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Roberto Alagna

Tenor

Biography

Roberto Alagna in action.
Roberto Alagna in Carmen, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2013

In the 2013/14 Royal Opera Season French tenor Roberto Alagna sings Don José (Carmen) and Cavaradossi (Tosca). He made his debut with the Company singing Rodolfo (La bohème) in 1992 and has since appeared regularly with The Royal Opera and in gala events at the Royal Opera House. His most recent roles with The Royal Opera include Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Radames (Aida), Manrico (Il trovatore) and Faust.

Alagana was born in the Parisian suburbs to Sicilian parents, who were part of a musical family. As a young man Alagna honed his voice through listening to recordings and studying under Rafael Ruiz while singing in cabarets. At a book-signing held by Alagna's hero Pavarotti, the Italian tenor invited him to enter the 1988 Pavarotti Competition, which Alagna subsequently won aged 24. He made his operatic debut later that year singing Alfredo (La traviata) with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and his debuts at the world's leading opera houses soon followed. In 1995 he was awarded an Olivier award for his performance of Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) and over his career he has won worldwide acclaim for his performances of French and Italian repertory.

Alagna has championed lesser-known repertory, including Lalo's Fiesque, Massenet's Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame and Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac. He was an exclusive artist with EMI 1993–2004 and since 2004 with Deutsche Grammophon, and in addition to his extensive discography appears widely on DVD. He was appointed a Chevalier de la légion d'honneur in 2008.

Videos

News and features

An elixir with fizz

An elixir with fizz

18 October 2012

Why Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore is unmissable.

Watch: Roberto Alagna on Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore

Watch: Roberto Alagna on Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore

14 August 2012

The French tenor discusses his forthcoming role as Nemorino.

Photos

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi and Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi and Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi and Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Marco Vratogna as Baron Scarpia and Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca and Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi and Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014

Roberto Alagna in Carmen, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2013

Roberto Alagna as Radames in Aida. © ROH/Bill Cooper 2011

Members of The Royal Opera in rehearsals for La Boheme © Florina Petean/ROH 2012

Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna in rehearsals for La Boheme © Florina Petean/ROH 2012

The cake to celebrate Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna's 20th anniversary of meeting © Florentina Bucos/ROH 2012

Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna in rehearsals for La Boheme © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Angela Gheorghiu as Mimi and Robert Alagna as Rodolfo in La bohème © Bill Cooper/ROH 1992

Roberto Alagna