Born in Lecce in 1985,
Francesco Spedicato began
exploring music at a young age.
He studied piano and voice at
Conservatorio di Monopoli
“Nino Rota”, and graduated with
high honors. Francesco made
his debut in operas such as
Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,”Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” and Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda,"
sharing the stage with world-renowned soloists like Giovanna Casolla, Elisabetta Fiorillo, and Roberto Scandiuzzi. He has performed as a soloist at many international venues, for
example, the European Parliament in Bruxelles.
In 2012 he debuted the role of Gabriel Von Eisenstein in Johan Strauss Jr.’s “Die Fledermaus.”
The production was in collaboration with Corrado Abbati(the king of Italian operetta), receiving rave reviews. After an educational period in New York City with Metropolitan Opera tenor Salvatore Cordella and a providential meeting with Maestro Peppe Vessicchio, Francesco began an artistic journey that led him to deeply research the great Leccese tenor Tito Schipa. Through this study of classical Bel Canto style, Francesco has developed an innovative practice of ability and showmanship, which has received recognition and praise around the world.
In November 2013, he performed at Teatro Brancaccio in Rome for the prestigious event “Trenta ore per la Vita in Concerto”, sharing the stage with Lorella Cuccarini, Giampiero Ingrassia,Gianluca
Terranova, Sergio La Stella, Bungaro, and the “Il Sesto Armonico” Orchestra(conducted by Maestro Peppe Vessicchio). This event was broadcast live. In 2013, he was a soloistat Rimini’s “Palacongressi” for “Prova d’orchestra,” a concert organized by Conad to highlight their convention announcing the company’s 2014–2016 economic strategy. Francesco worked alongside internationally recognized artists such as Fabrizio Bosso, Peppe Vessicchio, Gianluca Terranova,and Sergio La Stella.
In 2014 he traveled to Argentina in collaboration with the Hathor Plectrum Quartet, where they
performed six concerts in five cities. Francesco had the honor of playing on prestigious stages like
Rosario’s “Teatro El Circulo”, Mendoza’s “Teatro Julio le Parc”, San Luis’ “Auditorio Mauricio Lopez”, “Cine Centenario” in Villa Mercedes, “Amigos de Merlo” hall in Merlo, and the Public Library of
Rosario “Dr. J. Avàrez”.
Francesco received excellent feedback from the audience, stand up encores – so much so that the
Argentian national press named him “El Divo.” The performances were designated “high value” cultural material by the Honorable Camara de Diputados de la Provincia de Mendoza. A second tour in China began on the stage of the Shanghai Italian Center for China Music Festival 2014 and continued in the ancient city of Xitang, the “Venice of China.” The tour’s last stop was the University of Nanjing.
Francesco is co-founder of the “INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL” in Copertino (Le), collaborating with Peppe Vessicchio, Pino Perris, Maurizio Pica, and Salvatore Cordella. He is president and artistic director of “ORPHEO per l’alba di domani.”
His first album, “Non sono un tenore ma un UOMO che canta da tenore,” just produced, was officially previewed on Radio Queen in Salento, where Francesco has a weekly show entitled "...Al Centro della Musica” promoting local artists with Amedeo Calogiuri. Finally, Francesco is artistic director of the twelfth edition of “Il Cantasalento 2015,” a voice and music competition organized by the revered cultural center “Il Sallentino”.
Francesco is intensely involved in the arts community, he has the ability to perform repertoire ranging from Belcanto to contemporary avant-garde. Francesco focuses on chamber music, classic italian
canzone and movie soundtracks. He is a voice instructor and believes firmly in continuing the Bel Canto tradition, and helping other artists achieve sustainable vocal practices.