Paolo GavanelliWith a repertoire of over 70 roles and a career that has spanned almost 30 years of professional engagements, Paolo Gavanelli is internationally celebrated as the leading Verdi baritone of our time with more than 300 performances as Rigoletto all over the world from New York to Paris, from San Francisco to London, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Rome and Munich amongst others.

After his initial performance at Brescia (where he sang Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 1985) within the next five years he made first appearances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York (as Count de Luna in Il Trovatore), at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (as Giorgio Germont in La Traviata), at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera) and at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (as Marcello in La Bohème.

He has sung frequently at the San Francisco Opera since his first appearance there in 1991 in Andrea Chénier. Other prominent roles in his repertory include Riccardo in I Puritani, Rodrigo in Don Carlos, Amonasro in Aida, Barnaba in La Gioconda, Iago in Othello, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Valentin in Faust, and the title roles in Falstaff and Nabucco. Other important venues where he has appeared in opera include the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Arena of Verona, the Paris National Opera, and the New National Theater in Tokyo.

His highly acclaimed performance of the role in "the greatest Rigoletto London has seen in 30 years" (The Sunday Times) was released on DVD in 2001 in a new production by David Mc Vicar at the Royal Opera House and was awarded the Diapason Prize as best DVD of the year. It also achieved the status of bestselling opera DVD of the year.

Alongside Rigoletto there was for Paolo an enormous amount of engagements as Nabucco, Macbeth, Simon Boccanegra and Falstaff. As Nabucco at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, "Gavanelli justified the evening" (Simon Holledge), while his Simon Boccanegra was described as “majestic”. Upon watching Gavanelli interpret Falstaff, Charles Osborne described him as "surely the finest exponent of the role to be heard at Covent Garden since Tito Gobbi".

Although his repertoire extends to about 60 roles, in recent years he has made a special name for himself as an interpreter of Verdi: Nabucco, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Simon Boccanegra, Falstaff, Jago, Renato, Germont, Conte di Luna, Posa, and Amonasro, to name but few. These are roles which he has performed on stage around the world with leading conductors and directors including Solti, Whun Chung, Muti, Mehta, Haitink, Barenboim, Ozawa, Zeffirelli, Savary, Kupfer and Pizzi. In July 2005 Paolo Gavanelli was awarded the Bavarian title of Kammersänger (an ancient title meaning a first-rate singer, or originally, one who was respected enough to sing a camera i.e. in the presence of the king).

Gavanelli graduated in laws, and is appearing for the first time in Malta, at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora.