"Ernesto Tomasini is a star of the alternative scene” (La Repubblica). The Evening Standard describes him as “The famous castrato-style performer, whose high falsetto can plummet to deep baritone with startling effect“ but singing has taken over his many activities only in recent years so how can his eclecticism be summarised? An iconoclast and innovative artist, Tomasini moves with ease from classical and experimental theatre to alternative cabaret and from contemporary music to radio, television and cinema. (Il Giornale Della Musica)
Ernesto Tomasini was born artistically, aged 16, as an "exotic turn", in a smoky club by the port of his hometown of Palermo. After his first steps in legitimate theatre in Rome, with actor Duilio Del Prete and a brief but formative experience with the Dario Fò family, he moved to London. Here he played lead roles with experimental theatre companies (Lindsay Kemp), in Off-West End productions (Blind Summit's "Mr China's Son") and on the West End ("Chicago - The Musical"). He went on to create his own shows to critical acclaim, giving birth to a cult following (see the SHOWS page on this site). He has performed in thirteen different nations, from Denmark to Portugal and from Mexico to India. Throughout the years he never abandoned the cabaret scene and even today makes very sporadic appearances at various events (like the Alternative Miss Liverpool 2011, alongside David Hoyle, Fenella Fielding and Andrew Logan). His collaborations with Ron Athey, Stephen Montague and the Resonance Radio Orchestra are among his more recent forays into performance art. His charity work is extensive and includes fundraisers like Franko B's 2013 Untouchable series.
On radio he has sung and acted on all the BBC stations, Classic FM and on national channels around the world; most notably on Radio 3 (Spain), RAI Radio 3 (Italy) and Radio New Zealand. As film and TV actor he was cast in major projects for the BBC and Universal Pictures, by directors like Alfonso Cuarón and Pete Hewitt. As voiceover artist he has worked for Oscar winners James Ivory, Ridley Scott and Kevin Spacey. A sought-after lecturer on theatre history and techniques, he has given master-classes to students in drama schools in UK and Spain. Ernesto is interviewed and performs, alongside the world's top countertenors, in the documentary "Heavenly Voices - The Legacy of Farinelli" (2013), which was broadcast on national television in several European countries and has just been released on DVD. In September 2013, after a special screening of the film in Italy, Ernesto presented a lecture on "the politics of gender in singing styles, throughout history".
In 2012 Tomasini was included in the theatre section of the book "Eccellenza Italiana" (Italian Excellence, with an introduction by the President of the Republic of Italy), for representing his country in the world. In September 2013 he was awarded the prize "Sicilian in the World", alongside director Emma Dante and photographer Marco Glaviano, at a special event in Palermo. Among his other gongs a theatre prize in the UK, a comedy prize in Italy and best female impersonator of 1999 at the London Astoria. His work and performance style are discussed in four Italian books and an academic essay. For two years (2010-2012) Ernesto was the London correspondent of the Italian magazine "Musical!" and often collaborates with other music publications (see the BIBLIOGRAPHY page). He has posed for several European painters and photographers: one of his many portraits by Spanish artist Hector De Gregorio was acquired, in 2009, by "jeweller to the stars" Theo Fennell. Two images depicting him, by photographer Predrag Pajdic, were included in the book "Beneath the Shadows", published in 2012. He lives in the heart of Chelsea, where he collects Julie Andrews memorabilia