Born in Pompeii, Massimo Giordano has gained attention as a leading tenor in such opera houses as the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Rome Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Zürich Opera House, Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In the current season, Giordano debuts as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at the Hamburg State Opera, returns to Covent Garden and the Vienna State Opera as Cavaradossi in Tosca, and sings Foresto in Attila at the Opéra de Lyon.
In the 2016/17 season, Giordano sang Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House and Staatsoper Hannover, Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Hamburg State Opera, Korean National Opera and Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, and Don José in Carmen at the New National Theatre Tokyo. Engagements from the 2015/16 season included Des Grieux and Cavaradossi at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the title role in Don Carlos at the Semperoper Dresden and Teatro Auditorio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial in Madrid, and Alfredo in La Traviata at the Hamburg State Opera. In the 2014/15 season, Giordano sang Don José at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Arena di Verona, Cavaradossi at the Vienna State Opera and Paris Opera, the title role in Faust at the Berlin State Opera, the title role in Andrea Chenier at the Vienna State Opera, Des Grieux at the Royal Opera House of Muscat, and Pollione in Norma at the Bavarian State Opera House, Munich Opera Festival and National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Engagements from the 2013/14 season included Alfredo at the Vienna State Opera and Teatro Regio in Turin, Cavaradossi at the Bavarian State Opera and Vienna State Opera, Pollione at the Vienna State Opera and Opéra de Lyon, Rodolfo in La boheme at the Paris Opera, Des Grieux at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Vienna State Opera.
In the 2012/13 season, Giordano sang Alfredo at the Hamburg State Opera, Foresto in Attila at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Don Carlos at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, and Cavaradossi at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Zürich Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin, San Francisco Opera and Asoc Bilbaina de Amigos de la Opera in Bilbao. Engagements from the 2011/12 season included Don Carlos at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Don José at the Vienna State Opera and Zürich Opera House, Cavaradossi at the Munich Opera Festival, and Pollione at the Opéra de Nice and Cité de la Musique in Paris. In the 2010/11 season, Giordano sang Don José at the Bavarian State Opera and Zürich Opera House, Cavaradossi at the Paris Opera and Savonlinna Opera Festival, Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at the Vienna State Opera, and Rodolfo at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Spain.
Highlights from Giordano’s previous seasons include La boheme at the Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, Berlin State Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera; Tosca at the Semperoper Dresden, Berlin State Opera and Dallas Opera; La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bolshoi Theatre, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Teatro alla Scala (under Lorin Maazel), Los Angeles Opera and Santa Fe Opera (for his American stage debut); Roméo et Juliette at the Bavarian State Opera, Frankfurt Opera House, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Pittsburgh Opera; the title role in Werther at the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Zürich Opera House; Des Grieux in Manon at the Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera (opposite Anna Netrebko) and Metropolitan Opera (opposite Renée Fleming); Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at the Opera de Monte Carlo and Vienna State Opera; Fenton in Falstaff at the Semperoper Dresden and Covent Garden (under Antonio Pappano); Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Metropolitan Opera (under James Levine) and Glyndebourne Festival (under Vladimir Jurowski); Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the Teatro Regio in Turin and Teatro San Carlo in Naples; the Duke in Rigoletto at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Lensky in Eugene Onegin at the Glyndebourne Festival (under Vladimir Jurowski); Gerald in Lakmé at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and Rome Opera; Ruggero in La Rondine at the Rome Opera; Macbeth at the Edinburgh Festival and Rome Opera; Lancelot in Le Roi Arthus at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari, Italy; Wilhelm Meister in a concert performance of Mignon with the Opera Orchestra of New York (under Eve Queler); and a European duet recital tour with Anna Netrebko.
Massimo Giordano studied flute and voice at the Conservatorio G. Tartini in Trieste and completed his vocal studies under Cecilia Fusco. After winning numerous vocal competitions, Giordano made his professional debut in 1997 as the title role in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in Spoleto. This was followed by his first performances as Ernesto in Don Pasquale at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste and his first performances as Alfredo in La Traviata and the title role in Werther in Spoleto. It was his 1999 portrayal of Werther at the Teatro Municipale in Reggio Emilia that led to a rapid succession of important debuts. These debuts included Roméo et Juliette at Parma in 1999, the title role in Massenet’s Le Jongleur de Notre Dame at the Rome Opera under Gianluigi Gelmetti, Verdi’s Il Giorno di Regno at the Teatro alla Scala in 2001, and Fenton in Falstaff at the Salzburg Festival in 2001 (at the Easter Festival under Claudio Abbado and then at the Summer Festival under Lorin Maazel).
Giordano often performs in concert and has sung Verdi’s Requiem under Riccardo Chailly in Amsterdam, Toulouse, Vienna, Dresden and Budapest, under Zubin Mehta in Tel Aviv, and under Gianluigi Gelmetti in Rome and Sydney. He has also worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly, Alain Guingal, Gabriele Ferro and Michel Plasson and with such stage directors as Declan Donnellan, Alberto Fassini, Pierluigi Pizzi, Luca Ronconi, Graham Vick, and Franco Zeffirelli.