Manager: William G. Guerri
Management Territory: Worldwide
Silvestrelli was a commanding, forbidding Bluebeard, filling the hall easily with his enormous sound. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Big is the word for Andrea Silvestrelli in every way: and an amazing Godunov/Fafner/Sparafucile/Sarastro voice coming from an echo chamber filled with storm clouds. The more quietly Silvestrelli sang, the more impressive the voice became. San Francisco Chronicle
There were wild cheers for Andrea Silvestrelli...who brought a terrifying, sepulchral tone to the assassin Sparafucile. Chicago Sun
Andrea Silvestrelli has quickly become one of the most sought-after ‘bassi profondi’ on the international opera scene. Garnering critical acclaim for his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in “Rigoletto”, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, “There were wild cheers for Andrea Silvestrelli …who brought a terrifying, sepulchral tone to the assassin Sparafucile.” The Chicago Sun concurred, “Andrea Silvestrelli wielded a big, black, menacing bass in his debut as the assassin Sparafucile.”
Mr. Silvestrelli opens the 2012/13 season as Sparafucile for San Francisco Opera under Music Director . . . Nicola Luisotti. He returns to Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he will be heard in three productions: Sparafucile in “Rigoletto”, Colline in “La bohème”, and The Nightwatchmen in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”. Last season, he sang Pimen at Lyric Opera of Chicago in their production of “Boris Godunov” and returned to New York for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Ernani”. He returned to Houston Grand Opera, where he was heard as Philippe II in “Don Carlos” to finish the season.
He began the 2010-2011 season with his debut at the Metropolitan opera as Sparafucile in the Otto Schenk production of “Rigoletto” and joined Los Angeles Opera and Maestro James Conlon for the same role. He was then heard in concert with the Milwaukee Symphony and Edo de Waart in performances of Act 1 of “Die Walküre”. He finished the season as Fasolt in “Das Rheingold” and Hagen in “Götterdämmerung” with San Francisco Opera for their new Ring Cycle.
Other recent seasons have included performances as Bartolo in “Le nozze di Figaro” with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Horatio in “Hamlet” for Trieste, Hunding in “Die Walküre” for Mexico City, and Oroveso in “Norma” for Finnish National Opera. He has also sung “Assassino nella cattedrale” and “Il gatto con gli stivali” with Rome Opera, Filippo II in Graz, Banco in “Macbeth” in Amsterdam, the French King in Reimann’s “Lear and Oroveso” in Torino, Pistola in “Falstaff” at the Teatro Comunale, Commendatore in “Don Giovanni” at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Seneca in “L’incoronazione di Poppea” at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, Gofreddo in “Il pirate” at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Sparafucile in the Canary Islands, Commendatore in “Don Giovanni” at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Oroveso in “Norma” at the São Carlos in Lisbon, Hermann in “Tannhäuser” at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Titurel in “Parsifal” at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Semyon Bychkov, Pistola at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Daniele Gatti and at the Berlin Staatsoper under Claudio Abbado, his debut at Covent Garden as Lodovico in “Otello”, Timur in the Zhang Zimou production of “Turandot” led by Zubin Mehta and performed by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in the Forbidden City in Beijing, “Norma” at the San Francisco Opera, Escamillo in “Carmen” in Tokyo, Penderecki’s “The Devils of Loudoun” and Pizzetti’s “Murder in the Cathedral” in Turin, Pistola in “Falstaff” with the Minnesota Orchestra under Jeffrey Tate, and “Aida” in Florence and in Amsterdam under Riccardo Chailly.
Mr. Silvestrelli is a regular guest of symphony orchestras worldwide and has been heard with Sir Andrew Davis and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s “Requiem”, in Puccini’s “Messa di Gloria” in Hamburg, Mahler’s “Symphony No. 8” at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” in Berlin, and Verdi’s “Requiem” in Siena, with the ABC Symphony in Sydney, and at the Gasteig in Munich. Mr. Silvestrelli has recorded “Don Giovanni” (Commendatore) conducted by John Eliot Gardiner for DGG, a production awarded with a Grammy in 1995, and Haydn’s “L’anima del filosofo” for Decca (1996).