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 18.07.2017

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Celso Albelo, from Minorca to Montpellier and from Orange to Savonlinna

 15.05.2017

-The Canary Island tenor will sing in Lucia di Lammermoor in Mahon, Rigoletto at the Chorégies d'Orange Festival and I Puritani at Radio France Occitanie Montpellier Festival and Savonlinna Opera Festival.

May 2017

After Leicester in Maria Stuarda (Donizetti) in Genoa, the Spanish tenor Celso Albelo will return to the role of Edgardo, the male lead in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) in June in the Teatre Principal in Mahon (Minorca, 2ndand 4th),where Albelo will reconnect with the audience of the Amics de S’Òpera (Friends of the Opera), conducted by José Miguel Pérez Sierra, who is the Spanish conductor most specialised in Romantic bel-canto.

The Duke of Mantua, the libertine and provocative male lead of Verdi´s Rigoletto, will once again figure among the singer´s engagements this summer, when he will make his debut at the prestigious Chorégies d’Orange Festival (France, on the 8th and 11th July), one of the most important festivals in Europe, as well as the Radio France Occitanie Montpellier Festival, where he will debut with I Puritani (July 15). and that of Savonlinna, in Finland, where Celso Albelo has been invited to perform in a production of I Puritani by the Madrid Teatro Real Company on the 31st July and the 3rd August. The tenor took the lead role in the Emilio Sagi production of this opera that was staged at the Madrid opera house in July last year. 

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Celso Albelo returns to Genoa with “Maria Stuarda”

 27.03.2017

-The Spanish tenor continues his Italian tour: after his triumph with I Puritani in May he will perform Maria Stuarda at the Carlo Felice in Genoa.

April 2017
Ten years since his debut in the role of Arturo in I Puritani, Celso Albelo has received great praise for his recent premiere in Modena: “The highest level has been attained”. “Total mastery”. “Nostalgic and poetic”. “Well deserved final triumph”. Bellini´s masterpiece, which makes great demands on the tenor, has become the new star role of his career. After performing it in various Italian cities, in May he will continue to tour the country but this time as Leicester, the male lead in Donizetti´s Maria Stuarda at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. He has already taken another Bellini role at this theatre, the genial Ernesto from the comic opera Don Pasquale.

This time he will return to the Carlo Felice with a very different, serious and dramatic role. It was as Leicester that the singer made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York last year, to great acclaim. In his own words, Maria Stuarda is an opera “that has everything, political intrigue and a love story,” he explains. “There is love for a woman and for power, making this a very up-to-date story. My role takes me to the heart of a rivalry between two women, two queens who I encourage to make peace with each other, without managing to achieve it”.

The Spanish tenor will perform the Donizetti opera in Genoa on the 17th, 21st, 24th and 28th May in a Alfonso Antoniozzi production conducted by Andriy Yurkevych.

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Celso Albelo returns to the Liceu and goes on tour to Italy

 31.01.2017

-The Spanish tenor will sing Thaïs in Barcelona and I Puritani in various Italian cities.

February 2017

After his triumph as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi´s Rigoletto in his debut at Oviedo Opera, the tenor Celso Albelo will head for Barcelona to perform at the Liceu once again, this time in the role of Nicias in Massenet´s Thaïs.  Albelo will show Liceu opera-goers another of his facets with this Romantic character from French repertoire, as so far he has only sung the bel-canto roles of Bellini´s La Sonnambula and I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the opera house on The Ramblas.  In March he will return to the Liceu and share the stage with Plácido Domingo; both singers have already worked together in the past, on which occasion the legendary Spanish singer defined Albelo as “the number one Spanish tenor.”  They will both give two performances of this little performed masterpiece from the French repertoire in concert format on the 1st and 4th March.  Patrick Fournillier will conduct and other soloists will be the sopranos Nino Machaidze and Sara Blanch.

Later, Albelo will be Arturo in I Puritani on a tour of three Italian theatres: the Comunale in Modena (16th and 19th March), the Municipale in Piacenza (24th and 26th March) and the Municipale in Valli (Reggio Emilia, 30th March and 2nd April).

Further ahead, and among other performances, he will be singing Maria Stuarda at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa and Rigoletto at the Chorégies d'Orange Festival (France).

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Celso Albelo makes his debut at Oviedo Opera with Rigoletto

 21.12.2016

-His Duke of Mantua –recently acclaimed in Bologna–will return to his wicked ways once again, this time to close the Oviedo Opera season.

December 2016
One of the roles which has made the Canary Island tenor Celso Albelo famous around the world is his vision of the Duke of Mantua from Verdi’s Rigoletto, a libertine character who has one of the most famous showcases in opera to sing: “La donna è mobile”. “This is a role which pulls the strings of the entire opera”, the Spanish singer affirms. “It is the Duke who leads Rigoletto to become intent on revenge.  The Duke just wants to have fun.  He is a womanising Don Juan and women are objects to him.  His concept of morals is a complete anachronism nowadays.”
Celso Albelo returns to Oviedo – singing for the first time in the Asturian opera season – after having performed the same role a few weeks ago at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna to great acclaim. “All the productions of this opera give the character a more or less similar profile,” Albelo notes.  The one which will be performed in Oviedo originated in Saint-Étienne Opera (France) and is directed by the sought-after director Guy Joosten.  The tenor will share the stage with the Australian soprano Jessica Pratt’s Gilda and the Spanish baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez. “I am really looking forward to returning to Asturias, where I have given various recitals and been awarded two Campoamor prizes. It is a pity that this competition has been discontinued as it was an incentive for everyone in our profession.”
The Oviedo performances will take place on the 26th and 29th January and the 1st and 4th February.

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The tenor Celso Albelo makes his Italian debut as Werther

 23.11.2016

- After his triumph at the Comunale in Bologna with the Duke in Rigoletto, the outstanding Spanish tenor will take the title role in Werther at the same theatre.

November 2016
The Canary Islander Celso Albelo remains in Bologna to sing the role of Werther for an Italian audience for the first time. After achieving great succes at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto in a new and contraversial production of Verdi´s masterpiece, the sought-after Spanish tenor will remain in town until the end of the month, this time to take the lead role in the Massenet opera Werther on the 16th, 20th and 23rd December. This opera is a reference for singers of his range and Albelo made his debut in the role of Werther in the Tenerife Opera House early in 2016. In Bologna he will be directed by the Italian Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Michele Mariotti, and will alternate with the Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez in this role, which is associated all around the world with Alfredo Kraus, who, like Albelo, was also from the Canary Islands.

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Celso Albelo to sing Rigoletto and Werther in Italy

 31.10.2016

-The Spanish tenor will sing the role of the Duke in Rigoletto and the title role of Werther at the Comunale in Bologna

November 2016

Celso Albelo will exchange Donizetti for Verdi and Massenet in the heart of Italy. After his great success in Bilbao with his first Gennaro in Donizetti´s Lucrezia Borgia with which he opened the ABAO-OLBE season, the Canary Island tenor will return to Italy to take on two operas with opposing characteristics at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. He will be the Duke of Mantua in Verdi´s Rigoletto on the 8th, 10th, 13th 15th and 17th November, alongside the soprano Irina Lungu and the baritone Vladimir Stoyanov, conducted by Renato Palumbo. A few weeks later (on the 16th, 20th and 23rd December), Albelo will make his Italian debut in the role of Werther after having played this Massenet character in Tenerife at the beginning of the year. This is a new Comunale production directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Michele Mariotti. Albelo will share the role with the Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez on alternate evenings.

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Celso Albelo opens the Bilbao season with “Lucrezia Borgia”

 28.09.2016

-The Canary Island tenor makes his debut in the role of Gennaro in the Donizetti opera Lucrezia Borgia, opening the ABAO-OLBE opera season.

September 2016
Between the 22nd and 31st October the Spanish tenor Celso Albelo will return to the stage of Bilbao´s Palacio Euskalduna to open the Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera season. This will be the first time he takes the role of Gennaro, the male lead of the opera Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti. Albelo will land in Bilbao after his triumphant return to the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre (with Don Pasquale, also by Donizetti), to join a production conducted by the maestro José Miguel Pérez-Sierra and directed by Franceso Bellotto. A consummate specialist in Romantic bel-canto, Celso Albelo has sung a large proportion of his repertoire for Bilbao opera-goers: “I will never, ever forget,” the tenor affirms, “the night on which, at the audience´s behest, we repeated the aria ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ in L’elisir d’amore. I think that it was from that moment on that I was able to establish very special communication with Bilbao audiences, with whom I feel really at home. For this reason, I chose to make my debut in the role of Gennaro there, maybe the last of the great tenor roles among Donizetti repertoire which I had yet to perform.”

After this Lucrezia Borgia, Celso Albelo continues with his unstoppable international career: in November he will participate in Rigoletto at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (Italy), where he will then, in December, become the tragic hero par excellence by taking the title role of Werther by Massenet.

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Celso Albelo celebrates the 10th anniversary of his debut in Spain and returns to the Bolshoi with “Don Pasquale”

 08.08.2016

-After an incredibly busy season and singing Maria Stuarda this summer in Slovakia, the Spanish tenor will celebrate his debut in Spain before returning to Moscow.

August 2016
After finishing a season packed with important debuts such as those that took place in the New York Metropolitan and at the Bolshoi in Moscow, and arriving in Slovakia with the Donizetti opera Maria Stuarda –with which he also made his debut at the Met–, the Canary Islander Celso Albelo will take part in the A Coruña opera programme with a very special concert to celebrate his professional debut in Spain ten years ago, which took place in the same Galician city. Accompanied by José Francisco Parra on the piano, in Albelo, 10 años en A Coruña, the tenor will revisit all the operas he has performed in the city, including I Puritani, Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lamermoor and La fille du régiment.

Described by Plácido Domingo as “the number one Spanish tenor”, Albelo will later return to the Bolshoi in Moscow for a new series of  performances of Don Pasquale (Donizetti, 22nd and 24th September), which was the opera he made his debut in at the theatre last April, before opening the ABAO-OLBE season in Bilbao with Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti, on the 22nd, 25th, 28th and 31st October) and travelling to the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (Italy) for November and December, where he will perform Verdi’s Rigoletto (8th, 10th, 13th, 15th and 17th November) and Massenet’s Werther (16th, 20th and 23rd December).

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Celso Albelo sees out the season as Leicester in Slovakia

 13.07.2016

-After singing I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Barcelona and I Puritani en Madrid and making debuts in New York and Moscow, the Spanish tenor rounds off the season with Maria Stuarda in Slovakia.

