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Carlos Álvarez

Baritone

Biography

Spanish baritone Carlos Álvarez made his Royal Opera debut in the 1994-5 Season as Giorgio Germont (La traviata). He has returned to sing De Siriex (Fedora), Rigoletto and, most recently the title role of Simon Boccanegra. In the 2019/20 Season he sings Iago (Otello).

Álvarez grew up and studied in Málaga and made his operatic debut in 1990 at Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela. Since then he has sung for many of the world’s leading opera companies and houses, including La Scala, Milan, Opéra Bastille, Teatro Real, Madrid, Liceu, Barcelona, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Zürich Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Washington National Opera. His repertory includes Figaro and Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Sir Riccardo Forth (I puritani), Sulpice Pingot (La Fille du régiment), Giacomo (Giovanna d’Arco), Macbeth, Count di Luna (Il trovatore), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Don Carlo di Vargas (La forza del destino), Iago Sir John Falstaff (Falstaff), High Priest of Dagon (Samson et Dalila), Escamillo (Carmen), Baron Scarpia (Tosca), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Gianni Schicchi, Tonio (Pagliacci) and Carlo Gérard (Andrea Chénier).

Álvarez has recorded prolifically, winning a Latin Grammy Award in 2001 for his interpretation of the title role of Álbeniz’s Merlin (with Plácido Domingo as King Arthur) and a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 2006 as Ford (Falstaff).

Photos

Production photo of Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago and Gregory Kunde as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago and Gregory Kunde as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago and Gregory Kunde as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Hrachuhi Bassenz as Amelia Grimaldi and Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Carlos Álvarez

Hrachuhi Bassenz as Amelia Grimaldi and Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra and Hrachuhi Bassenz as Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago and Gregory Kunde as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Michael Mofidian as Montano and Carlos Alvarez as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Francesco Meli as Gabriele Adorno, Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra and Hrachuhi Bassenz as Amelia Grimaldi in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Jacopo Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago, Freddie De Tommaso as Cassio and Andres Presno as Roderrigo in Otello, The Royal Opera

Carlos Alvarez as Iago and Gregory Kunde as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera

Hrachuhi Bassenz as Amelia Grimaldi and Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera

Mark Rucker as Paolo Albiani and Carlos Álvarez as Simon Boccanegra in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera