Gianluca TERRANOVA Tenor

Born in Rome and graduated in piano with honor, Mr. Terranova attracted international attention jumping in as Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at the Arena di Verona. His great critical success lead to his current reputation as one of the great interpreters of the role. In 2010 he had great personal success making his debut at the Teatro alla Scala Milan, again as the Duke of Mantua, under the baton of James Conlon, who also chose him for that role in Los Angeles. 

At the beginning of his career he made his debut in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Falstaff, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Mavra, Il pirata and Gina by Cilea.  

Among his past engagements are worth mentioning: La bohème, Rigoletto and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (special concert under Zubin Mehta) in Florence; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Frankfurt; Alfredo in La Traviata in Verona (Filarmonico) and Venice with Myung Wung Chung; La Bohème in Torre del Lago (Puccini Festival) and in Bologna; La Fille du Régiment  in Trieste and on tour in Italy; La Damnation de Faust in Palermo;  Lucia di Lammermoor in Naples; La Bohème and Rigoletto in Venice; Un Ballo in Maschera and Verdi’s Requiem in Trieste, Gianluigi Gelmetti conducting. He also performed  Alfredo in La Traviata for the new Festival of the Opera Australia in Sydney (first edition: 2012) at the Sydney Harbour

More recently he starred in La Bohème in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Grange Park London Summer Festival, Naples, Atlanta, Sydney; Rigoletto  in Verona (Arena), Warszaw, Opera Australia, Rome, Liège; Lucia di Lammermoor and Simon Boccanegra in Genoa; La Traviata in Berlin (Deutsche Oper)  and Leipzig; Simon Boccanegra in Turin under Gianandrea Noseda; Madama Butterfly in Dallas; with important debuts as Don Carlo in Dusseldorf and as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma in Essen.

Future plans: Turandot and Carmen in Atlanta; Simon Boccanegra in Dijon; revivals of Norma in Essen; Maria Stuarda in Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Rigoletto in Sydney and Beijing; Aida in Liège and Nancy; Pique Dame and Mefistofele in Stuttgart; Mefistofele in Tokyo, Madama Butterfly in Arena di Verona, Tosca in Dallas, Messa di Gloria Puccini in Madrid.
Gianluca Terranova portrayed Enrico Caruso in the Italian TV-movie “Caruso, la voce dell’amore”, both singing and acting as the great Italian tenor. In October 2012 he released his first cd: “Gianluca Terranova canta Caruso” (EMI) with Arena di Verona Orchesta. In july 2015 he released his second cd: "Recital" (Warner Classic Italy). 


Gianluca TERRANOVA Tenor

with his soaring ease in the high register and his charismatic stage presence, is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after lyric tenors of our time. In 2010 he had great personal success on the occasion of his Teatro alla Scala Milan debut as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto under the baton of James Conlon, with whom the tenor also appeared as the Duke at Los Angeles Opera for his successful American debut in November/December 2010. 

Born in Rome, Terranova graduated with a degree in piano and was involved in a variety of activities in musical theater and TV as an interpreter, composer and arranger.  During this time he made his professional debut in Il barbiere di Siviglia in Rome, and was also heard in Falstaff, Madama Butterfly, Nabucco, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Mavra, Il pirata and Gina by Cilea.  

In 2008 the tenor attracted international attention when he replaced an ill colleague at the last minute to make his debut as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at the Arena di Verona conducted by Renato Palumbo. His great critical success lead him to be hailed as one of the great interpreters of the role of the Duke of Mantua; a debut that launched him him instantly into the ranks of the most notable performers in the opera world today.  

In October of the same year he appeared as Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and was consequently invited by Zubin Mehta to participate in a special concert of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Maggio Musicale for an audience of 8,000. In February 2009 he appeared as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, a role in which he would also make his debut at the Frankfurt Opera the following May. He has also been heard as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Filarmonico di Verona and at La Fenice in Venice conducted by Myung Wung Chung, as Rodolfo at the Puccini Festival Torre del Lago and at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, as the Duke in Rigoletto in Florence, Tonio in La Fille du Régiment  in Trieste and in Como, Bergamo, Brescia  (where he sang a new critical edition in Italian of Donizetti’s opera).

In 2011 he was busy with a great number of his favourite titles, Rigoletto, La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, in many Italian major theatres, from La Fenice in Venice to the Teatro Regio in Turin, as well as a successful première of I Puritani. In 2012 he performed, among other engagements, in La Damnation de Faust in Palermo, Lucia di Lammermoor in Naples and La Boheme and Rigoletto in Venice. He was also chosen, in 2012, for the role of Alfredo in La Traviata for the newly created Festival of the Opera Australia in Sydney at the Sydney Harbour. He portrayed Enrico Caruso in the Italian TV movie “Caruso, la voce dell’amore”, both singing and acting the role of the great Italian tenor. In October 2012 he released his first cd: “Gianluca Terranova canta Caruso” (EMI).  

In 2013 he sang in La Bohème at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and at Opera Australia in Sydney, Rigoletto at the Arena Verona and the Wielki Theatre in Warszaw, La Traviata at the Oper Leipzig, and Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Regio in Turin. 

In December 2013 he debuted the Messa da Requiem by G. Verdi with Maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti at Trieste Verdi Theatre. For the opening season in the same theatre sung Un ballo in maschera with G. Gelmetti which he has been a great success, confirming him as a “Verdi tenor”. Next he sang twenty performances of Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto at Opera Australia, led by Renato Palumbo, and five performances in Opera di Roma. Six more triumphant performances of Rigoletto at Opèra Royal de Wallonie in Liege have confirmed his ownership of this role. 2015 saw his debut at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, in Lucia di Lammermoor, to great critical success, comparing him to great tenors of the Golden Age. In the same year he debuted at Deutsche Oper Berlin in La Traviata, at Grange Park London Summer Festival then returned to the San Carlo theatre in Naples with Puccini’s La Boheme, where he won the great affection of the Naples public. In the USA, in Atlanta, his enormously successful Rodolfo was greeted every night with a standing ovation. Critics praised him as an artist of the first level, stirring great interest in the great American theatres. In October 2015 he sang the role of Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra in Genoa; a total triumph, cheered by audience and critics alike, and establishing him internationally as a great artist. 2016 saw his important debut as Don Carlo at Deutsche Opera am Rhein, as well as Pollione in Norma, his return to Melbourne Opera and his debut at the New National Theatre in Tokyo in La Bohème.

April 2017

Photo: Eduardo Manna