Franco Cerri

Franco Cerri

Dramatic Baritone (Verdi Baritone)

"A true lord of singing with a solid old style italian tecnique; his thrilling voice reminds the baritones of the golden age of opera"
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2017Rossini: La CenerentolaDandini
2016Puccini: ToscaSciarrone
2016Busoni: TurandotTartaglia
2016Puccini: La BohèmeMarcello
2016Donizetti: L'elisir d'amoreBelcore
2016Puccini: ToscaIl Barone Scarpia
2015Puccini: Gianni SchicchiGuccio
2015Puccini: Il tabarroMichele
2015Leoncavallo: PagliacciSilvio
2014Puccini: La BohèmeSchaunard


Born in Genoa, Italy, he studied at the Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan in the class of Maestro Vittorio Terranova and then with famous teachers such as Angelo lo Forese, Eugenio Fogliati, Bonaldo Giaiotti, Silvano Carroli, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Giacomo Aragall.

His coming engagements include a recital at the Musikverein in Wien on 18th of December then from 19th of December to 7th of Genuary will take part in one of the most prestigious italian opera tournée around the main theatres of China. The Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago excepts him in the summer season to wear the clothes of the main baritone of La Rondine and other engagements in the same season are working progress.

At the beginning of December he has been chosen by the Puccini Festival to sing at the commemorating recital after the disappearance of the great soprano Daniela Dessì.

From his greatly successful recent participations and projects we can name La Bohème by Puccini at the Teatro Verdi of Montecatini where he sang Marcello in September of this year while during the summer 2016 sang at the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago in the opera “Tosca “ as Sciarrone. Then, in the same Festival has interpreted Tartaglia in the Turandot by Busoni, and three recitals to rappresent the Puccini Foundation.

During summer 2015 after his engagement at the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago for the role of Michele in Puccini's Tabarro and Guccio in Gianni Schicchi he comes invited to sing Belcore in Donizzetti's Elisir D'amore directed by Maestro Fabio Mastrangelo at the Luigi Illica Festival , the production in association with the Puccini Opera Festival and the stage direction of great Maestro Rolando Panerai.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Rossini: La Cenerentola Dandini Immediately 2017
Puccini: Tosca Sciarrone Immediately 2016
Busoni: Turandot Tartaglia Immediately 2016
Puccini: La Bohème Marcello Immediately 2016
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore Belcore 1 week 2016