Franco Pomponi

Soloist, Baritone
He studied at the Julliard Opera Center (New York) and won the Florence and Paul DeRosa Prize. He was then hired at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he appeared as Dr. Malatesta [Don Pasquale] and Alfredo Germont [The fallen woman/La traviata]. He made his European début in the tile role in Hamlet at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona. He has sung lead and feature baritone roles, including: Ford [Falstaff], Canadian Opera, Santa Fe Opera; Don Giovanni [Don Giovanni], Moscow Bolshoi Theater and Montpelier; Escamillo [Carmen], Opera of New York and Los Angeles; Schaunard [La bohème], Metropolitan Opera New York; Guglielmo [Thus do they all/Così fan tutte], National Opera of the Rhine Strasbourg; the Four Villains [The tales of Hoffmann/Les contes d'Hoffmann], Holland; Zurga [The pearl fishers/Les pêcheurs de perles], Zurich Opera; Ernesto [The pirate/Il pirata], Washington; Count di Luna (Il trovatore, Austin Lyrical Opera), Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande); Paolo Albiani [Simon Boccanegra], Grand Theater of Geneva, etc. He also sings contemporary repertoire roles, such: as Nixon [Nixon in China], Pentheus [The Bassarids/Die Bassariden], Stanley Kowalski [A street car named desire] by André Previn, Frank Chambers [The postman always rings twice] by Stephen Paulus, as well as in symphony concerts. He appeared at the GNO once, as Don Giovanni (Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens Festival, 2013/4). // Last update of the biography: December 2015.