-The Spanish tenor will take the lead male role in Doña Francisquita before travelling to the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa with Puccini’s La Bohème

November 2019

The tenor from Tenerife Celso Albelo will return to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in November with repertoire he has never performed at the Barcelona opera house before.   In the past he has sung various bel-canto roles at the Liceu – being a renowned world expert in the genre. However, this time he will be singing in a zarzuela, taking the male lead role in Amadu Vives´ Doña Francisquita. “I like this challenge, especially as I will be participating in the return of our operatic genre to the Catalan capital, which was one of the most important centres for creating zarzuela,” the singer explains.   “What´s more, this piece is of great technical and expressive complexity,” Albelo adds, “as much, or more than any opera. Zarzuela is an artistic form that, like its Italian cousin, demands the greatest excellence in its performance. Doña Francisquita, one of the universally best-known zarzuelas, is also very difficult and a real challenge for anyone that performs it.”

Albelo will be performing in Doña Francisquita at the Liceu on the 10th, 15th and 17th November, as well as a special performance on the 12th, which will be projected in cinemas all around the world. “Although we singers are used to some of our performances being broadcast on radio, TV or cinemas, we are aware that this causes an extra point of tension, as the performance will reach thousands of people, many more than those who attend the theatre.”

After his return to the Liceu, Celso Albelo will travel to the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa to see the year out with his first ever Rodolfo in La Bohème (Puccini) (27th and 29th December). Later in the season he has engagements in Oviedo, Venice, Monte-Carlo and Bilbao.