Tenor, superintendent and artistic director of the Rossini Opera Festival
After closing his singing career, Ernesto Palacio discovered numerous prominent artists of the new bel canto generation and is considered one of the leading international experts on Rossinian vocality. His repertoire includes about eighty works (as many as 20 by Rossini) and over one hundred oratorios, masses and other vocal compositions.
He recorded 40 titles, 10 of which are Rossini works. Ernesto Palacio has performed in the major international theaters (La Scala, Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Roma Opera House, San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Regio in Turin, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Arena in Verona, La Fenice, Metropolitan and Carnegie Hall, Covent Garden, Liceu, Colon, Zurich Opera House, Bayerischer Staatsoper) under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Thomas Schippers, James Levine, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Peter Maag, Riccardo Chailly, Georges Prêtre and Alberto Zedda.
He has been the Intendant of the Rossini Opera Festival since 2017.