The leading international tenor Marco Berti is recognised as one of the most important artists from Italy in recent times. The colours in his voice range from the soft-toned to the penetrating, powerful and effortless top notes and his significant vocal qualities and expressiveness characterise the classic Italian heavy lyric/dramatic tenor.
It was with the Teatro alla Scala that Marco began his outstanding career. He took part in an array of performances including Lucia di Lammermoor, Beatrice di Tenda, La bohème, La rondine and Macbeth. However, his international reputation was established through his remarkable performance as Macbeth’s adversary, Macduff, in Luc Bondy’s production at the Edinburgh Festival in 1999. He made his Covent Garden debut in Simon Boccanegra and was immediately invited to return for a new production of Madama Butterfly conducted by the house music director, Antonio Pappano. Also at Covent Garden, he made his role debut as Manrico in Il trovatore and has since returned to reprise his acclaimed performances as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly.
He has been the highlight of the Arena di Verona summer festival for many years delivering memorable performances there time and time again in a variety of roles, including: Isamaele in Nabucco, Don José in Carmen (released on DVD) and Manrico in Il trovatore. He opened the festival last summer in a new production of La Gioconda, making his debut in the role (also released on CD and DVD). He sang Radames for the first time at the Arena this summer.
Another landmark in his career was making his Met debut two seasons ago in Madama Butterfly, conducted by Plácido Domingo. Maestro Domingo was enraptured by his outstanding performance and as the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Opera invited him to perform in La Bohème last season and recently in Verdi Requiem in Munich to be released on CD and DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. They will be collaborating again in 2007 when he sings Cavaradossi at the Vienna State Opera under Maestro Domingo’s direction.
In December 2006, he made his Chinese debut at the prestigious New Year Concert at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to 6,000 strong audience which was broadcast on national television.
Marco Berti was the recipient of the 2005 Giuseppe Verdi Gold Medal and he recently made his role debut as Verdi’s Ernani, opening the Verdi Festival at Teatro Regio in Parma. Last season he appeared in the Opening Gala at the Metropolitan Opera, New York in Tosca alongside Angela Gheorghiu and Bryn Terfel conducted by James Levine. At the beginning of the 2006/2007 season he appeared in a televised gala concert at a UNESCO World Heritage site in Kyoto followed by a concert tour of Japan with the Parma Opera Ensemble. He opens the Houston Grand Opera’s season in Simon Boccanegra where he will also return for a new production of Aïda. His future engagements include a major new production of Carmen at Covent Garden, his San Francisco Opera’s debut also in Carmen, Aïda, Ballo in Maschera and a new production of Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera, Aïda at the Liceu in Barcelona, Verona and the New National Theatre in Tokyo, several role debuts such as Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur in Florence and Calaf in Parma. He gave acclaimed debut performances as Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Megaron in Athens, celebrating the centenary of Luchino Visconti’s birth, this past May.
His first solo album, Rare Verismo, a compilation of arias by composers such as Leoncavallo, Catalani, Franchetti and Zandonai is scheduled for release in Jaunary 2007.
Manrico, Ernani, Enzo Grimaldo, Riccardo, Mario Cavaradossi, Des Grieux, Maurizio di Sassonia, Calaf, Canio, Radames, Pinkerton, Don Josè, sono tra i principali nomi di personaggi, portati regolarmente sulla scena da Marco Berti, tenore comasco, diplomato nel 1989 in canto presso il conservatorio G. Verdi di Milano sotto la guida della Maestra Giovanna Canetti. Prosegue gli studi di perfezionamento vocale seguendo corsi dei maestri: Adelaide Saraceni, Pier Miranda Ferraro e GianFranca Ostini.
Debutta nel 1990 a Cosenza, vincitore del concorso internazionale Giacomantonio, con l’opera Madama Butterfly nel ruolo di Pinkerton.
Da questo momento inizia una brillante carriera nei principali teatri italiani e stranieri dove interpreta sempre ruoli che mettono in evidenza, oltre alla chiarezza del fraseggio, la morbidezza e il timbro della sua voce considerata oggi, da autorevoli critici, una tra le più belle nel panorama italiano. Le straordinarie qualità vocali unite alla spiccata attitudine interpretativa fanno di Marco Berti uno dei più apprezzati artisti di fama internazionale.
Tra i pricipali teatri vogliamo citare:
Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Regio di Parma, Comunale di Firenze e Maggio Fiorentino, Fenice di Venezia, Comunale di Bologna, San Carlo di Napoli, Massimo di Palermo, Metropolitan di New York, Covent Garden di Londra, Opera Bastille di Parigi, Deutsche Oper di Berlino, Staathoper di Vienna, Saathoper di Berlino, Opern Hause di Zurigo, Teatro Real di Madrid, Liceu di Barcelona ecc.
Viene apprezzato e richiesto per le sue qualità anche dai principali direttori d’orchestra del nostro tempo, quali:
Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Muti, Gianandrea Gavazzeni, James Conlon, Maurizio Benini, Marco Armiliato, Roberto Abbado, Daniel Oren ecc.
Presente anche sul mercato discografico con l’incisione sia audio che video di numerose opere, tra le quali ricordiamo : Cristoforo Colombo di Franchetti, Manon Lescaut di Puccini, Lucia di Lammermoor di Donizetti, Attila di Verdi, Carmen di Bizet. Ernani di Verdi, Gioconda di Ponchielli, Messa di requiem di Verdi, Stolen Note, Rare Verismo, Turandot, Aida, Libero se Canto, Christmas.