Walter Omaggio / biography
Walter Fernando Omaggio studied at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica, “F.Cimarosa” in Avellino.
He began his solo career singing as soloist several concerts for the summer season at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples (91-92).
In 1993 he was winner of the International Competition at the Teatro Sperimentale at Spoleto, and went on to sing the role of Don Josè in the “Tragedie de Carmen” by G. Bizet, and Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly”.
He returned to Spoleto the following year to sing Nemorino, in Ugo Gregoretti’s production of “L’Elisir d’Amore”, and the Tempter in “The Prodigal Son’ by Benjamin Britten.
Since then he has sung in the main Italian Theatres: Pinkerton in the Comunale di Modena; Rodolfo (La Bohème) for the Pergolesi Theatre in Jesi, and Teatro Del Giglio in Lucca; Cavaradossi for the Theatre Valli in Reggio Emilia; Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) for theatre Comunale di Bologna, and the Italian Tenor in “Der Rosenkavalier”; also he took part in performances of “Manon Lescaut”and “Fidelio” for the Rome Opera House.
He has been in Seul, Korea, for a series of concerts, and the same program of Songs by Tosti was recorded for the Nova Era .
In 1995 he sang Rodolfo in Spoleto, Orvieto and Terni. In the same year, at the Teatro Rendano in Cosenza, he made his debut in the role of Alfredo (La Traviata) and also in the role of “Lui” (Una Notte di un Nevrastenico) by N.Rota. The performance was recorded on CD.
In 1995he was winner in the International Competition “Luciano Pavarotti” in Philadelphia U.S.A; and sang the role of Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Fenton (Falstaff) in several american Opera Houses.
Returning to Philadelphia and sang the role of Spoletta in Tosca with Luciano Pavarotti.
In 1996 he was Rodolfo in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of La Bohème for the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, and once more sang Spoletta in Tosca beside Luciano Pavarotti at San Carlo, and later that year the role of Borsa (Rigoletto).
In 1997 he sang Arturo in Mantova and Cosenza and also he made his debut as Ernesto (Don Pasquale). He was also cover of Luciano Pavarotti at San Carlo later that year.
In 1998 he was in Genova for the role of Comino in “Adelia” by Donizetti. The production was recorded on CD. Then he was in Palermo for “Tannhauser”.
In August, the same year, he was in Chillan, (Chile) for a series of recitals as representative of the Rome Opera House. Later he was in Madrid for a concert, and at Bolzano with the Haydn Orchestra.
In May 1999, he sang Rodolfo in Darfo (Brescia) and the toured with a concert programme in several European cities, including Nice and Lisbon.
In April 2000, for the Grande Giubileo, he sang two Oratorios by Carissimi (Jeptha, Jonas) for the Teatro Sperimentale, and the program was taken to other cities: Assisi, Cascia, Narni, Orvieto, Spoleto, Terni.
In September he was in Toulouse, (France) for a concert. In October he was in Savona for “Norma”, which led to a CD of the performance (Kicco Music).
In March 2001 he was in Lecce, singing the role of Beppe in “Rita” by Donizetti whit CD (Kicco Music). Then he was in Salerno Teatro Verdi for “Norma” and later for “La Traviata”.
In May 2003 he was the tenor soloist, in La Petite Messe Solennelle” for Teatro San Carlo in Naples. In July he sang Ernesto (Don Pasquale), and in December he sang Rodolfo.
In July 2004 he was the tenor soloist in “Carmina Burana” for the Teatro San Carlo, and in October _November he made his debut in London as Don Ramiro in “La Cenerentola” for the Canterbury Festival: in the same month, at the Teatro Comunale di Teramo, he sang Arlecchino in “I Pagliacci”.
In January 2005 he was in London to sing Alfredo (La Traviata), and in September he was at the Spoleto Sperimentale, making his debut in the role of Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor)
In June 2006 he sang in “Nabucco” at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.
In May 2007 he was in Lecce to sing “Lui” (La Notte di un Nevrastenico) with TV R.A.I. “Prima della Prima”.
In May-April 2008 he was in Lecce for debut Baldo in “Pinotta” P. Mascagni
Later he was a Napoli for a series of recitals in memoirs of G. Puccini.
Since 2009 he is part of the permanent ensemble Teatro San Carlo in Naples.