Leonardo Cortellazzi was born in Mantua and trained at the La Scala Academy in Milan under the guidance of Leyla Gencer. He performed several roles on the stage of La Scala, including Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Alberto (L’Occasione fa il ladro), Ernesto (Don Pasquale), Telemaco and Nerone (the Monteverdi trilogy), and Tempo (Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno). He also sang in the world premiere production of Fin de partie.
He has made guest appearances at many of Italy’s most prestigious opera venues (La Fenice in Venice, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, the Teatro Filarmonico, the Verona Arena, the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, and the Festival della Valle d’Itria).
He boasts a vast repertoire that ranges from Monteverdi to Mozart and Verdi to bel canto, including the roles of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Alfredo (La Traviata), Admète (Alceste), Idraote (Armida), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) Fenton (Falstaff) Camille de Rosillon (Die Lustige Witwe), and Fadinard (Il Capello di paglia di Firenze). He also sang the title role in Pacini’s Don Giovanni at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wilbad.
More recently, he performed the roles of Goffredo (Rinaldo) at La Fenice and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Leicester (Maria Stuarda), Lord Percy (Anna Bolena) and Admète (Alceste) in Lisbon; the Servant (Luci mie traditrici), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Alfredo (La Traviata) at La Fenice, Titus (La Clemenza di Tito) in Liège, and Carolino (Mayer’s Che originali!) at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo.
Leonardo Cortellazzi is making his Paris Opera debut
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