Leonardo Capalbo and Sofia Fomina star in La bohème at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus
Leonardo Capalbo and Sofia Fomina appear at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus on 10 and 12 November 2017 as Rodolfo and Musetta in a new production of La bohème directed by Philipp Himmelmann and conducted by Teodor Currentzis.
Capalbo most recently performed Rodolfo, one of his signature roles, at the Theater St Gallen. Other recent highlights include a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to sing the title role in Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Don José Carmen at the inaugural Grange Festival. Upcoming highlights include Earl of Essex in Sir David McVicar’s new production of Britten’s Gloriana at Teatro Real, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore at Staatsoper Hannover and a return to Polish National Opera as Don José in a new Carmen.
Making her house debut at the Baden-Baden Festspiele, Fomina started her career under the musical guidance of Teodor Currenztis. Last month she made her North American operatic debut as Rosina Il barbiere di Siviglia at Seattle Opera and on 5 November she appears in Berlin at the coveted AIDS Gala. Other recent highlights include a critically acclaimed performance as Berthe Le Prohète at Theatre du Capitole Toulouse. Later this season Fomina returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, to sing Gilda Rigoletto alongside Dimitri Platanias in the title role and Michael Fabiano as Duke of Mantua. On the concert platform, Fomina continues her collaboration with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Woglinde in Das Rheingold and returns to Bayerische Staatsoper to sing in four productions: Adele Die Fledermaus, Oscar Un ballo in maschera, Die Fiakiermilli Arabella and Angelica in a new production of Haydn’s Orlando Paladino. Further ahead she makes more appearances as Gilda as well as singing her first Pamina.
Leonardo Capalbo returns to Theater St Gallen to sing Rodolfo in La bohème
Leonardo Capalbo returns to Theater St Gallen on 21 October 2017 to sing Rodolfo in La bohème. The production is directed by Renaud Doucet and conducted by Hermes Helfricht.
Recent highlights include a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to sing the title role in Offenbach Les Contes d'Hoffmann and his debut at the Perm State Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème under the baton of Teodor Currentzis.
This season Capalbo reunites with Currentzis at the Baden-Baden Festspiele to revive the production from Perm State Opera and later returns to Teatro Real to play Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex in Sir David McVicar's production of Britten Gloriana and to Teatr Wielki to reprise the role of Don José Carmen.
Performances of La bohème run until 3 December.
Leonardo Capalbo & Vlada Borovko sing Verdi Requiem at the Grange Festival
Leonardo Capalbo and Vlada Borvko join the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Grange Festival to perform Verdi Requiem on 9 June 2017. The performance is conducted by Francesco Cillufo.
Capalbo remains at the Grange following the Requiem to star as Don José in Bizet Carmen, which opens on 11 June. He performs alongside Na’ama Goldman in the title role, Phillip Rhodes as Escamillo and Shelley Jackson as Micaëla.
Borovko is currently a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and this month performs as Gianetta in the ROH's revival of Laurnet Pelly's production of Donizetti L'elisir d'amore. Conducted by Bertrand de Billy, the production runs until 22 June.
Leonardo Capalbo debuts at Royal Swedish Opera as Gustavo in Un Ballo in Maschera
Leonardo Capalbo makes his company debut at Royal Swedish Opera this month, singing the role of Gustavo in Verdi Un ballo in maschera from 24 February 2017. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts a cast which also includes Emma Vetter as Amelia and Karl-Magnus Fredriksson as Count Anckarström.
Capalbo’s highlights this season have included the title role in the acclaimed production of Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Don José Carmen with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla. Later this season, Capalbo returns to Teatr Wielki - Opera Narodowa in Warsaw as Alfredo in Mariusz Treliński’s production of La traviata.
Un ballo in maschera runs until 1 April.
Leonardo Capalbo performs title role of Les contes d’Hoffmann at ROH
Leonardo Capalbo returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to star in the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffman on 28 November and 3 December under the baton of Evelino Pidò and alongside Sofia Fomina as Olympia. Capalbo debuted the role in Laurent Pelly’s celebrated production for Opéra de Lyon in 2013 which he then went on to perform in Japan together with the company.
