Federico Paciotti was born in Italy, Rome, in 1987. He’s been playing guitar since he was 6.
He grows up surrounded by rock music, but always with an eye and his heart on the classical world. He is an estimator of great voices such as Franco Corelli, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Mario Del Monaco, Jonas Kaufmann and of legendary guitar players Jimi Hendrix and Steve Vai.
Since he was a child, his secret dream was to put two different music worlds together, where rock guitar sounds and opera songs would merge into a unique project.
His career officially starts at the age of 14 with pop band Gazosa, winner in the “New Artist” category at Sanremo Music Festival in year 2001.
Following this experience, Federico signs up for the prestigious Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, where in May 2016 he gets a degree as Superior Tenor.
In the meantime, he plays one of the male roles in the colossal “La Divina Commedia Opera” composed by Marco Frisina, on stage in 2007-2008 in Rome, Milan and other towns selling more than 80.000 tickets. In the following years he performs in some more remarkable events: 2 concerts in Vatican City, in the St Peter’s Church and St. Paul’s, accompanied by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, then at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, always highly acclaimed by audience and critics.
When Caterina Caselli Sugar listens to Paciotti’s new project, his very first idea based on the peculiar mash-up of rock guitar and opera voice, she decides to commit to it, with the collaboration of Italian composer and producer Celso Valli (Vasco Rossi, Andrea Bocelli, Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini among the many) and American composer and musician Simone Benyacar. The selection of Italian Opera masterpieces and original songs they record and produce includes an extraordinary duet between Federico and worldwide acclaimed tenor Ramon Vargas on “E Lucevan Le Stelle” (“Tosca”, G. Puccini).
In 2015 Federico Paciotti opens the third evening of Sanremo Music Festival as special guest, playing and singing two of the most famous opera pieces by Puccini: “E Lucevan le Stelle” and a guitar instrumental version of “Nessun Dorma”.
Then he takes part in the Italian night “Arena di Verona_lo spettacolo sta per iniziare” (Arena di Verona – the show is on”, broadcast on national TV Channel 5), presented by the Italian anchorman, Paolo Bonolis. In front of a 15.000 amazed audience Federico performs “Nessun dorma” by Giacomo Puccini, in a new version, enriched by the Chorus of Santa Cecilia Conservatory.
In the summer 2015 he takes part into the format “La dolce vita – La musica del cinema italiano”, a musical tribute to the soundtracks of the most beautiful Italian movies, on stage in Parma – Spoleto – Rimini and Milano. Then he plays a concert for Kathleen Kennedy‘s charity Foundation at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. From then on, Ms. Kennedy will express her enthusiastic appreciation for Paciotti’s voice in more than one occasion.
While finishing the recording sessions of his first album, in 2016 more special events are on the run: in June he performs as guest of a special night in Assisi, “Con Il Cuore”, broadcast on Rai 1 national tv channel, singing and playing “Mater Misericordiae”. The song, produced by Simone Benyacar, is a special version of the intermezzo of “Cavalleria Rusticana” by P. Mascagni. The lyric, on the theme of compassion and sympathy, adapts the lines of the prayers “Ave Maria” and “Salve Regina”. The powerful fusion of opera voice and rock guitar is astonishing once again.
In July Federico Paciotti performs “Music For Mercy” at Roman site Fori Imperiali for a Unesco international event, part of the Catholic Jubelee year. On December 26, he’s on stage again for “La Dolce Vita” at Rome Auditorium Parco Della Musica: Federico shares the concert night with international tenor Carly Paoli, Italian musicians Peppe Servillo and Giovanni Caccamo, all accompanied by Orchestra Roma Sinfonietta (Ennio Morricone’s fav) directed by Steven Mercurio.
On May 26th, 2017 Federico Paciotti’s debut album “Rosso Opera” is released, including 8 songs selected among the favourite Italian Opera repertoire of Verdi, Puccini, Händel and more. The video from “Vesti La Giubba” (Pagliacci) is released accordingly.