Awarded a study grant in 1992 by the William Walton Foundation for Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto, the bass Antonio Abete in 1993 won the As.Li.Co. contest, making his début in Wolf-Ferrari’s I quattro rusteghi and Galuppi’s Il filosofo di campagna. His career has continued with appearances at the Donizetti in Bergamo, the Grande in Brescia, the Sociale of Como, the Cremona Ponchielli, the Tokyo Globe, and the Turin Teatro Regio. He has taken part in major festivals of early music in Utrecht, Bruges, Ambronnay, Anvers, Stuttgart and New York, with solo rôles in Peri’s Euridice, Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Il ballo delle ingrate, and Cesti’s Argia. He has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, EMI-Virgin, Astrée, and Naxos.