Oreste Cosimo

The greatest fascination of opera is that it is the most complete inclusive, and complex art form ever conceived by man.


by Maria Isabela Nica
March 20, 2023
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Right in the middle of the rehearsals for Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in Nice, Oreste Cosimo gently finds the time to chat with Maria Isabela Nica in an interview for the 2nd/2023 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine. It’s not a secret for anyone anymore - Oreste’s career is getting bigger over night due to the perfect mix for a tenor - charm & strong vocal technique. Hoffmann, Edgardo or Alfred, it doesn’t matter. Oreste shines as bright as his high notes when he’s on stage, but even his answers are just as impressing. Find out more about his story reading the following pages, allow us to introduce to you Oreste & allow him to enchant you!


Oreste Cosimo started very young to study classical piano. He graduated from the Conservatory “Arrigo Boito” in Parma with honours as a voice major. In 2016, Riccardo Muti selected him for his Italian Opera Academy of Ravenna. He continued at “Accademia del Teatro alla Scala” (2016/2017) with renowned artists Renato Bruson, Gregory Kunde, Luciana D’Intino and Vincenzo Scalera. In 2018 he moved to Vienna and met Ramon Vargas, his mentor. Winner (Grand Prix) of the competition “Bibigul Tulegenova” (Kazakistan, 2019), “Voci Verdiane of Busseto (Parma, 2013), As.Li.Co competition (Como 2018) , “Tagliavini” (Austria) and “Giacomotti” (Voghera). The theaters in which he performed and he will perform in the coming season: Deutsche Oper Berlin (Hoffmann), Tel Aviv (Alfredo – Hoffmann) Deutsche Oper am Rhein Duesseldorf (Edgardo) Filarmonico of Verona (Rodolfo, Don Ottavio); Stadtteater of Berna (Rodolfo), Pavarotti of Modena (Duca di Mantova), Aalto Theater Essen (Edgardo – Gennaro, Lucrezia Borgia) Teatro Verdi of Trieste and Municipale of Piacenza (Camille de Roussillon); Teatro “Alla Scala di Milano” (Die Hexe, Gastone, Abdallo, Erster Gefangener – Fidelio – Barenboim), Helen us – Les Troyens – Pappano) ; Reisopera Nederlands (Rodolfo), Opera of Banskà Bystrica (Alfredo), Regio of Parma (Ismaele, Kinderopera), Theater comunale of Firenze (Belmonte Kinderopera); Opera of Craiova (Edgardo, Nadir), Sociale of Como (Fenton); Donizetti of Bergamo (Fenton); Sociale of Sondrio (Nemorino); Comunale of Ferrara (Duca of Mantova), Del Giglio of Lucca (Duca of Mantova); Fraschini of Pavia (Fenton); Ponchielli of Cremona (Fenton); Grande of Brescia (Fenton); Opera of Tartu (Pinkerton); Opera côté d’Azur of Nizza (Edgardo). He also sang Messa di Gloria by Puccini; “Stabat Mater” and “Petite Messe Solennelle” by Rossini, “Requiem” by Verdi and “Requiem” by Mozart; “Stabat mater” by Dvorak. He recorded “Stabat Mater” by Rossini for the Magazine “Amadeus” with Sonia Ganassi, Carlo Colombara, and Maria Pia Piscitelli. He was conducted by Riccardo Muti, Daniel Barenboim, Antonio Pappano, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Michele Spotti, C.Franklin, C.Eschenbach and Nello Santi, who, during an orchestra rehearsal, he sang as Alfredo with Anna Netrebko filling in for Francesco Meli at Teatro Alla Scala.

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Nice to meet you, dear Oreste! Thank you for accepting our invitation. At the moment of this interview, you are in Nice, preparing to perform as Edgardo in Donizzetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. The last representation there will be on February 23rd, and you will share the stage with soprano Katheryn Lewek, with whom you already […]

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