Tenor Gioacchino Lauro Li Vigni, a native of Brooklyn, was raised in Palermo, Italy. Mr. Li Vigni’s father, the late Salvatore Lauro Li Vigni, was Gioacchino’s first mentor and himself a celebrated tenor and protégé of Arturo Melocchi.
Mr. Li Vigni made his Metropolitan Opera of New York debut in 2004 in Boris Godunov, and was seen again since at the Met in Lohengrin and Parsifal, and covered roles in Nabucco, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Samson et Dalila. His first time on the Met stage was during the finals of the National Council Competition’s grand finals, where under Julius Rudel he sang from Lucia di Lammermoor and Werther.
Gioacchino’s Turiddu in Portland was judged by critics as “excellent… he milked the [closing] scene for everything and brought down the house… passionate, the sparks almost tangible, incendiary.” Gioacchino’s acute sense for the interpretation of Verismo lead critics to write: “from a musical standpoint, the production is one of the best in memory. What is really astonishing, however, is that [the opera is] not only emotionally charged, but also believable, which is what ‘verismo’ is all about. [The opera] took fire with Turiddu, well sung by tenor Gioacchino Lauro LiVigni, who knows how to strut like a young Mussolini. (Opera set in 1939)” (Hyde, Portland Press Herald).
Lucia di Lammermoor has brought Gioacchino to many international stages, from Philadelphia to the Met to Thessaloniki, and most recently to Amsterdam, for DNO’s production. Critics characterized his performance as vibrant, full of rage and despair, and suave. Gioacchino expanded his Donizettian repertoire taking on the challenging role of Leicester in Maria Stuarda for Opera Marseille.
Gioacchino honed his sense of musicality with Mozart, singing the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte, which he performed for AVA in Philadelphia, the Lake George Opera Festival, Michigan Opera Theater, Lyrique en Mer in France, and for his Chicago debut, of which Opera News wrote “Così fan tutte showcased talented young singers with truly impressive stage smarts Li Vigni’s tenor is fresh, appealing, and wonderfully unfussy.”
Gioacchino has also performed Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Oper Frankurt where his rendition of Almaviva was characterized by critics as “charming, vocally agile, and playfully capable of change.” He took on Almaviva also in Philadelphia and in Beijing. He also appeared in Frankfurt as Ramiro in Cenerentola of which critics said he “gives a radiating clear Don Ramiro… very much worth seeing.”
In January 2003 Gioacchino was awarded the “Third Prize” by the Jury of the 2003 Francisco Vinas International Voice Competition. He was also awarded the “Best Finalist” award by popular vote of the public of the Gran Teatro Liceu. In 2002 Gioacchino was 1st place winner of The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Opera Competition, 4th place winner in the Worldwide Bellini Festival Competition in Sicily, 3rd place in the Competizione Voci Donizettiane, 2nd place in the Oreste Giargiari Belcanto Competition, and finalist in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition
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