– The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino stages La Favorite again, the French version of the popular Donizetti opera, with the Spanish tenor in the male lead role
In his upcoming opera engagements, the Canary Island tenor will once again unite Romantic bel-canto with French repertoire, the two areas in which he is currently one of the greatest performers. Last November he had huge success when he added Fernand to his repertoire, the lead male character in the Donizetti opera La Favorite, at the Opéra Royale de Wallonie. He will be taking this role again at the end of Febrary in the Florentine opera house, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by the specialist, maestro Fabio Luisi.
This was not the first time that Albelo made his debut in a role written in French before a francophone public. He had already done so with Rossini´s Guillaume Tell, both at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris. The Spanish singer recognises that, although he is generally very comfortable with bel-canto singing – the style that predominates among his repertoire, – the role of Fernand has some added difficulty due to its French prosody, “a diction which is full of different vocal sounds to those found in Spanish or Italian, librettos which force you to pay special attention to the phrasing and line, both of which are extremely refined,” he explains.
Both La Favorite and Guillaume Tell are operas which the singer has added to his French repertoire, which includes Les pêcheurs de perles (Bizet), Werther (Massenet) and Thaïs (Massenet). This season he will also be taking on Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) and La damnation de Faust (Berlioz).
Among other upcoming engagements are performances of I Puritani (Bellini) at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (April) and La Traviata (Verdi) in his return to the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples (May).