The baritone Davide Damiani was born in Tavullia (Pesaro, Italy). He completed his studies in singing, double-bass, composition and conducting at the conservatories of Pesaro, Parma and Bologna. From 1986 to 1990 he studied conducting in Vienna with Julius Kalmar and in 1992 he took the final diploma at the Conservatory of Bologna. In 1992 he was assistant conductor to Gustav Kuhn at the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata and after this period he received many invitations from different opera houses and concert halls in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. In 1993, alongside his conducting activity, he made his debut as a baritone in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (title role) in Tel Aviv. From 1995 to 1999 Mr Damiani was member of the ensemble of Staatsoper Vienna where he sang Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Belmore in L’elisir d’amore, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. He also performed in the new production of Enescu’s Oedipe, Le Prophète, Fedora as well as Comte de Toulose in Verdi’s Jérusalem with Zubin Mehta.
He has successfully performed on most of Italy’s opera stages, including Naples (Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with L. Pavarotti), Turin (Schaunard in La bohème with L. Pavarotti, M. Freni, N. Ghiaurov), Bergamo, Pavia, Como (Marcello in La bohème), Palermo (Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, Escamillo in Carmen), Trieste (Ford in Falstaff), Ravenna and Catania (Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress), Reggio nell’Emilia (Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Tarquinius in Rape of Lucretia, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress), Modena (Tarquinius in Rape of Lucretia, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress), Verona (Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro), Florence, Parma and Genoa (Tarquinius w Rape of Lucretia), Parma (Marcello in La bohème), Cagliari (Paquiro in Goyescas, Count in Capriccio), Milan (Rivière in Volo di notte), Bologna (F. Vacchi’s Les Oiseaux de Passage), Bari (Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro), Ancona (Mittenhofer in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers), Venice (Lescaut in Manon Lescaut and Germont in La traviata).
Outside of Italy, he has sang in Tokyo (Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Germont in La traviata), Cardiff (Don Giovanni), Hong Kong (Scarpia in Tosca), St. Gallen (Belcore, Don Giovanni, Harlekin, Don Carlos in La forza del destino), Berlin (Marcello in La bohème), Basel (Ford in Falstaff, Scarpia in Tosca), Düsseldorf (Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni), Tel Aviv (Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Germont in La traviata), Wexford (Manfredo in Il Giuramento, Publio in La vestale, Tonio in Pagliacci, Rigoletto), Toronto (Don Giovanni), Graz (Balstrode in Peter Grimes), Palm Beach (Don Giovanni, Riccardo Forth in The Puritans), Brussels (Jean in P. Boesmanns’s Julie, title role in L. Brewaeys’s L’uomo dal fiore in bocca), Hamburg (Escamillo in Carmen), Geneva (Macbeth), Frankfurt (Michonet in Adriana Lecouvreur and Fred Bucksman in L. Navok’s An unserem Fluss), Warsaw (Rodrigo in Don Carlos), Nice (Michonet in Adriana Lecouvreur, Guy de Montfort in Les Vepres Siciliennes, Le Voyager, Elderly Fop & Co. in Britten’s Death in Venice), Bucharest (Oedipe in G. Enescu’s Oedipe and Don Giovanni).
Mr Damiani has worked with many distinguished conductors, such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Riccardo Chailly, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Oren, Ingo Metzmacher and stage directors Daniele Abbado, Luc Bondy, Robert Carsen, Götz Friedrich, Hans Neuenfels, David Pountney, Franco Zeffirelli, Calixto Bieito, Graham Vick, and Christof Loy.