Freddie De Tommaso

Tenor

A phenomenal voice and talent in the tradition of the great Italian tenor voices, Freddie De Tommaso has captured wide spread acclaim with headline grabbing debuts and chart-topping album releases. The British-Italian tenor shot to fame in December 2021 when he jumped in as Cavaradossi in the Royal Opera House’s production of Tosca, thus becoming at the age of 28 the youngest ever tenor to perform the role on the iconic stage and the first Brit since 1963. De Tommaso, who was due to perform the role at a later date, took to the stage after the first interval when the tenor originally scheduled became unwell during the first of the three acts, prompting the press to unanimously declare that a new star was born.

An exclusive artist with Decca Classics and the first tenor to be signed to the label since 2007, his debut album Passione debuted at number 1 in the classical charts and won the BBC Music Magazine Award for Best Newcomer. In June 2022 his second album Il Tenore shot again straight to number 1 in the charts upon its release, whilst his rendition of Nessun Dorma, featured on the album, reached over one million streams.

The current season sees him continuing his meteoric rise with a triple appearance at Gran Teatre del Liceu as Riccardo Un ballo in Maschera, Maurizio Adriana Lecouvreur and in recital with Lise Davidsen; a double appearance with Orchestra di Teatro alla Scala and Riccardo Chailly for Verdi Requiem and Inno delle Nazioni and his role debuts as Pollione Norma in Naples and Adorno Simon Boccanegra at the Wiener Staatsoper. Other engagements include Rodolfo La bohème in Berlin and Vienna and Pinkerton Madama Butterfly in Munich. In concert and recital he sings Verdi Requiem at Teatro Regio di Parma; performs in concert with Teatro di San Carlo Naples; with the Mannheim Philharmonic alongside Sonya Yoncheva; with Lise Davidsen at the Salzburg Easter Festival as well as solo recitals in the Czech Republic, Munich and Sofia.

Last season, De Tommaso was seen as Rodolfo La bohème and Cavaradossi at the Royal Opera House; Rodolfo La bohème at Teatro alla Scala; Cavaradossi at Santa Fe Opera for his US debut; Don José Carmen, Alfredo La traviata and Cavaradossi at Arena di Verona; Macduff Macbeth Wiener Staatsoper; Alfredo La traviata at Staatsoper Berlin and Bayerische Staatsoper; and at the Dutch National Opera with a staged production of Verdi Requiem. His concert appearances included an open air concert Opera for All in Munich alongside Sonya Yoncheva; the New Year’s Eve Concert at Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Tosca and Verdi Requiem at the Bergen International Festival and with the Orchestre National de Lyon; recitals at the Festival Castell Peralada; the opening concert of the Kissinger Sommer Festival and Verdi Requiem Verbier Festival.

Recent highlights include important company and role debuts at Teatro alla Scala as Maurizio in David McVicar’s production of Adriana Lecouvreur; at the Wiener Staatsoper as Don José Carmen; at the Bolshoi Theatre as Cavaradossi Tosca; at Semperoper Dresden as Pinkerton in a new production of Madama Butterfly, a role he also reprised at the Royal Opera House together with the much coveted Cavaradossi in Tosca; and at Arena di Verona as Alfredo La Traviata; Cassio Otello at the Royal Opera House under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano; Pinkerton, Macduff, Italian Singer and Ismaele Nabucco all at the Wiener Staatsoper; Verdi Requiem at Teatro di Massimo di Palermo; Riccardo Un ballo in maschera at the Verbier Festival; excerpts of Carmen with Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria; his return to Bayerische Staatsoper in their “Next Generation Talent” concert; and Ismaele with Dutch National Opera.

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music and subsequently the Opera Studio of Bayerische Staatsoper in 2019, De Tommaso burst onto the operatic scene as Cassio in Otello at the Royal Opera House and Ismaele in Nabucco with the Dutch National Opera. He then opened the 2020-21 season of the Wiener Staatsoper as Pinkerton with a new production of Madama Butterfly, aged 27. Engagements since include Tosca at the Bolshoi Theatre; Macduff, Ismaele and the Italian Tenor at the Wiener Stastsoper.

