Franco Vassallo is one of Italy’s leading baritones and has there been acclaimed at Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Parma and at the Arena di Verona.
He has also made several significant international debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper in Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Baden-Baden Festival, Hamburg State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon as well as in Bilbao, Amsterdam, Paris, Washington, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
Highlights of the last seasons included a new production of RIGOLETTO at the Bavarian State Opera and a new production of MACBETH at the Teatro alla Scala in Milano under the baton of Valery Gergiev. In 2013 Vassallo returned to the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Ford/FALSTAFF (conducted by James Levine). At the opera in Zurich he sang in the rarely performed oper LA STRANIERA together with Edita Gruberivá and returned to the Arena di Verona as Amonasro/AIDA. He sang the Conte di Luna/IL TROVATORE at La Scala and RIGOLETTO in Munich and Hamburg. At the Teatro Real Madrid he made his debut as Monforte in a concert performance of I VESPRI SICILIANI and he opened the 2014/15 season as RIGOLETTO in Geneve. In LA STRANIERA he gave his debut at the Theater an der Wien an das Germont/LA TRAVIATA he returned tot he Royal Opera House Covent Garden. As Amonasro/ AIDA he had success in Vienna and in Munich he sang the role of the Duke of Nottingham in ROBERTO DEVEREUX.
In addition to his performances as Amonasro/AIDA and RIGOLETTO he also sang MACBETH, Ford/FALSTAFF, Don Alfonso/LUCREZIA BORGIA and Renato/UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Bavarian State Oper. At the Teatro Felice Genua he gave his role debut in SIMON BOCCANEGRA and returned there as Rodrigo/DON CARLOS. In a concert performance of LA FORZA DEL DESTINO he sang Don Carlo di Vargas in Geneve and also sang the title role in FALSTAFF. As RIGOLETTO he gave his house debut at the opera Bastille in Paris and returned there as Ford/FALTSAFF.
The season 2017/18 also brought him to Amsterdam as Don Carlo/LA FORZA DEL DESTINO to Hamburg for his debut as Scarpia/TOSCA as well as Iago/OTELLO. He also sang RIGOLETTO in Frankfurt sang Don Karlos/ERNANI in Riga.
The upcoming season 2018/2019 includes performances as Luna/LE TROUVERE in Parma, his debut as Barnaba/LA GIOCONDA at La Monnaie Bruxelles as well as NABUCCO at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in Riga. He will also make his debut as Ernesto/IL PIRATA in two concert performances in Genève where he will later also sing Renato/UN BALLO IN MASCHERA. Additionally he will return to Hamburg as Figaro/IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and sing a Gala Performance of ROBERTO DEVEREUX (Nottingham) in Karlsruhe.