Ruggero Raimondi, famous for his impressive voice, lives in Monaco. The famous Don Juan became a Monégasque under Prince Albert II. He received the Legion of Honour in Paris.
He learned to play the piano at the age of seven and began studying accounting. As he entered his teens, his family began to see a possible career in opera. Ruggero entered the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan at the age of 16.
I need to share with young singers what I have experienced and felt on stage. I have fifty years of international career experience behind me.
In 1964, he won the competition for young singers at Spoleto and made his stage debut the same year. He became the understudy for Nicola Rossi-Lemeni at the Rome Opera.
He resumed the role of Procida at the Paris Opera in 1974 and participated in the birth of a new genre: the film-opera, he played Don Giovanni, directed by Joseph Losey.
In 2003, Ruggero brought the opera «Don Carlos» onto the stage of the Monte-Carlo Opera. Today, this Monegasque gentleman of Italian origin lives in the Principality with his wife Isabelle, whom he met back in 1971.