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Baritone Damiano Salerno drew attention from critics when he appeared in Rigoletto at Grange Park Opera in 2011. Don’t miss this in demand baritone as Rosenblatt Recitals brings him back to the UK for his London recital debut.
Born in Sicily, Damiano Salerno studied piano and singing from an early age. He has won many international singing competitions including the prestigious Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana award for Young Opera Singers of Europe which led to his debut as Germont in La traviata and Albert in Werther on a tour of Como, Brescia, Cremona, Bergamo and Pavia.
Since then he has established a solid career in a number of European opera houses and festivals performing roles such as Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in Lecce, Lucca and Bergamo, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in Bergamo, Miller in Verdi’s Luisa Miller at La Fenice in Venice, as well as his noted performances in Verdi’s Rigoletto in Bologna, Turin, London, Las Palmas and Cosenza.
He has also undertaken the role of the Count di Luna in Il trovatore in Oviedo, Germont in La traviata in Genoa, Saarbrucken and Venice, Mellitone in La forza del destino in Busseto, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly in Genoa, Ping in Turandot in Rome, Sir Riccardo Forth in Bellini’s I puritani and the role of Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I pagliacci at the Bayerische Rundfunk in Monaco.
Giulio Zappa was born in Monza in 1971. He studied under the guidance of Oleg Marshev and obtained his piano degree with honours at the Conservatory of Novara. At the same time he graduated with honours in foreign languages and literature at the Statale University of Milan, having written his thesis about Russian opera. Giulio started as a piano accompanist for the opera repertoire in the class of Bianca Maria Casoni in Milan and eventually continued his studies with Aldo Ciccolini and Irwin Gage, including the vocal chamber music repertoire with the latter.
Since 1996 Giulio has had an intense international career and he is regularly invited to perform as opera vocal coach in many theaters and festivals in Europe and Asia such as the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Seoul Art Center, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro de la Maestranza Seville, Festival Mozart La Coruña, Biwako Hall and Saint Petersburg Philarmonie. He has also been vocal coach and continuo player at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro for the productions of La Gazzetta, Torvaldo e Dorliska, La Gazza ladra and Sigismondo, all of these performances being recorded for the label Dynamic.
He has worked as vocal coach at the WNO in Cardiff and for the three editions of the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. As a teacher of both singers and accompanists he has worked in different schools and theatres such as the Scuola dell’Opera in Bologna, the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid. Recent engagements included recitals in San Sebastian, Berlin, Malaga, Venice and Pesaro and opera productions of I Puritani (Auditorio of Murcia, Spain), Tosca (Tenerife Festival), Macbeth (Bordeaux National Opera) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).