-The Spanish tenor has performed this Verdi role all over the world

April 2019

Celso Albelo, who hails from Tenerife, is the most important Spanish tenor of his generation. He returns to the Valencia Palau de Les Arts this May with an opera which he has performed on multiple occasions around the world, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. Albelo will take the role of the libertine Duke of Mantua, which means he will be singing one of the most emblematic and popular arias ever written, “La donna è mobile”. “The truth is that the Duke is a fascinating character,” the tenor explains. “A man who mixes political power with a type of personal tyranny which means he is really quite a morally reprehensible person. In any case, it is clear that he is interested in Gilda, who, deluded, gives her life for him. However, it is likely that the Duke is only interested in spending a couple of nights with her. I doubt that what he feels is love.”

In recent seasons Celso Albelo has taken the Verdi role to opera houses such as the Wiener Staatsoper, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Comunale in Bolonia, the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, Monte-Carlo Opera, Oviedo Opera, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, as well as the Choregiés d’Orange Festival in France. The Spanish tenor will perform the opera in Valencia on the 11th, 14th, 17th, 19th and 22nd May alongside Leo Nucci as Rigoletto, alternating with Vladimir Stoyanov, and conducted by Roberto Abbado. This opera comes after his performance as Riccardo Percy in Donizetti´s Anna Bolena at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Belgium) and before singing Rossini´s Stabat Mater in Paris and his participation in the revival of the opera Il Paria in London, which will be recorded on CD. Later he will take the role of the Duke of Mantua again in a tour of Japan with the Bologna Teatro Comunale company.