Mario Zeffiri

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Mario Zeffiri has appeared as a guest in Europe’s most prominent opera houses. In addition to La Scala in Milan and the stages in Bologna, Florence, Naples, Rome, Turin, Venice and Verona, he has appeared in Germany at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Komische Oper. Further appearances have taken the tenor to Frankfurt, Cologne, Essen, Düsseldorf and Leipzig, as well as the Hamburg State Opera and the Semperoper in Dresden. In France, Mario Zeffiri has appeared at the Opéra de Paris, the Opéra Comique and the houses in Bordeaux, Nice, Montpellier, Toulon and Avignon, while having also appeared at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels and the Opéra Royale de Wallonie in Liège. Further afield, he has been invited to sing in Athens, Barcelona, Glasgow, Helsinki, Malta, Moscow, New York, St. Petersburg, Santiago de Chile, Stockholm and Tallinn.

His operatic repertoire comprises the central bel canto roles, including Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, Argirio in Rossini's Tancredi, Arnold in Guillaume Tell, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Fernando in Donizetti's La Favorita, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Tonio in La Fille du Régiment, Arturo in I Puritani, Elvino in Bellini's La Sonnambula, Il Duca di Mantova in Verdi's Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata, Nadir in Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de perles, Gérald in Lakmé, Léopold in Halévy's La Juive, the title role in Gounod's Faust and in Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, as well as An Italian Singer and Narraboth in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier and Salome.

Mario Zeffiri has a similarly wide-ranging lied and concert repertoire, from German lieder and French mélodie, to works in Italian, English, Spanish, Greek and Czech, in addition to a large number of concert roles such as Verdi's and Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and his Symphony No. 9, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Berlioz's Lélio and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.

Throughout his career, the tenor has been a guest at major concert halls such as the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Athens Megaron and the Palau de les Arts in Valencia. His collaborations have included such distinguished conductors as Roberto Abbado, Bertrand de Billy, Jesús López Cobos, Daniele Gatti, Gianluigi Gelmetti, René Jacobs, Daniel Oren, Helmut Rilling, Nello Santi, Stefan Soltesz, Eve Queler and Alberto Zedda.

In a notably close collaboration with Riccardo Muti, he performed the tenor part in Verdi's Requiem in Ravenna, Parma, Las Palmas, Montpellier, Rome and Chicago. Particular highlights were the piece’s concerts and recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which went on to win two Grammy Awards (for "Best Classical Album" and "Best Choral Performance"). In the same collaboration with Muti and the CSO, he recorded Hector Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique / Lélio with Gérard Depardieu as narrator.

Mario Zeffiri's solo album "Liebesgeschenke", lieder by Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss, was released on the Prestige Classics Vienna label. In April 2015 the artist was awarded the honorary title of "European Chamber Singer", while in March 2016 he celebrated his debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in the title role of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux. Since October 2016 he has held the position as professor of singing at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold. At the city’s Landestheater, Mario Zeffiri was also heard as Bacchus in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos after his recent switch to the more dramatic fach.

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