Born in Chile in 1992, Diego Godoy began his musical career at the age of 14 in Copiapó, Chile. He started his studies with Maestro Rodrigo Tapia Salfate and pursued his training with the Chilean mezzo-soprano Graciela Araya at the “Ramón Vinay” Center of Operatic Studies of Chile, specializing in the repertoire of Mozart and Bel Canto.
Afterwards he trained at the Opera Studio of the Opéra National du Rhin, where he took masterclasses with famous singers and teachers including Sylvie Valayre, Umberto Finazzi and Felice Venanzoni, and where he interpreted the roles of Florville (Il Signor Bruschino) and Edoardo (La Cambiale di matrimonio) under the direction of Antonino Fogliani.
Diego Godoy is the First Prize winner of the International French Opera Competition “Les Maîtres du Chant”.
So far, he has worked with conductors such as Daniele Callegari, Giuseppe Grazioli, José Miguel Pérez-Sierra, Alessandro De Marchi, Francesco Pasqualetti, Corrado Rovaris, Tugan Sokhiev. He has collaborated with stage directors including Robert Carsen, Olivier Py, Jürgen Flimm, Stefano Vizioli, Pier Luigi Pizzi and Damiano Micheletto.
Diego made his debut as Benvolio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette conducted by Yves Abel at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago.
He has an established reputation in the Rossini repertoire, singing Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri) at Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at Teatro Comunale di Bologna and in a production staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi for the Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Libenskof (Il Viaggio a Reims) at both the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. He sang Albazar in Il Turco in Italia at the Ópera Nacional de Chile with the conduction of José M. Pérez Sierra and the direction of Emilio Sagi. Most recently, he debuted as Rodrigo in La Donna del lago at Sofia National Opera.
On the occasion of the 2019 opening concert of the Trasimeno Music Festival in the Basilica Superiore di San Francesco d’Assisi, Diego performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
Additionally, he starred in Donizetti’s Fille du régiment (Tonio) at the Schloss Kirchstetten Festival, in La Favorite (Fernand) at the Opéra National du Rhin and in Don Pasquale (Ernesto) for the Warsaw Chamber Opera.
In the Mozart repertoire, Diego Godoy sang the parts of Ferrando in Così fan tutte for the Opéra de Reims, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for the Teatro Verdi in Pisa and Arbace in Idomeneo for the Catania’s Teatro Massimo Bellini.
He could also be seen on stage as Araspe in the first modern representation of Mercadante’s Didone abbandonata under Alessandro De Marchi at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (issued on DVD by Naxos), and appeared as Uriel in Haydn’s Schöpfung at the International Festival “Donizetti Opera” in Bergamo.
Recent and future engagements include Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) and Nicola Campogrande’s Notte di San Nicola (Il Capitano) both at Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Rossini’s Turco in Italia (Don Narciso) at Teatro Comunale di Sassari, and Verdi’s Rigoletto (Il Duca di Mantova) in a young audience production at both the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Rouen Opera. Diego Godoy performs Beethoven’s 9th Symphony under Sakari Oramo leading the Wiener Symphoniker at the Vienna Konzerthaus.