Considered to be one of the best tenors of our time, Celso Albelo is following in the footsteps of great Spanish singers, being in possession of a voice with great body and smoothness and a bright and attractive tone. These elements combine with refined vocal phrasing and expressive diction, full of meaning.
Born in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, he trained at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in his home town with Isabel García Soto and at the Escuela Superior de Canto Reina Sofía in Madrid with Tom Krause and Manuel Cid. He later perfected his training with Carlo Bergonzi at the Busseto Academy.
In 2006 he moved into the highest echelons of the international opera scene after his successful Duque de Mantua in Rigoletto (Verdi) in Busseto, singing alongside Leo Nucci. From then on he has been invited to perform by La Scala in Milan (Pagliacci), the Fenice in Venice (L’elisir d’amore) the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Stabat Mater), the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (Guillaume Tell), the Verdi Theatre in Trieste (Don Pasquale, Les pêcheurs de perles, Maria Stuarda), the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa (Don Pasquale), the Verona Philharmonic, the Comunale Theatre in Bologna (I Puritani), the Verdi Theatre in Salerno (Lucia di Lammermoor, I Puritani), the Lirico in Cagliari (Falstaff, L’elisir d’amore), the Baths of Caracalla in Rome (Rigoletto), the Massimo Bellini Theatre in Catania (Maria Stuarda), the Teatro Real in Madrid (Rigoletto), the Alfredo Kraus Opera Festival in Las Palmas, Canary Islands (La Sonnambula. L’elisir d’amore), the Campoamor in Oviedo, the La Coruña Opera Festival (Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, I Puritani, La Fille du régiment), the Castell de Peralada International Music Festival (Don Pasquale), Zurich Opera House (Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, La Juive, Gianni Schicchi, Maria Stuarda), the Classic Open Air Festival in Solothurn (Rigoletto), Savonlinna Opera Festival (I Puritani), the Baden-Baden Festival (La Sonnambula in concert format), Tokyo Opera House (Lakmé) Montecarlo Opera (Rigoletto) and Hamburg Opera House (L’elisir d’amore).
He performs regularly in numerous recitals and operatic concerts in the most prestigious concert halls in Spain, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Amsterdam Concertgebouw (Guillaume Tell recorded live for the label EMI in Rome), Belgium, Italy and recently at the Royal Albert Hall in London (Guillaume Tell).
He has worked with world renowned conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, Daniel Oren, Alberto Zedda, Nello Santi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Carlo Rizzi, Donato Renzetti, Giuliano Carella, Fabrizio Carminati, Frédéric Chaslin, Antonio Fogliani and Marcelo Panni.
For his talent and dedication, Celso Albelo has been awarded the Opera Actual Prize 2008, the Opera Oscar bestowed by the Arena di Verona Foundation (2010) and the Teatro Campoamor National Prize for Opera 2010, the most important award in Spain, for Puritani in the best newcomer category.
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Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
|Eglise Gutiérrez sparkles in a sleepy Covent Garden Sonnambula|
|When you discover your bride-to-be in another man's bed on the eve of your wedding day, the excuse "Darling, I must have been sleepwalking" rates somewhere near the same level of credibility as "Sir, the dog ate my homework." But hey, this is opera, and bel canto opera at that. You didn't come to Bellini's La Sonnambula for the story and the drama: you came here for the singing.
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Royal Albert Hall
|Antonio Pappano and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia bring William Tell to the Proms|
|On Saturday night, Antonio Pappano and his Roman orchestra and chorus, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, brought us the first opera of the 2011 Proms- Gioachino Rossini's William Tell. More commonly performed as Guglielmo Tell with an Italian libretto, Pappano and Santa Cecilia first began concert performances of this rarely heard original French version in 2010, and have since made a live recording of it for EMI which has received both critical and popular acclaim.|
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