Mario Cassi
Baritone

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Mario Cassi made his debut in Rome in 2001 with the Laboratorio Voci in Musica performing the roles of Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Signor Lupo (in Henze’s Pollicino). He competed successfully at the Toti dal Monte, Viotti de Vercelli Competition (Cesare Bardelli special prize) in 2002, then at Placido Domingo’s Operalia (Prix Zarzuela prize) in 2003, and the Spiros Argiris Competition (second prize) in 2004. In 2003, he played Dandini in La Cenerentola in Treviso, Guglielmo at Trieste’s Teatro Verdi, and Marcello in La Bohème at the Teatro Bonci in Cesena. In 2005, he performed the roles of Valentin in Faust at the Ravenna Festival, Plistene (Salieri's La Grotta di Trofonio at the Lausanne Opera under the direction of Christophe Rousset, and Prodocimo in Il Turco in Italia at the Teatro Regio in Turin. The following year, he made his French debut in Giulio Cesare (Achilla) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. He sang the role of Malatesta in Pasquale under the direction of Riccardo Muti at Ravenna’s Teatro Alighieri, and the role of Ford in Falstaff at the Teatro Verdi in Salerno. He also performed Mercadante’s I due Figaro under the direction of Riccardo Muti at the Ravenna Festival, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires. He then sung the role of Marcello with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Andris Nelsons. In the seasons which followed, he performed at Milan’s La Scala (Marcello, Silvio in Pagliacci, Marullo in Rigoletto), the Rome Opera (Patrocle in Iphigénie en Aulide under the direction of Riccardo Muti), the Liège Opera (Marcello, Malatesta, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, the Rossini Festival in Pesaro (Taddeo, Figaro), the Vienna Staatsoper, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Munich Bayerische Staatsoper (Belcore), Verona’s Teatro Filarmonico (Malatesta), Barcelona’s Liceu, Madrid’s Teatro Real, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Tel Aviv Opera, Verona’s Roman Arena (Figaro), the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (Silvio), the Amsterdam Opera (Don Alvaro in Il viaggio a Reims ), and the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari (Sharpless in Madame Butterfly). During the 2015-2016 season, he will sing Malatesta at the San Carlo in Naples, Marcello at the Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, and Papageno and Germont (La Traviata) at the Liège Opera.

Making his debut at the Paris Opera