A phenomenal voice and talent in the tradition of the great Italian tenor voices, British-Italian Freddie De Tommaso has garnered widespread acclaim with headline-grabbing debuts and chart-topping album releases.
“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, June 2021
"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, December 2021
"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, April 2021
A phenomenal voice and talent in the tradition of the great Italian tenor voices, British-Italian Freddie De Tommaso has captured wide spread acclaim with headline grabbing debuts and chart-topping album releases.
De Tommaso shot to fame in December 2021 when he jumped in as Cavaradossi in Royal Opera’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 series of exciting appearances: at Royal Opera House as Rodolfo La bohème and a return to the role of Cavaradossi; at Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Rodolfo La bohème; at Wiener Staatsoper as Macduff Macbeth; his US debut as Cavaradossi at Santa Fe Opera; at the Arena di Verona as Don José Carmen; at Staatsoper under den Linden in Berlin as the Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier and Alfredo La Traviata; and at the Dutch National Opera with a staged production of Verdi Requiem. On the concert platform his appearances include an open air concert Opera for All in Munich alongside Sonya Yoncheva; the New Year’s Eve Concert at Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Toscaand Verdi’s Requiem at the Bergen International Festival and with the Orchestre National de Lyon; an opera gala concert at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; recitals at the Festival Castell Peralada; the opening concert of the Kissinger Sommer Festival and a return to Verbier Festival.
Last season, De Tommaso made 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 Jose 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. He also returned to Bayerische Staatsoper to sing Macduff Macbeth, a role he also performed at Wiener Staatsoper; and jumped in as Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier, thus making his debut with Staatsoper under den Linden in Berlin. His concert highlights included Verdi Requiem at Teatro di Massimo di Palermo; Riccardo Un Ballo in Maschera at the Verbier Festival; an opera gala recital together with Lise Davidsen at the Barbican and in concert in Oslo; as well as a solo recital in Sisteron, France.
Recent engagements include the opening the 2020-21 season of the Wiener Staatsoper as Pinkerton with a new production of Madama Butterfly, Tosca at the Bolshoi Theatre; Macduff, Ismaele and the Italian Tenor at the Wiener Stastsoper; Ismaele Nabucco with Dutch National Opera; and Cassio in Otello at the Royal Opera House
Winner of the 2018 Francisco Viñas Singing Competition in Barcelona he is graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Opera Studio of Bayerische Staatsoper.
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