the Paris Opera. Over the last few seasons he has tackled Puccini and verismo. He has performed the roles of Scarpia in Tosca at Torre del Lago, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Metropolitan Opera, and Tonio in Pagliacci at La Scala in Milan. In 2012, he played the role of a 1940s opera singer in the Ferzan Oztepek film Magnifica Presenza. In 2013, the year of Verdi’s bicentenary, he performed Falstaff, his role of choice, at the Paris Opera, the Zurich Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Munich Festival, in Tokyo, as well as at the Metropolitan Opera (where he celebrated his 200th performance in that role). More recently, he has performed in Pagliacci in Vienna, Tosca in Barcelona, Otello in Turin, Aida in Rome, Falstaff in Milan, Munich, São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Amsterdam with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has also performed in Cavalleria rusticana in Salzburg, Rigoletto in Vienna, and Nabucco in Barcelona…
Projects: Tosca in Madrid, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, and Don Pasquale at the Metropolitan Opera and Milan’s La Scala.
L’Elisir d’amore - 2006, 2007
Rigoletto - 2008
Falstaff - 2013