B i o g r a p h y
Luciano Leoni was born in Italy, near Grosseto in 1971 and begun his studies as BASS voice with the baritone, Walter Alberti. He graduated from the Conservatory of Firenze in 1993.
Luciano was formed following the courses of study in Milan conducted by Magda Olivero. His class was made up names of study as: Vittorio Vitelli, Giuseppe Filianoti, Sonia Prina, Carlos Ventre etc.
He made his debut in the operatic field in 1991 in Satyricon by Bruno Maderna at the Barga Festival and subsequently in the “Petite messe solennelle” by Rossini (the Conservatory of Florence, the Ghione Theatre in Rome), and the “Serva padrona” by Pergolesi at Poggio Imperiale for the Conservatory of Florence.
When he finished his conservatory studies he was invited by Sir Georg Solti to take part in the first annual appointment entitled “The Maestro Presents”, organised by the Fondazione for the Teatro alla Scala.
In May 1994 he won the competition “Amici del Loggione del Teatro alla Scala”, enabling him to study the technique of singing and building up a special rapport with his teacher, Magda Olivero. In the same year he sang in the role of “Oroe” in Semiramide at the Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival (Gasdia, Blake, Dupuy, Pertusi).
After two years with Magda Olivero, there followed a series of rich artistic seasons working alongside some of the most important artists and conductors.
During the 1996/7 season he sang in the Giocatore by Prokofiev conducted by Valere Gergiev at the Teatro alla Scala and in Turandot (Timur) at the Theater Carlo Felice in Genoa (directed by G. Montaldo with Olsen and Patanè). He then made his debut in the role of “Leporello” at the Opera Giocosa in Savona (with G. Furlanetto, Fabbricini, Giuseppini, and Salazar) and in “Colline” in Bohème at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa together with A.Cupico, P. Spagnoli and D. Mazzola.
He has also performed in Carmen (directed by Ugo De Ana) in the role of “Zunigo” (Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and Theater La Fenice in Venice) and in the role of “Don Basilio” in the Barber of Seville at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste (the cast included Florez and Dalibor) and he performed in the Traviata for the Maggio Fiorentino conducted by Maestro Metha in the role of the “Marchese d’Obigny” together with G. Filianoti and in Romeo and Juliet with Luciana Serra at the Politeama in Palermo in the role of “Frare Laurent”; he also returned recently to Palermo (August 2001) for Salvo d’Acquisto (Comandante Tedesco) which was a world debut by the composer A. Fortunato.
His most important role during the 1998 season was in the role of Masetto in Bologna in a production of Don Giovanni (D’Arcangelo, Pertusi, Devia and Siracusa).
He went on to interpret Dom Sébastien Roi de Portugal by Donizzetti (directed by Pizzi, also with G. Filianoti and together with two great ballerinas: Fracci and Bolle) and the “Incoronazione di Poppea”by Monteverdi (Mercurio). He was greatly acclaimed for his performance in the Barber of Seville directed by Ugo de Ana (Basilio) at the Theater of Opera in Rome and
in the Dama di Picche and in the Incoronazione di Poppea at the Teatro Comunale in Florence. He interpreted the role of “Pietro” in Simon Boccanegra conducted by B.Bartoletti with Renato Bruson and performed in the Battaglia di Legnano at the Teatro Bellini in Catania, in the Marriage of Figaro (in the role of don Bartolo) at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa and in Prato and Siena.
His interpretation of “Geronte” received excellent reviews at the Festival of Torre del Lago along with Norma Fantini conducted by Maestro Veronesi.
In a recent inauguration of the season at Ascoli he interpreted the role of “Colline” in the Bohème conducted by Evelino Pidò and also in Bassano del Grappa.
Luciano Leoni has also sung recently at the Teatro Regio in
Parma in Carmen (Zuniga) with Luciana D’Intino and Michele Pertusi and William Joiner conducted by Julian Reynolds and subsequently in Tosca in Genoa in April 2004 conducted by Daniel Oren and directed by Maestro Ronconi where he made is debut in the role of Angelotti.
His latest performance in the role of “Bartolo” on 19th December 2005 in the AS.LI.CO. production of Le nozze di Figaro was greatly acclaimed by the critics in the theatres of Como, Brescia, Cremona, Pavia and Bergamo.
Complete appointments have been in october and december 2006\2007 : “Masetto” and Wagner (with Philippe Auguin) for the theatres of Pavia, Como, Modena, Brescia, Cremona.
2008 Madama Butterfly, Teatro Bellini, Catania (with Vassileva, conducted by Maurizio Arena).
October 2008 – Jenuary 2009 in “Spinelloccio” and “Notaio” in GIANNI SCHICCHI ( teather of Como, Brescia, Cremona, Pavia).
In the theatrical season 2010 \ 2011 sings "Masetto" in "Don Giovanni" in Lucca, Novara, Bergamo (with Carlo Colombara and Carlo Lepore).
11/2011 Lord Walton in “I PURITANI” in the theatres of Cremona, Como, Pavia, Brescia
07/ 2012 in Palermo; world premiere of the Oratorio eroico e civile: “FALCONE E BORSELLINO” by Antonio Fortunato
11/ 2012 Lord Walton in “I PURITANI” in the TEATRO PERGOLESI of Jesi.
Maggio 2015 Pistola in Falstaff at the Theater Verdi of Trieste
LEPORELLO a gennaio 2016 al teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
Has finished the on 22/10/2016 last recital in Talbot role from GIOVANNA D’ARCO in parma with the beautiful direction of Peter Greenaway.
Gran Sacerdote di Belo: NABUCCO all’Opera di Firenze (novembre)
(Gennaio) Pistola: FALSTAFF al Theater Carlo Felice di Genova
(Aprile) Aio di Oreste: ELEKTRA al Theater S.Carlo di Napoli
(Maggio) Armigero: FLAUTO MAGICO al Theater Regio di Torino
(Sett.) Zio Bonzo: BUTTERFLY Theater dell'Opera Firenze
(Ott.) Angelotti: TOSCA, Opera di Firenze
(Ott.) Angelotti: TOSCA, Opera di Roma
(Dic.) Dottore: TRAVIATA, Fenice di Venezia
(Aprile) Angelotti: TOSCA al Teatro Regio di Parma
(Settembre) Basilio: BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA al Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
(Ottobre) Gran Sacerdote: NABUCCO al Teatro Lirico di Padova
(Dicembre) Angelotti: TOSCA al Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
(Gennaio) Pietro: SIMON BOCCANEGRA al Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
(Maggio) Zio Bonzo: BUTTERFLY al Teatro San Carlo di Napoli
(Giugno) Angelotti: TOSCA al Teatro dell'Opera di Roma