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Lucio Prete was born in Cosenza in 1977. After studies in piano, composition and conducting, he studied singing with the soprano Isabel Gentile and the baritone Roberto Abbondanza and obtained a diploma in vocal studies. He continued his studies with Mauro Trombetta and Alessandra Althof Pugliese.
He has been awarded numerous international prizes including 3rd prize at the “Opera Rinata” International Competition, Repertoire from 1700, in Vercelli, a prize for interpretation in the “Ruggero Leoncavallo” International Competition in Montalto Uffugo, the “Giulio Neri” prize for the most beautiful bass voice and 1st prize for Lieder and Song at the Torrita de Siena International Competition. Greatly appreciated for his interpretations of German Lied and Oratorio, his repertoire extends from Handel to Schönberg and to contemporary composers. In 2006, he made his operatic debut with the role of the Orator in The Magic Flute at the Teatro Rendano in Cosenza.
He went on to sing the roles of Figaro, Leporello and Papageno. In addition to his work as a soloist, he has sung in the choruses of some of Italy’s most renowned opera houses: the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples with conductors like Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Seiji Ozawa, etc. He has been a member of the Chorus of the Paris Opera since 2008.
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