Giovanni Meoni began his studies at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Following the teaching of Master Leodino Ferri (a pupil of Arturo Melocchi), that will be crucial and decisive for his artistic training, he made his debut in 1991 in La Bohème (Marcello) at the Teatro Flavio Vespasiano of Rieti. From 1991 to 1993 he was awarded important national and international awards in competition including the Mattia Battistini (1991), and first place and best baritone in the Mario Basiola (1993).
Important interpreter of the Italian operatic tradition, in the early years of his career he performed in the bel canto repertoire of Bellini and Donizetti. Later in the maturity phase of his career, and at the present time, he mostly excels in the “noble baritone” roles of Verdi, where the voice finds its natural place and reaches its maximum expression with a refined phrasing and a significant scenic presence.mportant interpreter of the Italian operatic tradition, in the early years of his career he performed in the bel canto repertoire of Bellini and Donizetti. Later on in his career he mostly excelled in the “noble baritone” roles of Verdi, where the voice finds its natural place and reaches its maximum expression with a refined phrasing and a significant presence.
He has sung on the major stages of the world including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Vienna State Opera, Liceu in Barcelona, Houston Grand Opera, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Opera of Rome, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Arena di Verona, Teatro Regio (Parma) in Parma, Sferisterio di Macerata, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Zürich Opera House.
He has also performed in the many of the most famous concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Munich Philharmonic of Munich. He has also given recitals in Milan, New York, Tokyo, London, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Bucharest, and Sofia.
During his career, he has collaborated with the world’s leading conductors including Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Oren, Pinchas Steinberg, Gianandrea Noseda, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Bruno Campanella, Alain Lombard, Nello Santi, Patrick Summers, Paolo Arrivabeni, Renato Palumbo He has also collaborated with directors Franco Zeffirelli, Hugo De Ana, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Robert Carsen, Jonathan Miller, Giuliano Montaldo, Ferzan Özpetek, Beni Montresor, Alberto Fassini, Gianfranco De Bosio, Renzo Giacchieri, Henning Brockhaus.
He has also received important rewards such as the “Premio Lauri-Volpi” and the “Premio Ettore Bastianini”.