Biography

Francesco Napoleoni is an Italian tenor, educated very young in the “G. Bricciardi” Conservatory in his home town, Terni, and then he privately trained in Milan with the Maestro Vittorio Terranova. Very important for his technical-vocal development is the acquaintance with the tenor Antonio Gandìa in a masterclass held in the Zarzuela Theatre in Madrid.
He majored at the Accademia di alto perfezionamento in the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago, where he played as student in two Tuscan Opera Studio: LTL, which led to his debut in Febr. 2016 at Teatro del Giglio in Lucca with the Merry Widow (Franz Lehar) and then MOF (where he won a scholarship after attending a masterclass with the soprano Fiorenza Cedolins) with a following debut at Teatro Goldoni in Livorno at the Tabarro (Giacomo Puccini).

Even though his career is characterized mostly by a character tenor repertoire, in his two first years of activity, he has performed in the main roles in Macbeth (G. Verdi) and in Tabarro (G. Puccini).
He cooperated with several important lyric Foundations (Festival Puccini, Luglio Musicale Trapanese, Teatro Coccia in Novara, Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Teatro Sociale in Rovigo, International Festival Varna Summer, Changsha Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre, Opera Română Craiova), by which he was cast in important productions under the direction of important conductors, such as Marcello Rota, Dmitri Jurowski, Alberto Veronesi, Hirofumi Yoshida, Fabrizio Da Ros, Giovanni Di Stefano, Jacopo Sipari di Pescasseroli, Giovanni Pompeo, Fabio Mastrangelo, Nicola Paszkowski, Manuela Ranno, Dumitru Cârciumaru and important directors such as Giancarlo del Monaco, Enrico Vanzina, Dieter Kaegi, Maurizio Scaparro, Massimo Gasparon Contarini Pizzi, Fabio Sparvoli, Daniele de Plano, Giandomenico Vaccari, Chris Catena, Alfonso Signorini, Salvo Piro, Renato Bonajuto.

In May 2009 he is a finalist in the international contest for opera singers Piero Sardelli, performing the part of Nemorino at the Elisir d’Amore (G. Donizetti). In the same year he performs some concerts with the Maestro pianist Maurizio Colacicchi (who holds regular courses of Italian and Spanish vocal chamber music). He is cast for the opening of Puccini Festival 2016 concert, Puccini Raro, and he received a special mention at “Premio Accademia Amici del Festival Pucciniano” in Torre del Lago. He attended the Masterclasses of the soprano Fiorenza Cedolins, of the basso Roberto Scandiuzzi, of the baritono Silvano Carroli, of the Maestro Eugenio Fogliati and of the conductor Maurizio Barbacini. In April 2019, he performs for his first time in San Francisco, along with the Ensemble Le Muse under the conduction of Maestro Andrea Albertini.

In November 2019 he debuted with success in the role of Don Basilio in the “Le Nozze di Figaro” (W.A. Mozart) at the Teatro Goldoni in Livorno under the musical direction of Maestro Jacopo Sipari di Pescasseroli and the direction of Massimo Gasparon Contarini Pizzi.
In August 2020 he debutet as Goro in the “Madama Butterfly” (G. Puccini) at the 66° Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago under the musical direction of Maestro Enrico Calesso and the direction of Manu Lalli. In July 2021 he performs in the Lyric Concert for the summer season of the Social Theater of Rovigo. In August/ December 2021 he performs as Tinca in the “Il Tabarro” (G. Puccini) at the Opera Română Craiova under the direction of Maestro Dimitru Carciumaru and with the stage director of Chris Catena.

In June 2022 he debuted as Gherardo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the International Festival Varna Summer under the direction of Maestro Giovanni Pompeo and with the stage director of Edna Garabedian. In July/August 2022 he performs again as Goro in the “Madama Butterfly” (G. Puccini) at the 68° Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago under the direction of Maestro Alberto Veronesi and with the stage director of Manu Lalli.

Next november 2022 he will make his debut as Cassio in Verdi’s Otello at the Opera Română Craiova in Craiova and Brașov . Next January/February 2023 he will sing as Don Basilio in the “Le Nozze di Figaro” (W. A. Mozart) under the direction of Maestro Jacopo Sipari di Pescasseroli and with the stage director of Massimo Gasparon Contarini Pizzi.