Franco Farina

Franco Farina has won international acclaim in the leading opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Opera National de Paris, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, The Salzburg Festival, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Gran Teatro del Liceo, Australian Opera, Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon as well as in Toulouse, Lyon, Genoa, Nice, Trieste, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and most other operatic centers.

Farina appeared often as Alfredo in La Traviata and as the Duke in Rigoletto (Covent Garden debut) in the first part of his career and has since gone on to sing almost the entire Verdi canon for tenor so that today he commands a repertoire which includes all the major Spinto tenor roles. An acclaimed specialist in the works of Giuseppe Verdi, he has in the last years ventured into the works of Richard Wagner with great success.

Franco Farina has won international acclaim in the leading opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Opera National de Paris, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, The Salzburg Festival, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Gran Teatro del Liceo, Australian Opera, Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon as well as in Toulouse, Lyon, Genoa, Nice, Trieste, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and most other operatic centers.

Farina appeared often as Alfredo in La Traviata and as the Duke in Rigoletto (Covent Garden debut) in the first part of his career and has since gone on to sing almost the entire Verdi canon for tenor so that today he commands a repertoire which includes all the major Spinto tenor roles. An acclaimed specialist in the works of Giuseppe Verdi, he has in the last years ventured into the works of Richard Wagner with great success.

In 2011 Farina sang his first Wagnerian role, Tristan in Tristan und Isolde, followed by his debut as Tannhäuser in 2012. Farina has also sung more highly dramatic roles in the recent years, such as Florestan, Jimmy Mahoney, Samson and Siegmund. “The variety of recent roles is once more illustrating his unique talent of interpreting dramatic music with an approach in full awareness of his lyric-Italian roots, therefore he brings an astonishing musicality to the stage.”

Reviews praise him, “A noble, clear, rich voice, with many types of shading… a singer who showed effortless acting convincingly mastered… a spectacular Tristan debut. Power, beauty of sound, and great presence drawn from design”. “Franco Farina’s stirring Tristan … brings welcome attributes of an Italian specialist — lyricism and vocal ring — to the demanding role.”

Other recent engagements have included the Verdi Requiem under James Conlon and the Berlin Philharmonic, and concert performances of Otello on tour with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding.  He also debuted in China as Calaf in Turandot with the Beijing Opera.

In the 2012/2013 season Farina sang his first Tannhäuser in Hamburg, his first Florestan in Fidelio in Cologne, and Siegmund in Die Walküre with the Graz Opera. Performances for the 2013/2014 season include singing Tristan in a new production for the Flemish Opera and with the Teatro Real Madrid, as well as giving Samson at the Savonlinna Opera festival in Finland.

Franco Farina was born in Connecticut and is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  After completing his professional studies at the American Opera Center at the Julliard School of Music in New York, he made his professional debut as Rodolfo in La Boheme in Providence, Rhode Island. He then appeared at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston and was soon heard in leading opera companies throughout North America including the Dallas Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Seattle Opera and many others.

He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Rodolfo in La Boheme opposite Mirella Freni and has returned to the Metropolitan for further performances of La Boheme as well as in La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, Eugene Onegin, Carmen, Un Ballo in Maschera, Turandot, Il Trovatore, Aida, Cavalleria Rusticana, Tosca and Norma.

Franco Farina made his European debut at the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago in La Boheme and has since performed throughout Europe. He forged a particularly close relationship with the Opera National de Paris where he first appeared in a new production of Eugene Onegin. He has since returned there for Simon Boccanegra, Norma, Macbeth and Attila as well as for La Boheme, Madama Butterfly and Turandot. He has often appeared at the Vienna State Opera; in a new production of Mefistofele under Riccardo Muti as well as in in La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlos, (both French and Italian versions), Simon Boccanegra, Aida, La Boheme and Tosca. Farina debuted at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich in La Boheme and was also there for many projects including his debut as Don Alvaro. He returned to Covent Garden for a new production of Verdi’s I Masnadieri where he had previously been heard as the Duke in Rigoletto.

He has sung throughout Italy, appearing at the Arena di Verona and in Rome, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, and Macerata. Also a frequent visitor to Japan, Farina has been heard there as Don Jose with the Opera de Lyon under Nagano, as Calaf with the forces of the Teatro Comunale di Firenze under Mehta as well as with the National Theatre in Un Ballo in Maschera and Don Carlo. He sang his first Radames in Aida and Manrico in Il Trovatore at the Grand Theatre de Geneve, debuted Ernani in Bordeaux, Macduff in Macbeth in Rome, Foresto in Attila in Houston, Corrado in Il Corsaro in Athens, Carlo in I Masnadieri in Baden-Baden with the forces of Covent Garden, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera at the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie under Antonio Pappano, Adorno in Simon Boccanegra in Paris, Arrigo in I Vespri Siciliani in Washington,  Don Alvaro in La Forza del Destino in Munich and in both versions of Don Carlos, in Tokyo and Barcelona respectively.

Farina sang his first performances of the title role in Verdi’s Otello at the Hamburg State Opera under Simone Young. He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in the same role under Riccardo Muti. His wide repertoire also includes Pollione in Norma, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot as well as Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in I Pagliacci, Don Jose in Carmen, and the title role in Andrea Chenier.

Franco Farina graduated with a Masters in Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Richard Miller. Richard Miller was awarded Chevalier / Officer in the French Order of Arts and Letters from the hand of Madame Régine Crespin, “in recognition of his contribution to the art of the vocal in France and in the world.” Farina later received an honorary Doctorate from Oberlin. He also attended The American Opera Center at The Julliard School of Music for two years.

He is sought after as a teacher of established professional singers and young singers. He has given Master classes in the US and Europe and worked as a graduate assistant at the Hart school of music for two years.

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