Carlo Rotunno owes his passion for singing to his innate musical talent, something which has always formed part of his persona.
He studied music from a very young age, and in 2012 graduated in Opera Singing from the E.R. Duni Conservatoire in Matera with full marks, honours and distinction. In 2015 he completed his education with a master’s degree in Music, specialising in Opera Singing, with full marks and honours.
Over the years he has taken part in numerous masterclasses with some extremely well-known figures, such as Katia Ricciarelli, Stefania Bonfadelli and Chiara Taigi, with the aim of perfecting his vocal and performance technique. This led to him winning first prize in the G.B. Velluti International Opera Voices Competition and the special Amifest prize at the Tommaso Traetta International Opera Competition in 2013.
His versatility as a singer has seen him not only establish himself in the world of opera, but also experiment with pop opera. In this genre he has taken part in well-known television programmes produced by the Italian broadcaster RAI, such as Festa Italiana (Italian Party), I Raccomandati (The Recommended), Serata per Giovani Talenti (Young Talent Evening – where he won the opera category and was deemed the evening’s Leading Talent) and Concerto di Natale 2012 (Christmas Concert 2012). In 2012 he won in the opera category at Cantagiro, a singing event that has acted as a launch pad for the career of many leading Italian singers. 2013 and 2015 saw him take part in a series of solo concerts in Vancouver, Canada. In 2011 he was involved in the Braille Award, broadcast on RAI UNO, and in December 2014 he won third prize in the Big category at the Vinile d’Argento competition. In September 2015 he accepted an invitation to perform at Expo in Milan, where he received a rapturous response from the audience.
In the operatic field he has performed as the main character in operas including L’Elisir d’Amore, Don Giovanni, La Bohème and Madama Butterfly, as well as supporting roles in The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Così Fan Tutte and Don Pasquale.
The opera theatre in Craiova, Romania welcomed him for a concert, where he sang backed by a 70-piece orchestra.
He is also frequently asked to perform sacred music: Rossini’s La Petite Messe Solennelle and Rota’s La Vita di Maria to name but two.
He received the honour of performing the solo baritone part at the world première, broadcast live across the world, of La Sinfonia Eucaristica, composed by Father A. Pierucci and performed in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Milan Cathedral and the Sassi di Matera.
In 2010 he was invited to perform in Washington DC by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), and he returned there in October 2015. He also performed at the concert held to mark the beatification of Pope John Paul II, accompanied by soprano Cecilia Gasdia, which was broadcast on RAI 3.
Alongside his busy performance schedule, he has also recorded four albums in his career to date, featuring covers and previously unreleased songs of his own composition. The albums are entitled Ibrido, Notte di un Giorno Qualunque, Tu, Soltanto Tu and Sento.