performers

Francesco Demuro

Francesco Demuro

Photo credit: Andrzej Swietlik

Renowned tenor Francesco Demuro was born in Porto Torres, Sardinia, in January 1978. Between 2003 and 2004 he studied at the Conservatory in Sassari, then he enrolled himself as a private student at the Conservatory in Cagliari, where he received lessons by soprano Elisabetta Scanu.

His 2007 debut in Parma with Luisa Miller was a great success both for the critics and the audience, and he received invitations from some of the most important Italian and foreign opera houses. Between 2007 and 2009, he sang Luisa Miller again in Sassari, and he debuted in Turin with Rigoletto, which he also sang in Hong Kong on tour with Teatro Regio di Parma. Further highlights of those seasons include Simon Boccanegra at the Megaron in Athens, Rigoletto in Dresden conducted by Fabio Luisi and at Festival Verdi in Parma, and La bohème in Bari. He obtained great reviews from the public and critics for his Spanish debut in Roberto di Devereux in Las Palmas, and he sang La traviata at Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile and Rigoletto in Beijing on tour with Teatro Regio di Parma.

In October 2009, Demuro made his debut in the United States, singing La traviata at the Seattle Opera to great acclaim. He then obtained a huge personal success at Suntory Hall in Tokyo with Così fan tutte. Further highlights include La traviata in Valencia with Maestro Maazel, Lucia di Lammermoor in Hamburg and Warsaw, La traviata and Der Rosenkavalier in Dresden, L’elisir d’amore at La Scala in Milan, La bohème in Detroit, Maria Stuarda in Athens, L’elisir d’amore and La bohème at Wiener Staatsoper, and a new production of Rigoletto at Wiener Festwochen directed by Luc Bondy.

In summer 2011, Demuro obtained great reviews from the public and critics at the Arena di Verona, where he opened the summer season singing La traviata. His subsequent debut at the Royal Opera House in London with Gianni Schicchi conducted by Maestro Pappano was a huge success, and they invited him again to sing Alfredo in La traviata. The season continued with La traviata at Berlin Staatsoper, Limoges, and Wiener Staatsoper; Falstaff in Verona; Rigoletto in Hamburg; Don Pasquale at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées; and Macbeth in Munich.

Highlights of recent seasons include Demuro’s debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Alfredo in La traviata and Rodolfo in La bohème; Rigoletto, Così fan tutte, and Falstaff in San Francisco with Maestro Luisotti; La traviata at Berlin Staatsoper, Munich Opera, Oper Frankfurt, the Royal Opera House in London, Opéra Bastille, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Real de Madrid, Liceu in Barcelona, and the Arena di Verona, as well as in Las Palmas, Bari and Cagliari; Don Pasquale in Verona; Falstaff at La Scala; La bohème and Rigoletto in Seattle; Maria Stuarda in Bilbao and at the Champs Elysées in Paris; Rigoletto at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and in Tokyo on tour with La Scala with Maestro Dudamel; Roméo et Juliette at Arena di Verona and in Seoul; La bohème in Frankfurt; Rigoletto, La traviata, and Der Rosenkavalier at Opéra Bastille; L’elisir d’amore in Muscat on tour with La Fenice; and Lucia di Lammermoor in Ancona.

On the concert platform, Demuro has performed the Mozart Requiem in Verona, Verdi Requiem with the Houston Symphony, and Rossini Stabat Mater at Palace of the Arts in Budapest.

In recent seasons, Demuro made house debuts at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (L’elisir d’amore), at Teatro San Carlo in Naples (La bohème), at the Opéra in Monte Carlo (Maria Stuarda), in Australia with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and and at Shanghai Opera (La traviata). He then returned to La Scala in Falstaff and to La Fenice in Lucia di Lammermoor, and he debuted as Lord Arthur Talbot in I puritani at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest and as Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles at Berlin Staatsoper. Moreover, he again sang I puritani in Savolinna on tour with the Teatro Real de Madrid. Most recently, he sang Falstaff and Simon Boccanegra at Opéra Bastille, La bohème in Bologna, Falstaff and Les pêcheurs de perles at Berlin Staatsoper, La traviata in Naples, Roméo et Juliette in Beijing, Gianni Schicchi at the Matsumoto Festival, and Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with the Staatskapelle Berlin. In addition, he debuted as Faust in Modena, Piacenza, and Reggio Emilia and as Foresto in Attila at Festival Verdi in Parma.

Future plans include Falstaff at the Metropolitan Opera and at Berlin Staatsoper; Les pêcheurs de perles in Beijing and in concert at Klangvokal Musik Festival in Dortmund; and Cassio in Otello at Baden-Baden Festival and in concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Performances

Friday, July 12 | 6:30 PM
Opening Night: Opera Under the Stars at Meadowood featuring Joyce El-Khoury, Francesco Demuro and Lucas Meachem

Festival Napa Valley uncorks its 14th season with a glamorous alfresco celebration and a performance by three of the world’s most exciting opera stars at Meadowood Napa Valley. Soprano Joyce El-Khoury, tenor Francesco Demuro, and baritone Lucas Meachem perform operatic favorites with the Festival’s Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra on the estate’s elegant Redwood Fairway.

more info