Franco Pomponi

Artistic Director
Franco Pomponi, Artistic Director

Baritone Franco Pomponi made his European debut in the title role of Hamlet at the Liceu in Barcelona and success followed worldwide. He created a sensation in Paris as Pentheus in The Bassarids by Henze at the Théâtre du Châtelet and has returned to sing the title roles in new productions of Nixon in China (broadcast on Mezzo) and Sweeney Todd. His Italian debut came at Teatro Massimo, Palermo as Nick Shadow in Cesare Lievi’s production of A Rake’s Progress. He debuted at Opernhaus Zürich in a new production of Les pêcheurs de perles as Zurga (dir. Rizzi), the title role of Don Giovanni for his debut at Bolshoï Opera (dir. Currentzis) and in Budapest in a new production of The Tempest as Prospero at Hungarian State Opera.

Mr. Pomponi was a member of Lyric Opera of Chicago and made his Chicago debut as Germont in Verdi’s La traviata. He made his New York debut as Escamillo in Carmen at New York City Opera. Other debuts: Ford in Falstaff for The Santa Fe Opera (dir Arrivabeni), ‘Four Villains’ Les contes d’Hoffmann, Finnish National Opera (dir. Fournillier). He made his Carnegie Hall debut as Pater Ecstaticus in Symphony Nº 8 of Mahler with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Additional highlights include, Ezio Attila, Seïd, Il Corsaro, OFC Chicago; Tebaldo, Giulietta e Romeo (Zandonai), New York; Prigioniero Il Prigioniero (Dallapiccola) Chicago; Pangloss Candide, Metternich L’Aiglon Lausanne; Hamlet, Barcelona, Marseille, Brussels, Kansas City; Don Giovanni, Bolshoi Moscow, Geneva, Athens, Montpellier, Guangzhou; Eugene Onégin FGO Miami, Spoleto Festival; Escamillo Carmen, L.A. Opera, NYCO, Helsinki, Bremen; ‘Four Villains’ Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Golaud Pelléas et Mélisande Reisopera Netherlands; Paolo Simon Boccanegra Grand Théâtre Geneve; Germont La traviata Grant Park Music Festival; Ford Falstaff Canadian Opera; Count di Luna Il trovatore Austin Lyric; Michele Il Tabarro Opera Festival of Chicago; Jack Rance Fanciulla del West KYO; Marcello La bohème Opéra Lausanne, Opéra Vichy; Schaunard La bohème, Count Dominick Arabella Metropolitan Opera, New York; Valentin Faust, Opéra Toulon; Hérode Hérodiade, Silvio Pagliacci, Dorset Opera; Frank/Pierrot Die tote Stadt Teatro Massimo Palermo; Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte, Belcore L’elisir d’amore Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg; Argante Rinaldo NYOpera Fest; Ping Turandot, Mercutio Roméo et Juiliette, Malatesta Don Pasquale Lyric Opera of Chicago; Carbon Cyrano Teatro Real Madrid. Mr. Pomponi has sung leading roles under Abell, Abbassi, Andrizzi, Bartoletti, de Billy, Eschenbach, Gergiev, Guidarini, López Cobos, Luisotti, Mehta, Minkowski, Levine, Mazzola, Nagano, Nelson, Niquet, Olmi, Ōno, Pappano, Pidò, Schwarz, Soltész, Villaume, de Waart. Franco is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Opera Festival of Chicago