Italian bass Roberto Tagliavini was born in Parma, where he began to study singing with baritone Romano Franceschetto. Today he appears regularly in leading international opera houses, enjoying great suc-cess in a repertoire that encompasses not only Rossini, Mozart, Bellini and Donizetti but also Verdi and French operas.
Among his roles are Selim (Il turco in Italia), Mustafà (L’italiana in Algeri), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Fernando (La gazza ladra), Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims), the title role in Maometto II, Elmiro (Otello), Le Gouverneur (Le Comte Ory), Count Almaviva and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Rodolfo (La sonnam-bula), Oroveso (Norma), Giorgio (I puritani), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Banco (Macbeth), Attila, Zaccaria (Nabucco), Fer-rando (Il trovatore), Pagano (I Lombardi alla prima crociata), Count Des Grieux (Manon), Escamillo (Carmen), Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette) and Lindorf, Coppélius, Dr Miracle and Dapertutto (Les Contes d’Hoffmann). Among the works in which he has been heard on the concert platform are the Requiems of Mozart, Donizetti and Verdi and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.
Guest engagements have taken Roberto Tagliavini to many leading opera houses and concert halls, including La Scala, Milan, the Paris Opéra, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Los Angeles Opera, the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, the Dutch National Opera and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Vienna State Opera and the Zurich Opera. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2007 as Bernardino (Benvenuto Cellini) and has returned on a number of occasions since then, most recently in 2017, when he was heard as the King in Aida and as Jacopo Loredano in concert performances of I due Foscari.
During the 2018/19 season Roberto Tagliavini sang Zaccaria at the Bavarian State Opera, Escamillo at the Paris Opéra, Basilio in Parma and Ferrando in Madrid. Future engagements include Leporello (Don Giovanni) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Alidoro in Amsterdam and Vienna, Silva (Ernani) in Lyon, Enrico VIII (Anna Bolena) in Bilbao and Zaccaria in Vienna.