Alberto Cupido

Soloist, Mezzo-Soprano
He was born in Portofino, Italy, on 19/3/1948. His father was also a tenor. Being urged by principal musician Carlo Maria Giulini, he studied at the Milan Conservatory, at first with Campogalliani and Azzali. He continued studying at the Teatro alla Scala’s master school and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He won singing awards in the singing contest of Parma (1975) and the Concorso Greens, in Busseto (1976). He sang for the first time in Siena, in a production of Accademia Chigiana, as Armand in Cherubini’s opera The Two Days, or The Water Carrier [Les deux journées, ou Le porteur d'eau]. His first professional performance was in 1976, in Genoa, at Teatro Margherita, as Pinkerton [Madama Butterfly]. He performed in significant theaters in Germany, Switzerland, England, Austria, France, Brazil and the USA. He first performed in Vienna in 1981, in the USA in 1983, at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in 1984 and at the Arena di Verona in 1990. His repertoire includes about 60 principal tenor roles from the operas Mefistofele, Adriana Lecouvreur, A Masked Ball [Un ballo in maschera], Carmen, Tosca, Turandot, The African Woman [L’ Africaine], Esclarmonde, Norma, Don Carlo, Werther, The Damnation of Faust [Le damnation de Faust], Manon, The Pearl Fishers [Les pêcheurs de perles], Faust, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Favorite [La favorite], Rigoletto, etc. He has recorded about 20 operas. He also participated in productions of lesser-known operas. He appeared three times at GNO, interpreting the roles of Don José [Carmen] (Herodeion, 1998-99), Mario Cavaradossi [Tosca] (Olympia Theater, 1999-2000), and Chénier [Andrea Chénier], (Olympia Theater, 2000-01).