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Born in Aosta, Bruno Praticò studied singing with Giuseppe Valdengo and attended special courses at La Scala Milan under Rodolfo Celletti. He went on to specialise in basso buffo rôles with appearances at La Scala, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Vienna and Bavarian State Operas, the Opéra National in Paris and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Engagements have taken him to Bologna, Florence, Rome, Lausanne, Stockholm, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. He has worked with distinguished conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Alberto Zedda and Carlo Rizzi. His repertoire includes Rossini rôles such as Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mustafà and Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, as well as comic rôles in Il viaggio a Reims, La cambiale di matrimonio and Le Comte Ory. He has appeared regularly at the Pesaro Rossini Festival since 1993, with a Rossini d’Oro award for his portrayal of Don Magnifi co in La Cenerentola in 1998. His various rôles for Rossini in Wildbad include those of Don Geronio in Il Turco in Italia (2003), Bruschino père in Il signor Bruschino (2009), Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola (2010) and the count in the modern première of Mercadante’s I briganti (2012). He has also established a highly successful career as a singing teacher.

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