Italian-Canadian tenor, Riccardo Iannello, is an alumnus of l’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal’s training program. This “Fresh faced, well-dressed, well-prepared and very talented” (Colin Eatock, Globe and Mail) tenor made his professional début with Opéra de Montréal during its 2010-11 season as Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux. That same season, he débuted as Schmidt in Werther, and Second Jew in Salome conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The following season this young tenor added to his repertoire the role of Ruiz in Il Trovatore and made his company and role début with Pacific Opera Victoria as Le Remendado in Carmen. Last season marked yet another role and company début as Alfredo in La Traviata with Opera York under the baton of Maestro Vacca. Other roles in his repertoire include Don José in both the Banff Centre and Highlands Opera Studio productions of La tragédie de Carmen, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Tito in La Clemenza di Tito, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, Mayor Upfold in Opera on the Avalon’s production of Albert Herring, Count Almaviva in Canadian Opera Company’s Xstrata Ensemble school tour of The Barber of Seville, and the title role in Le Docteur Miracle with l’Atelier lyrique.
He will be returning to Pacific Opera Victoria this winter to take part in a new production of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos where he will make his role début as Scaramuccio. In the spring, Riccardo will début with Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra as tenor soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under the baton of Maestro Vacca.
In concert, Riccardo appeared as a soloist with Ensemble Choral St-Eustache (Québec) in The Seven Last Words of Christ (T. Dubois), the International Vocal Arts Institute at Virginia Tech, Pacific Opera Victoria’s resident artist program, as well as in a globally televised 2012 benefit concert commemorating the life and history of Saint Padre Pio produced and aired by Rai International. This past September, he returned for the second annual Padre Pio event at Toronto’s Powerade Centre.
This past February, Riccardo took part in his first four-U.S.-city concert tour as a tenor soloist with I Sing Beijing. Its mission is to recognize Mandarin as a lyrical musical language and introduce Chinese operatic repertoire to the mainstream opera world through concerts hosted by the various Confucius Institutes at American universities.
In competition, Riccardo was selected to be a Great Lakes Regional finalist for the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in Pittsburgh. He was the recipient of the ‘Opera Buffs’ award from the Metropolitan Opera in NY in 2011.
Riccardo graduated from the University of Toronto where he obtained a Bachelor of Music degree specializing in Vocal performance. He also holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He is an alumnus of Operafestival di Roma, Academia Vocalis in Wörgl, Austria, Académie Internationale d’Été de Nice, Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Banff Centre: Opera as Theatre program, Opera on the Avalon, the International Vocal Arts Institute at Virginia Tech, and Highlands Opera Studio based in Haliburton, Ontario.
Riccardo is a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, ACTRA Toronto, and the American Federation of Musicians.