July 2016
The season which is about to end has been one of the most prolific in terms of debuts and success in the Canary Island tenor Celso Albelo’s ever upward career path.  After making his debut at the Metropolitan in New York and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and singing his first Werther, Albelo is now preparing himself for a new debut in Slovakia, this time at the State Opera Summer Festival.  This takes place in Banská Bystrica, one of the largest cities in the country, which has a great musical tradition and where he will take the role of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, the male lead in the Donizetti opera Maria Stuarda.  It is also in this role that he made his debut in New York, “which brings one unique personal satisfaction” the singer explains, “because it is a vocal challenge all the way through, meaning that you have to approach it from a solid base of technical and interpretative technique.”  The performance takes place on August 23.

Recently Celso Albelo had engagements in Madrid, closing the concert cycle season at the Juan March Foundation and returning to the Teatro Real with Bellini´s I Puritani.  After his Slovakian debut the Spanish tenor will begin the next season with a return to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow with Don Pasquale (Donizetti) in September.

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Celso Albelo returns to Madrid after his performances in New York, Moscow, Berlin and Barcelona

 24.05.2016

- After singing I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Berlin and Barcelona and making his debut at the Met in New York and at the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Canary Island tenor will return to the Teatro Real with I Puritani and will give a recital at the March Foundation.

May 2016
The rising star Spanish tenor Celso Albelo continues to notch up more triumphs. So far this year he has had two significant debuts: one at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York –in Maria Stuarda– and the other at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow – in Don Pasquale–, and let´s not his forget his first Werther –at Tenerife Opera– and taking the role of Tebaldo in Bellini´s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. “The truth is that I just don´t stop and I am very happy and grateful to have so much work scheduled,” the singer affirms.
In June Albelo returns to Madrid for two different jobs. On the 4th June he will close the concert season at the Juan March Foundation with a solo recital – accompanied on the piano by Juan Francisco Parra– with a programme including pieces from Spanish and Italian repertoire.

Later on, in July, Albelo will once again take the stage at the Teatro Real in Madrid as the male lead in I Puritani (6th, 13th and 19th July), one of Bellini´s masterpieces and a challenge for any tenor due to its technical and dramatic demands. This will be a new production by the Madrid opera house in conjunction with the Municipal in Santiago de Chile which is being directed by Emilio Sagi. The maestro Evelino Pidò will conduct.

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 29.04.2016

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Celso Albelo makes his debut at the Bolshoi in Moscow and returns to the Liceu

 24.03.2016

- After his debut in the emblematic role of Werther, and performing I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Berlin, the Canary Island tenor returns to Barcelona to participate in the Bellini opera once again, after making his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Don Pasquale.

April 2016
After his debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York – as Leicester in Maria Stuarda –, singing his first Werther, by Massenet, at the Tenerife Opera, and taking the role of Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, by Bellini, at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Spanish tenor Celso Albelo will make his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in the role of Ernesto, the young lead in Don Pasquale, by Donizetti (three performances between the 19th and 24th April). Later, in May, he will return to the Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu to once again take the Bellini role, which is quite a feat from among the bel-canto repertoire due to its technical difficulty.

In Berlin Albelo was triumphant as Tebaldo alongside the American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as Romeo.  The pair will coincide in Barcelona for two performances on the 25th and 28th of April.  In his other two performances the tenor will share the stage with the Spanish mezzo Silvia Tro Santafé (on the 22nd and 31st). The opera is co-produced by the Munich Bayerische Staatsoper and San Francisco Opera, directed by Vincent Boussard and conducted by Riccardo Frizza.

 

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Celso Albelo gets ready for his debut as Werther

 23.02.2016

-After his acclaimed debut at the Met in New York as Leicester in Maria Stuarda, the Spanish tenor is preparing himself to take the emblematic role of Werther for the first time and to sing I Capuleti e I Montecchi in Berlin and Barcelona.

February 2016

While his debut at the legendary Metropolitan Opera House in New York is still recent – as Leicester in Maria Stuarda, by Donizetti– the tenor from Tenerife, Celso Albelo, is readying himself for a new challenge in his career: singing his first Werther, the lead role in the opera of the same name by Jules Massenet, a milestone on the path of every lyric tenor. Adding this role to his repertoire coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Canary Island tenor Alfredo Kraus´ debut as Werther, which then became one of the legendary singer´s pet roles. 

Albelo will make his debut as Werther in his homeland, Tenerife, in three performances which he will give at the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín on the 12th, 16th and 19th March, in a new production by the Italian director Giorgia Guerra and the conductor Evelino Pidò.

Before taking on this fabulous romantic character, Celso Albelo will return to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin to sing the role of Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini); there will be two performances in concert version, conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni alongside the mezzo Joyce DiDonato as Romeo and the rising star Venera Gimadieva as Giulietta. Later on, in May, the Spanish tenor will take the same role in his return to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

 

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Celso Albelo makes his debut in the New York Metropolitan Opera House

 08.01.2016

-The Spanish tenor will sing for the first time at the legendary American theatre.  He will take the role of Roberto, Earl of Leicester, in Maria Stuarda, by Gaetano Donizetti.

December 2015

Celso Albelo has already started rehearsals for what is going to be his debut in the New York Metropolitan Opera House, the last of the great opera houses on his list to conquer. The Spanish tenor will appear as Roberto Earl of Leicester, the male lead of Maria Stuarda (Donizetti), and will give seven performances of the opera at the legendary American theatre on the 29th January and the 1st, 5th, 8th, 11th, 16th and 20th February 2016.

Albelo made his debut in this character in Catania in 2009, and took the role again in the Tenerife Opera House to round off a 2015 full of triumphs in which he opened the season at the Vienna Staatsoper in Rigoletto, returned to the same opera house with Anna Bolena (alongside Edita Gruberova), sang Rossini´s Stabat Mater at the Monte-Carlo Opera House, closed the season at the Menorcan Opera Foundation and made his debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège, Belgium) with Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Jesús López Cobos.

After his New York debut, the most international Spanish tenor of the moment will take the role of Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Bellini) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin before making his debut in the title role of Werther (Massenet) at the Tenerife Opera House, another great professional challenge for the season.

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Celso Albelo sees the year out with a view to Venice and New York

 01.12.2015

- The Spanish tenor rounds off 2015 by performing in the New Year’s Eve concert at the La Fenice Theatre in Venice, before his long-awaited debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

December 2015
Celso Albelo, the tenor from Tenerife will wind up a 2015 full of triumphs at the Teatro La Fenice, taking centre stage at the New Year’s Eve concert which will be broadcast on television all over Italy from the opera house. So far this autumn he has performed at the Vienna Staatsoper where he opened the season with Rigoletto (September), he has sung Rossini´s Stabat Mater with the Monte-Carlo Symphony Orchestra (September), returned once again to the Vienna opera house with Anna Bolena alongside the legendary Edita Gruberova (October), he closed the Menorcan Opera Foundation season in November, and made his debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liege, Belgium) with Lucia di Lammermoor (November) –conducted by Jesús López Cobos.  On the 12th December he will perform in Maria Stuarda in his homeland, Tenerife.
Albelo, who is considered to be the most international Spanish singer of the moment, will return to La Fenice at the end of the month (30th December and 1st January) to star in the Concerto di Capodanno alongside the soprano Nadine Sierra and the La Fenice Orchestra and Choir, conducted by James Conlon, an event which is watched by millions of Italians every 1st January. Soon afterwards some of the most exciting engagements in his diary are coming up: his debut in New York, at the Metropolitan Opera House, as the male lead in Maria Stuarda (Donizetti), where he will give seven performances on the 29th January and the 1st, 5th, 8th, 11th, 16th and 20th February 2016.

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Celso Albelo closes the Menorca season and makes his debut at the Opéra Royal de Liège Wallonie

 21.10.2015

-The tenor from Tenerife will participate in the closing concert of the opera season in Port Mahon as a star guest and will make his debut in Liège (Belgium) in Lucia di Lammermoor
 
October 2015
After opening the season at the Vienna Staatsoper in Rigoletto, returning to the same opera house with Anna Bolena alongside the legendary Edita Gruberova and singing Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Monte-Carlo Opera, on 7th November the Spanish tenor will feature as one of the star guests at a concert to mark the end of the opera season, organised by the Mahon Friends of the Opera Foundation, which will take place at the Teatre Principal in the Menorcan capital. On this occasion Albelo will share the stage with the soprano Jessica Nuccio and the baritone Simone Piazzola, alongside the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra conducted by Francesco Ivan Ciampa.
Also in November, Celso Albelo will make his debut at the Opéra Royal de Liège Wallonie (Liège, Belgium), in six performances of one of his favourite operas: Lucia di Lammermoor, by Donizetti (17th, 20th, 22nd, 25th, 28th November and 1st December). He will be performing alongside the French soprano Annick Massis and the Spanish conductor Jesús López Cobos.
Awaiting him later on in the season are engagements in Santa Cruz (Tenerife), New York (debut at the Metropolitan Opera House), Berlin and Madrid, among others.

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Celso Albelo faces an autumn full of new challenges

 16.09.2015

-After opening the season at the Vienna Staatsoper, the tenor from Tenerife will sing in Monaco, Austria, Belgium and Tenerife

September 2015

Celso Albelo continues with his intense schedule this new season, with a diary full of exciting challenges.  He opened the season at the Vienna Opera House with his acclaimed Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, and this same month (on the 20th) he returns to Monaco, this time to perform Rossini’s Stabat Mater, which he performed in August in San Sebastian and Santander alongside the legendary Alberto Zedda-, this time he will be joined by the Monte-Carlo Orchestre Philharmonique and the Hungarian Radio Chorus and will be conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti.

A highlight of October is his return to the Austrian capital, to perform once again at the Wiener Staatsoper with an opera which he performed in the same opera house last season: Anna Bolena, by Donizetti.  He will give four performances on the 9th, 14th, 19th and 23rd in an Eric Génovèse production conducted by Evelino Pidò; shining alongside Albelo as Lord Percy will be the veteran Edita Gruberova as Ann Boleyn, Sonia Ganassi as Jane Seymour and Marco Vinco as Henry VIII.

