Gianluca Breda

Gianluca Breda is an Italian Bass with an important and lyrical voice that merits attention. He has been praised as an important ‘Verdi bass’ of our time. His easy and consistent range, technique and natural acting skills allow him to venture into a various bass roles.

After receiving his diploma from the Conservatory of Parma in 1992 for Violoncello, Gianluca Breda began studying Opera with Giovanna Vighi, of Parma and Françoise Garner of Nimes, France. In 1997 he received his degree in vocal performance from the A. Boito conservatory in Parma.

He began his solo career immediately in 1997 when he won the Dijon opera competition. He worked steadily as first Bass in the Grand Theatre de Dijon, making his debut in 24 various roles.  During this time, Breda sang in various French theatres such as, the Chatelet in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon. His career in Italy began in 2001.  He sang the role of the King in Aida, as part of the opera season at the Sferisterio in Macerata, followed by Rovigo, Livorno, Pisa and Pavia. He participated in Un Ballo in Maschera as Samuel at the Ponchielli Theatre in Cremona, Lucca and Brescia. At the opening of the Concert Hall in Dijon he made his debut in the role of Ramfis in Aida while in Rovigo he sang as Zaccaria in Nabucco.

Expanding his growing international career, he played the role of Timur in Turandot in Seoul, South Korea, together with Nicola Martinucci and Giovanna Casolla. In Mombay and New Delhi, India, he sang Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In Verona, at the Philharmonic Theatre, he performed Angelotti in Tosca, again with Nicola Martinucci. His repertoire continued to develop with Zuniga in Carmen with Teatro Pergolesi in Jesi, Fermo and Treviso; Fabrizio in Il Campiello (by Wolf-Ferrari) in Rovigo, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola in Malta and Lugano, again, Zuniga in Carmen at the Rome Opera with Andrea Bocelli and the King in Aida at the Arena of  Verona.

During the 2009 season, Gianluca Breda debuted the title role in a concert version of Verdi’s Attila in Brescia, as well as the role of Oroveso in Norma.  He also sang the role of Sparafucile in Rigoletto in Mantova and Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in Madrid. He also sang Zaccaria in Nabucco in Lyon where he has been very successful, and Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in Brazil where he also performed in the most important Brazilian cities with conductor John Neschling.

Further engagements saw Breda performing Attila and Aida in Prague, Madame Butterfly and a highly acclaimed interpretation for his stage presence of Lo Zio Bonzo. He performed in Carmen with conductor Lorin Maazel and another Carmen with Franco Zeffirelli in Verona. 2012 also saw Gianluca Breda debuting as Colline in Puccini’s La Boheme and Padre Guardiano in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. Gianluca Breda’s 2013 itinerary is likewise busy with notable peformances in major Italian opera houses, including the Arena of Verona.

This will be Breda’s first appearance at the Aurora Opera House.