“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.
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.
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.
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.
“This power-packed performance by Leonardo Capalbo has everything you want from an Italian tenor – elegant notes and phrasing, a really focused drive forwards and dashing appearance.”
“The most Italianate voice is that of rising tenor Leonardo Capalbo in the title role, his ardour wearyingly insistent in the early stages, later settling into a convincing portrayal. He has the vocal chops to go far. There is incidentally no summary trial in this production. Nor is the main character dragged into the tomb at the close, never escaping the turbulence of the world, alive or dead.”
“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 performing 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.
In the 2023/24 season, Capalbo makes his company debut at the Volksoper Wien as Ruggero in a new production of La Rondine by Lotte de Beer; and anticipated returns to the Grand Théâtre de Genève in the title role of Don Carlo; the Gran Teatre del Liceu as Don José in Calixto Bieito’s production of Carmen and Teatro Real as Pinkerton Madama Butterfly.
Recent successes for Capalbo include his role debut as Jimmy in Ivo Van Hove’s production of Aufstieg und fall der Stadt Mahagonnyconducted by Alejo Pérez at Opera Vlaanderen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; his company debut at the New National Theatre, Tokyo as the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffman; Wertherin John Doyle’s new production at Grange Park Opera; house debuts with Theater an der Wien as Hegenbach in Catalani’s masterpiece La Wally and the Norwegian National Opera as Don Jose Carmen; 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.
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; 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; Don Jose Carmen in Palm Beach, Sevilla, Grange Festival, Warsaw and Athens; the title role of Don Carloat Grange Park Opera; 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 Traviataat 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.
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