-The Spanish tenor will take the lead male role in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette for the first time this May, before returning to Naples for La Traviata
Celso Albelo continues to develop his career by widening his repertoire and taking on new roles. With Romantic bel-canto as a base – he has just triumphed with his acclaimed Arturo in I Puritani at the Teatro Masimo in Palermo, the tenor from Tenerife will be making his debut as the male lead of Gounod´s Roméo et Juliette. This debut will take place at the Teatro Calderón in Valladolid on the 2nd, 4th and 6th May in a co-production between the Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu and the American Santa Fe Opera, which figured in the Liceu programme in Barcelona this season. This is not the first time that has sung French opera – before now he has garnered great success with operas such as Werther, La Favorite and Les Pêcheurs de Perles– and now he is returning once again to French repertoire in style. The most famous love story in history, created by the genius Shakespeare, was masterfully adapted by Charles Gounod, who was undoubtedly one of the most important representatives of 19th century French opera, and who created a score of great beauty, an exquisite example of the French romanticism of the epoch. “The spirit of Romeo and Juliet, its universal love story, is beyond any epoch or fashion,” Albelo affirms. “Their love conquered a hatred that was deeply embedded and that had been handed down for generations… That is the reason that Romeo and Juliet are as universal as they are eternal,” he adds.
The production that can be seen at the Calderón is directed by Stephen Lawless and set during the Civil War in the United States (1861-1865). Alongside Celso Albelo as male lead, the female lead will be sung by the Russian soprano Katerina Tretyakova in the role of Juliet, and they will be joined on stage by Stefano Palatchi, David Alegret and Mireia Pintó, among others, and conducted by Alain Guingal.
After his engagement in Valladolid, the Spanish tenor will return to the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, this time to take the role of Alfredo Germont in La Traviata again on the 20th and 22nd May alongside a Violetta sung by soprano Nino Machaidze and conducted by Jordi Bernàcer. Albelo made his debut in this Verdi role at Guangzhou Opera House (China) in 2013 and later took the role in the A Coruña Friends of the Opera season in 2014.