Born in Naples, Vito Priante made his operatic debut in 2002 in La Serva Padrona by Pergolesi at the Teatro Goldoni in Florence in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. After a period devoted to the Baroque and Classical repertoire, particularly in collaboration with Alan Curtis, he turned towards bel canto roles. In 2008 he received the 28th Franco Abbiati Prize, awarded by Italian opera critics, for his interpretation of the title role in Peter Stein’s production of Il Prigioniero by Luigi Dallapiccola, conducted by Daniel Harding at La Scala Milan. He has sung Figaro (Marriage of Figaro) at the Glyndebourne Festival, at La Fenice in Venice, the Berlin Staatsoper where he was conducted by Daniel Barenboim, at the Théâtre des Champs‑Élysées (under the direction of Marc Minkowski), at the Salzburg Festival and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; Dandini (La Cenerentola) at the Vienna Staatsoper, at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and, more recently, at Lyric Opera in Chicago and at Rome Opera. Vito Priante has also performed the role of Figaro in The Barber of Seville at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, at the Teatro Regio in Turin and at the Terme di Caracalla for the 2014summer season at Rome Opera. Other roles include Belcore (L’Élixir d’amour) in Turin, Malatesta (Don Pasquale) in Naples and Lescaut (Manon) in a concert version with the Luxemburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He also made his role debut as Escamillo at the Royal Opera House in London and as the hero’s evil fourfold nemesis in Tales of Hoffmann in Christoph Marthaler’s new production conducted by Sylvain Cambreling at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Last season he performed, amongst other roles, Escamillo at La Scala Milan, Lord Cecil (Maria Stuarda) at the Liceu in Barcelona and he made his debut at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro in La Gazzetta by Rossini.
Forthcoming engagements: Tales of Hoffmann at the Stuttgart Staatstheater, La Favorite (Alphonse XI) at La Fenice in Venice, Escamillo at the Teatro Regio in Turin and Figaro (The Barber of Seville) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.
This is his Paris Opera debut.