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Leonardo Capalbo


  • “A radiant tenor with a clarion top” (Opera News), 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 is revered at houses such as Staatsoper Berlin, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Real Madrid, La Monnaie, 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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  • Highlights of the 2021/22 season include house debuts with Theater an der Wien as Hegenbach in Catalani’s masterpiece La Wally, the Israeli Opera as Alfredo La Traviata and the Norwegian National Opera as Don Jose Carmen. Looking further ahead, Capalbo will make his house debut at the New National Theatre, Tokyo and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg as well as anticipated returns to Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opera Vlaanderen and Grand Théâtre de Genève.

    Capalbo’s most recent successes include Pinkerton in Mariano Pensotti’s production of Madama Butterfly with Opéra National du Rhin; the title role in a new production of Don Carlos at Opera Vlaanderen; Duca Rigoletto at Komische Oper Berlin; and Beethoven Symphony No.9 in Barcelona and at the Teatro Real, under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. He was also invited to sing concert performances of Mascagni’s Iris at Teatro Real and to reprise what is now fast becoming a signature role: Don Jose Carmen at Gran Teatre del Liceu.

    Moving into the lirico-spinto repertoire, further recent role debuts include Gustavo Un ballo in maschera at Royal Swedish Opera, Cavaradossi Tosca at Minnesota Opera and La Monnaie; Jacopo in I Due Foscari at St Gallen Festspiele and Don Jose Carmen in Palm Beach, Sevilla, Grange Festival, Warsaw and Athens, as well as a highly acclaimed debut in the title role of Don Carlo at Grange Park Opera.

    A highly versatile artist, he has appeared in a wide range of roles such as Hoffmann Les contes d’Hoffmann at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Lyon, Tokyo and with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens de Louvre in Bremen; Ismaele Nabucco at Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Arturo in La Straniera at the Concertgebouw; Earl of Essex in Sir’s David McVicar’s new production of Britten’s Gloriana at Teatro Real; a new production of Powder Her Face at La Monnaie and in Warsaw; Ruggero in La Rondine, Major Bennet Marco in The Manchurian Candidate; and Nemorino L’elisir d’amore, all at Minnesota Opera; Candide at Berlin Staatsoper and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; Rodolfo La bohème at Baden-Baden Festspielahus; Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress at the Teatro Regio di Torino; Alfredo La Traviata at Teatro del Liceu, Welsh National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Hamburg, Warsaw and Dresden; Macduff Macbeth in Chicago, Lyon and Dresden; Nemorino L’elisir d’amore at Glyndebourne Festival and Staatsoper Berlin; the title role of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux in new productions at Canadian Opera Company and at Welsh National Opera; and the Spanish premiere of Daniel Catan’s Il Postino at Teatro Real in Madrid. On the concert platform, he returned to London in the title role of Bernstein’s Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop; Puccini’s Messa di Gloria in San Diego and appeared at the 2018 Marilyn Horne Song Celebration at the Zankel Hall in New York

    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.

    2021/22 season / 632 words. Not to be altered without permission


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Season highlights

Title role Don Carlos
Opera Vlaanderen

Duca Rigoletto
Komische Oper

Title role Les contes d'Hoffmann
New National Theatre Tokyo

Don José Carmen
Gran Teatre del Liceu

Osaka Iris
Teatro Real


Opera highlights

Title role Les contes d’Hoffmann
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Opéra de Lyon

Rodolfo La bohème
Perm Opera Theatre; Festspielhaus Baden-Baden; Theater St Gallen

Cavaradossi Tosca
Minnesota Opera 

Don José Carmen
Palm Beach Opera; Grange Festival; Teatr Wielki

Duca Rigoletto
Royal Swedish Opera; Calgary Opera

Title role Roberto Devereux
Canadian Opera Company

Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress
Teatro Regio di Torino

Nemorino L'elisir d'amore
Glyndebourne Festival; Staatsoper Hannover

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

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

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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Intermusica represents Leonardo Capalbo worldwide, in association with MWA Management

Maria Mot
Director, MWA Management (in association with Intermusica)
+44 7747 487997

Charlotte Firth
Associate Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9922

Samuel Robinson
Assistant Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 3929 9669

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