In his Royal Opera House debut last season, Capalbo received praise for his performance as Ismaele:
“Italian tenor Leonardo Capalbo made the audience sit up and take notice due to the suppleness of his voice and his distinctive timbre”
Recent successes include his roles debuts as Cavaradossi and Don José:
"Capalbo's radiant tenor and clarion top made for an uncommonly ardent and engaging Cavaradossi. His cries of 'Vittoria!' were breath-stopping; his 'Recondita armonia' was an irresistible paean to eros—an ecstatic contemplation of feminine beauty as only a painter can see it—that set the tone for much of Act I."
"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
Future plans include a return to Teatro Real for a new production of Gloriana and his role debut as Don Carlo.
Capalbo performed on BBC Radio 3's In Tune ahead of the performances. Listen online here.
Evelino Pidò conducts Les contes d'hoffman at the Royal Opera House with Sofia Fomina & Leonardo Capalbo
Evelino Pidò returns to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on 7 November 2016 to conduct Les contes d’Hoffmann. He conducts a cast that includes Sofia Fomina as Olympia. Leonardo Capalbo sings the role of Hoffmann in performances on 28 November and 3 December.
In her most recent performance at the Royal Opera House, Fomina received great praise for her performance in the trouser role of Lemmy in Guillaume Tell:
Sofia Fomina as Jemmy is possessed of a clean, pure and yet formidably striking soprano"
Music OMH, July 2015
Fomina returns to the UK in 2017 for a performance of Fidelio with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
Capalbo made his Royal Opera House debut last season, as Ismaele in Nabucco:
"Debuting at the Royal Opera House, the promising Italian tenor Leonardo Capalbo made the audience sit up and take notice due to the suppleness of his voice and his distinctive timbre”.
Opernglas, August 2016
Les contes d’Hoffmann, directed by John Schlesinger, opens on 7 November with performances on 11, 15, 18, 21, 24 and 28 November and 3 December. Capalbo can be heard in the title role on 28 November and 3 December.
Leonardo Capalbo sings Don José Carmen in concert with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla
Leonardo Capalbo joins the Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla and conductor John Axelrod to reprise the role of Don José in two concert performances of Carmen at the Alcázar of Seville on 17 and 18 September 2016. Capalbo performs opposite Rinat Shaham in the title role, the second time they have sung the roles together this year following their performance during the Athens Festival at Odeon of Herodes Atticus in July.
Bookpress described Capalbo’s performance in Athens as "A passionate and emotionally vulnerable Don José without trouble or hesitation, and with obvious dynamism and depth.”
Later this season, Capalbo sings the title role in Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Royal Opera House, following his house debut earlier this year. Capalbo leads a star cast in Offenbach’s operatic drama conducted by Evelino Pidò.
Leonardo Capalbo reprises Don José in Greek National Opera's Carmen
Leonardo Capalbo joins Greek National Opera to reprise the role of Don José in a new production of Carmen as part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival. Capalbo will sing opposite Israeli born soprano Rinat Shaham as Carmen, with the performance opening on 24 July followed by a second on 26 July.
Capalbo returns to the role following his recent performance with Palm Beach Opera in Florida.
“Tenor Leonardo Capalbo was an excellent foil. Virile yet vulnerable in his demeanor, he vocalized Don Jose’s lyrical lines with honeyed tone and technical security. His smoothly vocalized Flower Aria was a highlight of the evening, and he scaled the role’s more dramatic lines without fatigue or strain."
Palm Beach Daily News, January 2016
"It’s one of the few Don José’s I can remember seeing in which the tenor was equal to the role, and Capalbo made it look easy."
Palm Beach Arts Paper, January 2016
Capalbo will reprise the role of Don José in a concert performance with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla in September 2016. Following his performance in Athens Capalbo will return to the UK to reprise his role as Macduff Macbeth at the Dorset Opera Festival, and will sing the title role Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the beginning of next season.
Leonardo Capalbo makes his Royal Opera House debut as Ismaele in Nabucco
Leonardo Capalbo makes his house debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, singing the role of Ismaele Nabucco and joining an all-star cast which includes Plácido Domingo, Liudmyla Monastyrska, John Relyea and Jaime Barton. He is also joined by Jette Parker Young Artist Vlada Borovko who takes on the role of Anna. The production is directed by Daniele Abbado and conducted by Maurizio Benini.
The performance on 9 June 2016 will be broadcast live on the ROH's free BP Big Screens - find a venue near you on the ROH website. It will also be streamed live on YouTube and will be available for 30 days after.
There are further performances of Nabucco on 15, 18, 23 and 25 June. Capalbo returns to Covent Garden next season to sing the title role of Les contes d'Hoffmann in November 2016.