In November the tenor is to make his debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège, Belgium), where he will give six performances (on the 17th, 20th, 22nd, 25th and 28th November and the 1st December) of one of his favourite operas: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, an opera in which he has triumphed throughout Europe and Asia.  In Liège he will be joined by the French soprano Annick Massis and conducted by the Spanish maestro Jesús López Cobos.  Then in December (on the 12th) Albelo will return to his home island, Tenerife, where he will sing in a concert version of Maria Stuarda also by Donizetti, taking the role of Robert Leicester, alongside the fellow Canary Islander, soprano Yolanda Auyanet as Mary Stuart and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, once again conducted by Evelino Pidò.  This engagement will warm him up for his long-awaited debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera, which will take place in January 2016 with the same opera, which is the last of the bel-canto composer’s thrilling Tudor Trilogy.

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Celso Albelo to open the season at the Vienna Opera House

 06.07.2015

- The Spanish tenor returns to the Austrian temple to opera with his acclaimed Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto

July 2015

The 2015-16 season is shaping up to be full of new challenges for Celso Albelo.  On the 4th, 7th, 10th and 13th September the tenor from Tenerife will once again appear on stage at the Wiener Staatsoper, where the new season at this top Austrian opera house is opening with Rigoletto, one of the most often performed operas by Giuseppe Verdi. With his Duke of Mantua, a character which he has portrayed in theatres such as the San Carlo in Naples, La Fenice in Venice, the Monte-Carlo Opera House, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the A Coruña Opera House and the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, Albelo will begin a brilliant season which includes other outstanding engagements such as Anna Bolena also in Vienna, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Belgium), his long-awaited debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York with Maria Stuarda and his return to theatres such as the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona with I Capuleti e i Montecchi and the Teatro Real in Madrid with I Puritani.

In the Vienna performances of Rigoletto Albelo will be sharing the stage with Ambrogio Maestri (Rigoletto), Aleksandra Kurzak (Gilda), Michele Pertusi (Sparafucile) and Elena Maximova (Maddalena), and they will be conducted by Evelino Pidò.  The opening performance on the 4th September will be broadcast live all over the world as well as being projected on a huge screen opposite the Vienna City Hall (in the popular Rathausplatz).

After his recent success in his Australian debut, singing I Puritani at the Victorian Opera, Albelo will arrive in Vienna in September after a summer in which he is also appearing in Macerata with Rigoletto (17th, 25th, 31st July and 9th August) at the Quincena Musical in San Sebastian and the Santander International Festival (25th and 26th August respectively) with Rossini’s Stabat Mater, alongside the Orquesta de Cadaqués, conducted by Alberto Zedda.


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Celso Albelo makes his debut in Australia and returns to Italy and Spain

 08.06.2015

- The Spanish tenor will travel to Melbourne this summer to perform in I Puritani, to Macerata (Italy) to take the role of his acclaimed Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto and to Spain to take part in the Quincena Musical Festival in San Sebastian and in the Santander International Festival with performances of Rossini’s Stabat Mater 

June 2015

The tenor Celso Albelo, who is undoubtedly one of the Spanish singers most active on the international opera circuit, is looking forward to a summer full of engagements.  In 2015 he has performed at some of the most important theatres in Europe such as Monte-Carlo Opera House (Guillaume Tell), the Parisian Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Guillaume Tell), the Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena (L’Elisir d’amore), the Teatro Regio in Parma (L’Elisir d’amore), Vienna Opera House (Anna Bolena) and the Tenerife Auditorium (Anna Bolena), among others, and in July he will add a new theatre to his diary, making his debut in one of his favourite roles: Arturo in Bellini’s  I Puritani, at the Melbourne Arts Centre; this will be on the 2nd July in a gala performance with the Orchestra Victoria, conducted by Richard Mills, and with renowned colleagues such as the Australian soprano Jessica Pratt as Elvira.  After his Australian debut, Albelo will travel to Italy once again, which is where he has developed his career to a large extent.  This time he will portray the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto at the Arena Sferisterio in Macerata; this Verdi character has brought the tenor from Tenerife a great deal of joy, since he has sung this role in theatres such as the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville and the Teatro San Carlo in Naples.  In Macerata he will sing on the 17th, 25th and 30th July and on the 9th August, the rest of the cast includes Vladimir Stoyanov (Rigoletto), Jessica Nuccio (Gilda) and Nino Surguladze (Maddalena), conducted by Francesco Lanzillotta.  In August Celso Albelo will return to Spain to sing Rossini´s Stabat Mater at the Quincena Musical Festival in San Sebastian (25th) and at the Santander International Festival (26th); on both occasions Albelo will be joined by the Orquesta de Cadaqués, the Orfeón Donostiarra Choir, the soprano María José Moreno, the mezzo-soprano Mariana Pizzolato and the baritone Nicola Alaimo, all conducted by Alberto Zedda.  

 

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Celso Albelo, on tour in Spain

 24.04.2015

- The tenor from Tenerife will perform at an opera gala in Lanzarote alongside Jorge de León and Pancho Corujo; he will give a recital in Ferrol and will sing Anna Bolena in Tenerife

April 2015

So far this year Celso Albelo’s performances have taken him to Monte Carlo, Paris, Tenerife, Modena, Parma and to Vienna, where he made his debut in the role of Lord Percy in Anna Bolena at the Wiener Staatsoper, alongside Anna Netrebko. Now he returns to Spain to go on a short tour before once again taking on the Donizetti role at the end of May in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, where he will be singing alongside Mariella Devia (23rd May).

Beforehand, the Spanish tenor will participate in an opera gala on the 30th April, where he will be sharing the stage with two other internationally renowned Canary Island voices:  alongside Albelo will be Jorge de León and Pancho Corujo.  The three singers are engaged to perform at the Auditorio Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote and will be accompanied by Juan Francisco Parra on the piano.

On the 2nd May Celso Albelo will once again travel to the new Auditorium in Ferrol, also with Juan Francisco Parra on piano, to give a solo recital. While Albelo remains in this Galician city he will record a CD which will cover a wide repertoire.  

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Celso Albelo makes his debut in the role of Percy, in "Anna Bolena"

 30.03.2015

- The Spanish tenor returns to the Wiener Staatsoper with this Donizetti opera, he will be performing alongside the soprano Anna Netrebko

March 2015
Celso Albelo will make his debut as Percy, the male lead in the Donizetti opera Anna Bolena, at the Wiener Staatsoper.  This is not the first time Albelo has performed at the principal opera House in Austria - he has also been acclaimed there for his appearance in other operas by the same composer, such as L’elisir d’amore and Roberto Devereux, as well as Bellini´s La Sonnambula.  In this return to Vienna, which is also his debut in the role, he will be performing alongside the soprano Anna Netrebko, no less – one of the greatest divas of current times, on the  10th, 13th, 17th and 20th April.

“I have really fancied taking on this role for a while, as I have sung the other two operas from Donizetti´s Tudor Trilogy, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux”, the singer admits. “I was about to perform the role for the first time at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, in 2012, but finally I had to cancel it as I had not entirely recovered from a bronquial infection.  It was very frustrating because I was going to do it alongside Mariella Devia, who I admire very much, but I will havem y reward in May as, after singing the role in Vienna I will do it in my homeland, in Tenerife, with Mariella Devia herself”.

Celso Albelo comes to this character after another great bel canto debut, but this time from Rossini: Arnold from Guillaume Tell (at Montecarlo Opera House and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris).  Before that he had just added a second role to his Zarzuela repertoire, Javier, from Luisa Fernanda which he performed alongside Plácido Domingo, at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia.  After his most recent tour of Japan, he began the season in A Coruña with La Traviata, then later travelled to Palermo, Vienna and Berlin.  In March he will take the role of Nemorino again from L’elisir d’amore (Modena and Parma) and upcoming engagements over the next few months include Bonn, Valencia and Macerata, before his eagerly awaited debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York with Maria Stuarda in January next year.

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Celso Albelo returns to Italy with his prizewinning Nemorino, from “L’elisir d’amore”

 13.02.2015

The Spanish tenor will perform Donizetti´s masterpiece in Modena and Parma

February 2015
Celso Albelo, the tenor from Tenerife, is returning to Italy to take the role of one of his favourite characters: Nemorino, the male lead in L’elisir d’amore, by Gaetano Donizetti.  He will be performing at two different opera houses, both in the Teatro Luciano Pavarotti in Modena (15th and 17th March) and in the Teatro Regio in Parma (22nd, 26th, 29th and 31st March).  The role, which Albelo has taken to Vienna, Madrid, Palermo and Venice, among other cities, has always brought him success: he won the Teatro Campoamor Opera Prize in 2012 for best singer of the season for the unforgettable Elisir at the ABAO-OLBE (Bilbao), on which occasion the dedicated opera-goers in the audience forced him to repeat the aria “Una furtiva lagrima” which has gone down in history as his great encore. “I cannot deny that I really identify with Nemorino”, the singer admits; “his simplicity and innocence have always made me feel that he is a small-town boy, approachable, friendly and very much in love”, he explains. “What’s more, I really enjoy performing this role as the music which Donizetti created for this opera is fantastic.  It has given me great satisfaction on many occasions and I have always been lucky enough to sing the role in interesting productions where a special relationship has developed with the rest of the performers”.
The production which premiered in 1988 directed by Francesca Zambello will be revived in both cities by Marcello Grigorov, with set and costume design by Nica Magnani.  The opera will be conducted by Francesco Cilluffo.

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 04.02.2015

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Celso Albelo makes his debut in the lead role of Guillaume Tell

 11.12.2014

The Spanish tenor will sing the complicated role of Arnold for the first time, in Monte Carlo and in Paris

The tenor from Tenerife Celso Albelo continues to add characters to his extensive opera repertoire. In previous seasons he has triumphed in the role of Ruodi in Guillaume Tell, by Rossini –very popular for its great difficulty and beauty–, this time the singer has selected France to make his debut as Arnold, the lead tenor in this masterpiece, on the 22nd, 25th and 28th January at the Monte Carlo Opera House and on the 31st of the same month at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. Albelo has already sung in these theatres on more than one occasion in the last two years and for these performances he will sing alongside Nicola Alaimo (Tell) and Annick Massis (Mathilde), with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and the Monte Carlo Opera Choir, all being conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti on the podium.
Celso Albelo's impressive list of engagements continues to keep him busy in the principal international theatres. Since September he has sung in A Coruña Opera (La Traviata), the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (La fille du régiment), the Wiener Staatsoper (Roberto Devereux), the Berliner Philharmonie (Roberto Devereux), the Teatro Pérez Galdós in Gran Canaria (homage to Alfredo Kraus) and the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia (Luisa Fernanda alongside Placido Domingo). In what is left of the season and after the performances of Guillaume Tell in France he will sing L’elisir d’amore at the Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti in Módena and at the Teatro Regio de Parma; Anna Bolena at the Wiener Staatsoper, Les pêcheurs de perles at the Palau de la Música in Valencia and Rigoletto at the Sferisterio in Macerata.

