In the world of Bel Canto opera, the Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti is acknowledged as being one of the finest voices of his generation. Equally talented as an actor, he has appeared on all the world´s major opera stages, such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan
(Falstaff, Moïse et Pharaon, Rigoletto, Lucrezia Borgia, Gianni Schicchi, Un giorno di Regno, Lucia di
Lammermoor), the Teatro dell´Opera in Rome (Faust, Gianni Schicchi, Die
Zauberflöte, Werther, Idomeneo), The Metropolitan Opera, New York (Lucia di
Lammermoor, Elisir d'amore), the Maggio Musicale in Florence (La Traviata, Don Giovanni), The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (La
Traviata, Dom Sébastien), and the Rossini Opera festival in Pesaro (Tancredi, Le Siège de
He has sung with the world´s foremost conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Zubin
Mehta, Jesus Lopez Cobos, James Conlon, Myun-Whung Chung, Gianluigi
Gelmetti, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Daniel Oren and Richard Bonynge.
A serious health crisis had emerged early in 2007 just as he was scheduled to sing in Cilea's
"L'Arlesiana" in New York under the baton of Eve Queler.
He went on to give an outstanding performance, even encoring the principal tenor aria.
In early December 2008, just 24 hours before he was scheduled to sing the title role in Verdi’s “Don Carlo” at La Scala in Milan, a season-opening production that was being broadcast worldwide, Mr. Filianoti was replaced against his will by the American tenor Stuart Neill.
La Scala officials stated that Mr. Filianoti had had a shaky dress rehearsal and seemed vocally uncomfortable with this arduous
role. The opera world was abuzz with the story for weeks, and anticipation naturally built for Mr. Filianoti’s appearance in the Met’s first “Rigoletto” of the
season early in 2009.
Mr. Filianoti had won many admirers after his 2005 Met debut as Edgardo in Donizetti’s “Lucia di
Lammermoor,” and the qualities that distinguished his work then, and during the
later revival, came through in his performance here.
He has a virile, bright voice with Italianate ping in his upper range. "With his limber and youthful appearance, he held the stage and embodied the part of the reckless and lecherous Duke."