Alisa Kolosova, Leonardo Capalbo & Roberto Lorenzi star in La Straniera at Het Concertgebouw
Alisa Kolosova, Leonardo Capalbo and Roberto Lorenzi travel to Amsterdam for a concert performance of Bellini La Straniera at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on 14 May 2016. The performance is conducted by Giancarlo Andretta will be live broadcast as part of the prestigious Saturday Matinee Series.
Alisa Kolosova sings Isoletta and appears following a month-long run of Berlioz Roméo and Juliette in a unique production and collaboration between Amsterdam’s Dutch National Opera and Dutch National Ballet. Following her performance Kolosova travels to South Korea to sing Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Leonardo Capalbo joins the cast following highly-praised performances as Cavaradossi Tosca for Minnesota Opera, and takes on the role of Arturo. Later this season he makes his Royal Opera House debut as Isamele Nabucco alongside Placido Domingo, and returns to Covent Garden next year to sing the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann.
Roberto Lorenzi takes the role of Priore, which he recently sang in Zurich with Edita Gruberova. Currently a member of the Zurich ensemble, his roles this seasons have included Prudenzio Il Viaggio a Reims, Zuniga Carmen, Le Gouverneur Le Comte Ory and Publio La Clemenza di Tito. Future highlights for Lorenzi include company debuts with Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Opéra de Lille.
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, announces its 2016/17 season
The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, announced its 2016/17 season on 6 April 2016. The season sees Corinne Winters make her house debut, while Capalbo and Gregory Kunde all take title roles in new productions:
Alexander Lewis sings the title role of Shostakovich’s The Nose and Susan Bickley sings Old Lady, in a new production by Barrie Kosky conducted by Ingo Metzmacher opening on 20 October 2016.
Leonardo Capalbo sings the title role of Les Contes d’Hoffmann with Sofia Fomina singing Olympia, conducted by Evelino Pidò. Les Contes d’Hoffmann opens on 7 November.
Christopher Purves reprises the role of Protector in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin opening on 13 January 2017.
Gregory Kunde sings the title role in Verdi’s Otello in June 2017 alongside Kai Rüütel as Emilia. Keith Warner directs this new production.
Leonardo Capalbo sings Macduff with Michigan Opera
After a successful performance as Macduff in Verdi Macbeth with Semperoper Dresden earlier this season, Leonardo Capalbo reprises the role for Michigan Opera from 16 April 2016. Conducted by Steven Lord and directed by Bernard Uzan, further performances of Macbeth take place on 20, 23 and 24 April.
Capalbo found great success in Minnesota Opera’s recent production of Tosca, receiving great praise for his performance as Cavaradossi.
"He might just be the most passionate singer on stage, whether bringing palpable urgency to his love duets with Tosca or taking on the mantle of defiant revolutionary. And I’ve never experienced a production of “Tosca” that left me thinking that the opening of the third act — when Cavaradossi composes a farewell letter from prison — might have the most beautiful music in the opera.”
Pioneer Press, March 2016
Leonardo Capalbo makes debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca at Minnesota Opera
Leonardo Capalbo makes his role debut as Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini Tosca with Minnesota Opera on 12 March 2016. Cavaradossi marks Capalbo's third appearance in Minnesota following his performances as Captain Ben Marco in the world premiere of Kevin Puts The Manchurian Candidate and as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore.
Conducted by Anne Manson, Capalbo joins a cast which includes Csilla Boross, Stephen Powell and Andrew Lovato.
"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.”
Tosca opens on 12th March and continues throughout the month. Capalbo stays in the US following Tosca to join Michigan Opera Theatre in their upcoming production of Macbeth, before making his debut with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Ismaele in Nabucco.
Leonardo Capalbo sings Don José in Palm Beach Opera debut
Leonardo Capalbo make his role and house debut at Palm Beach Opera on 22 January 2016 as Don José in Bizet Carmen. Capalbo stars alongside Rinat Shaham in the title role, Zachary Nelson as Escamillo and Eleni Calenos as Micaëla with David Stern conducting.
"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."
This season Capalbo makes two important house debuts: at La Monnaie, with Mariusz Trelinski’s Powder Her Face and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Ismaele Nabucco. Other important debuts include his first Cavaradossi at Minnesota Opera and Arturo in La Straniera at the Concertgebouw, part of the prestigious Saturday Matinee Series. He also returns to Semperoper Dresden to perform Macduff Macbeth.
