Riccardo Massi has gained 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. In the 2019/20 season, the tenor returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Calaf in Turandot, sang Cavaradossi in Tosca in Dresden, appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut and debuted at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg as Radamès in Aida. On February 2, 2020, he sang the Verdi Requiem with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under Gianluigi Gelmetti. He will soon return to Munich as Manrico in Il Trovatore and Cavaradossi in Tosca and make his role and house debut as Zamoro in Alzira at the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liège.
In the 2018/19 season, Massi made his role debut as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra with Opéra de Marseille, after which he reprised the roles of Des Grieux and Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera at the Bolshoi. He also debuted at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Manrico and appeared as Calaf with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco in Guadalajara. Massi then returned to the Bavarian State Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Pollione in Norma, appear at the Semperoper Dresden as Cavaradossi and debut at the Washington National Opera in the same role. In the 2017/18 season, he debuted at the Los Angeles Opera as Don José in Carmen and at the Hamburg State Opera as Cavaradossi. He also sang Cavaradossi at Covent Garden and with the KBS Symphony in Seoul and appeared as Radamès at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Opera Australia and Opera Hong Kong. Engagements for the 2016/17 season included his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Radamès, his role debut as Des Grieux in a new production of Manon Lescaut at the Bolshoi and at the Berlin State Opera, his debut at the New National Theatre Tokyo as Pinkerton, and Calaf at the Cologne Opera.
In the 2015/16 season, Massi sang Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden and Semperoper Dresden, Radamès at the Teatro Regio in Turin, 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, Arrigo in I Vespri Siciliani, and Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur.