Mirco Palazzi


Born in Rimini, he starts studying piano at a very young age, moving then to singing, graduating at Pesaro's Conservatorio Rossini under Robleto Merolla. Still a student, he wins the 2nd prize at the Ferruccio Tagliavini competition, the 1st prize and the "Teatro dell'Opera di Roma" and "Orchestra Sinfonica della Karinzia" prizes at the R. Zandonai competition, as well as the 1st prize and the "Circolo Lirico G. Verdi" prize at the Gianfranco Masini competition in Reggio Emilia.

He made his debut in the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni, in concert at the Musica Riva Festival in Riva del Garda and, in October 2001 at the Wexford Festival in Dvo?ak's Jakobin, prized with a grant and recorded live by Fonè. His Italian debut was in Bologna in Barbiere di Siviglia and at San Carlo in Naples in Tancredi. He sang his first Conte Rodolfo in La Sonnambula at Teatro Regio in Parma, in Ravenna and in Catania, where he also sang Colline in La Bohème, which he also sang in Parma and in Monte Carlo with Torre del Lago. He made his debut as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Carlo Felice in Genova directed by Graham Vick (published on dvd), as Leucippo in Zelmira at the Edinburgh International Festival (recorded live by Opera Rara), and in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Bologna, conducted by Rinaldo Alessandrini. Another highly successful portrayal was his debut as Ferrando in Il Trovatore at in Naples (and on the Japan tour), in Busseto, at Stuttgart's Staatsoper and in Thessaloniki. He sang Oroe in Rossini's Semiramide in Turin and Rome , and made his debut at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino with Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, which he sang also at the Spoleto Festival, in Ancona, in Naples, and at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Barbican Centre in London under Riccardo Chailly.

On the concert platform we also remember: Mozart's Requiem in Turin, Rossini's Stabat Mater at Teatro Bellini in Catania and - under Alberto Zedda - In Pesaro and Bolzano, Mozart's Kronungmasse conducted by Christopher Hogwood in Bologna and Verdi's Messa da Requiem in Mexico and Liverpool. He appeared several times in Recital for the Rosenblatt Series in London at St. John's Smith Square with pianist Vincent Scalera Under M° Riccardo Chailly he made his debuts at La Scala with Rossini's Stabat Mater.

Among his recent engagements: Adelaide di Borgogna at the Edinburgh Festival, Diluvio Universale at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and at the St. Gallen Festpiele, Pia de' Tolomei at Royal Festival Hall, La Bohème in Trieste (conducted by Oren), Lucia di Lammermoor for his debut at Liceu in Barcelona, where he returned for Incoronazione di Poppea (Seneca), Giulio Cesare in Genova, Clemenza di Tito in Bari, Capuleti e Montecchi in Moscow, Cavalli's Rosinda in Potsdam and Bayeruth, Pietra del paragone (Asdrubale) in Sassari, Maria Stuarda and Lucia at La Fenice in Venice, Lucrezia Borgia (Alfonso) in Liege, Otello (Elmiro), Zelmira, Demetrio e Polibio, Stabat Mater and Petite messe in Pesaro, Il Viaggio a Reims (Lord Sydney) at Santa Cecilia under Kent Nagano, Guillaume Tell and Caterina Cornaro at the Amsterdam Konzertgebouw, Don Giovanni at La Scala in Milan, Maria Stuarda in Palermo and, with Richard Bonynge, at the Megaron in Athens, Don Giovanni (Leporello) in Dallas, Il Trovatore in Koln, Barbiere di Siviglia in Venice.

Among his future engagements: Lucia di Lammermoor in Washington, Linda di Chamounix in Barcelona, Viaggio a Reims in Florence, Maria Stuarda in Bilbao and Barcelona, Damnation de Faust in St. Gallen, Don Giovanni in Dijon, Verdi's Requiem in Antwerp, Le nozze di Figaro in Dallas.

His discography includes: Zelmira, L'esule di Granata, Sofonisba, Adelaide di Borgogna and Il Diluvio Universale for Opera Rara, Lucia  on dvd for Tdk, Dvorak's Jakobin for Fonè, a Recital for Bongiovanni, Petite Messe on dvd for Euroarts.

October 2011
Mirco Palazzi