Ambrogio Maestri

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Ambrogio Maestri (born 1970) is an Italian operatic baritone. He is especially known for his portrayal of the title character in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff.[1][2] He studied piano and singing in his home town, Pavia. In Italy he has performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Verdi in Trieste and the Arena di Verona. Abroad he has performed at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon, the Royal Opera House in London, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, San Francisco Opera House, the Konzerthaus the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and others.

He presents as a powerful, robust man on stage. Gramophone has described him as Italy's answer to Bryn Terfel,[3] "fresh-voiced [and] emotionally sympathetic."[4] He has been critically praised by the likes of Riccardo Muti.[5] Edward Seckerson of The Independent said of his performance as Falstaff at the Royal Opera House of London that he is "wonderfully real, animating all aspects of the text and making great play of the innate contradiction between a booming, boorish, authority and those mellifluous remnants of wily old airs and graces."[6]

In 2003 he played Rolando in La battaglia di Legnano at the Teatro San Carlo.[7] In 2012 he played the role of Dr Dulcamara in Gaetano Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in Vienna, and at the Metropolitan Opera in September and October alongside Anna Netrebko.[8] In December 2013 he gave his 200th performance of Falstaff in a new production by the Metropolitan Opera in New York.[9]



  1. ^ "Concert review". Classical Source. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Mackenzie, Sir Compton; Stone, Christopher (2004). The Gramophone. C. Mackenzie. p. 127. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Gramophone Classical Good CD & DVD Guide. Gramophone Publications. 1 October 2005. p. 1330. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Mackenzie, Sir Compton; Stone, Christopher (2005). The Gramophone. C. Mackenzie. p. 84. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Muti, Riccardo (6 September 2011). Riccardo Muti. Rizzoli. p. 136. ISBN 978-0-8478-3745-8. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ambrogio Maestri is Verdi's Falstaff". ABC Classic FM. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  7. ^ RM, rassegna musicale italiana. Rassegna musicale italiana. 2003. p. 25. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Exclusive interview with AMBROGIO MAESTRI". Opera Focus. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Tommasini, Anthony. "An Outsize Rapscallion Let Loose on Postwar England". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 

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