– The Spanish tenor is making his debut in baroque repertoire with Hasse’s Enea in Caonia, before his first Rodolfo in La Bohème at the Royal Opera in Oman.  He will also open the opera season in A Coruña with a recital on the 8th September.

September 2019

Celso Albelo continues to widen his repertoire, adding the lead role from a baroque opera which is being revived and recorded in Rome, as well as his first Puccini role: the emblematic Rodolfo in La Bohème.

In the first week of September, the singer will be in Rome to make the first ever recording of the opera Enea in Caonia by the baroque composer Johann Adolf Hasse.  This jewel by the German composer has been forgotten for 300 years and is being revived for its first ever recording at the historical Teatro di Villa Torlonia. The recently formed Enea Barock Orchestra, which is led by the contralto Francesca Ascioti alongside the musicologists Alessio Arzilli and Giovanni Andrea Sechi, will be conducted by Stefano Montanari for the recording. This is the first incursion into baroque style for Albelo “it is an opportunity to apply my traditional bel-canto line to a way of singing which I am very comfortable with.  Having begun singing the opera genre with Romantic bel-canto really helps me to take on these challenges in which one has to use phrasing charged with dramatic sentiment along with the virtuosity of the style itself.”  The Spanish tenor is taking the lead male role of Niso, other cast members include Carmela Remigio, Paola Valentina Montanari and Raffaella Lupinacci.  The recording will be released in 2020 with a tour of concerts which will start in Rome and continue through various European cities.

Celso Albelo will once again be participating in the Opera Programme in A Coruña, where he has been performing for more than ten years for the Friends of the Opera Association of the Galician city, he is also an honorary member of the organisation.  On the 8th September he will open the 2019 season at the Teatro Colón with a programme of music from Latin American opera and zarzuela, in a recital accompanied by Juan Francisco Parra on piano.

In October, the singer will take an important new step in his career by taking on his first Puccini role, and it will be Rodolfo in La Bohème, no less. “This is an emblematic role for every tenor, and in my case, what´s more, this will be a dream come true.  This challenge has been following me for a long time and has arrived at just the right moment.  The character is endearing, as is the popular story of these bohemians.  The music is extraordinary and was created by one of the greatest geniuses of musical theatre of all time.  It is true that the orchestra for a Puccini opera is much denser than the orchestra used for bel-canto, but I have been preparing myself for months in order to be able to deal with this in the best way possible.  The truth is that I love the role,” the singer explains.  He will be making his debut as Rodolfo at the Royal Opera House Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman.  On this occasion, Giuseppe Finzi will be conducting the Monte-Carlo Opera choir and Philharmonic Orchestra in a Jean-Louis Grinda production, with the soprano Irina Lungu as Mimì.