-The tenor will be Pollione in Norma at Toulouse Opera and will sing for the first time at La Fenice (La Traviata) and at the Verona Filarmonico, making his debut in the role of Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.
The Tenerife-born tenor Airam Hernández’s career continues to go from strength to strength, as he racks up triumphs, new challenges and debuts. At the end of September he will return to the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse; it is exactly a year since his debut in the southern French opera house with his Alfredo Germont in La Traviata. This year he returns to take the role of Pollione in Bellini’s Norma for the first time. The production will be directed by Anne Delbée – who is highly renowned in the French theatre world – and conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti, who will be at the helm of the Orchestre National du Capitole and the Choeur du Capitole. With performances on the 26th, 27th and 29th September and the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 8th, and 10th October, Airam Hernández will be performing alongside Marina Rebeka and Klára Kolonits as Norma, Karine Deshayes as Adalgisa and Bálint Szabó and Julien Véronèse as Oroveso.
In October and November the Spanish singer will travel to Italy to make his opera debut there. On the 24th, 26th, 29th and 31st October and the 3rd November he will be performing for the first time at La Fenice in Venice, to take the role of Alfredo, a character which has left its mark on Hernández’ career. He will be answering to Stefano Ranzani, who will be conducting the Venetian opera house’s Orchestra and Choir, and the theatre director Robert Carsen. Other singers in the production include Zuzana Markova as Violetta and Vladimir Stoyanov as Germont. “Alfredo is a role which I have under my skin; I already have so many performances of La Traviata behind me, and it is always a pleasure to go back and live through its passion”, the tenor explains.
In November is another of the engagements that Airam Hernández has been looking forward to, as on 17th, 19th, 21st and 24th he will be making his debut at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, singing the emblematic role of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. “I am so happy to finally be taking this iconic role”, the singer notes, “this is a character that I had wanted to take on for some time, and which has arrived just at the right moment; it is a real treat for any tenor, not just musically – it is extremely difficult and includes some of the most popular arias in the repertoire– but also at a dramatic level; Nemorino is poor, shy, and madly in love with the –in his eyes– unattainable Adina, who is just the opposite: rich, confident and flirtatious. Nemorino is a loveable role, but you have to know how to transmit all the emotions he feels, whether they are comic or dramatic, which means that it is a challenge from an acting point of view”, he adds. The production of Donizetti’s masterpiece which can be seen in Verona is by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and is directed by Pier Francesco Maestrini and conducted by Ola Rudner, who will have the Verona Arena Orchestra and Choir at his command. As well as Airam Hernández, the winning cast includes Laura Giordano as Adina, Qianming Dou as Belcore, Salvatore Salvaggio as Dottor Dulcamara and Elisabetta Zizzo as Gianetta.
Later in the season, Hernández will sing Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah, alongside the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra; he will sing Sardanapalo at the Müpa in Budapest, an incomplete opera by Franz Liszt which was forgotten in a German archive for almost a century. The Canary Island tenor participated in its premiere in 2018 with the Weimar Staatskapelle orchestra conducted by its resident conductor, Kirill Karabits. Hernández will also sing La Bohème in Menorca, Liszt’s Faust Symphony with the Weimar Staatskapelle, La Traviata at the LAC Centre of Art and Culture in Lugano and Berlioz’ Te Deum at the National Auditorium of Madrid.