Francesco Verna - Baritone - W Print

Born in Paternò, Francesco Verna began his studies very young, specializing under the guidance of Sara Pastorello. At age of 19, he won “Young Promise” special prize at the “Bellini” International Contest in Caltanissetta and the second prize at “Ruggero Leoncavallo” Contest in Montalto Uffugo (Cosenza). In 2002 he won the first prize at “Francesco Cilea” Contest in Reggio Calabria.

He made his debut as Uberto in Pergolesi’s La serva padrona at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile. In 2003 won the Inetrnational Contest “A. Belli” in Spoleto making his debut as Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro and Dottor Grenvil in La Traviata, roles he interpreted again on tour in Japan. Francesco Verna performed as Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore  with As.Li.Co in Milan, Turin, Cremona, Pavia, Bergamo and Brescia; Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri, Colline in La Bohème at Teatro Lirico in Spoleto and again Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at Teatro Comunale in Treviso.

In the past seasons, he has partecipated in the productions of  Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze (Emilio) at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Pagliacci (Silvio) at Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, L'amico Fritz (Davide) at Teatro Lirico in Cagliari and Roméo et Juliette (Mercutio) in Sassari.  In Genoa, at the Teatro Carlo Felice, he sang Enrico in Donizetti’s Il Campanello, Marcello in La Bohème, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette (under the baton of Fabio Luisi and Jean-Louis Grinda directing), Ping in Turandot and Masetto in Don Giovanni.

Among his other past engagements, he sang: Le roi de Lahore and La Bohème at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice;  Il Viaggio a Reims (Trombonok and Don Prudenzioat Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and at La Monnaie in Bruxelles;  Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro) and Don Giovanni (Masetto) at Teatro La Scala in Milan;  La Bohème (Schaunard) at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, role he performed again in Treviso, Jesi, Fermo and Venezia (Teatro Malibran).

He collaborated with conductors such as: Riccardo Chailly, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Yuri Temirkanov, Marcello Viotti, Gustavo Dudamel, Gerard Korsten, Kazushi Ono, Sergio Alapont, Maurizio Arena, Daniele Callegari, Fabrizio Maria Carminati and Marco Guidarini; and directors as: Giorgio Pressburger, Maurizio Scaparro, Peter Mussbach, Jean-Louis Grinda, Lorenzo Mariani, Andrea Cigni, Stefano Vizioli, Mario Pontiggia, Franco Ripa di Meana and Luca Ronconi.

Recently Francesco Verna made his debut as Ford in Falstaff in Sassari and Jesi. Noteworthy it is his return to Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as Emilio in Il Cappello di Paglia after that important engagements followed: Die Lustige Witwe and La Bohème at the Teatro Filarmonico and Morales in Carmen at the Arena in Verona; Faust (Valentin) in Skopje; Alidoro in La Cenerentola in Savona; La Bohème in Catania and he participated in the production of La rondine in Lucca and on tour in Tuscany.

Most recently, he was Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Teatro dell'Opera in Florence and at the Glyndebourne Festival; Schaunard in La bohème at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari; Happy in La fanciulla del West  at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (under the baton of R. Chailly); Donizetti’s Requiem in Taranto and Rome (under G.Gelmetti); Don Giovanni (Leporello), Die Lustige Witwe (Mirko Zeta) and La Traviata at Teatro Bellini in Catania; Un ballo in maschera (Silvano) at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari; Andrea Chénier (Mathieu) at La Scala in Milan.

Plans include: Il barbiere di Siviglia (Bartolo) in Cagliari; Andrea Chénier (Gérard) in Catania; Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) in Florence; Pagliacci (Silvio) in Genoa.

July 2018

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