Franco Fagioli

Countertenor (Argentina, San Miguel de Tucuman 1981 -)

Franco Fagioli is an Argentinian countertenor known for his virtuoso technique and the beauty of his voice. His numerous performances of Handel characters, such as Giulio Cesare, Teseo and Ariodante have earned him international recognition.

Franco Fagioli studied piano in his hometown of San Miguel de Tucuman and then sang at the Teatro Colón Institute of Arts in Buenos Aires. On the advice of Annelise Skovmand, his singing teacher at the time, he decided to focus on countertenor.

In 2003, he won the Bertelsmann Neue Stimmen competition. Revealed by this award, he performed under the baton of great Baroque conductors such as Alessandro di Marchi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Gabriel Garrido, Rene Jacobs, Christophe Rousset and Marc Minkowski who directed him in the title role of Giulio Cesare, in 2005 in Zürich, opposite Cecilia Bartoli's Cleopatra. Convinced, in 2010 the mezzo-soprano offered to share the Barbican Centre stage in London, for a recital dedicated to Handel.

After a recital, reminiscent of Mozart and Handel released in 2008, Franco Fagioli released Canzone e Cantate in 2010 for which he received the prestigious Italian Abbiati Award for "singer of the year", awarded for the first time to a countertenor. In 2012, on the stage of the Opera de Nancy and then in concert in Paris, Cologne and Lausanne, his interpretation of Arbace in L'Artaserse by Vinci was a real success, crowned by an exclusive contract with the Naïve label.

Six key dates for Franco Fagioli:

1997: founded San Martín de Porres choir for the teenagers from his province
2009: first solo recital in Stuttgart which received a public ovation
2009: Performed Demetrio in Handel’s Berenice directed by Alan Curtis, and published by Virgin Classics
2010: debut in the United States in Cavalli's Giasone directed by Christian Curnyn at the Chicago Opera Theatre
2011: won the Abbiati Award
2013: Arias for Caffarelli disk release with Il Pomo D'Oro, directed by Riccardo Minasi (Naïve)

Franco Fagioli website

Biography by Radio France Documentation, October 2013