Feature: Classical Singer Magazine
Making a Powerful Voice in the Present
by Gil Carbajal
Tenor Leonardo Capalbo’s obsession with history and opera started long before his formal musical education at Juilliard. As a young boy growing up on two continents, Capalbo took an interest first in Pavarotti and then any and all singers from the past, researching and listening at his local library. He now applies that same passion to every role he undertakes—new and old—from his Verdi favorites (Macduff in Macbeth, Alfredo in La traviata, Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera, and Jacopo Foscari in I due Foscari) to roles like Mario Ruoppolo in Il postino and Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress.
Read why Capalbo feels that such a varied repertoire keeps his mind and voice fresh and much more in this exclusive Classical Singer interview.