Simone Piazzola was born in Verona and in 2013 was awarded second prize and the audience prize at the Placido Domingo Operalia Competition in that city. He made his professional debut in 2008, singing the role of Marcello in La Bohème at La Fenice in Venice. He soon found himself making guest appearances at major international opera venues (the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Venice’s La Fenice, the Teatro Bellini in Catania, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Teatro Regio in Parma, the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the ABAO in Bilbao, and the Megaron in Athens).
He took part in a Christmas Concert conducted by Riccardo Muti and rebroadcast over the Eurovision network and he performed at the Toscanini Foundation’s Verdi Gala under the baton of Kazushi Ono. More recently, he sang the role of Germont (La Traviata) at La Fenice in Venice, the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, the Macerata Festival, the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, the Florence Opera, the Baden Baden Festival, the Berlin Staasoper, and the Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden and he reprised the role again for his debut appearance at the Paris Opera in 2016.
He went on to perform a number of other the roles, including Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; Count di Luna (Il Trovatore) at Milan’s La Scala, the Macerata Festival, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Rome Opera, the Oviedo Opera and the Verona Arena; the title role in Simon Boccanegra at La Fenice in Venice, Marcello (La Bohème), first at the Savonlinna Festival, then in Florence and then at Milan’s La Scala; Nottingham (Roberto Devereux) at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; Posa (Don Carlo) at Milan’s La Scala; Don Carlo di Vargas (La Forza del destino) at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia and the Munich Festival; and Amonasro (Aida) at the Staatsoper in Vienna. He has also appeared in Un ballo in maschera at the Rome Opera and sung the role of Valentin (Faust) in Piacenza.
Il Trovatore at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Un ballo in maschera at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Falstaff (Ford) at the Berlin Staatsoper, Il Corsaro (Seid) in Piacenza, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Real in Madrid, La Traviata at the Munich Festival, and Ernani (Don Carlo) at Milan’s La Scala.
Debut at the Paris Opera