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Celso Albelo sings zarzuela in Valencia and pays homage to Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas

 05.11.2014

-The Spanish tenor is soon to be performing at Palau de les Arts de Valencia, alongside Plácido Domingo, and in the Canary Islands, paying homage to the legendary Alfredo Kraus

November 2014
After his recent success in Vienna and Berlin in the lead role of the Donizetti opera Roberto Devereux alongside the stellar Edita Gruberová, the Spanish tenor Celso Albelo will take on a role in a very different genre: the male lead of the zarzuela Luisa Fernanda, which will be performed in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia in December.  This is a Madrid Teatro Real production directed by Emilio Sagi.  In this return to traditional Spanish musical theatre, Albelo will share the stage with the hugely famous Plácido Domingo, who will take the baritone role in Federico Moreno Torroba´s zarzuela, as he did in the production´s premiere.  Performances will take place on 15th, 18th and 22nd December, conducted by Jordi Bernàcer.
Celso Albelo will take a short break from the rehearsals for Luisa Fernanda in Valencia to travel to Las Palmas, the capital city of Grand Canary.  The city is paying homage to its favourite son, the tenor Alfredo Kraus, who died 15 years ago and Albelo has been invited to participate.  He will be appearing on stage at the Teatro Pérez Galdós on the 24th November, accompanied by the pianist Juan Francisco Parra.  This will not be the first time that Celso Albelo brings his unparalleled artistry to this Las Palmas theatre, and this time it will be a musical evening full of emotion in which he will perform Spanish song, zarzuela and opera.

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Celso Albelo sings "Roberto Devereux" in Vienna and Berlin

 28.10.2014

- The tenor from the Canary Islands returns to delight his fans in Central Europe in the lead role of the Donizetti opera, alongside Edita Gruberova, no less
 

After his triumph at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Italy) with La fille du régiment, the Spanish tenor Celso Albelo will return to two international opera capitals, Vienna and Berlin, over the next few weeks. He will be appearing in an opera that epitomises bel-canto, Roberto Devereux, by Gaetano Donizetti, in the title role, which is undoubtedly one of Albelo's favourites. This will be the third time this year in which the singer will take on this fascinating role, one of the most complex in opera repertoire, as in January and May he performed it in Tenerife and Florence.

The last time Albelo appeared on stage at the Vienna Staatsoper was in 2012 to perform in L’elisir d’amore, which was a great success for him. The performances of Devereux will take place on the 9th, 13th and 17th October. Afterwards Celso Albelo will travel to Berlin with the same role, this time at the Berliner Philharmonie to perform a concert version on the 5th and 11th November, on which occasion he will be accompanied by the Deutsche Oper house performers. In both cities Albelo will share the stage with the soprano Edita Gruberova, a living legend in the opera world, and her magnificent Elisabetta.

After his engagements in Vienna and Berlin are over, the tenor will once again meet the audience that saw him consolidate his art, that of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, where he will take part in the XII homage to the great Canary Island tenor, Alfredo Kraus, and which will take place on the 24th November at the Pérez Galdós Theatre, where he will be accompanied by the pianist Juan Francisco Parra.

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Celso Albelo to be awarded the Codalario Prize for Best Artist 2014

 10.10.2014

- The Spanish tenor will travel from Vienna to Madrid to collect the award as he is performing in the Staatsoper again at the moment, in the lead role of Donizetti´s masterpiece Roberto Devereux, alongside the legendary Edita Gruberova.

October 2014
The Canary Island tenor Celso Albelo´s “exceptional career”, which “connects to the tradition of the greatest Spanish opera singers”, has led the team of the Spanish online magazine Codalario to award him the 2014 Prize for Best Artist.  A new accolade for Albelo´s glittering opera career: he is one of the Hispanic singers with the greatest international presence.  As the publication reports, “the tenor from Tenerife has carved himself a career at the highest international level, which has taken him to the most prestigious opera houses in the world.  Having a voice with great charisma, beauty and a homogeneous tone, exquisite phrasing and exceptional technical abilities, his level of performance has positioned him as one of the most significant tenors on the international panorama, especially within bel-canto repertoire”.

Celso Albelo is grateful for a prize which “rewards deep, hard and solitary work, but which turns out to be more than gratifying when the audience applauds you on stage or with awards like these” the tenor affirms, adding, “I cannot help but share it with my family, who have always been at my side supporting me.”

The Codalario Prize for Best Artist 2014 joins a long list of accolades that the tenor has been awarded which include, among others, the Canary Islands Gold Medal 2013, the Ópera Actual Prize 2008, the Verona Arena Opera Oscar (2010 and 2012), the Teatro Campoamor Opera Prize for Best Newcomer 2010, and the Campoamor Prize for Best Singer in the 2012 Spanish Opera Season as well as the Giuseppe Lugo Prize 2013. The award ceremony of this second Year of the Codalario Music Prizes will take place at the Headquarters of the Architects’ Association in Madrid on Saturday 11th October at 8pm.  On this occasion other prizewinners include the pianist Joaquín Achúcarro, Special Prize for an entire career 2014; the group La Ritirata (Glossa) for Best Musical Product 2014; and the Juan March Foundation, Prize for Best Musical Organization of the year.

Once he has received the award, Celso Albelo will return to Vienna to take the lead role in Gaetano Donizetti´s Roberto Devereux at the Staatsoper, a role with which he will later travel to Berlin: he will perform it in concert version in the Berliner Philharmonie, accompanied by the Deutsche Oper house orchestra and choir.  In both cities Albelo will share the stage with the fabulous soprano Edita Gruberova.

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 10.09.2014

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Celso Albelo will debut his acclaimed Alfredo Germont in Spain before returning to the Massimo in Palermo

 27.06.2014

-The tenor from Tenerife will open the A Coruña Friends of Opera season in the lead role of La Traviata before singing La Fille du régiment in Palermo
 
July 2014
For the first time in Spain, the tenor from the Canary Islands, Celso Albelo will take the role of Alfredo Germont, the long-suffering male lead in Giuseppe Verdi´s masterpiece La Traviata.  Performances will take place on 4th and 6th September at the A Coruña Opera House, opening the new opera season in the Galician city of A Coruña, organized from this year on by the A Coruña Friends of Opera and the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, one of the most outstanding ensembles in Europe. The new opera season draws on the experience of more than six decades of organising the Friends of Opera Festival and more than a decade of the Mozart Festival in A Coruña, also known as the Glass City. Albelo will return to perform for a Galician audience in a role which has garnered him huge applause and which he debuted at the Guangzhou Opera House (China).
With this role the singer returns to business as usual in the opera world, after a well-deserved summer break. As soon as he has finished his engagements in A Coruña, Albelo will travel to the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Sicily, Italy), where he will take on another of his most acclaimed roles, that of Tonio in Gaetano Donizetti´s La Fille du Régiment, on the 17th, 19th, 21st and 24th September.
As fate would have it, the tenor will be joined in both productions by the soprano Desirée Rancatore, with whom he has collaborated on numerous occasions and with whom he has shared some of his greatest professional triumphs. In the A Coruña La Traviata the role of Giorgio Germont will be sung by the legendary Italian baritone Leo Nucci, with whom Albelo has also coincided on numerous occasions and with whom he has a great friendship.  

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Celso Albelo returns to Japan with Lucia di Lammermoor and for a recital tour

 23.05.2014

The tenor from Tenerife will sing selections from the Donizetti opera in Hachioji (Tokyo) alongside the soprano Tomoko Ishibashi, after singing Arturo in I Puritani in Gran Canaria and Roberto Devereux in Florence.

May 2014

Celso Albelo continues his unstoppable artistic journey after notching up one of the greatest triumphs of his career in the sphere of Bellini bel canto with his exemplary Lord Arturo Talbot, the male lead in I Puritani, which he performed in Bilbao at the ABAO-OLBE. He returned to the Canary Friends of Opera season, with which he has a special relationship, in the same role on the 26th and 29th April and the 2nd and 4th May.
Immediately afterwards Albelo packed his bags to visit Florence in order to sing the title rol of Roberto Devereux and to another of the cities where his talent is admired – Tokyo, the Japanese capital. He will give two recitals there accompanied by the pianist Juan Francisco Parra, on the 25th May at the Yokosuka Arts Theatre, and, on the 28th, at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall. On these occasions he will revisit some of his wide chamber music repertoire.
Some days later, on the 7th June, he will perform at the Olympus Hall Hachioji, also in Tokyo, with a concert of selections from the Gaetano Donizetti opera Lucia di Lammermoor, on which occasion he will be joined by the Japanese soprano Tomoko Ishibashi, considered to be one of the greatest representatives of the new coterie of Japanese voices.  “Going back to Japan is a real thrill for me, as in my trips to this country I have been able to make great friends who have allowed me to get to know this ancient culture more intimately. Also, I am a great admirer of Japanese cuisine, so much so that I have even learned how to prepare some of the dishes”, Celso Albelo notes, also admitting that he will be feeling “very much at home, as there are opera-goers there who follow me and appreciate me. This is why it will be a great pleasure to sing the role of Edgardo, one of the best known characters from Romantic bel canto”. 

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Celso Albelo will sing Roberto Devereux before returning to Tokyo

 14.05.2014

-The Spanish tenor will sing this Donizetti opera in the 77th year of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival before embarking on a tour of Japan
 
May 2014
The tenor from Tenerife Celso Albelo, after having achieved two unforgettable triumphs with his Lord Arturo Talbot in I Puritani at the ABAO-OLBE in Bilbao and at the ACO Season in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, will pass from Bellini to Donizetti this very weekend to perform the title role of Roberto Devereux in the 77th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, in Florence (Italy).  In this return to the demanding audiences of this city, known as the most beautiful in the world, Albelo will sing Devereux in two performances, on Sunday 18th and Tuesday 20th May, sharing the stage with the legendary soprano Mariella Devia.
Afterwards Albelo will travel to Tokyo where he will give two recitals accompanied by the pianist Juan Francisco Parra, on the 25th May at the Yokosuka Arts Theatre, and, on the 28th, at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.  Without leaving the Japanese capital he will perform selected pieces from the Donizetti opera Lucia di Lammermoor at the Olympus Hall Hachioji on 7th June alongside the Japanese soprano Tomoko Ishibashi.

