Frano Lufi / biography
Frano Lufi began his musical studies in violin, accordion and piano. In 1985 he graduated in singing at the The State’s Conservatory of Music in Tirana and
was hired by the State Theatre in the same city as stable bass, performing at the same time and teaching at the State Conservatory.
In August 2000 he trained at the Academy
Rossini in Pesaro.
In 1991 he won the International Singing Competition " George Enescu" in Romania.
In 1992 he won the International Singing Competition " Young hopes to
Opera" in the city of Skopje (Macedonia) .
In 1994 he won the second prize at the “International Singing Competition G. B. Viotti" in Vercelli.
He won also the Singing Competition "Katia Ricciarelii" and then, under the direction of Katia Riccerelli, he attended the Academy Opera Valance.
In the year 1994, together with the famous soprano, he sings the "Petite Messe Solenelle " and the "Stabat Mater" by Rossini.
In 1995 he debuted the role of Raimondo in "Lucia di Lammermoor" at Verona Philharmonic Theatre.
Yet at the Verona Philharmonic he plays the part of Christ in "Laudes Evangelii " by V. Bucchi, the first Nazarene in "Salome" by R. Strauss and the bass solo part in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
At the Teatro S. Carlo in Naples, Teatro Regio in Turin at the Fenice in Venice he plays the role of Trufaldino in "Ariadne auf Naxos" by R. Strauss.
Still in the Arena of Verona he sings the role of Count Monterone in "Rigoletto" by G. Verdi.
At the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome he plays the role of Lorenzo in "Capuleti e Montecchi" and Alidoro in "La Cenerentola" by Rossini.
Even at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice he sings the roles of the Commendatore in "Don Giovanni" by Mozart, Angelotti in "Tosca" by Puccini and Pistola in "Falstaff" by Verdi.
At the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania he is Colline in "La Boheme", Raimondo in "Lucia di Lammermoor", Monterone in "Rigoletto", Oroveso in "Norma", Samuel and Tom in "Un Ballo in Maschera", and Zio Bonzo in "Madama Butterfly.
With the same theater he goes on tour in Japan and he sings the roles of Colline, Oroveso and Conte Rodolfo, respectively in "La Boheme" "Norma" and "La Sonnambula”.
At the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo he is the bass soloist in the "Great Messa da Requiem" by John Simon Mayer .
At the Opera Festival in Avenches, in Switzerland, he sings the roles of Basilio in "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" The King in "Aida" the High Priest of Belo in "Nabucco" and Melchtal in "GuglielmoTell”.
In Theaters Brescia, Busseto, Politeama in Lecce, he plays the roles
of Ferrando in "Trovatore”, Padre Guardiano in "Forza del Destino", Prince of Bouillon in "Adriana Lecouvreur", Verdi's Requiem.
In 2007, at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, he played the Prince of Bouillion in “Adriana Lecouvreur” by Cilea.
In 2008 he sings the role of Raimondo in “Lucia di Lammermoor” in Rome (Caracalla).
July 2009 he is still the Prince of Bouillon in "Adriana Lecouvreur" at theTeatro Regio in Turin.
He sang the role of Angelotti in Tosca at Locarno Theatre, in Switzerland.
In 2010, he sang the role of the King in Aida in Tokyo, Japan, with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.
In 2011 he played Zaccaria in Nabucco at the Theatre of Insbruch(Austria) .
In 2012, he sang the role of Ramfis in Aida at the Teatro Rossini in Lugo, and in Teatro Magnani Fidenza .
In the same year he sang Ferrando in "Trovatore" with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Udine.
In 2013, he sang several Verdi's Requiem in Italy and to the foreign: Teatro Alfieri of Asti, Verona, Como, Cremona and Mantova, Teatro Cantero in Chiavari, ecc.
In Politeama Theatre of Piacenza and in the Theatre of Sanremo he sang the role of the Ramfis in "Aida"; also he was Oroveso in Norma at the Teatro Alfieri of Asti and Cantero Chiavari .
In November 2013 he sings in Simon Boccanegra with the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo - Japan - directed by Nello Santi.
He sang also in several theaters abroad in different cities of the U.S.A., in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka , Otsu etc.), in Russia (St. Petersburg), in Oslo, Geneva and in the "Staatsoper " of Bern (Switzerland) - roles as: Doctor in "La Traviata", Colline in "La Boheme", Oroveso in "Norma", Re in "Aida, "Grand Sacerdote in "Nabucco" , Stromminger in "La Wally" by Catalani.
He sang under the direction of conductors as : Nello Santi, Jeffrey Tate, Maurizio Arena, Richard Bonynge, Gustav Kuhn, Giuliano Carella, Donato Renzetti, Anton Guadagno, Marcelo Viotti, etc. .
He has recorded for the labels of the Agora, Hungaroton and Arte nova classics, the "Great Messa da Requiem” by J. S. Mayer, the opera "The coffee country " by B. Galuppi , the opera "Ariadne auf Naxos" by R. Strauss .
He performs concerts in Italy, Holland, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, singing operatic repertoire as soloist with several great orchestras as: Budapest’s Opera Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Concertgebau, Auditorium Stravinsky Montreux, Aalborg Congresshal, Tonhalle of Zurich, and so on.
14-30 Nov 2014 - Aida (Ramfis) - Seoul Art Center - South Korea (historic production by Teatro alla Scala di Milano del 1963).
15 - 17 May 2015 - Il Trovatore (Ferrando) - Cairo Opera House.
Jun - Jul 2015 - Tosca - Teatro alla Scala di Milano
2 - 4 Dec 2015 - Il Trovatore (Ferrando) - Cairo Opera House.
25 Feb - 7 May 2016 - La cena delle beffe (Fazio) - Teatro alla Scala di Milano
May 2016 - Salome - 1 Nazarener - Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova
5- 7 Jun 2016 - Macbeth (Banco) - Stàtna Opera Banskà Bystrica (Slovacchia)
Sep 2016 - Don Giovanni (Commendatore) - Pafos Aphrodite Festival (C: Beltrami; D: Lippi)
25 Oct - 3 Dic 2016 - Rigoletto (Monterone) - Teatro Verdi, Trieste