Francesco Pellegrino



A child sensation of Neapolitan songs in his native Campania, he completed his Diploma in Voice Performance with a minor in piano, from the Benevento Conservatory of Music. Francesco soon won the International Arturo Toscanini Foundation Scholarship with an invitation to study at the Academy of Verdian Voices with opera legend, Carlo Bergonzi.

Francesco Pellegrino worked in the chorus of Milan’s illustrious Teatro alla Scala from 1997 to 2001. There he sang under the baton of such world-renowned conductors as Riccardo Muti, Roberto Gabbiani, Valerie Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kent Nagano, Georges Prêtre, and Giuseppe Sinopoli.

In his new Canadian home of Toronto, Francesco created the critically acclaimed trio, Vesuvius Ensemble, dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Neapolitan and southern Italian music. The group merged forces in 2012 with one of the world’s foremost baroque orchestras from Toronto, Tafelmusik. Their highly successful show, Bella Napoli celebrated both the Traditional and classical music of the Italian south. 

Francesco Pellegrino’s discography includes Puccini’s Magnificat (2003), Serenata Napulitana (2004), Devozione (2009), and Vesuvius Ensemble’s EP, In the Shadow of the Volcano (2010).,  La meglio giuventu` (2014).