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Celso Albelo will go to Bilbao and Las Palmas with "I Puritani"

 10.03.2014

-The Spanish tenor will take the lead role in the Bellini opera, after having appeared in Berlin and Düsseldorf

March 2014
After singing in Donizetti’s opera Lucia di Lammermoor in Berlin on the 15th, 19th and 23rd March, and participating in the high profile AIDS Gala for the Düsseldorf  Deutsche Oper am Rhein on the 22nd, Celso Albelo will revisit Bellini bel canto, this time as Arturo Talbo, the male lead in I Puritani, with two Spanish companies: the ABAO-OLBE in Bilbao on the 5th, 8th, 11th and 14th April, and, later, on the 26th and 29th April and the 2nd and 4th May in Las Palmas, Grand Canary.

In Bilbao Albelo will share the stage with the Rumanian soprano Elena Mosuc and will once again be working with the director Alfonso Romero Mora, since the tenor himself premiered in this ABAO production at the A Coruña Opera Festival. In Las Palmas, however, he will perform alongside the Sicilian soprano, Desirée Rancatore, in a new production directed by Mario Pontiggia.

In comments made in the specialist opera magazine Ópera Actual, Albelo notes that the role of Arturo is “very comfortable” for him, from a vocal and dramatic point of view, in terms of the conflict which the Lord Arturo has in choosing between love for his country and his lady, “something characteristic of romantic characters.  I try to differentiate between both aspects throughout the opera. The character has lucidity and values which make me like him especially, although he really takes you to the limits: the breadth of register goes from one extreme to another and particularly in the third act where one has to perform a real tour de force”.

Upcoming engagements will take Celso Albelo on a tour of recitals in Japan and to sing La Traviata at the Massada Festival (Israel).

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Celso Albelo, invited to the AIDS gala in Düsseldorf

 05.02.2014

-The Spanish tenor will participate in one of the events that have most impact on German society.  He will also perform in Busseto, Paris and Berlin

February 2014
The tenor from Tenerife, Celso Albelo´s opera career never stops.  Proof of this are the many engagements which he has taken on since the beginning of the year after having taken a leading role in the Madrid Teatro de la Zarzuela New Year´s concert, having sung Roberto Devereux in Tenerife and having made his debut in Barcelona with La Sonnambula: Albelo will pack his bags to spend some weeks between Italy, France and Germany. In the latter country he has been invited to take part in the highly publicized AIDS Gala at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf on the 22nd March. “I have met a lot of people who are HIV positive and fortunately today, in Europe, it can be called a chronic disease rather than a deadly pandemic, which it continues to be in developing countries, where there is no access to the right medicines” the singer affirmed. “Helping to spread information about what this illness means and support research into fighting against it is an honor, which is why I have agreed to perform in this Gala”.

Beforehand, Spain´s most international tenor will continue to portray the characters that have made him famous. Between the performances of his acclaimed  Elvino from La Sonnambula at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, he will go to the Teatro Verdi in Busseto (Italy) to sing his exemplary Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore (7 / II). He will be the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier (18 / III) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, just before the AIDS Gala in Düsseldorf. Albelo will be alternating this with another of his pet characters, Edgardo from Lucia di Lammermoor, which he will sing in the Berlin Deutsche Oper on the 15th, 19th and 23rd March.

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Celso Albelo: love of bel-canto

 20.12.2013

-The tenor from Tenerife begins the year in homage to Donizetti and Bellini, his return to his home island features Roberto Devereux and he will make his debut in the Barcelona Liceu in the lead role in La Sonnambula
 
December 2013
The tenor Celso Albelo, who hails from the Canary Islands, begins his year of professional engagements with two emblematic Romantic bel-canto operas: all of which will happen after the New Year’s concert in which he will take a leading role at the Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid on the 2nd January, alongside the Community of Madrid Choir and Orchestra, and with their principal conductor, Cristóbal Soler, on the podium.  Immediately afterwards, Celso Albelo will leave for his home turf to take part in the Tenerife Opera Festival, in which he will take the lead role in Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Roberto Devereux (9th January 2014), one of the most important and demanding operas in the bel-canto repertoire.  Similar adjectives could be applied to Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula with which the Spanish tenor will make his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (28th January and 1st, 4th and 9th February 2014) in a production which Albelo took part in at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, in 2011.  He has also performed this opera at the Vienna Staatsoper and at the Monte-Carlo Opera House.

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Celso Albelo returns to the Teatro Real in a blaze of glory

 13.11.2013

-The singer from Tenerife will be Nemorino in the first cast of L’elisir d’amore and take a lead role in the New Year’s concert at the Madrid Teatro de La Zarzuela


November 2013
Before performing Roberto Devereux in his homeland next January, the Spanish tenor Celso Albelo has a double engagement in Madrid, his adopted city, in the two opera theatres of the capital, no less: he will be Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti) at the Teatro Real and he will perform the best pieces in his repertoire at the New Year’s concert at the Teatro de La Zarzuela.  The singer, who has just made his debut in the role of Alfredo from La Traviata at the Guangzhou Opera House (Canton, China) where he was named Honorary Artistic Advisor of the company, returns to romantic bel canto repertoire with one of his favourite characters: “I love Nemorino’s simplicity and candour”, explains Albelo, who has sung this role in opera houses such as the Massimo in Palermo and the Vienna Staatsoper.  He now returns to the opera house in Madrid, and will do it in style, having six performances of the first cast to tackle, on the 2nd, 4th, 6th, 15th, 17th and 20th December.
 
Although, due to the demands of his diary, Celso Albelo always tends to leave one city as soon as he finishes one production to join rehearsals for the next, this time he will stay in Madrid, as on the 2nd January he will take a leading role in the New Year’s concert at the Teatro de La Zarzuela, being conducted by Cristóbal Soler and performing alongside the Teatro de La Zarzuela Choir and the Community of Madrid Orchestra.  “The idea is to have a good time and make music in good company”, the tenor explains.  “In the programme I will go through my repertoire, but there will also be more than one surprise” he notes, without giving anything away. 
 
After this Madrid marathon he will head to Tenerife, the island of his birth, where he will sing the lead role of Roberto Devereux, by Donizetti, before continuing with a tour which will take him to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the ABAO-OLBE season in Bilbao.

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Celso Albelo: from China to Valencia and Madrid

 04.10.2013

-The tenor from Tenerife will give a recital at the Palau de la Música in Valencia and will be Nemorino at the Teatro Real in Madrid, after making his debut as Alfredo in La Traviata in China.

October 2013
To arrive at an immense opera hall such as that in Guangzhou (Canton) – the Guangzhou Opera House in China, to debut a new role and also be named Honorary Artistic Advisor to the company would be a milestone for any performer.  This was just what happened to the Spanish tenor Celso Albelo last September when he sang his first Alfredo Germont, the lead character in Verdi’s essential "Traviata". 
 
Pleased with the honour, adding his name to those of artists of the calibre of Anne-Sophie Mutter and Vladimir Ashkenazy- and about the artistic triumph he reached in the emblematic role, Albelo is now looking forward to two performances in Spain.  Firstly he is engaged to give a concert at the Valencia Palau de la Música with a succulent programme of arias and duets from opera alongside the soprano Isabel Rey, as part of the Valencia Orchestra season-ticket programme.  The concert will be conducted by Lorenzo Coladonato (8 November).

Later, from the beginning of December, the Canary Islander tenor will take the lead role in six of the fourteen performances that the Teatro Real de Madrid is holding of Donizetti’s great opera L'elisir d'amore: his masterful Nemorino is sure to seduce not only his Norina (Nino Machaidze), but also all the opera-goers in Madrid, as he already did in cities such as Palermo, Bilbao and Venice. ("L'elisir d'amore", Teatro Real, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 15th, 17th and 20th December).

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Celso Abelo will sing his first Alfredo in China

 21.08.2013

-The tenor from Tenerife will make his debut in this emblematic role in the spanking new Guangzhou Opera House, designed by Zaha Hadid.

Celso Albelo never stops, beginning the new season with performances in A Coruña, London and Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton or Kwangchow), in China. After a season full of success and his participation, in August, in the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Italy), the Spanish tenor will begin the season at the festival organized by the A Coruña Friends of the Opera (Spain), in which he will take the role of Edgardo, leading character in the always welcome Lucia di Lammermoor, by Donizetti. He will then travel to London to give an intimate recital in the Wigmore Hall as part of the Rosenblatt Recitals. From there he will go to China for a double debut: firstly to perform for the first time in the imposing Guangzhou Opera House (designed by the Pritzker prizewinning architect Zaha Hadid in an island belonging to the city of Guangzhou, which has more than 10 million inhabitants) and secondly his debut in the emblematic role of Alfredo Germont, in La Traviata, which he will add to his repertoire in Verdi Year – 2013, which marks the bicentenary of the birth of this Italian composer.

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Celso Albelo returns to the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro

 11.07.2013

-The Spanish tenor’s summer agenda includes the ROF with Guillaume Tell and a Belcanto Concert

The tenor from Tenerife Celso Albelo never stops getting new opera engagements. Over the last seasons the Spanish singer has performed in the most prestigious opera houses in cities such as London, Vienna, Paris, Naples, Berlin, Milan and Madrid, and this summer he will return to the European circuit to beguile the Italian audience from the mythical Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.

After taking on the role of the Duke of Mantua at the end of this June, participating in four performances of Rigoletto in the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, and receiving the Giuseppe Lugo Awards in Custoza (Verona), Albelo will appear, in August, in that Pesaro’s festival –the world temple to Rossini-, in order to sing Guillaume Tell (with performances on the 11th, 14th, 17th and 20th) crowning his participation in the legendary stage with a solo recital on the 18th August which will include pieces by Turina, Guastavino, Ginastera, Serrano, Penella, Vives and Donizetti.

