Stefano de Peppo is one of opera’s busiest singing actors sought after for the Italian character bass parts in operas by Donizetti, Rossini, and Mozart such as the title role in Don Pasquale, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore, Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Mustafa in L’Italiana in Algeri, Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Leporello in Don Giovanni, title role in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Alphonso in Cosi fan tutte. Other notable roles include the Sacristan in Tosca, Schaunard in La Boheme, and Geronte in Manon Lescaut.
Notable theaters in which he has appeared include the Finnish National Opera, Estates Theater in Prague, Teatro Argentina in Rome, Italy, Jerez de la Frontiera and Gran Teatro de Cordoba in Spain, and Tenerife, Spain (all as Leporello), Teatro Colon in Bogota, Colombia (Bartolo), Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico City (Leporello, Magnifico, Dulcamara, Publio, Bartolo, the King in Aida and Schaunard), Teatro Aquascalientes in Mexico (Dulcamara), New Israeli Opera (Alphonso), Opera Hamilton in Canada (Mustafa), and Sarasota Opera (Kelbar in Un Giorno di Regno).
Notable recent engagements include The Atlanta Opera as Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Inter Mountain Opera as Magnifico, Monterrey, Mexico in the title role of Don Pasquale, and Royal Albert Hall (London) as Schaunard in La Boheme. This past season, he appeared at Indiana University as Mustafa and made debuts with Arizona Opera as Sulpice in La Fille du Regiment and with Opera Santa Barbara as Mustafa. In the future, he will return to Opera Santa Barbara in the title role of Gianni Schicchi, Arizona Opera as Magnifico, and debut with Austin Lyric Opera as Sulpice.
In the U.S.A., he has appeared with Opera Memphis (Don Pasquale), Connecticut Grand Opera (Don Pasquale and Leporello), Los Angeles Opera (Betto in Gianni Schicchi), Lyric Opera of Kansas City (Leporello, Sacristan, and Alcindoro & Benoit in La Boheme), Minnesota Opera (Bartolo), Opera Company of North Carolina (Don Pasquale, Magnifico), Palm Beach Opera (Bartolo, Dulcamara, Geronte), Portland (Maine) Opera Repertory Theater (Figaro), Sarasota Opera (Bartolo and Magnifico), Washington National Opera (Betto in Gianni Schicchi), and Wichita Grand Opera (Leporello, Papageno, and Bartolo). In addition, he has toured the U.S.A. with the Mozart Festival Opera as Don Giovanni, Figaro, and Leporello.
On the concert stage, Mr. de Peppo has appeared as Tio Salvador with the BBC Orchestra in a concert version of La Vida Breve at Royal Festival Hall in London, in Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico and of Mexico City, in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Mozart's Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico.
A native Italian, Mr. de Peppo began his musical career as a member of the Children's Chorus of Teatro alla Scala of Milan for seven years, after which he undertook vocal studies at Civic School of Music in Milan.