Italian Baritone Luca Salsi was born in San Secondo Parmense and studied with Lucetta Bizza at the Arrigo Boito Conservatory in Parma before perfecting his technique with Carlo Meliciani. His career soon took him to many of the world’s leading opera houses and festivals, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala, Milan, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Washington National Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the opera houses in Rome, Parma, Naples, Turin and Palermo, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Teatro Real in Madrid. Among the eminent conductors with whom he has worked are Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Daniele Gatti, James Conlon, Michele Mariotti, Gustavo Dudamel, Nicola Luisotti, Renato Palumbo, Donato Renzetti and Alberto Zedda, while the leading directors in whose productions he has appeared include Robert Carsen, Hugo De Ana, Werner Herzog, Anthony Minghella, Franco Zeffirelli, Damiano Michieletto and David McVicar.
Engagements in 2018/19 included the title role in Macbeth at the Verdi Festival in Parma and to open the new season at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in a new production by Damiano Michieletto under Myung-Whun Chung, Don Carlo (Ernani) at La Scala, Giorgio Germont (La traviata) and Scarpia (Tosca) at the Paris Opéra, the title role in Nabucco and Carlo Gérard (Andrea Chénier) at the Vienna State Opera, Renato (Un ballo in maschera) in Naples and Count di Luna (Il trovatore) at the Arena di Verona. In March 2019 he gave a recital at La Scala featuring works by Salieri, Respighi, Liszt, Leoncavallo and others.
Other recent engagements have included Carlo Gérard to open the 2017/18 season at La Scala, Count di Luna, Enrico Ashton (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Miller (Luisa Miller) at the Met, Macbeth under Muti in Ravenna and Florence and his Salzburg Festival debut as Don Carlo in concert performances of Ernani in 2015.