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Massimo Cavalletti was born in Lucca, where he began his vocal studies with Graziano Polidori before attending the Academy of La Scala in Milan, where he refined his vocal technique with Luciana Serra. In October 2004 he made his operatic debut at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo in Parisina. Past career highlights have brought him as Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Paolo (Simon Boccanegra), Marcello and Schaunard (La bohème) and Rodrigo (Don Carlo) to the Teatro alla Scala, Marcello and Schaunard (La bohème), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) and Escamillo (Carmen) to the Metropolitan Opera, Rodrigo (Don Carlo) to the Staatsoper Berlin, the Maggio Musicale and the Zurich Opera House, Marcello (La bohème) to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper Hamburg and the Salzburg Festival, Escamillo (Carmen) to the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona and the Vienna State Opera; Ford (Falstaff) to the Salzburg Festival and the Dutch National Opera; Renato (Un ballo in maschera) to Tel Aviv, Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) to the Staatsoper Hamburg, Semperoper Dresden and to Tokyo as well as in numerous leading baritone roles to the Zurich Opera House, where he was an ensemble member from 2007 to 2011.
Engagements of the 2017/18 season include his Paris Opera debut in the title role of Il barbiere di Siviglia, his debut in the title role of Gianni Schicchi in a new production at the Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Ford in Falstaff at the Astana Opera (guest performances of the Teatro alla Scala), Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia for his debut at the Las Palmas Opera and Marcello in La bohème for his debut at the Rome Opera House. In September 2018 he will make his role debut as Conte di Luna in Il trovatore at the Teatro del Maggio in Florence.
He has worked with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Nello Santi, Fabio Luisi, Myung-whun Chung, Daniele Gatti and Daniel Harding.
His discography includes La bohème (Marcello) from Salzburg and Valencia, Falstaff (Ford) from Zurich and the Salzburg Festival, and Simon Boccanegra (Paolo Albiani) from La Scala.
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