Luca Canonici was born in Montevarchi in the Province of Arezzo, Italy. He studied under the guidance of Tito Gobbi and Rosetta Noli. He made his debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in 1985 as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and went on to establish an international career performing at many leading opera houses and concert halls, including La Scala, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Comunale Florence, Opernhaus Zürich, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Real in Madrid, Salzburg Festival, Opéra National de Paris, La Fenice, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Teatro Regio di Parma, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, and Teatro Massimo in Palermo. He has worked with such important conductors as Bruno Bartoletti, Bruno Campanella, Riccardo Chailly, John Eliot Gardiner, Gustav Kuhn, Riccardo Muti, Daniel Oren, Evelino Pidò, Donato Renzetti, Nino Rota, Nino Sanzogno, George Solti, Marcello Viotti and Alberto Zedda.
In recent years his performances have included Les Mamelles de Tirésias at the Macerata Festival and the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari; Paisiello’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Sassari; Nabucco at the Teatro della Fortuna in Fano; L’Enfant et Les Sortilèges at the Teatro Piccinni in Bari, Teatro Filarmonico di Verona and the Teatro Valli di Reggio Emilia; Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo and Teatro Regio in Turin; Verdi Requiem with the Orchestra Verdi di Milano conducted by Riccardo Chailly; La Vedova Allegra at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, and L’Heure Espagnole at the Teatre Principal in Palma de Mallorca, La Traviata in Florence, La Bohème at the Den Norske Opera in Oslo and at The New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, La Traviata at the Teatro Regio di Parma (with Mariella Devia) and at the Teatro Romano di Fiesole, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Orchestra Verdi of Milano (under the baton of Riccardo Chailly,) and L’Arlesiana at the Teatro Rendano di Cosenza. He took part in important productions including Gianni Schicchi and Berio’s Outis at the Teatro alla Scala, The Merry Widow at the Covent Garden, L’Elisir d’Amore at the Opernhaus in Zürich and at the Wiener Staatsoper, La Traviata, L’Arlesiana, I Quatro Rusteghi at the Teatro Regio di Parma, I Capuleti e I Montecchi at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Linda di Chamounix, Il Campiello and Gianni Schicchi at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, L’Amico Fritz at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, La Traviata and Evgenij Onegin at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, L’Arlesiana by Cilea in Munich with the Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester. He also performed in the world premières of Il Fantasma Nella Cabina (Teatro Comunale di Modena, Lucca, Messina and Rome), Il Mistero del Finto Cantante (Siena with the Accademia Musicale Chigiana,) both operas composed by Marco Betta. His repertory also includes such works as Falstaff, La Sonnambula, Don Pasquale, Werther, La Bohème, Ermione, La Pietra del Paragone, Orphée aux Enfers, Paisiello’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Fra’ Diavolo, Leoncavallo’s La Reginetta delle Rose, La Principessa della Czarda and in some rarely performed works such as Donizetti’s Il Furioso all’Isola di Santo Domingo, Mayr’s La Rosa Bianca e la Rosa Rossa (both released on CD for Nuova Era,) Rossini’s Le Nozze di Teti e Peleo.
Since 2008, he has been Artistic Director of Opera Festival, a cultural association created in 1997 which organizes classical music events, shows and festivals in Florence and Tuscany. During his tenure as Artistic Director, he has worked with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Tuscany Regional Orchestra and with the Tuscan Sun Festival, organizing concerts, recitals and new productions of The Barber of Seville, Aida, Die Zauberflöte, La Traviata, La Bohème, Gianni Schicchi, Don Giovanni, Carmina Burana, Verdi Requiem, and Ravel’s Bolero.
An art lover with long experience in the antiques trade, he has worked as an expert with private television stations, creating and presenting programs devoted to art. In 2010 he was appointed Director of the Museum of Sacred Art in Montevarchi, his native city. That same year he took part in the 60th Sanremo Music Festival where he won second place. After his success at Sanremo, which sparked a new career in crossover and pop music, he recorded the pop album, “Italia, Amore Mio.” Luca’s additional discography includes an operatic arias recital (Erato), La Sonnambula (Nuova Era,) Il Signor Bruschino (Claves,) Don Pasquale (Erato,) La Grande Notte di Verona, La Favorita and La Cambiale di Matrimonio (Ricordi,) Linda di Chamounix (Europa Records,) Falstaff with Georg Solti (Decca,) Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with John Eliot Gardiner (Philips.)
Luca enjoys a special passion for photography, and you can visit his website dedicated solely to his art at: www.lucacanonici.it. He has a permanent exhibit, titled “Valdarno: armonia senza tempo” in Montevarchi, Tuscany, Italy. His many publications can be found at: http://www.lucacanonici.it/works.php
Luca has already released two albums to worldwide acclaim, Italia Amore Mio and Lettera d’amore . His new album is entitled,Showstoppers, and it represents Luca’s English language debut, featuring songs from the American songbook, theater, and film. The album is slated for release in the spring of 2016.