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“The light-footedness, rhythm and humour of the production owed a lot to Riccardo Novaro’s Dandini. He was elegantly light-hearted, his comic timing was tremendous, he smiled like a cheeky little boy, and he articulated the words with a contagious intelligence and intelligibility. He was simply radiant in this role.” - Classica

Riccardo Novaro is an internationally sought after baritone for Belcanto repertoire. Specialized in the Mozartian and Rossinian repertoire, he has earned his reputation singing  Figaro at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris and Il Conte at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Papageno at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Guglielmo at the Vlaamse Oper and  Don Alfonso at Glyndebourne Touring Opera ; Dandini in La Cenerentola at the Opéra de Paris and at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Rimbaud in Le Comte Ory at Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri at Opéra de Bordeaux, Poeta in Turco in Italia at the Opéra de Lausanne, Germano in La Scala di Seta with the Freiburger Barockorchester. Praised for his versatility and his vocal agility, he has performed with great success Malatesta in Don Pasquale at Garsington Festival Opera, Belcore at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore at La Monnaie in Brussels, as well as the roles of Schaunard in La Bohème and Argante in Rinaldo at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Testo in Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with René Jacobs, Astolfo in Orlando Furioso with Ensemble Mattheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Achilla in Giulio Cesare with the Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone.

An esteemed international opera career has led him to sing at the Teatro alla Scala, New York’s Lincoln Center, Geistag Philharmonie in Munich, London’s Barbican Center, Opéra Comique de Paris, Garsington Festival Opera, Accademia Santa Cecilia in Roma, Teatro Regio di Torino, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Brussels’s Bozar, Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, Palau de la Musica in Valencia. He has collaborated with leading conductors such as Giovanni Antonini, Maurizio Benini, Bruno Campanella, Emmanuelle Haïm, Gabriele Ferro, Ivan Fischer, Riccardo Frizza, John Eliot Gardiner, Daniele Gatti, Vladimir Jurowski, and stage directors such as Annabel Arden, Robert Carsen, Damiano Michieletto, David McVicar, Adrian Noble, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Luca Ronconi, Daniel Slater.

Recordings include Charpentier’s Te Deum with Myun-Whun Chung (Deutsche Gramophone), Händel’s Floridante with Alan Curtis (Deutsche Gramophone Archiv), L’Olimpiade with Rinaldo Alessandrini, Orlando Furioso with Federico Maria Sardelli, L’Incoronazione di Dario with Ottavio Dantone for Vivaldi’s Collection Naïve and recently Cimarosa’s Maestro di Cappella with Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini for Alpha Haydn 2032 project.