Riccardo Massi is rapidly gaining international recognition as an exciting Italian spinto tenor, having been heard in such theaters as the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Rome Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Zürich Opera House, Norwegian Opera in Oslo, Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Teatro Regio in Turin, and Opera Australia.
Massi’s engagements for the 2016/17 season include Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at the Berlin State Opera and Bolshoi Theatre, Radamès in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera, Calaf in Turandot at the Cologne Opera, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the New National Theatre Tokyo.
In the 2015/16 season, Massi sang Radamès at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden and Semperoper Dresden, Calaf at the Zürich Opera House, Opera Australia and Bregenz Festival, and Rodolfo in Luisa Miller with Opera Australia. He began the 2014/15 season with his debut at the Norwegian Opera as Pinkerton. Massi then sang Enzo in La Gioconda for his debut with the Opera de Marseille, Cavaradossi with Opera Australia, Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Don José in Carmen at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Verdi’s Requiem at the Grand-Théâtre de Genève, and Calaf for his debut at the Bregenz Festival. His engagements for the 2013/14 season included his debut at the Houston Grand Opera as Radamès, his debut at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden as Cavaradossi, and his debut as the title role in Andrea Chenier in Stockholm.
At the start of the 2012/13 season, Massi sang his first Manrico in Il Trovatore for the Canadian Opera Company. He then sang Riccardo at Theater Basel in Switzerland, Calaf in a new production of Turandot at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, Radamès for his debut at the Michigan Opera Theater, and Don Alvaro in La forza del destino with Opera Australia. In the 2011/12 season, Massi sang Cavaradossi at the Bavarian State Opera, Teatro Regio in Turin, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Berlin State Opera, Opéra Grand Avignon, and in Rio de Janeiro for his South American debut. He also sang Pollione and Arrigo in La battaglia di Legnano at the Rome Opera, Don Alvaro at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and Enzo in a concert performance of La Gioconda at the Concertgebeouw in Amsterdam, opposite Eva Maria Westbroek.
Riccardo Massi developed his vocal technique in Rome with David Holst, who has since been his sole mentor. After receiving an invitation to join the Accademia Teatro alla Scala, Massi made his operatic debut in December of 2009 as Radamès in Salerno under Daniel Oren. He subsequently sang his first Cavaradossi with the Landestheater Salzburg and then added Pollione to his repertoire in Lima, Peru. In the summer of 2010, Massi made his Glyndebourne Festival debut as Malcolm in Macbeth, making his German operatic debut in October of 2010 as Cavaradossi at the Berlin State Opera. He later debuted at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste as Jacopo Foscari in I due Foscari and at the Rome Opera as Arrigo in La Battaglia di Legnano. In the spring of 2011, Massi made his North American debut in Tosca with the Palm Beach Opera, later performing the same work in concert at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland under Gianandrea Noseda.
Other roles in Massi’s developing repertoire include the title roles in Ernani and Don Carlos, Gabriele Adorno in Simone Boccanegra, Arrigo in I Vespri Siciliani, and Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur.