Nunzio Todisco

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Torre del Greco, Italy, on 11/06/1942. Self-taught, he studied voice under soprano Maria Grazia Marchini in Naples. In 1971, he was awarded at the “Adriano Belli” Competition and debuted as Canio [Pagliacci] at the Spoleto Festival. After a distinction in the International Competition of Parma, he appeared in major opera houses, interpreting leading and/or principal tenor roles in operas, such as: Norma (San Francisco, 1978), La Gioconda (Barcelona, 1978), Nabucco (Trieste & Rome, 1991 and Terme di Caracalla Festiva, 1984-85), Aida (Arena di Verona Festival, 1977, 1984/85), etc. In 1981, he made his debut at La Scala of Milan, interpreting Canio and Turiddu [Rustic chivalry/Cavalleria rusticana] and later Radamès [Aida] and Luigi [The Cloak/Il tabarro]. In 1986 he made his debut in Cagliari as Otello [Otello] and, in 1987, in Naples as Pollione [Norma] alongside Ghena Dimitrova and Maria Dragoni. In 1991, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera of New York as Cavaradossi [Tosca], alongside Giovanna Casolla and Maria Guleghina, while that same year he interpreted Ismaele [Nabucco] at the Arena di Verona alongside Ghena Dimitrova and Piero Cappuccilli. Since 2001, he has been teaching vocal technique and interpretation. His repertoire also includes the following roles, mainly of the Italian repertory: Manrico [The troubadour/Il Trovatore], Macduff [Macbeth], Sir Edgardo [Lucia di Lammermoor], Enzo Grimaldo [La Gioconda], Don José [Carmen], Pinkerton [Madama Butterfly] and Erik [The Flying Dutchman/Der fliegende Holländer]. He appeared at the GNO on one occasion, as Mario Cavaradossi [Tosca] in 1994.