Italian baritone Luca Salsi was born in San Secondo Parmense. He studied with Lucetta Bizza at the Parma Conservatory before completing his training with the baritone Carlo Meliciani. His career has taken him to the world’s leading stages, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala, Milan, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bavarian and Berlin State Operas, the Washington National Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Rome Opera, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2015 as Don Carlo in a concert performance of Ernani under Riccardo Muti, returning two years later as Amonasro (Aida), also under Muti. At the 2019 Salzburg Festival he sang the title role in Simon Boccanegra under Valery Gergiev.
Among the other conductors with whom Luca Salsi has worked are Riccardo Chailly, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Daniele Gatti, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Nicola Luisotti, Renato Palumbo, Riccardo Frizza, Donato Renzetti, Myung-Whun Chung, Michele Mariotti and Alberto Zedda.
Luca Salsi has taken part in two new productions to open the new season at La Scala: in 2017 he appeared as Gérard (Andrea Chénier) and in 2019 as Scarpia (Tosca). He opened the 2018 Verdi Festival in Parma as Verdi’s Macbeth, reprising the role for the opening of the 2018/19 season at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Among other highlights have been his role debut as Iago (Otello) with the Berlin Philharmonic, Macbeth in concert performances of Verdi’s opera under Muti in Florence, Rodrigo (Don Carlo) at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna and at the Teatro Real, Carlo (Ernani) at La Scala, Germont (La traviata) and Scarpia at the Paris Opéra, Nabucco and Gérard at the Vienna State Opera and Germont at the Met. In February 2020 he made his role debut as Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana) with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Muti. That same year he sang Iago for the first time in Italy in a new production at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. On 7 December he took part in the programme A riveder le stelle at La Scala.
In January 2021 Luca Salsi made his role debut as Ernesto in Bellini’s Il pirata at the Teatro San Carlo, followed by appearances as Rodrigo at the Teatro Pavarotti in Modena and as Rigoletto at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Plans include appearances at the Vienna State Opera, the Arena di Verona, Covent Garden, the Teatro Real, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Teatro San Carlo and La Scala.