Baritone Bruno Taddia was born in the Italian city of Pavia. He started out by earning a degree in violin at Geneva's Conservatorio Niccolò Paganini before continuing his studies in music composition at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and in Baroque violin and Baroque performance practice at the “Civico Instituto Musicale”. He then went on to study under Paolo Montarsolo and also earn a degree in philosophy.
At the Rossini Opera Festival, he made his debut in the role of Don Alvaro in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims. This was followed by invitations to collaborate at many of the world's major musical institutions: Milan's La Scala, London's Royal Opera House, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Dresden Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Théâtre du Chatelet and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Theater an der Wien, the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, the Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg, Venice's La Fenice, the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile, as well as at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu.
He has worked with conductors Riccardo Muti, Roberto Abbado, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ottavio Dantone, Michele Mariotti, and with directors like Dario Fo, Mario Martone, Giorgio Barberio Corsetti, Guy Joosten, Emilio Sagi, Ermanno Olmi and Pier Luigi Pizzi.
His principal roles include Orestes (Iphigénie en Tauride), Don Parmenione (in Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro), Don Giovanni, Count Danilo Danilovitsch (Die lustige Witwe), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Macrobio (in Rossini's La pietra del paragone), Ciccillo (in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli's Il medico dei pazzi at the Opéra de Nancy), Don Checco (in Nicola de Giosa's Don Checco), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), Ramiro (in Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole), Marquis di Forlimpopoli (in Bohuslav Martinů's Mirandola), Olivo (in Rossini's Olivo et Pasquale), Marcello (La bohème), Gianni Schicchi, Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), and Tarabotto (in Rossini's L'inganno felice).
His repertoire also features Baroque and contemporary roles, including Mercurio (in Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto), Tiresia (in Agostino Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe), Punch (in Harrison Birtwistle's Punch and Judy), Maximilian/the Captain/the Tsar (Candide), Elviro (in Handel’s Serse), Pasquale (in Haydn's Orlando paladino), Lindo (in Vivaldi's Tito Manilo). He also performs symphonic works and vocal chamber music.
His most important roles this season are Taddeo (in L'italiana in Algeri at the Hungarian State Opera), Belcore (in L'elisir d'amore in Fermo) and Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Marcello (La bohème) in Venice under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung.