Born in Genoa in 1980, Francesco Meli began his singing studies at the age of seventeen with soprano Norma Palacios at the Genoa conservatory
In 2002 he debuted in Macbeth, Petite Messe Solemnelle and Puccini’s Messa di gloria at the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, as well as important performances in Lisbon, Bologna, Venice, Florence, Naples, Verona and Turin. He made his debut at La Scala, Milan inLes dialogues des Carmelites under the baton of Riccardo Muti, returning there soon after to perform Otello, Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda and Der Rosenkavalier.
In 2005 he sang at the opening season of the Rossini Opera Festival in a new production ofBianca e Falliero and at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa in Don Giovanni.
He debuted in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Zurich, in Don Giovanni in Paris and at the Barbican,La sonnambula in Lyon, which was then released on CD by Virgin with Natalie Dessay, inCosì fan tutte in Vienna under the baton of Riccardo Muti.
Since 2009 he has departed from bel canto repertoire, replacing it with other lyric roles: after his debut inI Lombardi alla prima crociata, Simon Boccanegra and Werther in Parma, he performed again in I Lombardi alla prima crociata in Macerata,Rigoletto at the Met in New York, Simon Boccanegra in Vienna, Un ballo in maschera in Parma, Il Trovatore at Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Werther in Washington and in I due Foscari in Los Angeles.
In 2013, an important Verdi anniversary year, he performed at the opening season at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and in a new production ofSimon Boccanegra conducted by Riccardo Muti.
He has performed as a soloist in many recitals in London, Tokyo, Oslo, Poznan and in Verdi’sRequiem conducted by Daniele Gatti, Lorin Maazel, Gianandrea Noseda and Yuri Temirkanov.
He has made DVD recordings of Verdi’s Requiem, Anna Bolena for Deutsche Grammophone andI Lombardi alla prima crociata for Unitel.
Among his recent and future engagements: four Verdi titles with Riccardo Muti in Rome, Chicago and Salzburg,Un ballo in maschera at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Antonio Pappano, Il Trovatore in Salzburg, La Traviata in Paris, I due Foscari in London, Verdi’s Requiem in London, Turin and Parma,Ernani at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York,Simon Boccanegra at La Fenice in Venice and in Vienna, Carmen, Giovanna d’arco and I due Foscari at La Scala and several 'comeback concerts' in London, Vienna, Paris, Washington, New York, Verona, Parma, Turin and Milan.