Bass-baritone Alessandro Calamai studied with Andreina
Desderi at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence,
Italy. He then attended master classes in Mozartean
vocality with E. Schwarzkopf and A. Dermota, continuing
with technical studies under A. Pola and repertory with
He was winner of several important competitions, among
which: AsLiCo in Milan, Zucchelli in Bologna, Battistini
He has performed in some of the most important theaters
both in Italy and abroad, including: Florence, Milan,
Turin, Verona, Bergamo, Bologna, Rome, Bari, Venice,
Palermo, Catania, Parma, Naples, Ferrara; Tokyo, Tel
Aviv, Santander, Valencia, Salzburg, Hamburg, Frankfurt,
Linz, Bordeaux, Lugano, Beijing, Shanghai; RAI, TVE, NHK,
Calamai has collaborated with illustrious orchestra
conductors such as:
R. Jacobs, P. Bellugi, S. Bychkov,
C. Montanaro, J. Conlon, Z. Mehta, D. Oren, A. Lombard,
S. Ozawa, M. Arena, N. Luisotti, C. Topilow, G.
Pehlivanian, S. Ranzani, R. Frizza, M. De Bernart, D.
Renzetti, K. L. Wilson, A. Campori, P. Fournillier, E.
JoŽl, M. Plasson, A. Fogliani, J. Jones, A. Saura Llaser,
O. Meir Wellber, N. Kabaretti, C. Goldstein, W. Gehlert,
A. De Marchi, E. MŁller, F. Mastrangelo, J. Reynolds, A.
Guadagno, J. Kovatchev, M. Mottadelli, etc.
He has worked under famous stage directors, among whom:
R. Vallone, I. Nunziata, L. Dodin, L. Ronconi, C.
Comencini, F. Zeffirelli, M. Placido, J. Miller, E.
Nekrosius, G. Vick, G. Albertazzi, L. Bondy, M. Guardž,
X. Alberti, P. L. Pizzi, L. De Fusco, G. Deflo, T.
Coleman, H. de Hana, F. Valeri, N. JoŽl, M. Bolognini,
I. Stefanutti, W. Landin, G. Zampieri, Z. Yimou, A.
Tarabella, E. Gramss, R. Giacchieri, B. Montresor, etc.
Calamai's vocality has brought him particular success in
the "Buffo" repertory, though he has sung many diverse
roles, among the most significant of which are: Bartolo,
Nardo, Leporello, Colline, Don Magnifico, Dulcamara, Frŗ
Melitone, Maestro di scuola, Maestro di cappella, Don
Pasquale, Sharpless, Mathieu, Uberto, Griso, Mustafŗ,
Haly, Sagrestano, Sprecher, Zweiter geharnischter Mann,
He can be heard in numerous recordings, including:
filosofo di campagna, I virtuosi ambulanti, Il Conte Policronio, La romanziera e l'uomo nero, Il divertimento
dei numi, and Traccollo -- all for the Bongiovanni label.
In addition, he recorded the role of the Sagrestano in
Seiji Ozawa's recording of Tosca, and he took part in
Zubin Mehta's recording of La Traviata (both of the
foregoing for the Philips label).
Other recordings include Die Brautwahl by F. Busoni, La
contadina astuta by Pergolesi-Hasse, and the Messa da
Requiem by G. B. Girolami, for Kikko Classic; and
Eliogabalo by Cavalli for the Ducale label.
Bass-baritone Calamai is also very active as a concert
performer of operatic and chamber music, with a
repertory that ranges from baroque to contemporary.