Biography & My story

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Welsh/Italian tenor Adriano Graziani began his studies with the Polish voice teacher Victor Gavrak before taking up a scholarship at the Royal College of Music, London. Having completed his advanced training at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice, he continues to study with Dennis O‘Neill.

He was a prize winner at the Concorso Internazionale dei Cantanti Lirici in Italy and a finalist in the Montserrat Caballé singing competition 2008.

Adriano is also featured on the critically acclaimed Naxos recording of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini in the role of Malatestino dall’Occhio with the Philharmonic Orchestra Freiburg under Fabrice Bollon.

Recent engagements include Un ballo in maschera (Opera Zuid/Opera North Leeds); Don José Carmen (Central City Opera/Landestheater Bregenz/Scottish Opera); Luigi (cover) Il tabarro (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden); Cavaradossi Tosca (Longborough Festival); Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (Welsh National Opera); Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor (Buxton Festival); Alfredo (cover) La Traviata (Glyndebourne); and Rodolfo La Bohème (Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg/Opera Zuid).

Past opera roles have included: Macduff Macbeth, Alfredo La Traviata (Stadttheater Bern); Alfredo (Arizona Opera); Ismaele Nabucco, Malatestino dall’Occhio Francesca da Rimini, Luigi Il tabarro (Theater Freiburg); Don Ruiz in Donizetti’s Maria Padilla (Wexford Festival / Opera Boston); Pinkerton, Cavaradossi (Opera Zuid); Edmondo Manon Lescaut, Leicester Maria Stuarda (Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti, Modena / Fondazione Arturo Toscanini, Piacenza); Cavaradossi (Opera Holland Park / Dorset Opera); Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor (Scottish Opera); Pollione Norma (Northern Ireland Opera / Ulster Orchestra); and Macduff Macbeth (Glyndebourne Touring Opera) which earned him the Glyndebourne Promise Award for the most outstanding young singer.

My story


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 Graziani 2018