Leonardo Capalbo makes La Monnaie house debut in Powder Her Face
Leonardo Capalbo makes his house debut at La Monnaie when he sings Thomas Adès Powder Her Face on 22 September 2015. Capalbo previously performed in Powder Her Face last season in a hugely successful run at Polish National Opera.
Capalbo takes the multiple roles of Electrician, Lounge Lizard, Waiter, Priest, Rubbernecker, and Delivery boy. Joining Capalbo in the cast are Allison Cook, Peter Coleman-Wright, and Kerstin Avemo.
The production, by the renowned opera and film director Mariusz Treliński, is conducted by Alejo Pérez.
Further highlights for Capalbo this season include his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut with Isamele Nabucco and other important debuts including his first Cavaradossi at Minnesota Opera and Arturo in La Straniera at the Concertgebouw, part of the prestigious Saturday Matinee Series.
Leonardo Capalbo sings Powder Her Face at Teatr Wielki
Leonardo Capalbo makes his Easter European debut on 9 May 2015 in the Polish premiere of Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face as Electrician with Opera Narodowa at Teatr Wielki. This new production by Mariusz Trelinski will be conducted by Alejo Pérez with Capalbo starring alongside Allison Cook as the protagonist, Duchess of Argyll, Kerstin Avemo as the Maid and Peter Coleman-Wright as Hotel Manager.
Future engagements for Capalbo include his Royal Opera House, La Monnaie and Concertgebouw Amsterdam debuts as well as a return to Teatro Real to star in a new David McVicar production.
Further performances will be on 12, 14, 16 and 19 May.
Leonardo Capalbo stars in the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate at Minnesota Opera
Leonardo Capalbo makes his second appearance with Minnesota Opera this season on 7 March with the world premiere of Kevin Puts The Manchurian Candidate, based on the novel by Richard Condon. This new work from the creators of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night, tells the story of an American POW brainwashed into becoming an unwitting assassin in a conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.
Singing the role of Captain Ben Marco, Capalbo stars alongside Matthew Worth as Sergeant Raymond Shaw, Brenda Harris as Eleanor Iselin and Daniel Sumegi as Senator Johnny.
Further highlights this season for Capalbo include a new production by Mariusz Trelinski of Powder Her Face in Warsaw; and Jacopo in I Due Foscari at St Gallen Festspiele. Future engagements include his Royal Opera House, La Monnaie and Concertgebouw Amsterdam debuts as well as a return to Teatro Real to star in a new David McVicar production.
Leonardo Capalbo performs as Nermorino in L’Elisir d’amore with Opera Minnesota
Leonardo Capalbo performs as Nemorino in a new production by Helena Binder of L’Elisir d’amore, opening on 24 January, in the first of two productions with Opera Minnesota this season.
Known for his rich, lyric voice, Capalbo has made a name for himself at houses across Europe and America and has performed this role before at Berliner Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro Gayarre and Arizona Opera. In this production, conducted by Leonardo Vordoni, Capalbo will star alongside Nicole Cabell as Adina, David Pershall as Belcore and Andrew Wilkowske as Dulcamara.
Further highlights for Cabalbo this season include Major Bennet Marco in The Manchurian Candidate, also at Minnesota Opera; a new production by Mariusz Trelinski of Powder Her Face in Warsaw; and Jacopo in I Due Foscari at St Gallen Festspiele. Future engagements include his Royal Opera House, La Monnaie and Concertgebouw debuts as well as a return to Teatro Real to star in a new David McVicar production.
Further performances of L’Elisir d’amore are on 25, 29, 31 January and 1 February.
Leonardo Capalbo revives title role of Candide at Berliner Staatsoper
Leonardo Capalbo returns to the Berliner Staatsoper on 19 December following his hugely successful revival of Vincent Boussard’s Candide. Capalbo’s last run of Candide in Berlin this September with Wayne Marshall conducting was performed to critical acclaim:
“In the title role was the fantastic American tenor Leonardo Capalbo. He is the full package, attractive with a great voice and good acting skills. His rich rounded voice is a joy to listen to, but most notable is his perfect breath control, allowing him to spin phrases in ways most other singers simply can’t."
Bachtrack, September 2014
A further performance of Candide takes place on 26 December.
