Bruno De Simone
Italy, Germany, Austria, German Switzerland
Recognised as a byword in comic opera and bel canto repertoire, Bruno de Simone is one of the most valued singers-actors on the international opera scene. Born in Naples, he combined his university degree with study in music and singing with Sesto Bruscantini and began to distinguish himself as the ideal performer of dramma giocoso from the 18th and 19th century and comic opera, especially Rossini – with seventeen roles – and Donizetti repertoire. He is currently confirmed as an indispensable singer in this sphere. He has also made a name for himself in the world of comic opera with works by the likes of Galuppi, Pergolesi, Paisiello and Cimarosa, and is now considered to be the leading singer in this field, being the most prolific performer of this repertoire.
From the beginning of his career he has taken the lead role in important revivals of little-known compositions from the 18th century, outstanding among these was Lo frate 'nnamorato, by Pergolesi (Teatro alla Scala, Milan 1990), with which he garnered great personal success. He is habitually engaged by the most respected opera houses, musical institutions and international festivals: Milan La Scala, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Regio in Turin and Parma, Comunale in Bologna, Arena in Verona, La Fenice in Venice, San Carlo in Naples, Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia; he performs regularly in Wien (Staatsoper), Paris (Opéra), Tokyo, Barcelona (Liceu), Madrid (Teatro Real), Washington, San Francisco, Amsterdam, A Coruña (Festival Mozart), Berlin (Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper), Zürich, Münich, Génève, Sevilla, Liège, Tel Aviv and many others. He has worked with the greatest conductors of the last decades, from Abbado to Campanella, without forgetting Chailly, Gatti, López Cobos, Metha, Muti, Renzetti and Zedda and with directors as Cobelli, De Ana, Martone, Ronconi, Pizzi, Sagi, Servillo and Zeffirelli.
His work as a specialist in Rossini repertoire has been awarded with the Rossini d’Oro Prize (2007), being recognized as the ideal performer of the role of Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Magnifico in La cenerentola, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory, Germano in La scala di seta, Pacuvio in La pietra del paragone and the poet Isidoro in Matilde di Shabran.
His appearances in Mozart operas are also outstanding – particularly in Da Ponte’s Trilogy: Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro and Conte), Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso) and Don Giovanni (Leporello) – as well as in Donizetti repertoire: he took part in numerous productions of Don Pasquale, in the title role and also in the role of Dott. Malatesta, whilst in L’elisir d’amore his Dulcamara and his Belcore are famed.
His vocal and dramatic range is such that as well as the comic roles in his repertoire he has incorporated others from serious and semi-serious genres: Marcello and Schaunard from La Bohème, Lescaut from Manon Lescaut, the lead in Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Le Roi in L’amour des trois oranges (Prokofiev), Varbel in Lodoïska (Cherubini), Kyoto in Iris (Mascagni), Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilèa) and, in the Verdi ambit, Falstaff, both in the title role and that of Ford, and Fra Melitone in La forza del destino.
In conjunction with his numerous artistic engagements, from the beginning Bruno de Simone has been very aware of young talents, giving master classes to help them develop their technique and performing skills. In 2009 he became the artistic and educative architect of the relaunch of the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Academy attached to the Maggio Formazione Opera House in Florence). In January 2011, he staged L’elisir d’amore with a selection of his students at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, taking the role of Dulcamara himself. His masterclasses are always appreciated by young students, journalists, conductors, theaters managers and many music experts: he is the excellent guide in singing skill and interpretation for young singers.
He has made numerous recordings of CDs and DVDs for major record labels: EMI, Decca, Sony BMG, Naxos, TDK, Arthaus MUSIK, DYNAMIC.
During his long career he has been awarded the Tiberini d’Oro (2005), the Rossini d’Oro (2007), the Alfredo Catalani – City of Lucca (2008) and the Domenico Cimarosa (2009) and, recently, the prestigious Le Muse Award in 2013 (Euterpe), delivered at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, in a solemn ceremony alongside personalities of the world of Art, Culture and entrepreneurship.
BELLINI: Beatrice di Tenda (Filippo Maria Visconti)
CILEA: Adriana Lecouvreur (Michonnet)
CIMAROSA: Il matrimonio segreto (Geronimo/Conte Robinson) - Il maestro di cappella (Maestro) - I traci amanti (Giorgiolone) - Le astuzie femminili (Giampaolo/Romualdo) - L’Italiana in Londra (Milord) - Il marito disperato (Corbolone)
DONIZETTI: Don Pasquale (Dulcamara/Belcore) - L’elisir d’amore (Don Annibale/Enrico) - Il campanello (Don Annibale/Enrico) - Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali (Mamm’Agata/Procolo) - Linda di Chamounix (Marchese di Boisfleury)
GALUPPI: Il filosofo di campagna (Nardo) - Il mondo della luna (Eclittico) - Il Caffè di campagna (Fumana)
HAYDN: Il mondo della luna (Buonafede)
MASCAGNI: Iris (Kioto)
MOZART: Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso) - Le nozze di Figaro (Figaro/Conte) - Don Giovanni (Leporello)
PAISIELLO: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Bartolo/Figaro) - L’idolo cinese (Tuberone/Pilottola) - Il mondo della luna (Buonafede)
PERGOLESI: La serva padrona (Uberto) - Lo frate ‘nnammurato (Don Pietro) - Flaminio (Bastiano) - Livietta e Tracoll (Tracollo)
PROKOF’EV: L’amour des trois oranges (Le Roi)
PUCCINI: Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi) - Manon Lescaut (Lescaut)
ROSSINI: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Bartolo/Figaro) - La Cenerentola (Don Magnifico/Dandini) - L’Italiana in Algeri (Taddeo/Mustafà) - Il Turco in Italia (Prosdocimo/Don Geronio) - Le Comte Ory (Raimbaud) - La cambiale di matrimonio (Slook/Tobia Mill) - L’equivoco stravagante (Gamberotto) - Il signor Bruschino (Bruschino/Gaudenzio) - La scala di seta (Germano) - L’occasione fa il ladro (Parmenione) - Matilde di Shabrana (Isidoro) - Adina (Califfo di Bagdad) - Il viaggio a Reims (Trombonok/Don Profondo)
ROTA: Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (Beaupertuis)
SALIERI: Prima la musica poi le parole (Poeta)
TRITTO: Il convitato di pietra (Pulcinella)
VERDI: La forza del destino (Fra Melitone) - Falstaff (Falstaff/Ford) - Un giorno di regno (Barone di Kelbar) - La battaglia di Legnano (Rolando)
WOLF–FERRARI: Il segreto di Susanna (Gil) - Le donne curiose (Pantalone)
" (...) i consensi più trionfali al termine della recita, assieme a quelli per lo Schicchi di Bruno De Simone. Anche nel Gianni Schicchi il momento più riuscito della direzione coincide col momento solistico del personaggio protagonista. “In testa la cappellina” diventa un proclama altisonante, con cui De Simone, dalla presenza attoriale e vocale di rilievo, pare riempire l'arena, in virtù della dizione magistrale e del suono sempre ben proiettato." operaclick - Fabrizio Moschini