"The bass-baritone Riccardo Di Francesco, who I brought to “Il Barbiere di Sevilla” as Bartolo and “Fidelio” as Pizzarro for the Bad Hersfeld Opera Festival, has been a great asset to these productions. Both his singing and acting are highly professional as he brings top-notch artistic skills to each performance. He is always convincing, straightforward and credible, no matter if the part requires a comedian or character actor to play a villain. Rehearsing with him is extremely pleasant. He is quick to understand and gets involved in ensemble work intensely and with great concentration."
"Working with Riccardo Di Francesco was pleasant and inspiring at the same time. He brought a richresounding voice full of character to the ensemble. I remember him best for his calm and patient demeanour which supported the whole project, even in the most hectic and complex situations.His amiable and humorous nature greatly contributed to the team spirit behind the production."
"I came to know Riccardo when he worked for the production of Bellini’s Bianca e Fernando in the Engadin and in Basel. For us, opera means more than singing, it also requires singers to be team players and artists willing to rub shoulders with the audience before and after the performance. His qualities as a singer are undisputed and what is more, his ability to work in a team and his relaxed approach to the people in the audience are very convincing because of his charming personality. You cannot help liking Riccardo. I look forward to having him back."
"Riccardo Di Francesco’s Bartolo was refreshing, joyful and a vocal feat. It was a pleasure to work with him!"
MAG. NIKOLAUS NETZER
Bad Hersfeld Opera Award
The Hersfelder Opera Award of the 32nd opera festival was given to Riccardo Di Francesco, for his „vocal, visual, clearly articulated, and authentic impersonation of Don Bartolo in the opera “The Barber of Seville“.
100 syllables in five seconds – with his possibly record breaking performance as Dr. Bartolo in Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” Riccardo Di Francesco convinced the opera-award jury who attested him a “vocal, visual, clearly articulated, and authentic impersonation” of the challenging role.
from the opera "The Marriage of Figaro" by W. A. Mozart
Werdenberger Schlossfestspiele 2010, St. Gallen, Switzerland