Throughout his thirty-year career, Roberto Alagna has amassed a repertoire that includes over sixty roles (Alfredo, Manrico, Nemorino, Calaf, Radamès, Rodolfo, Don José, Mario, Werther, etc.). In 2014, he performed the title role in Otello at the Chorégies d’Orange Festival and then went on to expand his repertoire with the roles of Canio, Pinkerton, and Eléazar in La Juive (Munich, 2016).
He also likes to explore lesser-known works, such as Massenet’s Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame, Le Cid and La Navarraise, Lalo’s Fiesque, Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus, and Meyerbeer’s Vasco de Gama... Two operas have even been written for him, Vladimir Cosma’s Marius et Fanny and David Alagna’s The Last Day of a Condemned Man staged for the first time in France in 2014.
He makes regular forays into the realms of popular music. Indeed, his Little Italy singing tour, a tribute to his origins and Italian musical culture in all its variety, has taken him to over fifteen French cities. In June 2014, he took part in a special performance in Fez entitled Mediterraneo, which featured sacred and traditional works and works from the opera repertoire. He has participated in numerous events ranging from singing La Marseillaise on the Champs-Elysées on July 14, 2005 to performing in a concert in the gardens of the Château de Versailles in 2009 under the baton of Michel Plasson.
He has also appeared in several films, including Benoît Jacquot’s Tosca in 2001 and Barbara Willis Sweete’s Romeo and Juliet in 2002. His discography, on the Erato, Sony, EMI, and Deutsche Grammophon labels, covers a wide range of recordings: from full-length performances to duos, oratorios, collections of great lyrical works, operas, sacred arias, and songs. Credo, Viva Opéra, Airs de Berlioz, Bel canto, Robertissimo, Luis Mariano, Sicilien, Pasión, and My Life is an Opera (which illustrates his life and his career through fifteen original arias and duets) are just some of the many albums that make up a catalogue that bears testimony to the musical eclecticism that has marked his career. His latest album, Malèna, is a tribute to the Neapolitan and Sicilian songbooks. He will be performing the title role in Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival in July 2018.
Winner of the Philadelphia Pavarotti Competition in 1988. Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award in 1995 for his performance as Romeo at Covent Garden, London