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The tenor Celso Albelo wins the Giuseppe Lugo prize in Italy

 26.06.2013

-The Spanish singer will receive the award during a gala-concert in Custoza (Verona) on the 2nd July

June 2013

Over the last few seasons Celso Albelo has garnered an ever-growing list of prizes and he is about to add another: this being the “Giuseppe Lugo”, an institution which each year eagerly works in collaboration with the Verona Arena Foundation, the Region of Veneto and the Province of Verona (Italy) to award an internationally acclaimed tenor. In this 20th anniversary of the prize, they have decided to give the prize to the young tenor from Tenerife. The award, which bears the name of the Veronese tenor Giuseppe Lugo (1899-1980) who was world famous during the first half of the 20th Century, has recognised the work of other illustrious names from the international opera scene in recent years, including Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Giuseppe Di Stefano Franco Corelli, to name but a few.

The prize will be awarded during a concert which will take place on the 2nd July at Villa Vento in Custoza (Verona) in which Albelo will be joined by the soprano Linda Campanella, the mezzo-soprano Rossana Rinaldi, the baritone Bruno de Simone and the bass Romano dal Zovo.

Outstanding among the multiple accolades that Celso Albelo has received over the last few years are the 2013 Medalla de Oro de Canarias (Canary Islands Gold Medal), the Campoamor Prize for Best Male Singer in Oviedo (2012), the International Opera Awards, Oscar della Lirica in Italy (2013), the Campoamor Prize for Best Newcomer in Oviedo (2010), the Oscar della Lírica from the Verona Arena Foundation in Italy (2010) and the ÓPERA ACTUAL prize which is awarded by the renowned Spanish magazine (2008).

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 24.05.2013

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Celso Albelo, Duke of Mantua in Naples and Seville

 07.05.2013

In the year of Verdi, the Spanish tenor will continue taking part in productions of Rigoletto in May and June, also dropping anchor in Tenerife for a concert of opera arias on June 4th.

May 2013

With a spring full of professional activity, Celso Albelo continues to pay homage to Giuseppe Verdi in the commemorative bicentenary year of his birth. In April he took the role of the Duke of Mantua in Verdi´s Rigoletto in Salerno, and in May and June he will portray the nobleman from Lombardy again at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and in the Maestranza Theatre in Seville, two opera houses whose audiences anxiously await to hear Albelo singing a role which he has already performed at the Theatre Real in Madrid, La Fenice in Venice, Monte-Carlo Opera House and the Regio in Parma, among many others. In the popular Neapolitan theatre he will sing on the 17th, 19th, 23rd and 25th May alongside Desirée Rancatore as Gilda and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Rigoletto, whilst in Seville he will have performances on the 20th, 23rd, 26th and 29th June, sharing the stage with Jessica Pratt (Gilda) and Leo Nucci (Rigoletto), among others.

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The tenor from Tenerife Celso Albelo continues to accumulate prizes

 09.04.2013

- On Saturday he received the prize for Best Singer of the Spanish season

- In what remains of the season, the Spanish singer will perform in Salerno, Bilbao, Paris, Vienna, Naples and Seville.

9th April

Last Saturday the Spanish tenor Celso Albelo was awarded the prize for Best Male Singer of the 2011-12 Spanish season in the Oviedo Teatro Campoamor Opera Prizes, the most important opera awards in Spain.  He won the award for his unforgettable Nemorino – from L'elisir d'amore – which he performed in the A Coruña Opera Festival in September 2011 and in Bilbao in the ABAO season in February 2012.  This is also the first time that the Asturian competition has awarded a prize to the same singer, as Albelo won the Best Newcomer prize two seasons ago.  “This award means a lot to me, as it is a recognition of the love I feel for my work", the singer declared, "even more so as two years ago they gave me the prize for young singers.   I would like to thank those who have made this possible, especially my family and friends in the Canary Islands, my fundamental support". Celso Albelo received the award at a gala which took place on the 6th April 2013 at the Teatro Campoamor, an event directed by Calixto Bieito and presented by the diva of Spanish film Rossy de Palma, in which he sang an aria from Donizetti´s La Favorite, to great public and critical acclaim.

Albelo has recently trod the boards at theatres such as Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, The Israeli Opera, Opéra National de Paris, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Montecarlo Opera House and the Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid, among others.  He continues adding new opera engagements to his agenda, such as the Teatro Verdi in Salerno (Rigoletto; 16th, 19th and 21st April), ABAO in Bilbao (Concert with the soprano Patrizia Ciofi; 27th April), the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris (Petite Messe Solennelle; 6th May), the Vienna Musikverein (Petite Messe Solennelle; 13th and 14th May), the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples (Rigoletto; 17th, 21st, 24th, 26th May) and the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville (Rigoletto; 20th, 23rd, 26th and 29th June).

In August 2012, Celso Albelo was awarded the International Opera Awards, Oscar della Lirica 2012, in Italy, and in 2010 the Campoamor Prize for Best Newcomer and in 2008 the ÓPERA ACTUAL prize awarded by the only Spanish magazine specialising in opera.

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Celso Albelo makes his debut in “Marina” at the Teatro de la Zarzuela

 04.03.2013

-The tenor from Tenerife sings in his first staged opera in this Madrid theatre

March 2013.

The singer from Tenerife Celso Albelo, one of the most sought after tenors among the most prestigious opera houses of Europe, will have a dream come true this March when for the first time in his career his will take a lead role at the Teatro de La Zarzuela: from the 15th March he will be Jorge in Arrieta’s opera “Marina”, a very popular piece but which has not been performed at the Teatro de la Zarzuela for decades.  “I love this opera and I love to return to my adopted city: in La Zarzuela I saw an entire opera for the first time in my life and that made a huge impression on me”, the singer comments. Albelo has performed in various galas and concerts at the theatre, but this is the first time that he will participate in a staged opera, a new production by the director Ignacio García.  In April the tenor will travel to Oviedo where he will be awarded the prize for Best Singer of the Spanish 2011-2012 season and to Bilbao, to take part in the ABAO-OLBE (Bilbao Friends of the Opera Association) concert, before performing “Petite Messe Solennelle” in Paris and Vienna and starting rehearsals for “Rigoletto” at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples (Italy).

 

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Celso Albelo returns to Monaco with "La Sonnambula"

 21.01.2013

-The tenor from Tenerife will perform the role of Elvino, which he has already sung in London and Vienna

January 2013

After his unforgettable performances of Rigoletto in the Principality of Monaco two seasons ago, the Spanish tenor Celso Albelo will return to the Opéra de Monte-Carlo on the 24th and 26th February to take the role of Elvino in La Sonnambula, “a delicious role which portrays a whole way of life typical of the Romantic era” according to Albelo.  “This is a much loved character which presents a lot of challenges when you take it on, as it is technically very demanding and has a very particular dramatic profile which you have to discover in order to make it believable,” the award-winning Canarian singer points out, having already performed this role in international opera houses such as the Vienna Staatsoper and the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London garnering great personal triumph in both theatres.  Albelo will appear in these two performances – in concert format – conducted by Antonino Fogliani and sharing the stage with the soprano Annick Massis. The occasion is of special local interest as this Bellini opera has not been programmed in Monte Carlo since 1948.

Noteworthy among Celso Albelo´s upcoming engagements are a concert with the soprano Virginia Wagner in the Gayarre Theatre in Pamplona; his performance, on the 6th April, in the  Campoamor Opera Award Ceremony gala in Oviedo – directed by Calixto Bieito- in which he will be awarded the prize for Best Singer of the Season; the premiere of a new production of Marina, by Arrieta, in the Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid; a concert for the ABAO Season in Bilbao; and a tour with Petite Messe Solennelle taking him to Paris and Vienna, all of this before starting rehearsals for Rigoletto in the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, where he will premiere on the 17th May.

Bellini: La Sonnambula

Opéra de Monte-Carlo (Rainier III Auditorium)

Sunday, 24th February 2013 – 3pm

Tuesday 26th February 2013 – 8pm

Conducted by: Antonino Fogliani

Monte-Carlo Opera Choir

Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra

 

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Cancellation of "La Favorite" in Paris

 16.01.2013

Dear friends,

As I have been suffering from bronchitis, which has unfortunately gone on longer than expected, on medical advice I have felt the need to cancel my performance in La Favorite in Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées) which I was to sing at the beginning of February. I am very grateful for the theatre's willingness to help and their understanding over this forced cancellation. Luckily I feel better every day and am really looking forward to my next engagement: La sonnambula at the Monte Carlo Opera House, which I will sing on the 24th and 26th February.  Thank you for your interest and continuing support and I hope to see you all soon.

Affectionately, Celso Albelo

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The tenor Celso Albelo pays homage to Manuel Luis Medina, “El Minuto”

 27.12.2012

Albelo has recorded the ballad Madrigal, a track on the CD Un Minuto entre amigos (A Minute among friends) which will be released in Tenerife on the 4th January.  The record is a collection of the most famous songs by the composer and performer Manuel Luis Medina, also known as El Minuto, one of the most significant singer-songwriters for a whole generation of Canary Islanders, and one of the few pioneers of traditional Latin American music in Spain.  The CD also features other groups and performers from the Canaries including Alma de Bolero, Manolo Vieira, José Manuel Ramos, Maricarmen González, the Beatriz Alonso Quartet, Luis Medina, Luis Morera, Encantadoras, Sergio Núñez, Isabel Padrón, Manuel Estupiñan, Troveros de Asieta, Candelaria González and Mestisay.

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Celso Albelo sees the year out in Austria and Germany

 27.11.2012

The Spanish tenor Celso Albelo returns to two of the principal opera houses in central Europe this December to see the old year out with two roles from leading operas of the romantic bel canto repertoire: Elvino, in Bellini´s La Sonnambula, in the Vienna Staatsoper (8th, 12th, 16th and 20th December), and Edgardo, from Donizetti´s Lucia di Lammermoor, at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (27th, 30th December).

After a year crammed with debuts and good news, the most international Spanish tenor’s career continues on its unstoppable path.  In November he made his debut at the Opéra National de Paris-La Bastille in La Fille du régiment, by Donizetti.  The new production of La Sonnambula –with which he made his debut last year at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, should have marked his first appearance at the legendary Vienna Opera House (Staatsoper), but it will now be an anticipated return after he took the lead role for one performance of L’elisir d’amore on 6th September, replacing Rolando Villazón in the Austrian capital.  In the performances of La Sonnambula this December he will be sharing the stage with Sarah Coburn (Adina) and Michele Pertusi (Conde Rodolfo), in a production by Marco Arturo Marelli conducted by Evelino Pidò.

A week after the performances in Vienna, Celso Albelo will go to Berlin to give two performances of Lucia di Lammermoor, this time alongside the soprano Patrizia Ciofi in a Filippo Santjust production, conducted by the Spanish maestro Guillermo García Calvo.

