MARCO DI SAPIA
Marco Di Sapia begins his 2015-16 season with a new role, Platon Kusmitsch Kowaljoff in Shostavovich’s opera The Nose with the Neue Oper Wien at the Wiener Kammeroper and the Müpa Budapest. He will then appear in another contemporary production at the Volksoper Wien, Onkel Präsident by Friedrich Cerha. Since his house debut as Lord Cookburn in Auber’s Fra Diavolo in 2009, he has regularly appeared at the Volksoper Wien in leading roles, including Papageno in The Magic Flute, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Falke in Die Fledermaus, the title part of Sweeney Todd and most recently as Vincenzo Biscroma in Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma (under the direction of Rolando Villazón).
In addition to his Volksoper appearances, Marco Di Sapia has established himself throughout Europe with a broad spectrum of repertoire: In 2015 he made a guest appearance as Danilo at the Oper Graz and before that he performed in the French premieres of Jetzt by Mathis Nitschke and What next? by Elliott Carter with Opéra National de Montpellier, sang Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola at Bucharest National Opera and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with the Summer Festival Murten Classics in Switzerland.
Performances from previous seasons include Belcore at Opéra de Limoges, Opéra Théâtre de St. Etienne and Opéra de Rouen, Danilo at Staatstheater Kassel, Zamti in the world premiere of Cherubini’s “lost” opera Koukourgi at Stadttheater Klagenfurt (Austria), Cavaliere Belfiore in Verdi’s Un giorno di regno at Teatro Poliziano and Don Profondo in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims at Staatstheater Nürnberg and in a production of the Centre Français de Promotion Lyrique that toured France, including major opera stages in Reims, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Nizza and Nancy. Other important debuts in France took place with Opèra de Lyon, Opéra de Toulon, and most notably in 2007, Opéra National de Montpellier, where he sang with Roberto Alagna in Massenet’s Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame, L’étranger in the world premiere of Affaire Étrangère and Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers.
Marco Di Sapia has enjoyed successes in several Mozart roles, including both Don Giovanni and Leporello, which he both sang at National State Opera Ulan Bator (Mongolia). He also performed Dottore Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Klassikfestival Schloss Kirchstetten (Austria), all Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at City Opera Stettin (Poland), Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier at State Opera Gdansk (Poland), Plistene in Antonio Salieri’s La grotta di Trofonio at the Wiener Konzerthaus, Mirko in the world premiere of Eine Marathon-Familie at the Bregenzer Festspiele, Danilo at the Operettensommer Kufstein as well as Pappacoda in J. Strauss Jr.’s Eine Nacht in Venedig and Boris in Shostakovich’ only operetta Moskva, Cheremushki both at Wiener Kammeroper.
Marco Di Sapia started his professional career in 2000 with his debut in Vienna with Neue Oper Wien, taking on the role of Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring, marking the beginning of a fruitful collaboration with this contemporary production company. The Genoa born baritone grew up in Rome, where he initially trained as an actor, before dedicating himself to singing. He moved to Vienna in 1997 to major in solo singing, and graduated with honors from the Conservatory in 2005. He received an additional diploma in opera, Lieder and oratorio singing at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts. He has won a multitude of awards, including a stipend at the Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Lyon, which resulted in his engagement by the Centre National d’Insertion Professionnelle des Artistes Lyriques (CNIPAL) in Marseille for the 2006-07 season.