Francesco Facini studies singing in Lucca and Mantua with E. Campogalliani. He graduated in Pedagogy at the University of Florence. He has studied at the Mozarteum of Salzburg with Sena Jurinac and Giulietta Simionato. He is famous at international level as Rossini and Mozart performer and he is also a teacher, giving masterclasses for summer courses of Wichita University. He has given for many years masterclasses for the “Via Francigena” Musical Festival and in Hong Kong.
His last performances have been in Florence, Uberto in “Serva Padrona” and the Dr. Split in the first performance of “Risus abundant” by Andrea Portera directed by the Master Mario Ancilotti, and later he has performed “The Traviata” conducted by Tito Ceccherini and directed by G. Kuhn at the Tiroler Festpiele in Austria. In the next winter season of the Tiroler Festpiele Erl in Austria, he will perform Bartolo in “The Barber of Seville”, Alcindoro in La Bohème and Stromminger in Wally by Catalani at the Teatro del Giglio of Lucca.
In June 2016, he performed the Boheme in Saarbruecken in concertante version for the German Radio, called by Marc Karel Chichon, conductor with who he performed last year at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. In summer 2016 at the Tyrol Festival Erl he performed Melchtal and Gessler in William Tell of Rossini, conducted by Gustav Kuhn. In the season 2014/2015, he performed Rambaldo in “La rondine” of Puccini at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca with tours in many Italian Theatres and Don Bartolo in the Barber of Seville at the Nuovo Teatro Sociale of Sondrio, conducted by Daniele Agiman.
In the last seasons, he performed Don Alfonso in “Thus Do They All” in Siena conducted by Janos Acs and the High Priest of Bel, conducted by Antonello Allemandi at the Sferisterio of Macerata.
In 2013, he recorded for the Unitell Classica the opera “Alzira” of Verdi, in the role of Alvaro conducted by Gustav Kuhn. This opera adds up to his numerous recordings.
In 2012, he received the prestigious award “Boris Cristoff” at the Castle of Buggiano.
For several years, he has performed in many Italian and foreign theatres, especially with Rossini and Mozart roles. He debuted in Lucerne under the guidance of Marcello Viotti, with many roles of his repertoire such as Figaro of “The Marriage of Figaro”, with which he was guest in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Basel and Verona, and Don Bartolo of the Barber of Seville, which led him to the US debut at the Kennedy Center of Washington, under the guidance of Heinz Fricke and the direction of Leon Major.
He has often performed Don Magnifico, in “Cinderella”, conducted by the Master Alberto Zedda at the New Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv, and again Don Magnifico and Don Profondo in “The Journey to Reims”, directed by Dario Fò at the Finnish Opera of Helsinki.
He has performed Alidoro in “Cinderella” conducted by Stefano Ranzani at the Teatro Bellini of Catania. Among Rossini’s operas, he performed Selim in “the Turk in Italy” at the Opera of Rome and at many German and London theatres. He also performed Podestà in “The Thieving Magpie” in Messina.
We also remind his performances of the Doctor in “Wozzeck” of Berg, Ashby in “The Girl of the West”, Angelotti and the Sacristan in “Tosca” at the Opera of Rome, conducted by G. Gelmetti, and again Selim in “The Turk of Italy” at the prestigious Staatsoper Unter den Linden of Berlin. He worked along with Franco Zaffirelli in the “Tosca” in Rome as Angelotti and later as the Sacristan and as Zuniga in Carmen at the Verona Arena.
Recently he performed Dulcamara in “the Elixir of Love” and Don Bartolo in “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Scottish Opera of Glasgow, directed by Sir Thomas Allen. He has been for many years the reference of Figaro in “the Marriage of Figaro” and Papageno in “the Magic Flute” both in very important German theatres (Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg etc…) and in Italian theatres (Verona Arena), conducted by Masters such as Marcello Viotti, Zoltan Pesko, Stefan Anton Reck etc…
He also performed Papageno in “The Magic Flute” of Mozart in Florence with Eva Mei and Luca Canonici, after having already performed it under the conduction of Marcello Viotti, with Ramon Vargas, and at the Teatro Bellini of Catania directed by the German director Werner Herzog and conducted by the Master Zoltan Pesko (with who he has collaborated often).