Noteworthy among Celso Albelo’s upcoming engagements are his return to Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées) with La Favorite, to the Monte-Carlo Opera House with La Sonnambula and to the Teatro de La Zarzuela in Madrid, with Marina (Arrieta).

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www.alfredokraus.com 19.11.2012

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Celso Albelo makes his debut at the Opéra National de Paris

 30.10.2012

November 2012

This month the tenor Celso Albelo’s unstoppable career takes another giant step: his debut at the Opéra National de París (La Bastille) with one of the most complex roles in his repertoire – one which only a handful of singers can tackle due to its extreme difficulty- the affable Tonio from La Fille du régiment, by Donizetti.  This role includes the fearsome aria “Pour mon âme, quel destin!” which features no less than nine high Cs... “The truth is that Tonio is a simple guy who is in love, he is also endearing and very well drawn by Donizetti,” the singer affirms.  “The opera, written and sung in French, is fascinating and its characters are so attractive that performing them is a challenge it is a pleasure to take on.  To this we add making a debut in Paris with an opera in French!”  

Accompanying the singer for this engagement is the soprano from Palermo, Desirée Rancatore, the baritone from Turin, Alessandro Corbelli and the legendary soprano Felicity Lott in an acclaimed production by Laurent Pelly, conducted by Marco Armiliato.

After his Parisian debut, Celso Albelo will travel to Vienna to perform his first Sonnambula in the Staatsoper, ending the year in the Berlin Deutsche Oper with Lucia di Lammermoor before returning to Paris (in February 2013), this time at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, with Donizetti´s La Favorite.

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Celso Albelo, star of the Tenerife Opera Festival and the Parma Verdi Festival 2012

 02.10.2012

October 2012

The Spanish tenor Celso Albelo returns this month to the Teatro Regio in Parma to take part in a gala in the Verdi Festival which the Italian theatre is organising, engaging all the performers most linked to the composer.  Getting ready for Verdi’s bicentenary which will be celebrated in 2013, Albelo returns to Parma with his unparalleled Duca di Mantova from Rigoletto, one of his favourite characters: “The Duke is a libertine and a bon viveur, he is in love with life and with women, something he makes clear in his famous aria ‘La donna è mobile’.  The role is fascinating as it has some of the most beautiful pages of music written by Giuseppe Verdi in it”, Albelo comments.  In this special performance on the 26th October, the singer from Tenerife will be accompanied by the best Gilda of the moment, the soprano Desirée Rancatore who hails from Parma, and by the Rigoletto par excellence: the great Leo Nucci.

Beforehand, Celso Albelo will take the lead at the Lyrical Gala organised by the Tenerife Opera Festival in the island’s capital (20th October), and will then travel to Madrid to perform once again at the Teato de la Zarzuela on the 29th in a recital in aid of the Victoria de los Ángeles Foundation and the Lucero nuestro concert series.

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Celso Albelo bids farewell to the summer in La Coruña, Vienna and Venice

 20.08.2012

August 2012

After an intense emotional experience in Torre del Lago (Italy) on being awarded the prize for Best Tenor at the International Opera Awards Oscar Della Lírica on the 2nd August, and giving a concert at the Sant Lluís Summer Festival (Menorca, 4th August), Celso Albelo, who hails from Tenerife, will prepare himself to open the 60th A Coruña Opera Festival on 29th August, which is organised by the city’s Friends of Opera Association.  Albelo will perform alongside the soprano Irina Lungu with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra and will be conducted by Daniel Oren, one of the most outstanding figures on the current international opera scene.

Afterwards Celso Albelo will travel to the legendary Vienna Staatsoper to give one sole performance (on the 6th September) of his exemplary Nemorino, the leading role of the Donizetti opera L’elisir d’amore, which this year has brought him huge success in Bilbao, Palermo and Venice.  Eight days later he will once again tread the boards at La Fenice in Venice, taking the role of the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, whose famous aria La donna è mobile, is becoming the unstoppable Spanish tenor’s hallmark, along with Una furtiva lagrima, from the aforementioned Nemorino.  In the city of Canals he will once again perform with the Italian soprano Desirée Rancatore, this time directed by Daniele Abbado and conducted by the director of La Fenice, the young Venezuelan conductor Diego Matheuz.

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Celso Albelo wins the Oscar della Lirica, the International Opera Awards 2012 in Italy

 18.07.2012

On the 2nd August in Torre del Lago (Italy) the Spanish tenor Celso Albelo will be awarded the prize for Best Tenor in the International Opera Awards 2012, Oscars della Lirica. Also nominated for the award were two other great tenors of the moment, the Peruvian Diego Flórez and the American Gregory Kunde, no less.  Other nominees in other categories of the competition included names of the calibre of Gustavo Dudamel, Cecilia Bartoli, Natalie Dessay, Waltraud Meier and Bryn Terfel. The prize was announced today by the Fondazione Verona per l’Arena (Verona Arena Foundation) and the Fondazione Festival Pucciniano (Puccini Festival Foundation), organising bodies that are awarding these prizes for the second time, although this time with nominations and in competition format. Albelo, who confirmed that he feels “very excited” since having found out officially that he is the winner of this prize, will attend the awards ceremony on the 2nd August in the Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini in Torre del Lago.

The tenor’s career has gone from strength to strength and he is currently going through some wonderful times, having recently performed at places such as the Proms (Guillaume Tell) and the Royal Opera House in London (La Sonnambula), Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo (I Puritani), Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao (L’elisir d’amore), Israel Opera in Tel Aviv (Lucia di Lammermoor), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence (Der Rosenkavalier), the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (L’elisir d’amore), La Scala in Milan (Don Pasquale) and La Fenice in Venice (L’Elisir d’amore).  In what is left of the year his engagements are no less dazzling, as he will be giving gala performances at the A Coruña Opera Festival and the Tenerife Opera Festival, and will appear at the Wiener Saatsoper (L’elisir d’amore and La sonnambula), La Fenice in Venice (Rigoletto), the Paris National Opera House (La fille du regiment) and the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Lucia di Lammermoor).

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Celso Albelo: July in Venice, Parma and Mannheim

 06.07.2012

This month Celso Albelo´s engagements will take him to three European theatres.  On the 6th, 8th, 11th, 13th and 15th he will take on the role of one of his most emblematic characters –Nemorino from L’elisir d’amore - in La Fenice in Venice and alongside the Sicilian soprano Desirée Rancatore as Adina.  This will be the same Bepi Morassi production that both performed in 2010.  On the 17th they will go to the La Pergola theatre in Parma to give a concert in aid of victims of the recent earthquake in Novi di Modena, one of the municipalities especially damaged by the seism that affected the entire Emilia-Romagna area; Celso Albelo and Desirée Rancatore will be joined on stage by Vladimir Stoyanov, Michele Pertusi and Rossana Rinaldi.  Also in July on Saturday 21st, the tenor from Tenerife will be Edgardo, in Lucia di Lammermoor, in a gala performance that will take place at the Mannheim Opera House (Germany) and in which he will also share the stage with Desirée Rancatore as Lucia. 

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Celso Albelo: from the Massimo in Palermo to La Scala in Milan

 30.05.2012

It is not every day that a Spanish singer has the honour to sing in the legendary Teatro alla Scala in Milan.  The tenor from Tenerife Celso Albelo, however, is returning to this famed theatre in the opera capital par excellence at the end of the month to live out the events of Donizetti´s Don Pasquale.  The Spanish singer continues to garner success in the best opera houses in Europe and Asia, and this season he has appeared in theatres such as the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo (I Puritani), the Royal Opera House in London (La Sonnambula), ABAO in Bilbao (L’elisir d’amore), Tel Aviv Opera House (Lucia di Lammermoor), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Der Rosenkavalier) and the Teatro Verdi in Salerno (Los pescadores de Perlas).  He is currently preparing to sing his famous Nemorino from L’elisir in the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Sicily) where he will be performing alongside the Italian opera star Desirée Rancatore as Adina (12 th, 15 th, 17th and 19th June) and both artists will go to La Fenice in Venice with the same production in July (6 th, 8 th, 11 th, 13 th, and 15 th).

Before returning to the city of canals – where he gave a historic encore of the aria "Una furtiva lagrima" a couple of years ago, something which he did again in Bilbao in February- Celso Albelo will appear in two performances of Don Pasquale in La Scala, the premiere of the re-run (30 th June) and the second of the eight programmed performances (3rd July).  Albelo had only sung Arlecchino from Pagliacci in the Milanese theatre before.

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 09.05.2012

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Celso Albelo on tour in Japan before opening the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

 12.04.2012

Since his recent successes in Bilbao(L’Elisir d’Amore) and Tel Aviv (Lucia di Lammermoor) Celso Albelo´s upcoming engagements continue taking him to wow new audiences.  In April the tenor, who hails from the Canary Islands, will travel to Japan to give two recitals in Tokyo, the first is a solo performance (21st April, Musashino Civic Cultural Hall); the second, taking place in the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall Memorial Takemitsu (on the 24th), alongside one of the sopranos with whom he has performed on numerous occasions:  the Italian Desirée Rancatore. Albelo will return to Europe to take on the role of the Italian Singer in Richard Strauss´s Der Rosenkavalier for the first time, a role which has been incarnated by some of the greatest singers in history such as Luciano Pavarotti and Alfredo Kraus.  This opera marks the opening of the 75th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, no less, and will be conducted by Zubin Mehta in a new production by the Florentine theatre.  The performances are programmed for the 4th, 6th, 8th and 11th May and the opening night will be broadcast live by RAI Radio3.

 

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Celso Albelo to be Edgardo, in "Lucia di Lammermoor", in Tel Aviv

 07.03.2012

He simply does not stop.  In February the tenor Celso Albelo, who hails from Tenerife, debuted in Bilbao to great public and critical acclaim in one of his favourite operas, L’Elisir d’amore, and in the following month he will travel to Tel Aviv (Israel) to take on another bel-canto role in Lucia di Lammermoor.  Performances take place on the 12th, 15th, 19th and 22nd March at The Israeli Opera and the production will be conducted by Daniel Oren and directed by the also Spanish Emilio Sagi.  Beforehand, at the beginning of the month on the 3rd and 4th, he returned to Bologna (Italy) to continue with the performances of Rossini´s Petite Messe Solennelle at the Stagione Lirica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, which began in February. 

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 28.02.2012

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Celso Albelo gets ready for his debut in Bilbao.

