Roberto Frontali is considered one of the most important baritone of his generation. At the beginning of his career he dedicates to Rossini’s, Bellini’s and Donizetti’s belcanto roles but later on to Verdi’s repertoire and just lately tackles with Puccini and Verismo.
He debuts in United States at Metropolitan House in New York with
L’elisir d’amore and in Milan at La Scala with Beatrice di Tenda in early ‘90s.
Among the many important contributions of his career, are to be underlined the one with Claudio Abbado in Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Riccardo Muti in Traviata, Falstaff and Don Pasquale, working together for a decade at La Scala; with Zubin Mehta in La forza del destino, Lucia di Lammermoor and Falstaff; with Myung Whun-Chung in Don Carlo at Semperoper and Rigoletto at La Fenice; with Semyon Bychkov in Bohème, Evgenij Onegin and Don Carlo.
Among his recent engagements stands out: at the Wiener Staatsoper Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur and Simon Boccanegra, also performed in Buenos Aires and Berlin, Rigoletto at Metropolitan House and Teatro Real in Madrid, Falstaff in Los Angeles and Lausanne, Fanciulla del West at the San Francisco Opera and Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Cavalleria rusticana at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma,Tosca in San Francisco and Venice, Puccini’s Il Trittico playing Michele and Schicchi at Theater an der Wien in Vienna and in Copenaghen and Tosca in Sao Paulo.
He successfully debuts Jago in Otello at first at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and then at Teatro Regio in Turin; he will be Scarpia again at the Royal Opera House in London, at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, at NNTT in Tokyo and be back to Metropolitan House in New York with Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac. Two other important debut was, both under the baton of Daniele Gatti: Macbeth in Paris and Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande in Florence.
Among his recent engagements Tosca in Rome and London, Adriana Lecouvreur in Bruxelles, il Trittico and La Traviata in Rome, Luisa Miller in Hamburg; Otello in Macerata, Il Trovatore in Cagliari, Pagliacci in Turin, Andrea Chénier and Tosca and Rigoletto in Rome, Macbeth, Andrea Chénier, Un ballo in maschera,Il Trovatore and Rigoletto and Adriana Lecouvreur in Wien, Pagliacci in London and Puerto Rico, Guillaume Tell in Palermo, Madama Butterfly, Aida and Rigoletto in New York, Simon Boccanegra in Lausanne, Aida in Venice, Macbeth in Macerata, Tosca in Naples, Aida and Luisa Miller in Hamburg, Rigoletto in Hong Kong; among futur engagements Les vepres siciliennes at the Opera of Rome, Rigoletto in Lyon, Il Tabarro e Gianni Schicchi a Tokyo, L’amore dei tre re in Milan, Tosca a Macerata, Macbeth in Philadelphia, Falstaff a Bruxelles.