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Leonardo Capalbo


  • “Capalbo shows himself as a true, Verdian lyric tenor with effortless and polished legato, secure top notes and a skillful placement of diminuendo.”
    Opera Today

    Italian-American tenor Leonardo Capalbo has garnered international acclaim for his performances throughout the United States and Europe. Lauded for his rich, lyric voice and dramatic intensity, Capalbo has received acclaim at houses such as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Berliner Staatsoper, Teatro Real Madrid, Glyndebourne Festival, L’Opéra de Lyon, Teatro Regio di Torino, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Semperoper Dresden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, New York City Opera and Welsh National Opera amongst others.

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  • In the 2017/18 season Capalbo makes his Baden-Baden Festspielhaus debut as Rodolfo La bohème, a role he also performs in a new production at Theater St Gallen. Capalbo also returns to Teatro Real to star as Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Britten’s Gloriana, Opéra de Lyon as Macduff Macbeth and to Teatr Wielki as Don José which is quickly becoming one of his signature roles. Capalbo also appears in the 2018 Marilyn Horne Song Celebration at the Zankel Hall in New York and returns to Dorset Opera to make his role debut as Rodrigue in Massenet's Le Cid.

    Last season Capalbo returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to perform the title role in Offenbach’s Les contes d'Hoffman and made his debut at Perm State Opera as Rodolfo La bohème with Teodor Currentzis. Other engagements included Don José Carmen in Sevilla and at the inaugural Grange Festival, Gustavo Un ballo in maschera at Kungliga Operan, Duca Rigoletto at Wichita Opera, and Alfredo La traviata at Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa in Warsaw.

    A trainee of the Juilliard School of Music, The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and L’Académie Musicale de Villecroze, Capalbo worked under the guidance of the legendary Marilyn Horne. He made his operatic debut in 2004 as Paco in de Falla’s La Vida Breve for Opera North. Further engagements with the company included Ismaele Nabucco, later released on Chandos; Roméo Roméo et Juliette; Narraboth Salome; and Juan in Weill’s Der Kuhhandel. In 2005 he debuted with the Israeli Opera as Alfredo La traviata and a year later debuted with the New York City Opera as Nemorino in a new production of L’elisir d’amore. In 2007 he made his debut at the Berliner Staatsoper as Fenton in Falstaff and at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor.

    Recent debuts include Mariusz Trelinski’s Powder Her Face at La Monnaie, Ismaele Nabucco at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Other important debuts include his first Cavaradossi at Minnesota Opera, Don José Carmen at Palm Beach Opera, which he reprised at the Greek National Opera, and Arturo in La Straniera at the Concertgebouw, part of the prestigious Saturday Matinee Series.

    Recent highlights include a return to Candide at Berlin Staatsoper and his Teatro del Liceu debut as Alfredo in a new production of La traviata. Other highlights included Nemorino L’elisir d’amore and Major Bennet Marco in The Manchurian Candidate for Minnesota Opera; a new production by Mariusz Trelinski of Powder Her Face in Warsaw; and his role debut as Jacopo in I Due Foscari at St Gallen Festspiele, the title role of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux in new productions at Canadian Opera Company, alongside Sondra Radvanovsky, and at Welsh National Opera; his role debut as Hoffman in Laurent Pelly’s celebrated production for Opéra de Lyon and then on tour in Japan; his house and role debut as Tom Rakewell in David McVicar’s new production of The Rake’s Progress at the Teatro Regio di Torino; the title role in a new production of Candide at the Berliner Staatsoper and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; the Spanish premiere of Daniel Catan’s Il Postino at Teatro Real in Madrid; Nemorino at Berlin Staatsoper and the Glyndebourne Festival; and Alfredo in a new production for Welsh National Opera and Grand Théâtre de Genève and then in Hamburg and Dresden.

    2017/18 season / 642 words. Not to be altered without permission


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Season highlights

Rodolfo La bohème
Baden-Baden Festspiele

Rodolfo La bohème
Theater St Gallen

Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex Gloriana
Teatro Real

Don José Carmen
Teatr Wielki

Opera highlights

Title role Les contes d’Hoffmann
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Cavaradossi Tosca
Minnesota Opera 

Don José Carmen
Palm Beach Opera 

Title role Les contes d’Hoffmann
Opéra de Lyon

Title role Roberto Devereux
Canadian Opera Company

Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress
Teatro Regio di Torino

Nemorino L'elisir d'amore
Glyndebourne Festival 

Title role Candide
Berliner Staatsoper; Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma

Alfredo La traviata
Semperoper Dresden; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Fundació del Gran Teatre del Liceu

Opera repertoire

Arturo La Straniera 

Title role Candide

Don José Carmen 

Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw

Mario Ruoppolo Il postino

De falla
Paco La vida breve

Gérald Lakmé

Nemorino L’elisir d’amore
Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor
Earl of Leicester Maria Stuarda
Title role Roberto Devereux

Romeo Roméo et Juliette

Nerone Poppea e Nerone

Title role Tales of Hoffmann

Cavaradossi Tosca
Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi
Rodolfo La bohème

Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress

Ismaele Nabucco
Alfredo La traviata
Duca Rigoletto
Macduff Macbeth
Title role Don Carlos* 

Juan Der Kuhhandel

*In preparation 

We were lucky to have the Italian-American tenor Leonardo Capalbo, a vulnerable, passionate and heartbreaking Don José with a beautiful voice, pure timbre, and an interpretation full of intensity and emotion.

Athens Voice, July 2016

Leonardo Capalbo’s singing was as muscular, well-honed and agile as his physique. His unusual voice had the dark, velvety timbre of a baritone even in his highest notes.

Opera News, April 2014

Amid the score’s weighty vocal demands, the flexible, brilliant tone of tenor Leonardo Capalbo’s Macduff was a breath of fresh air. Even clutching his murdered child to his chest, he delivered his heartrending Act IV aria with liquid line, conspicuously expressive among an often understated cast.

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