Born in San Secondo Parmense, Luca Salsi graduated in singing at the Conservatory Arrigo Boito of Parma under the guidance of the soprano Lucetta Bizzi. He later attended masterclasses with the baritone Carlo Meliciani.
He made his operatic debut at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in Rossini’s La scala di seta production.
A winner of 2000 Viotti Competition in Vercelli, he has established an international career, performing regularly on some among the world’s most prestigious concert stages and opera houses including New York MET, Teatro alla Scala, Washington Opera, Los Angeles Opera, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Staatsoper in Berlin, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Opéra National in Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
He worked with conductors as Riccardo Muti, Mark Elder, Daniele Gatti, Gustavo Dudamel, Nicola Luisotti, Kirill Petrenko, Michele Mariotti, and with important stage directors including Daniele Abbado, Robert Carsen, Hugo De Ana, Anthony Minghella, Franco Zeffirelli, Alvis Hermanis, Damiano Michieletto, Graham Vick.
His repertoire includes such roles as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (New York, Washington, Berlin), Marcello in La Bohème (Washington, Los Angeles, Milano, Palermo), Ford in Falstaff (Bari), Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Bologna and Parma) Valentin in Faust (Parma), the title role in Gianni Schicchi (Napoli), Germont in La Traviata (Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Opéra National in Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich).
During the season (2012/13) he made his company debut with Liceu de Barcelona as Don Carlo in La forza del destino, followed by other important Verdi role debuts: as Macbeth in Florence, director Graham Vick, as Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore) at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, as Francesco Foscari (I due Foscari) and as Nabucco at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma under the baton of Riccardo Muti. He also performed La Traviata (Germont) at Opéra de Montecarlo and La Bohème (Marcello) at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
He opened the 2013/14 season making his company debut with Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Macbeth (title role) under the baton of Riccardo Muti, followed by his return to Washington Opera with La forza del destino (Don Carlo).
Among recent engagements: Ernani (Don Carlo) at Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome, Adriana Lecouvreur (Michonnet) in Bilbao, Luisa Miller (Miller) at Opéra de Lausanne, Nabucco for tour in Japan with Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Nabucco at Liceu in Barcelona, Falstaff in Sao Paulo and Chicago, Un ballo in maschera, Aida e Nabucco at Arena in Verona, La forza del destino in Parma, Un ballo in maschera in Bologna, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Carlo, Ernani in New York, La Traviata in Paris, Turin, Munich and London, Rigoletto in Madrid, Ernani at Salzburger Festspiele, I due Foscari at La Scala, Il Templario in Salzburg, Macbeth in Barcelona, Rigoletto in Rome, Andrea Chénier in Munich, Rigoletto in Amsterdam, Aida in Salzburg, Tosca in Rome, Andrea Chénier in Milan; Il Trovatore, Luisa Miller and Lucia di Lammermoor in New York,Don Carlo in Bologna, Un ballo in maschera in Berlin; Macbeth in Firenze, Ravenna and Parma, La Traviata in Macerata and Paris, Andrea Chénier in Wien, Simon Boccanegra in Bari, Un ballo in maschera in Naples, Otello in Baden Baden and Berli, Simon Boccanegra in Salzburg,Tosca in Milan; among future engagements Un ballo in maschera, La Traviata and La Gioconda in Milan, Falstaff in Piacenza, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Cavalleria rusticana in Chicago, La Traviata in New York, Aida and Nabucco in Verona.