 16.02.2012

After topping off a dizzying 2011 with his recent homage to the great Alfredo Kraus in the Oviedo Teatro Campoamor, performing alongside the Italian baritone Leo Nucci, Celso Albelo is now getting ready to take on some new artistic challenges.

The first of these is his debut in Bilbao in the Palacio Euskalduna on 18th, 21st, 24th and 27th February in the role of Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore by Donizetti, an opera programmed by the ABAO.

With hardly a moment to rest, the singer will move on to other engagements such as a tour of Japan with the Italian soprano Desirée Rancatore, to Tel Aviv with Rossini´s  Stabat Mater and to Valencia for his debut in the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, where he will perform in Massenet´s opera Thaïs  alongside Plácido Domingo. 


 

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Cancellation Trieste's performances

 13.01.2012

Dear friends:
 
Due to a lung infection accompanied by very high temperature I have been obliged to cancel my appearance in the opera Anna Bolena in which I was to have made my debut in the role of Lord Percy on the 17th January at the Giuseppe Verdi Theatre in Trieste (Italy).
 
It has been a difficult decision as I was enormously excited about participating in this production which has an excellent cast of singers and is in a theatre I feel very attached to. 

Fortunately my health is improving, but I still need some days of rest.  I would like to give heart-felt thanks for all the kind gifts and messages I have received during this time and I hope to get back on stage soon for my next professional engagement: my debut at the Bilbao Palacio  Euskalduna in the role of Nemorino in L'elisir d’amore programmed by ABAO.
 
Warm wishes,

Celso Albelo

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Celso Albelo debuts at the Royal Opera House with La Sonnambula

 11.10.2011

The tenor is currently in London to begin rehearsals for Bellini´s opera La Sonnambula, in which he will sing Elvino, a role which he debuted in 2008 alongside the mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli -in concert format- at the Baden-Baden Festival.  It will be in this character that Albelo will appear for
the first time with one of the most emblematic opera companies in the world, that of the Covent Garden Royal Opera House: “I´m very excited to be able to sing at this theatre, one of the sacred temples to opera, alongside first-class artists” the singer declares.

The tenor, who hails from Tenerife, will be conducted by Daniel Oren and will have the Cuban American soprano Église  Gutiérrez as a fellow cast member.  The performances will take place on the 2nd, 5th, 7th, 10th 12th and 16th November.

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Celso Albelo returns to the A Coruña Opera Festival

 27.09.2011

After a successful tour in Japan with I Puritani, Celso Albelo is now installed in A Coruña preparing his Nemorino from L’elisir d’amore, a role for which he has garnered many triumphs and which he himself defines as  “full of tiny nuances which fill him with sincerity”.  Donizetti´s romantic comedy can be seen on Friday 30th September and Sunday 2nd October in the Palacio de la Opera in A Coruña and will  bring the 59th Opera Festival to a close. 


After these performances the tenor, who hails from Tenerife, will head for London for his debut at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden as Elvino in Bellini´s La Sonnambula.

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The Spanish tenor Celso Albelo takes over from Juan Diego Flórez in Japan

Teatro Comunale di Bologna 08.09.2011

The tenor Celso Albelo is one of the most internationally visible Spanish opera singers. He will be travelling to Japan this week to take the lead role in the opera I Puritani alongside the Italian soprano Desirée Rancatore, forming between them one of the artistic pairings most beloved by opera goers. They will be touring Japan with the Bologna Teatro Comunale, and Albelo has stepped into Juan Diego Flórez’s shoes at the last minute. The production, directed by Pier’Alli and conducted by Michele Mariotti, will premiere at the Biwako Hall in Otsu on the 11th September to then go on to the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo where they will do two performances on the 17th and 21st of the same month.

His tour of Japan will mark the beginning of a season in which the tenor will debut with such emblematic companies as the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London (La Sonnambula), the ABAO in Bilbao, (Spain, L’elisir d’amore) and the Valencian Palau de les Arts (Spain, Thäis). Over the next few months he will also return to Tokyo to give a concert and will go to Tel Aviv to perform Rossini’s Stabat Mater, as well as returning to La Fenice in Venice with Elisir d’amore.

Celso Albelo is currently considered to be one of the world’s best tenors and his most recent performances have been praised unanimously by critics all over the world. 

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Celso Albelo to sing at the Proms in London

 01.06.2011

The Spanish tenor Celso Albelo will travel to London in July to perform in the BBC Proms Festival in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the cast of singers in Rossini´s William Tell, in which opera he will take the role of Ruodi and will be conducted by Antonio Pappano and accompanied by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome.  The occasion coincides with the international release of the CD of the opera which Albelo recorded last year in Rome with Pappano (Emi), and with other internationally renowned opera singers such as John Osborn, Michele Pertusi and Malyn Byström.

Albelo is considered to be one of the best tenors of our time and among his upcoming engagements his debut in the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London with La Sonnambula and in Beijing with L’elisir d’amore stand out.   He began the 2010-11 season by accepting two important international prizes in recognition of his talent and exceptional artistic career: the Opera Oscar awarded by the Verona Arena Foundation  (August 2010) and the National Campoamor Opera Prize (January 2011) in the best newcomer category for his performance in I Puritani in La Coruña.

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Celso Albelo sings Nemorino at Las Palmas in Gran Canaria

 25.04.2011

The tenor, who hails from Tenerife, returns to the Canary Islands after his brilliant performance as Lord Arturo in I puritani in Salerno, which has been unanimously praised by the specialised press in Italy with declarations from popular critics and journalists such as Enrico Stinchelli who considers that Albelo is a “magnificent bel canto tenor”, an opinion shared by Dario Ascoli in his review published in Oltrecultura.com where he declared: “Celso Albelo is a tenor of planetary stature" and the critic Maria Continisio from Napoli.com who describes him as “the authentic Bellini tenor, who gives the audience everything that is written in the score, including the high F in the last scene”. The singer is currently in Las Palmas to take the role of the ingenuous Nemorino in Elisir d’amore for the first time in Spain, as part of the Canarian Friends of the Opera programme. Last October when Albelo was performing this opera in La Feniche in Venice the audience demanded an encore of the famous aria “Una furtiva lagrima”. His fellow cast members include the soprano Mariola Cantarero in the role of Adina, the Italian baritones Paolo Bordogna and Giorgio Caoduro as Dulcamara and Belcore and the Canarian soprano Judith Pezoa will take the role of Giannetta. The Canadian conductor Eric Hull will be at the helm of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra and Mario Pontiggia is the director and set designer. The performances will take place in the Pérez Galdós Theatre in the Canarian capital on the 2nd, 4th 6th and 8th May.

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A tribute to Bel Canto exalted

La Voz de Asturias 21.01.2011

With its 417 partners, the Association Lyrical Asturiana Alfredo Kraus is an example of how to organize events lyric interest with limited resources. The VIII Tribute Concert to Alfredo Kraus met in the Auditorium of Oviedo to three interesting artists: Celso Albelo, extraordinary tenor who last October made history in La Fenice in Venice to the guimarães the famous...

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La gala de la élite operística

La Nueva España 07.01.2011

El premio revelación es para una de las nuevas voces españolas que han despertado mayor expectación en Europa, el tenor canario Celso Albelo, que estará en Oviedo haciendo una pausa en los ensayos que está realizando en la Scala de Milán. Su interpretación de Lord Arturo Talbo en «I Puritani» de Bellini en La Coruña le valió el galardón ...

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De las virtudes del canto

La Nueva España 02.12.2010

Los amantes del canto se reunieron el martes en el Auditorio alrededor del recuerdo de uno de los tenores de indiscutible referencia , Alfredo Kraus. La asociación asturiana que mantiene la memoria del cantante canario organizó la octava edición del concierto en homenaje a Kraus, que contó con las voces de Celso Albelo y Milagros Poblador.

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Celso Albelo, su majestad el tenor

La Provincia 26.11.2010

Si Kraus fue el rey, Celso Albelo es el príncipe heredero. La dinastía de los grandes tenores canarios tiene segura continuidad en la voz excepcional y la imparable maduración artística de este lagunero de treinta y pocos años que protagonizó el VIII concierto de homenaje al maestro en el Auditorio que lleva su nombre. La sala de cámara dio espacio y volumen idóneos a un gran concierto vocal. Y no es sólo porque Albelo culmina el Spirto gentil con ...

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Delirante entusiasmo

Mundoclassico.com 16.11.2010

Este otoño La Fenice presentó L’elisir d’amore. El teatro continuó así -la crisis determina el repertorio- con una temporada compuesta en gran parte por títulos tradicionales abandonando, al menos por ahora, el itinerario tan innovador que había emprendido en los últimos años. El célebre título de Donizetti es, junto al Barbiere rossiniano, obra nacida tres lustros antes, ...

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Inconmensurable Celso Albelo

La Nueva España 06.11.2010

Si ayer teníamos necesariamente que destacar la actuación de Beatriz Díaz en una mediocre función (03.11.10) del «Elisir d'amore» que durante este mes de noviembre se está representando en el Teatro La Fenice de Venecia, hoy tenemos que hablar de una representación exitosa (04.11.10) por casi todos sus componentes.

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Celso Albelo hace historia en Venecia

ABC Canarias 31.10.2010

El tenor bisó en el mítico teatro La Fenice dos décadas después con la ópera «L'elisir d'amore». El tinerfeño Celso Albelo cosechó en la noche del pasado viernes un nuevo éxito en su carrera, al ser aclamado por su papel de Nemorino en la ópera «L'elisir d'amore», en uno de los teatros italianos de mayor historia y tradición, La Fenice de Venecia.

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Oscar della Lirica

International Opera Awards 31.08.2010

THE GREATEST VOICES OF OPERA …joined together in an unforgettable happening The International Opera Awards – “Oscar della Lirica”, conceived by Alfredo Troisi and promoted by Fondazione Verona per l’Arena, aims to emphasize and to re-launch Grand Opera, by spreading the art of Opera singing that is first of all a way of life and culture, a school for continuous sacrifice, engagement and devotion.

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Una Gala con todo lo que tienen que tener las Galas

Mundoclasico.com 04.08.2010

Casi cuatro horas duró la Gran Gala Lírica -que en esta ocasión lo fue por calidad y proporciones- que ofreció el Xacobeo Classics, para la que se contó con siete voces de primer nivel que, en su mayoría, llevan varios años presentándose en Galicia -particularmente en A Coruña- y que son ya por tanto viejos conocidos del público gallego.