William Matteuzzi was born in Bologna Italy. After some years of performing concerts he made his official opera debut in Milan in 1979 with the role of Des Grieux in the Opera “Manon” of Jules Massenet. Some years later he met the most important vocal influence of his life, Rodolfo Celletti, who was an expert of the Belcanto Style and famous for his writings about the most important period of vocal excellence in the Italian style, spanning the music of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, early Verdi etc. Following Celletti’s advice, Mr. Matteuzzi specialized in this style and became known not only for elegant and stylistic singing of this repertoire but also for his contributions to the Rossini Renaissance all over the world.
Mr. Matteuzzi has sung over 100 roles in operas, oratorios and operettas throughout world, including Europe, China, Japan, North America, South America, Belorussia, Poland, Bulgaria, etc.
He is to be heard on many recording labels such as Decca, Deutsche Gramophone, Emi, and Phillips with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Chailly, Sinopoli, Pappano etc. In the last years he began to teach and give master classes in Accademia Chigiana (Pisa) and Accademia di Osimo (Ancona).
He began a new artistic phase as a Stage Director in Holland with “The Barber of Seville”. Recently he created an evening with his students about Monteverdi, combining classical singing and recitation which will shortly be performing on a tour throughout Italy.