Italian tenor Riccardo Massi has rapidly achieved international recognition as one of the most exciting and accomplished interpreters of the Italian spinto repertoire, earning accolades worldwide for his interpretations of Puccini's and Verdi's heroes. He has performed on the world's most important stages, including the Met in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, Teatro alla Scala, the Zurich Opera House, the Berlin State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He studied at the Academy of Milan's La Scala, amongst others. Recent roles include Puccini's Cavaradossi ("Tosca") in London, Sydney, Berlin, Munich and Dresden, Des Grieux ("Manon Lescaut") at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, Calaf ("Turandot") in Zurich, Bregenz Stockholm and Cologne, Verdi's Radamès ("Aida") at the Met and in Turin, Manrico ("Il trovatore") in Toronto, Don Álvaro ("La forza del destino") in Sydney and Don José (Bizet "Carmen") in Berlin. In addition, he performed alongside Anna Netrebko at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and performed the title role in "Don Carlo" at the Dresden Semperoper. As a specialist in the handling of ancient and medieval weapons, before pursuing his passion for opera, Massi enjoyed a career as a stuntman; working in several films including Martin Scorsese’s "Gangs of New York", ABC’s "Empire", and HBO’s "Rome".