Baritone Franco Vassallo is one of Italy's leading baritones and has there been acclaimed at Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro Comunale di Firenze, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Parma and at the Arena di Verona.
He has also made several significant international debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper in Berlin, Opernhaus Zürich, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Baden-Baden Festival, Hamburg State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon as well as in Bilbao, Amsterdam, Paris, Washington, Los Angeles and Philadelphia.
Highlights of the last seasons included a new production of RIGOLETTO at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as well as a new staging of MACBETH at Teatro alla Scala under Valery Gergiev. Franco Vassallo returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2013 as Ford in the new production of FALSTAFF conducted by James Levine. Besides that, he starred in Zurich Opera's revival of Bellini's rarely heard LA STRANIERA along with Edita Gruberová. He returned to the Arena di Verona as Amonasro in AIDA and starred as Count Di Luna in IL TROVATORE at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and again as RIGOLETTO in Munich and as well as in Hamburg.
He made his debut at the Teatro Real Madrid as Monforte in a concert version of I VESPRI SICILIANI. Vassallo opened the 2014/15 season in Geneva in September as RIGOLETTO and made his debut at Theater an der Wien in LA STRANIERA and returns to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Germont in LA TRAVIATA, to Vienna State Opera as Amonasro in AIDA and to the Bavarian State Opera as the Duke of Nottingham in ROBERTO DEVEREUX.
In the last season (2015/16) he was heard as Amonasro in AIDA and the title role of RIGOLETTO at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. At Teatro Felice in Genoa, Franco gave his role debut as SIMON BOCCANEGRA. Also he sung the role of Don Carlo di Vargas in a concert version of LA FORZA DEL DESTINO followed by the title role of FALSTAFF at Grand Théâtre de Genève. With the title role of RIGOLETTO he made his house debut at Opera Bastille in Paris.
Current and future engagements include RIGOLETTO at Hamburg State Opera. He will return to the Bavarian State Opera to sing MACBETH as well as Ford/FALSTAFF. At the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam he will be heard as Don Carlo/LA FORZA DEL DESTINO and will return to Paris to sing Ford/FALSTAFF. In Munich he will sing Don Alfonso/LUCREZIA BORGIA.