Roberto Frontali won the Competition of the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto 'A. Belli' in 1986, making his debut at the Teatro Nuovo di Spoleto in 1987 in the 41st Experimental Opera Season in Lucia di Lammermoor in the part of Lord Enrico Ashton.
After having dedicated himself, at the beginning of his career, to exploring the bel canto roles of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, he devoted himself to the Verdi repertoire and only more recently to the dramatic repertoire, tackling Puccini and Verismo.
His debut at the Metropolitan in New York was with L'elisir d'amore while at La Scala in Milan he made his debut with Beatrice di Tenda in the early 1990s. Among the many important collaborations in his career are those with Claudio Abbado, with whom he performed Il Barbiere di Siviglia, with Riccardo Muti, with whom he collaborated at La Scala for a decade, performing Traviata, Falstaff and Don Pasquale, with Zubin Mehta, for La forza del destino, Lucia di Lammermoor and Falstaff, with Myung Whun-Chung, for Don Carlo in Dresden and Rigoletto in Venice, with Semyon Bychkov, for whom he sang in Bohème, Evgenij Onegin and Don Carlo.
His most recent engagements include: at the Vienna Staatsoper Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur and Simon Boccanegra, also staged in Buenos Aires and Berlin, Rigoletto at the Metropolitan and Teatro Real in Madrid, Falstaff in Los Angeles and Lausanne, Fanciulla del West at the San Francisco Opera and Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Cavalleria rusticana at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Tosca in San Francisco and Venice, Puccini's Trittico, in which he played the roles of Michele and Schicchi, at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and in Copenhagen, and Tosca in Sao Paulo. He debuted with great success the role of Jago in Otello first at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and later at the Teatro Regio in Turin. He will again be Scarpia at London's Covent Garden, in Rome, Tokyo and will return to the Metropolitan with Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac.
Recent and future engagements include: Adriana Lecouvreur in Brussels, Il Trittico, Tosca, La Traviata, Andrea Chénier, Tosca and Rigoletto in Rome, Luisa Miller in Hamburg, Macbeth, Andrea Chénier, Adriana Lecouvreur and Un ballo in maschera in Vienna, Il Trovatore in Cagliari, Pagliacci in Turin, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in London, Guillaume Tell in Palermo, Madama Butterfly, Aida and Rigoletto in New York, Simon Boccanegra in Lausanne, Otello, Macbeth and Tosca in Macerata, Il Trovatore in Vienna, Le Vêpres siciliennes Rigoletto, Giovanna d'Arco and La Traviata with RAI from the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Belisario and L'elisir d'amore in Bergamo, Tosca in Vienna and Salerno, La Gioconda in La Scala, Tosca at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Andrea Chénier and La Traviata in Bologna, Ernani in Florence, Rigoletto and Simon Boccanegra in Tokyo, Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi in Hamburg, Madama Butterfly at the Rome Opera.