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Mario Zeffiri

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BIOGRAPHY

Mario Zeffiri has an excellent international reputation as a leading interpreter of the bel canto repertoire and has performed as a guest artist in principal theaters throughout Europe, especially in Italy (including Teatro alla Scala, Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Teatro La Fenice, and Teatro San Carlo di Napoli). Outside Italy, he has performed at Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra Comique de Paris, Opernhaus Zurich, Gran Teatre de Liceu Barcelona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, as well as in the opera houses of Athens, Bordeaux, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Köln, Leipzig, Liège, Montpellier, Nice, Tel Aviv, Santiago, Stockholm, Tallinn, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

His repertoire includes a wide range of roles including Arturo in Bellini’s I Puritani, Elvino in La Sonnambula, Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Fernando in La Favorita, the Duke of Mantova in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata, as well as the title role of Gounod’s Faust and Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust, Ein italienischer Sänger and Narraboth in both Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Salome.

It is not only on the stages of the opera houses but also in the Lied and concert domain that Mario Zeffiri's range is similarly wide, including German Lieder, French melodies as well as a large number of classic oratorio parts. As a concert singer, he has appeared at venues such as the Wiener Musikverein, the Berliner Philharmonie, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Symphony Center, Florence’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Ravenna Festival, the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens.

Mario Zeffiri regularly collaborates and collaborated with renowned conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Nello Santi, Roberto Abbado, Bertrand de Billy, Daniele Gatti, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Jesús López Cobos, Helmut Rilling, Stefan Soltesz, Daniel Oren, Eve Queler, Alberto Zedda, and with international directors such as Hugo de Ana, Dario Fo, Pier’Alli, Pierluigi Pizzi, Luca Ronconi.

Under the baton of Riccardo Muti, with whom Mario Zeffiri enjoys a long-time collaboration, he performed several titles including Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Ravenna, Parma, Las Palmas, Montpellier, at Rome’s Quirinale Palace and twice in Chicago. His recording of this great work with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti won two Grammy Awards in 2010 (Best Classical Album | Best Choral Performance). Mario Zeffiri’s solo album entitled "Liebesgeschenke" (Gifts of Love) with songs for voice and piano by Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss was released by Prestige Classics in 2013 and highly commended by the Greek Critics Society in 2014. Again under the baton of Riccardo Muti he also took part in the recording of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique – Lélio featuring Gérard Depardieu as narrator.

Mario Zeffiri was awarded the prestigious title of Europäischer Kammersänger in April 2015 and made his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in March 2016 with the title role of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. Since October 2016, Mario Zeffiri holds a professorship of singing at the University of Music Detmold.

Highlights of the past seasons include appearances with Berlioz's Lélio under Roberto Abbado in Valencia, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at Munich's Gasteig, Rossini’s Tancredi in Bremen, his Stabat Mater at the Wiener Musikverein and with the Radio Television Española in Madrid and Cuenca, as well as Mahler‘s Das Lied von der Erde in Athen’s Megaron. Again for Verdi’s Requiem, he was invited to join the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra under Philippe Herreweghe for concerts in Antwerp and Gent, whilst the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra under Aapo Häkkinen chose him for the title role of the seldom-performed opera Gustav Vasa by Leopold Koželuch. Also in 2019/2020 Mario Zeffiri will return to Helsinki’s Musiikkitalo, this time reprising Berlioz’s Lélio with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Klaus Mäkelä.

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Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Lélio
Mario Zeffiri, Kyle Ketelsen, Gérard Depardieu
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Label: CSO Resound | 2015

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Simon Mayr: Ginevra di Scozia
Myrtò Papatanasiu, Magdalena Hinterdobler, Anna Bonitatibus, Stefanie Irányi, Mario Zeffiri, Marko Cilic, Peter Schöne, Virgil Mischok
Münchner Rundfunkorchester | Männerchor des Heinrich-Schütz-Ensembles Vornbach
Conductor: George Petrou
Label: Oehms | 2014

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Liebesgeschenke
Works by Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss
Piano: Manuel Lange
Label: Prestige Classics | 2013

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Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Barbara Frittoli, Olga Borodina, Mario Zeffiri, Ildar Abdrazakov
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Label: CSO Resound | 2010

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MARTINA JANKOVÁ and MARIO ZEFFIRI in Helsinki
03Mar2018
MARTINA JANKOVÁ and MARIO ZEFFIRI in Helsinki

Martina Janková and Mario Zeffiri perform in an eagerly-awaited rediscovery of Gustav Wasa, the only surviving opera by Mozart’s contemporary Leopold Koželuch.

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