One of today’s leading emerging lyric tenors, he is consistently praised for the velvet beauty of his impressive tone, elegant musicality and the physical embodiment of his roles. Winner of numerous international competitions, including the “Voci Verdiane” Competition in Busseto, Leonardo Caimi quickly established himself as one of the most interesting tenors of the international operatic scene.
He graduated in clarinet from the Conservatory F. Torrefranca in Vibo Valentia and in singing from the Conservatory A. Corelli in Messina, Leonardo Caimi has also studied composition and he had obtained a degree in Philosophy at the University of Messina.
Interpreter of the most important Verdi’s and Puccini’s tenor roles, he sang in the most prestigious opera houses and festivals in the world including La Scala in Milan, Salzburg Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real de Madrid, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Semperoper Dresden, La Monnaie in Brussels, Detroit Opera House, NCPA Beijing, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile; Teatro Municipal de Rio de Janeiro, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago, Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; with such conductors as Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Daniel Oren, Stefano Ranzani, Miguel Ángel Gómez-Martínez, Jean-Claude Cadadesus, Omar Meir Welber, Alain Lombard; and stage directors as Franco Zeffirelli, Mario Martone, Damiano Michieletto, Lorenzo Mariani, Maurizio Scaparro, Willy Dekker and Ettore Scola.
His current reportoire lies in the liric and lirico spinto tenor roles, including Rodolfo in La bohème (Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago, Opera di Firenze, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova), Don José in Carmen (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real in Madrid, Oper Leipzig), Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera (Rio de Janeiro), Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (La Monnaie in Brussels, Seoul), Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra (Teatro San Carlo di Napoli), Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur (La Monnaie, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires), title role in Don Carlo (Opéra National de Bordeaux) , Ruggero in La rondine (Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago), Radames in Aida (Teatro Verdi di Pisa), Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca (Oper Frankfurt, Santiago de Chile), Henry in Verdi’s Les vepres siciliennes (Oper Frankfurt, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich).
Among his latest performances, Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton) in Jerez de la Frontera; I vespri siciliani (Henri) in Bonn; Tosca (Cavaradossi) in Essen; Carmen (Don José) and Turandot (Calaf) at Opernhaus Leipzig; Carmen at ROH Covent Garden London; Un ballo in maschera (Riccardo) in Darmstadt; Carmen at Opernhaus Leipzig; Le Villi (Roberto) at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence; Tosca in Santiago de Chile; Carmen in Las Palmas; Turandot in Warsaw; Un ballo in maschera (Riccardo) at Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro; Les vepres siciliennes at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; Cavalleria rusticana (Turiddu) at La Monnaie in Brussels.