Massimiliano Viapiano is an eclectic and original musician, choir Master and Maestro di Cappella. He has studied piano, organ and bel canto and finally graduated cum laude in the famous Conservatory of Music Paganini in Genoa. After the degree he went on attending masterclasses about Lieder and Opera repertory with Elio Battaglia, Tom Krause, Rudolf Knoll and Sherman Lowe. He performed in various international events such as the Santa Chiara Festival in Neaples, Les ports du Monde au pays de Saint Malo in France, the String Festival in Vittorio Veneto and the Festival Verdi in Parma. He was soloist in many Italian opera theatres (Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Teatro Carlo Felice and Teatro G. Modena in Genova, Teatro Università in Trapani, Teatro Ventidio Basso in Ascoli Piceno, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Chiabrera in Savona etc.) and abroad (Aida in Tyro and Dvořák Requiem in Istanbul). More recently he performed in Porgy and Bess, Carmina Burana, I Pagliacci and La forza del destino and in Regio Theatre in Parma during Verdi Concerts events. His repertory includes roles such as Il Conte (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Mozart’s Così fan tutte), Paolo Albiani (Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra), Don Parmenione (Rossini’s L’Occasione fa il ladro), Belcore, Dulcamara (Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore), Dottor Malatesta (Donizetti’s Don Pasquale), Marcello, Schaunard (Puccini’s La Bohème), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi), Abdalà (Pedrotti’s Tutti in Maschera), Porgy (Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Publio (Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito), Prologo/Tonio/Taddeo (Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci), Carlo (Verdi’s La forza del destino). He has also performed such grand musical works as Dvořák’s Messa da Requiem, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Perosi’s Messa da Requiem, Schubert’s Messa in sol maggiore, Il Cristo in Vittadini’s L’Agonia del Redentore, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Marinosci’s Grande Via Crucis. He also performs pieces from the Lieder program (Ravel, Wolf, Schubert, Piazzolla, Gardel) and assorted program (opera, classical and neapolitan repertoire). M. Viapiano has won the 1st Prize at the International Opera Competition “Vittoria Caffa Righetti” in Cortemilia, Italy, 1st Prize at the International Opera Competition Giuseppe di Stefano in Trapani, Italy and Special Mention at the International Opera Competition Hericlea Darclée in Braila (Romania).