A veteran of some of the world’s most prestigious opera houses and concert halls, tenor Leonardo Cortellazzi continues to be celebrated as an artist distinguishing himself in that most difficult—and enviable—group of singers: the Italian Romantic tenor.
Winner of the 2006 Giuseppe di Stefano International Competition, he went on to his first major appearance in the role of Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte before training at Accademia Teatro alla Scala, and performing under an international array of conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Ottavio Dantone and Giovanni Antonini.
He continued his meteoric rise as a principal singer at the famed La Scala Opera, which led to performances with Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Venice’s legendary Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Verdi in Busseto and Teatro Petruzelli in Bari, singing roles that included Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Alfredo in La Traviata, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.
Constantly adding roles to his repertoire, he has performed in L’Incoronazione di Poppea; Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno; György Kurtág’s Fin de partie; The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, and the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo. As a concert artist he is also well-known for his performance of French chansons and German lieder.