Born in the San Marino Republic and trained as an engineer, Luca Grassi started his music studies in Bologna.
In 1998, he won in the Città di Roma competition where he made his debut as Germont in La Traviata. In the same year he performed, in Czech, the title role in Šarlatán by P.Haas at the Wexford Festival Opera.
Grassi has been a regular guest of the Martina Franca Festival, where he has performed the title role in Roland (N.Piccinni), Soliman in La Reine de Saba (C.Gounod), Le Comte de Saint-Bris in Les Huguenots, the title role in Werther (J.Massenet – baritone version), Sèvere in Polyeucte (C.Gounod).
Notable productions have been La Bohème (Marcello) at the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Modena, Piacenza, Cagliari and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. I Pagliacci (Silvio) and Butterfly (Sharpless) (under the baton of Daniele Gatti) at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. I Puritani (Sir Riccardo Forth) at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste. Aida (Amonasro) at the Teatro Sociale di Rovigo, Pisa, Trento. Stiffelio (Stankar) al Teatro Verdi di Trieste.
He performed Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at the Scottish Opera-Glasgow, at the Deutsche Oper of Berlin, at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Don Giovanni (title role) at the Opera Giocosa di Savona, Le Marquis de la Force in Les dialogues des Carmélites at the Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Frederick in Lakmé at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
In the 2004/05 season, he won resounding applause as Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles by Bizet at the Teatro Malibran, a production conducted by Marcello Viotti, and in the Japan tour of the Gran Teatro la Fenice di Venezia.
More recently he took part to the reopening of the Gran Teatro la Fenice di Venezia singing La traviata (Germont), conducted by Lorin Maazel. And he performed the role of Cristiano in I Cavalieri di Ekebù (R.Zandonai) at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Falstaff (Ford) at the Teatro Filarmonico di Verona, Aida (Amonasro) at the Teatro Regio di Torino.
During the last seasons he sang Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera Hong Kong, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo (recorded on cd and dvd), in St. Gallen, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin conducted by Renato Palumbo and at the Dallas Opera; Escamillo in Carmen at the Opera Giocosa in Savona with Fondazione Toscanini, at San Carlo in Naples and in Las Palmas, Giovanna d’Arco in St. Gallen, Israele in Donizetti’s Marino Faliero in Bergamo and Sassari (released on cd and dvd by Naxos), Hérode in Massenet’s Hérodiade in Bucharest, La Traviata at the Leipzig Oper, in St. Gallen, in Montreal and in Pisa, Macbeth in Sassari and St. Gallen, I Pagliacci in Tenerife, Alzira in St. Gallen, Conte in Le nozze di Figaro in Bilbao, Beatrice di Tenda in Catania, Les pecheurs de perles in Verona and Salerno conducted by Daniel Oren (recorded on cd), Madama Butterfly in Genova, at la Fenice di Venezia and San Carlo di Napoli, La Bohéme (Marcello) in Bergamo, La Straniera (Valdeburgo) at the Festpielhaus in Baden-Baden with Edita Gruberova (recorded on cd), in Essen directed by Christoph Loy and at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, Attila (Ezio) at the Theater St. Gallen, La forza del destino (Don Carlo) at the Teatro Verdi di Pisa, L’Africaine (Nelusko) at the Teatro La Fenice di Venezia; Cavalleria rusticana (Alfio) e Pagliacci (Tonio) at the NCPA of Beijing, directed by G.Del Monaco, at the Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo and at the ABAO-OLBE Bilbao; Rigoletto (Rigoletto) at the Aalto Theater – Essen.