Canadian-Italian lyric tenor Riccardo Iannello made his professional solo opera début in 2010 as an apprentice artist with Opéra de Montréal as Lord Cecil in Roberto Devereux. That same year, he débuted as Schmidt in Werther and Second Jew in Strauss’ Salomé, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The following year, Riccardo was invited to Victoria, British Columbia as a Resident Artist where he marked his company and role début with Pacific Opera Victoria as Le Remendado in Carmen.
Riccardo's career spans from opera to concert work as well. He has been a tenor soloist in Beethoven’s 'Ninth Symphony' with the Etobicoke Philharmonic, a soloist in Haydn’s ‘Lord Nelson Mass’ with ChoralWorks under the baton of Brian Rae, in Haydn's 'The Creation' with Toronto Sinfonietta and the Oakham House Choir at Ryerson University, and in Dubois' 'The Seven Last Words of Christ' with Choral St. Eustache in Qué. He has also toured in several U.S. cities with the former 'I Sing Beijing' whose mission was to recognize Mandarin as a lyrical musical language and introduce Chinese operatic repertoire to the mainstream opera world through various concerts. Riccardo has also appeared on TV in a globally televised concert event that commemorated the life and history of San Padre Pio. This event was produced and aired by Italy's Rai International and took place at Brampton's Powerade Centre.
He made his company and professional U.S. solo opera début as Alfredo in 'La Traviata' with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis at age 32. Following his U.S. début, Riccardo participated in Ireland’s prestigious Wexford Festival where he took part in a successful run of two new, full productions and a short work production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s 'Trial by Jury', singing the role of Edwin, the Defendant.
In competition, Riccardo was selected to be a Great Lakes Regional finalist at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He was the recipient of the 'Opera Buffs' award from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
In the spring of 2016, he released his first professional album with live orchestra, entitled 'Endless Horizons'. The album includes both Italian and Neapolitan classics, operatic arias, and a few musical theatre standards. That same year, Riccardo made his début at the Miami Music Festival reprising the role of Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute, conducted by the critically-acclaimed Stephanie Rhodes.
Last season, he reprised the role of Alfredo in a concert version of Verdi’s 'La Traviata', marking a company debut with Southern Ontario Lyric Opera.
This year, he debuted in a YouTube advertisement involving the Canadian bakery brand D'Italiano in which he reenacted a scene involving two lovers in an exchange of operatically sung dialogue.
He is currently a member of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association, ACTRA Toronto, and the American Federation of Musicians union in conjunction with the Toronto Musicians' Association, Local 149.
Photo credit: Phil Crozier