Internationally recognized in the field of opera buffa, Bruno De Simone is considered by many as one of the greatest Bel Canto singers of his generation. With his personal style, incomparable stage presence and stunning acting abilities, he has wowed audiences and critics all over the world. Renowned for his Rossini and Donizetti, he is also particularly admired for his roles in operas by Galuppi, Pergolesi, Paisiello and Cimarosa which offer him many opportunities to display his vocal and theatrical skills.
Born in Naples, Bruno studied singing under Sesto Bruscantini and obtained a degree in Law.
From the beginning of his career, Bruno has performed many leading roles in important revivals of little-known works from the 18th century, among which Lo frate ‘nnamorato by Pergolesi which earned him a great personal success.
He is regularly invited to perform at the most prestigious opera houses and festivals: Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Arena in Verona, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Berlin Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Accademia Nazionale in Santa Cecilia, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Bruno De Simone has collaborated with conductors such as Zubin Metha, Riccardo Muti, Roberto Abbado, Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti, Jesús López Cobos, Donato Renzetti and Alberto Zedda.
As a supreme Rossini interpreter, he has performed numerous opera roles by the Italian Bel Canto composer including Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory, Germano in La Scala di seta, Pacuvio in La Pietra del paragone and Isidoro in Matilde di Shabran.
Particularly fond of Donizetti, he sang Don Pasquale and Malatesta in Don Pasquale and was Dulcamara and Belcore in L’Elisir d’amore.
His wide repertoire includes composers as varied such as Cherubini (Varbel in Lodoïska), Verdi (Falstaff and Ford in Falstaff, Fra Melitone in La Forza del destino), Puccini (Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, the title role in Gianni Schicchi), Mascagni (Kyoto in Iris), Cilea (Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur) and Prokofiev (Le Roi de Trèfle in L’Amour des trois oranges).
A great Mozart performer, Bruno appeared as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, as Figaro and as the Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and as Leporello in Don Giovanni.
During his long career he has been awarded the Tiberini d’Oro, the Rossini d’Oro and both the Alfredo Catalani and the Domenico Cimarosa Prizes.
Mr. De Simone has recorded extensively for EMI, Decca, Sony, Naxos, Arthaus Musik and Dynamic.
Recent career highlights embrace La Cenerentola at both the Bilbao and Paris Operas; Umberto Giordano’s Cena delle beffe at La Scala; Linda di Chamounix at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome; L’Elisir d’amore at the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, the Royal Opera House in Oman and the Florence Opera; Il Viaggio a Reims at the Nationale Opera in Amsterdam and at the Rome Opera; Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Arena in Verona, the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Monte Carlo Opera; Wolf-Ferrari’s Segreto di Susanna at La Fenice; Che originali! by Simon Mayr at the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo…
Recent and future engagements include La Cenerentola at the Opera di Firenze, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Chorégies d’Orange Festival and at the Berlin Staatsoper, Così fan tutte at the Lausanne Opera and Gianni Schicchi at the Torre del Lago Festival.