Opera Star to Sing at NIU


Aldo Caputo, one of the opera world's fastest rising stars, will appear at the NIU School of Music on October 6 and 7. Mr. Caputo will present a master class at 11:00 a.m. on October 6, and perform in recital at 8:00 p.m. on October 7 in the School of Music's Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

Mr. Caputo's appearance is made possible through the generosity of NIU alumna Cheryl Porter, herself a very well-known singer. Here is a brief bio for Mr. Caputo:

“Pleasant and smooth, expressive and refined”: thus the critics have described the tenor Aldo Caputo in the role of the Bellini’s Tebaldo, one of the more recent of this young tenor’s triumphs. The launch of his career came in the 2001-2002 season with a production of The Barber of Seville at the Theater Politeama Greco di Lecce. Caputo made his debut in the role of Conte d' Almaviva, which has become the cornerstone of his career. Graduated from The Bari Conservatory Nicolò Piccinni with first prizes and under the guidance of the baritone Luigi De Corato, Mr Caputo then enrolled in the Conservatory of Music of the University of Lecce, where he deepened his musicological preparation.

With those first Barber performances began a fast and intense career that led to his demand in Italy’s greatest theaters including Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Rome Opera, Teatro San Carlo (Naples), Il Teatro Massimo (Palermo), Il Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa, and a developing career abroad: The Cleveland Orchestra, The Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, and The Royal Opera of Wallonie. He has worked under the batons of Mazzola, Campanella, Bosman, Acocella, Welser-Möst, and Claudio Scimone.

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