Riccardo Massi developed his vocal technique in Rome with David Holst, who has also been his sole mentor. He was invited to join the Accademia della Scala, after which he made his operatic debut in December of 2009 as Radamès (Aida) in Salerno under the baton of Daniel Oren.
Massi has rapidly achieved international recognition as one of the most exciting and accomplished interpreters of the Italian spinto repertoire, earning accolades worldwide for his interpretations of Puccini’s and Verdi’s heroes. He performs on the leading opera stages and concert halls like Metropolitan opera New York, Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera in München, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio of Turin, Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Opera Australia, Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, New National Theatre Tokyo, Concertgebeouw Amsterdam, London Barbican Hall to name a few.
He also has taken part in various opera festivals around the world including Glydenbourne Festival, opera festivals in в München, Bregenz, фестивале в Verbier, Budapest Summer Festival.
As a specialist in the handling of ancient and medieval weapons, before pursuing his passion for opera, Massi enjoyed a career as a stuntman; working in several films including Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York”, ABC’s “Empire”, and HBO’s “Rome”.
In 2016 he made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre as Des Grieux in a new production of Manon Lescaut.