Rocco Rupolo

Tenor

Rocco Rupolo, Tenor, holds an Opera Diploma and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. During his degree, he performed the roles of Nemorino in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Monsieur Lacouff in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, L'Amante in Amelia al Ballo, Cecco in Il Mondo della Luna and the Governor in Candide.

Upon completing his studies in 2013, Mr. Rupolo completed a two-year stint with the Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, which included the performances of Anthony in Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and Le Remendado in Bizet's Carmen. In 2017, Rocco joined the Opéra de Montréal’s Altelier Lyrique Young Artist Program – where he has performed the roles of Borsa in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Benvolio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Spoletta in Puccini’s Tosca. Upon completing his residency, Rocco was thrilled to be invited back to Opéra de Montréal to perform Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor (2019), and Alexandre Rosenberg in the world premier of La Beauté du Monde by Julien Bilodeau.

As a distinct talent in the Canadian opera scene, Mr. Rupolo was featured as a finalist in the Canadian Opera Company’s prestigious Ensemble Studio Competition. Additionally, his rendition of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme garnered high praise from Opera Canada, saying “(Mr. Rupolo) tenderly sung Che gelida manina, to his plaintive cries at the end of the opera, Rupolo commanded attention in every scene and was vocally strong throughout.” Rocco made his debut with Quebec Opera, championing Alfredo from La Traviata. In 2021, Rupolo made his international debut reprising his role in La Traviata with the Icelandic Opera.