Riccardo Massi

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.

Repertoire at the Bolshoi Theatre

Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut)

Riccardo (Un Ballo in Maschera)


Cavaradossi (Tosca) — Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Regio of Turin, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Berlin State Opera, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Staatsoper Hamburg, Театр земли Зальцбург, Semperoper Dresden, Palm Beach (Opera Florida), Washington National Opera, Opéra Grand Avignon

Pollione (Norma) — Terme di Caracalla, Gran Teatro Nacional de Lima (Perú), Munich Opera Festival

Malcolm (Macbeth) — Glydenbourne Festival

Jacopo Foscari (I due Foscari) — Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste

Arrigo (La battaglia di Legnano) — Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) — Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Opera Australia

Radamès (Aida) — Teatro Regio of Turin, Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Metropolitan Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Australia, Hong Kong Opera, Mikhailovsky Theatre

Calaf (Turandot) — Zurich Opera House, Royal Swedish Opera, Bregenz Festival, Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires, Metropolitan Opera, Opera Australia

Rodolfo (Luisa Miller) — Opera Australia

Riccardo (Un Ballo in Maschera) — Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Nationaltheater Mannheim

Don José (Carmen) — Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Los Angeles Opera

Manrico (Il trovatore) — Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Bavarian State Opera, Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Budapest Summer Festival

Andrea Chénier (Andrea Chénier) — Royal Swedish Opera

Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) — Bavarian State Opera, Norwegian National Opera, New National Theatre Tokyo

Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) — Opéra de Marseille

On the concert platform, he sang Enzo Grimaldi (La Gioconda) at the Concertgebeouw (Amsterdam), Milio (Leoncavallo’s Zaza) at the London Barbican Hall (recorded for Opera Rara), Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

General partner of the Bolshoi Theatre — insurance company «Ingosstrakh»
Privileged sponsor of the Bolshoi Theatre — Tinkoff Bank
Privileged partner of the Bolshoi Theatre — GUM