Guest of the Opera
Luciano Mastro was born in 1972 in Alberobello, Italy. In 2000 he won in the Maria Callas International Voice Competition a scholarship for master classes given by Renata Scotto, Maya Sunara, Bruno Cagli. In 2002 he made his debut as Tebaldo (Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi) at Bari Teatro, where he returned a year later as Rodolfo (Puccini: La bohème). At the present time, he is a soloist of the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre in Ostrava, where he debuted in 2003 as the Duke of Mantua (Verdi: Rigoletto). On this stage he has created more than twenty roles including Nemorino (Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore), Alfredo (Verdi: La traviata), Pinkerton (Puccini: Madama Butterfly), Ruggero (Puccini: La Rondine), Massenet’s Werther, Gounod’s Roméo and Faust, Verdi's Ernani, Riccardo Percy (Donizetti: Anna Bolena) as well as several roles of the Czech repertoire, including Števa (Janáček: Jenůfa), the Prince (Dvořák: Rusalka), Manolios (Martinů: The Greek Passion) and Fabrizio (Martinů: Mirandolina). His creation of Kudryash (Janáček: Katya Kabanova) at the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre earned him a nomination for the 2012 Thalia Award. He was a permanent guest of the Prague State Opera and he has often guest appeared at the National Theatre Opera in Prague. He has also sung Edgardo (Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor), Chevalier des Grieux (Puccini: Manon Lescaut), Bacchus (R. Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos), and the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac in Franco Alfano’s opera. His Nanni in Marco Tutino’s opera La Lupa at the Moravian-Silesian National Theatre in Ostrava earned him a wider nomination for the 2008 Thalia Award. Luciano Mastro has regularly perfomed on the European opera stages including Teatro Massimo Palermo, Teatr Wielki Warsaw (Tutino: Senso), Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Puccini: Madama Butterfly), the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava (Puccini: Manon Lescaut, Bizet: Carmen, Verdi: La traviata), State Theatre Košice (Bizet: Carmen) and others.
Update: February 2014