Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan made his Royal Opera debut in June 2013 singing Ruggero (La rondine) and returned the following Season to sing Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni). He returns in the 2016/17 Season to sing Alfredo, and in the 2017/18 Season sings Rodolfo (La bohème).
Ayan was born in Belém and studied there, on the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna. He made his professional debut in 2007 as Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) in Belém and his European debut in 2008 as Rodolfo in Athens. His appearances since have included a Metropolitan Opera gala concert in Central Park, Fenton (Falstaff) for Verbier Festival, Rodolfo for Glyndebourne on Tour, the Italian Tenor (Der Rosenkavalier) in Geneva and Dresden, Alfredo Germont (La traviata) in Genoa and a European concert tour with Angela Gheorghiu.
Ayan became a member of Stuttgart Opera in spring 2012. His roles there have included Don Ottavio, Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Ismaele (Nabucco), Alfredo and Fenton (Falstaff).
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