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Ambrogio Maestri was born in Pavia where he studied singing and piano. His sensational debut took place in 2001 in Falstaff conducted by Riccardo Muti and directed by Giorgio Strehler at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Teatro Verdi in Bussetto. This interpretation earned him enthusiastic reviews from the international press and opened the doors of the most important opera houses in the world. The collaboration with Riccardo Muti led him over the next three years to sing at Scala in emblematic Verdi roles such as Iago (Otello), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Giorgio Germont (La traviata) and Don Carlo di Varga (La forza del destino). Guest of the most prestigious opera companies (Metropolitan Opera, Opera de Paris, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Berlin's Deutsche Oper), he continues his Verdian journey performing as the Conte di Luna (Il trovatore), Amonasro (Aida) and title roles of Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto and Nabucco. In 2012 at the Arena di Verona he celebrated his one hundredth performance of Aida in the role of Amonasro. Maestri has worked together with conductors as Zubin Mehta, Daniele Gatti, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding and with directors as Franco Zeffirelli, Robert Carsen, Graham Vick, Peter Stein or Robert Wilson. In the four last years Maestri met with Puccini and the verismo. He debuted in Tosca at Torre del Lago, Cavalleria rusticana at the Metropolitan Opera and Pagliacci at La Scala. Verdi’s bicentennial in 2013 represents the consecration of Maestri as a reference Falstaff. He was Sir John at La Scala, at the Opèra National de Paris, at Zurich’s Opernhaus, at Salzburg’s Festival, in Munich, in Tokyo, and at the Met in New York where he celebrated his 200th performance of the role. In 2013 he also interpreted Nabucco at the Arena di Verona; Amonasro at La Scala, at the Arena di Verona, and in Tokyo; and Simon Boccanegra at Turin’s Teatro Regio.
Ambrogio Maestri