Upcoming highlights for Capalbo include Nemorino L’elisir d’amore and Major Bennet Marco in The Manchurian Candidate for Minnesota Opera and Jacopo in I due Foscari at St Gallen Festspiele. Future engagements include his Royal Opera House and Concertgebouw Amsterdam debuts as well as a return to Teatro Real to star in a new David McVicar production.
Evelino Pidò & Leonardo Capalbo make their debuts at the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Leonardo Capalbo makes his Gran Teatre del Liceu debut as Alfredo under the baton of Evelino Pidò, also making his house debut, in this production of La traviata by David McVicar, opening on 14 October.
Capalbo’s debut, on 15 October, follows on from his great success in the title role in Candide at Berlin Staatsoper:
“He is the full package, attractive with a great voice and good acting skills. His rich rounded voice is a joy to listen to, but most notable is his perfect breath control, allowing him to spin phrases in ways most other singers simply can’t."
Further highlights this season for Evelino Pidò include another house debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow for Rigoletto, followed by Semiramide for Opéra de Lyon, Tosca for Opéra National de Paris, a return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Il Turco in Italia and to the Wiener Staatsoper for La Cenerentola.
Leonardo Capalbo’s 2014/15 highlights include Nemorino L’elisir d’amore and Major Bennet Marco in The Manchurian Candidate for Minnesota Opera, his role debut as Jacopo in I Due Foscari at St Gallen Festspiele and a new production of Powder Her Face, directed by Mariusz Trelinsky in Warsaw, which will also be presented at La Monnaie. Future engagements include his Royal Opera House and Concertgebouw Amsterdam debuts as well as a return to Teatro Real to star in a new David McVicar production.
Leonardo Capalbo performs title role of Bernstein’s Candide at Berlin State Opera
Leonardo Capalbo returns to the Berlin State Opera on 18 September in the title role of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide under the baton of Wayne Marshall. Capalbo has already performed the role in Berlin to much critical acclaim in the 2011/12 season:
“Leonardo Capalbo is a pin-up-boy Candide, lithe, sunny and effortlessly lyrical.”
Financial Times, June 2011
Leonard Capalbo, the fast-rising American tenor, embodied the titular naïf to the life with his easy good looks and bright, yearning voice.”
Opera News, June 2011
Upcoming highlights include his Teatro del Liceu debut as Alfredo in a new production of La traviata; Nemorino L’elisir d’amore and Major Bennet Marco in The Manchurian Candidate for Minnesota Opera and Jacopo in I due Foscari at St Gallen Festspiele. Future engagements include his Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Concertgebouw Amsterdam debuts as well as a return to Teatro Real to star in a new David McVicar production.
Further performances of Candide at the Berlin State Opera take place on 21, 26 September, 19 and 26 December.
American-Italian tenor Leonardo Capalbo joins Intermusica for worldwide management
Intermusica is pleased to announce the signing of American-Italian tenor Leonardo Capalbo for worldwide management.
Capalbo's roles range from Verdi, Donizetti and Puccini to Britten, Stravinsky and contemporary repertoire: Alfredo La Traviata, Nemornino L’elisir d’amore, Candide, Edgardo Lucia di Lamermoor, Leicester Maria Stuarda, Ismaele Nabucco, Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw, Rodolfo La bohème, Macduff Macbeth, Gerald Lakme, Tebaldo I Capuleti e I Montecchi, Romeo Romeo et Juliette and Mario Il Postino.
Earlier this season, Capalbo made an acclaimed debut at the Canadian Opera Company as Roberto Devereux alongside Sondra Radvanovsky, and sang the title role of The Tales of Hoffmann in Lyon. He is currently singing Tom Rakewell in David McVicar’s new production of The Rake’s Progress at Teatro Regio di Torino. Click here to find out more information.
Looking further ahead he will return to Berliner Staatsoper for Candide; Teatro Real for a new production of Gloriana; will make his Royal Opera House debut as Ismaele in Nabucco; and will sing his first Jacopo in I due Foscari.
A trainee of the Juilliard School of Music, Leonardo Capalbo has 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 and has performed since at 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, Hamburg State Opera, Welsh National Opera, and Spoleto Festival among others. He has worked with esteemed conductors and directors including Fabio Luisi, Placido Domingo, Richard Bonynge, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir David McVicar, Sir Andrew Davis, Franco Zeffirelli, Jonathan Miller and Graham Vick.