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, good looks, and exceptional acting ability, Leonardo continues to make impressive appearances in theaters around the globe including The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Teatro Real Madrid, La Monnaie, Berlin State Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, L’Opéra de Lyon, Teatro Regio di Torino, the Canadian Opera Company and the Lyric Opera of Chicago among others.  He has worked with some of the world’s most influential artists such as Placido Domingo, Richard Bonynge, Gianandrea Noseda, Fabio Luisi, Sir David McVicar, Sir Andrew Davis, Franco Zeffirelli, Jonathan Miller, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Mariusz Trelinski and Graham Vick.

The 2017-2018 season begins with two new productions of La bohème. First, Leonardo returns to Theatre St. Gallen in Renaud Doucet’s production conducted by Hermes Helfricht. Then he debuts at the prestigious Baden Baden Festspielhaus in Philipp Himmelmann’s production featuring the Musica Aeterna ensemble conducted by Teodor Currentzis. He makes his debut at the Hannover State Opera in one of his most acclaimed roles, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. Later, Leonardo performs as the special guest of Marilyn Horne on the stage of Carnegie Hall for the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration. He returns to the Teatro Real de Madrid in David McVicar’s new production of Gloriana conducted by Ivor Bolton. After opening a new production of Carmen by Andrzej Chyra at the Polish National Opera under the baton of Keri-Lynn Wilson, Leonardo closes the season with the UK stage premiere of Massenet's rare masterpiece Le Cid.

Last season saw Mr. Capalbo starring as the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden and making his house and role debuts as Gustavo in Un ballo in maschera at The Royal Swedish OperaIn recent seasons Capalbo debuted at La Monnaie/De Munt in Mariusz Trelinski’s new production of Powder Her Face, The Royal Opera Covent Garden as Ismaele in Nabucco, and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in David McVicar’s production of La traviata


Other important role debuts included his first performances of Don José in Carmen at Greek National Opera and Palm Beach Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca at The Minnesota Opera, Arturo in La Straniera at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and Jacopo in I due Foscari at the St. Galler Festpiele.

Future engagements include his role debuts as Don Carlo, Pollione, Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur), and Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra) as well as new productions of Rigoletto and La rondine.

Other career highlights include the title role in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux at the Canadian Opera Company, alongside Sondra Radvanovsky, also at Welsh National Opera in a new production; house and role debuts as Tom Rakewell in David McVicar’s new production of The Rake’s Progress at the Teatro Regio di Torino; house and role debuts as Hoffmann in Les contes d’hoffmann at L’Opéra de Lyon; the Spanish premiere of Daniel Catan’s Il Postino at the Teatro Real de Madrid as the title character; Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at The Glyndebourne Festival, Berlin State Opera and New York City Opera; Nerone in a new Warlikowski production of Poppea e Nerone in Montpellier; Alfredo in La traviata in a new production at Welsh National Opera, also at the Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg State Opera, and The Grand Théâtre de Genève; Macduff in Macbeth at The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Semperoper Dresden, L’Opéra de Lyon, L’Opéra de Monte Carlo and Berlin State Opera; Duca in Rigoletto in Leipzig, São Paulo Brazil, Toulon, and Montreal; the title role in Candide at the Berlin State Opera and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Strasbourg; Rodolfo in La bohème in Bordeaux, Athens and Cagliari; Leicester in Maria Stuarda in Stuttgart; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at Teatro São Carlos, Lisbon; Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw in Spoletto; and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at Opera North.


Leonardo trained at The Juilliard School of Music, The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California and at L’Academie Musicale de Villecroze in France. He worked closely with the legendary Marilyn Horne.