Performances

JUNE 22 2024

Maurizio, Adriana Lecouvreur; Gran Teatre del Liceu

Barcelona, Spain

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JUNE 29 2024

Maurizio, Adriana Lecouvreur; Gran Teatre del Liceu

Barcelona, Spain

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JULY 3 2024

Stars of the Opera Sky; Prague Philharmonia - Festival Hall

Litomyšl, Czechia

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JULY 11 2024

Concert; L’Auditori - OBC

Barcelona, Spain

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JULY 13 2024

Don Jose, Carmen; Arena di Verona

Verona, VR, Italy

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Performances

JUNE 22 2024Maurizio, Adriana Lecouvreur; Gran Teatre del LiceuBarcelona, SpainBuy Tickets
JUNE 29 2024Maurizio, Adriana Lecouvreur; Gran Teatre del LiceuBarcelona, SpainBuy Tickets
JULY 3 2024Stars of the Opera Sky; Prague Philharmonia - Festival HallLitomyšl, CzechiaBuy Tickets
JULY 11 2024Concert; L’Auditori - OBCBarcelona, SpainBuy Tickets
JULY 13 2024Don Jose, Carmen; Arena di VeronaVerona, VR, ItalyBuy Tickets
JULY 27 2024Alfredo, La Traviata; Greek National OperaAthina, GreeceBuy Tickets
JULY 30 2024Alfredo, La Traviata; Greek National OperaAthina, GreeceBuy Tickets
AUGUST 11 2024Il Tenore in concert; Sydney Opera HouseSydney, NSW, AustraliaBuy Tickets
AUGUST 18 2024Il Tenore in concert; Melbourne Recital CentreMelbourne, VIC, AustraliaBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 6 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; Staatsoper unter den LindenBerlin, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 8 2024Open Air concert; Opéra de ToulonSix-Fours-les-Plages, FranceBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 12 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; Staatsoper unter den LindenBerlin, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 15 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; Staatsoper unter den LindenBerlin, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 19 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; Staatsoper unter den LindenBerlin, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 23 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; Bayerische StaatsoperMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 26 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; Bayerische StaatsoperMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
SEPTEMBER 29 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; Bayerische StaatsoperMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
OCTOBER 2 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; Bayerische StaatsoperMünchen, GermanyBuy Tickets
OCTOBER 7 2024Concert, Les Grandes Voix; Théâtre des Champs-ElyséesParis, FranceBuy Tickets
OCTOBER 20 2024Solti Gala with Stars; Hungarian State OperaBudapestBuy Tickets
OCTOBER 26 2024Concert with Angela Gheorghiu; BroadStageSanta Monica, California, United StatesBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 12 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; The Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 15 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; The Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 19 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; The Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
NOVEMBER 23 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; The Metropolitan OperaNew York, United StatesBuy Tickets
DECEMBER 1 2024Rodolfo, La bohème; Hamburg State OperaHamburg, GermanyBuy Tickets
DECEMBER 7 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
DECEMBER 10 2024Cavaradossi, Tosca; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
DECEMBER 12 2024Rodolfo, La bohème; Hamburg State OperaHamburg, GermanyBuy Tickets
DECEMBER 14 2024Rodolfo, La bohème; Hamburg State OperaHamburg, GermanyBuy Tickets
DECEMBER 17 2024Rodolfo, La bohème; Hamburg State OperaHamburg, GermanyBuy Tickets
FEBRUARY 16 2025Pollione, Norma; Theater an der WienWien, AustriaBuy Tickets
FEBRUARY 19 2025Pollione, Norma; Theater an der WienWien, AustriaBuy Tickets
FEBRUARY 23 2025Pollione, Norma; Theater an der WienWien, AustriaBuy Tickets
FEBRUARY 26 2025Pollione, Norma; Theater an der WienWien, AustriaBuy Tickets
MARCH 1 2025Pollione, Norma; Theater an der WienWien, AustriaBuy Tickets
MARCH 4 2025Pollione, Norma; Theater an der WienWien, AustriaBuy Tickets
MARCH 7 2025Pollione, Norma; Theater an der WienWien, AustriaBuy Tickets
APRIL 9 2025Don Jose, Carmen; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
APRIL 11 2025Don Jose, Carmen; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
APRIL 14 2025Don Jose, Carmen; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
APRIL 21 2025Don Jose, Carmen; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
APRIL 24 2025Don Jose, Carmen; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
APRIL 26 2025Don Jose, Carmen; Royal Opera HouseLondon, United KingdomBuy Tickets
MAY 16 2025Pollione, Norma; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
MAY 20 2025Pollione, Norma; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
MAY 23 2025Pollione, Norma; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
MAY 26 2025Pollione, Norma; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
JUNE 3 2025Don Jose, Carmen; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
JUNE 6 2025Don Jose, Carmen; Wiener StaatsoperVienna, AustriaBuy Tickets
JUNE 27 2025Pollione, Norma; Teatro alla ScalaMilano MI, ItalyBuy Tickets
JUNE 30 2025Pollione, Norma; Teatro alla ScalaMilano MI, ItalyBuy Tickets
JULY 4 2025Pollione, Norma; Teatro alla ScalaMilano MI, ItalyBuy Tickets
JULY 8 2025Pollione, Norma; Teatro alla ScalaMilano MI, ItalyBuy Tickets
JULY 11 2025Pollione, Norma; Teatro alla ScalaMilano MI, ItalyBuy Tickets
JULY 14 2025Pollione, Norma; Teatro alla ScalaMilano MI, ItalyBuy Tickets
JULY 17 2025Pollione, Norma; Teatro alla ScalaMilano MI, ItalyBuy Tickets

Press

Listen to Freddie De Tommaso at full throttle and you’ll need to lie down in a darkened room. Passione is singing in the tradition of De Tommaso’s hero Franco Corelli: stylish and heartfelt, spinning gold out of the simplest of popular Italian songs.

Classical Music - BBC Music Magazine

How did he fare? I’ll let Cavaradossi answer that: “Vittoria!” is the tenor’s big moment in Act II, when the rebellious painter unwisely goads his tormenter Scarpia with a cry of victory for Napoleon. De Tommaso, eyes fixed on the audience — fair enough — let his high A-sharp sail out into the theatre with muscular abandon. Pausing on the note for show is, of course, not in the score, but this was not the time for good taste and it was thrillingly done. Yet De Tommaso also proved he could do subtle as well, delivering a nobly phrased E lucevan le stelle … singing of his memories of trysts with Tosca with affecting and really rather moving solemnity.

The Times

A tsunami of emotions awaits purchasers of Passione, the debut album of Freddie de Tommaso. Enough people have been drawn to his rousing delivery of Italian (often Neapolitan) songs to push this release straight away to the top of the classical album charts.

The Times

a bombshell voice and unshakable heights

BR-Klassik

A radiantly powerful voice.

Wiener Zeitung

Vocal phenomenon

Der Standard

Releases

Il Tenore
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

MWA