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 dramatic intensity, Leonardo continues to make impressive appearances in theaters around the globe including The Royal Opera Covent Garden, 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 2016-2017 season sees Mr. Capalbo return to The Royal Opera Covent Garden to star as Hoffmann in Les contes d’Hoffmann. He makes his role and house debuts as Gustavo III in Un ballo in maschera at the Royal Swedish Opera; and he opens the inaugural season of The Grange Festival with Verdi’s Requiem and as Don José in a new production of Carmen. Other appearances this season include Rodolfo in La bohème at the Perm State Opera, Alfredo in La traviata at the Polish National Opera, and Don José in Carmen at the historic Real Alzácar in Seville, Spain.
In recent seasons Mr 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 the title character is Don Carlo and Des Grieux in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, and new productions of La bohème, Carmen, Rigoletto and Gloriana.
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 Monte Carlo and Berlin State Opera; Duca in Rigoletto in Leipzig, São Paulo Brazil, Toulon, and Montreal; 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 and The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California where he worked closely with the legendary Marilyn Horne.