(San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina)
2019–20 Season: Arsace, Partenope
Franco Fagioli makes his San Francisco Opera and role debuts as Arsace in Handel’s Partenope. One of the leading countertenors in opera today, Fagioli’s breakthrough came in 2003 when he won the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition. Major operatic debuts followed, including the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare for the Opernhaus Zürich, Andronico in Handel’s Tamerlano at the Salzburg Festival and his first American engagement as the title role in Cavalli’s Giasone for Chicago Opera Theater. Recent highlights include Idamante in Idomeneo at Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Piacere in Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the title role of Cavalli’s Eliogabalo at the Opéra National de Paris and Dutch National Opera, the title role in Handel’s Serse at Versailles and Andronico in Teatro alla Scala’s first production of Tamerlano.
Fagioli is the first countertenor to be signed by Deutsche Grammophon and has made two acclaimed solo albums and complete recordings of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice and Handel’s Serse for the label. His full discography includes CDs and DVDs of operas by Caldara, Handel, Hasse, Pergolesi, Rossini and Vinci.
Future plans include recitals with the Orchestra Barocca di Venezia and Il Pomo d’Oro; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Cecilia Bartoli and Cappella Gabetta in Switzerland and Salzburg; concert performances of Handel’s Agrippina in Luxembourg, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and London, and a staged production at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera.