"We heard some true bel canto singing and vocal elegance from Adriano Graziani ... he certainly exhibited most of the Italianate squillo heard in the performance."
Robert J Farr, Seen and Heard International
One day I was in my bedroom and I began to sing...
I was born in Neath, South Wales to a Welsh mother and Italian father. Music was all around me as a child as Wales has a great tradition when it comes to music and singing in particular. My father always played opera records at home so I grew up listening to all these great operatic singers and at times I would find my self trying to imitate and sing along with Pavarotti and Mario Lanza.
One day I was in my bedroom and I began to sing, the window must have been open as a little later the next door neighbour who happened to be an avid member of the local choir came round to ask my parents if I would be interested to attend the village mixed choir, I did go a few times but it didn’t last long as my friends would always turn up outside the local community hall and poke fun at me.
I was never really academic but somehow managed to make my way to University and ended up working for a bank in the City of London. After a few years however I was pretty unhappy with the routine and just found the whole process very unrewarding, I felt as if something was missing but didn’t know exactly what.
Whilst working in London I lived in Blackheath and on my way to work I used to walk past a Conservatoire of Music. I decided to enquire about singing lessons and this was the beginning. It was the start of something quite different. I attended for a year or so and then decided to further my vocal training with a teacher in London. My voice by then had started to develop and mature and it was at this point that my teacher suggested that I consider entering a competition-perhaps one in Wales and this was the real turning point. I entered for the under 30 vocal solo competition at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen. To my great surprise I came second!
Inspired by this I took a leap into the unknown and auditioned for a place at the Royal College of Music. This was no easy decision as I was leaving a full time job with the security of having a monthly salary. However I was accepted and started my new life.
It was at this time that I realised just how little I knew and how hard I was going to have to work if I wanted to fulfill my dream of a career in Opera. My first big opportunity came when I was introduced to the world renowned Welsh tenor, Dennis O’Neill who was to be become my teacher and mentor. He was enthusiastic about my potential and offered me a place at his ‘Cardiff International Academy of Voice’. The time I spent under his tuition set me on the road to success after some ups and downs I’m happy to say that finally I can see some light at the end of the tunnel. I am travelling the world and singing with some amazing people. I learn something new every day, whether in a rehearsal room or on stage, and yet I know that I am only just beginning this amazing journey.
Adriano first studied in London with voice specialist, M.Victor Gav, who impressively groomed him for a scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London, on completion of his studies he was then offered a place by the renowned Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill to study at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, he continues to study under Dennis O’Neill CBE and M. Victor Gav.
Adriano Graziani’s current and future engagements include Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor Buxton Opera Festival MACDUFF Macbeth and ALFREDO La Traviata Stadttheater Bern, ALFREDO La Traviata Arizona Opera, PINKERTON Madama Butterfly and CAVARADOSSI Tosca Opera Zuid, as well as ISMAELE Nabucco and MALATESTINO DALL’OCCHIO Francesca da Rimini Theater Freiburg. Recent engagements include DON RUIZ Donizetti’s Maria Padilla Wexford Festival and Opera Boston, EDMONDO Manon Lescaut and LEICESTER Maria Stuarda Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena and Fondazione Arturo Toscanini, Piacenza, as well as CAVARADOSSI Tosca Holland Park Opera, Dorset Opera, Longborough Festival Opera Opera Zuid (Holland) and Aachen Stadteater (Germany).
Other career highlights include POLLIONE Norma Northern Ireland Opera and Ulster Orchestra, and MACDUFFMacbethGlyndebourne Touring Opera, which earned him the Glyndebourne 2007 PROMIS Award for the most outstanding young singer.