Argentinean baritone and Jette Parker Young Artist Germán E Alcántara makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Dancaïro (Carmen) and will also sing Baron Douphol (La traviata), Wagner (Faust) and Dumas (Andrea Chénier) for the Company.
Alcántara studied at the School of Music in Misiones, the National University of Cuyo-Mendoza, the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris (under Rosa Dominguez) and the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid (with Ryland Davies). His opera repertory includes Uberto (La serva padrona), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), Juan Pedro (La rosa del Azafrán), Blas Infante (Elegia Granadina) and Alférez Real (Fiesta de Corpus Christi) in Argentina, Milord (L’italiana in Londra) with Le Parlement de Musique, Marcello (La bohème) and Don Giovanni with Escales Lyriques and Hermann and Schlemil (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) for Opéra de Metz.
Alcántara’s concert repertory includes Mozart’s Requiem and Great Mass in C minor, Schubert’s Mass in G, Handel’s Messiah and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri in Argentina, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Philharmonie de Paris and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor for Rheingau Music Festival. He has recorded Misa Palatina with the Chamber Choir of the National University of Misiones. His awards include First Prize in the Concurso Bach Joven in Paraguay, Second Prize in the Concurso para Jóvenes Estudiantes de Canto Lirico in Buenos Aires, First Prize in the Concours Lyrique International ad Alta Voce in Paris and the Priz Artifex Proart in the Concurso de Zarzuela de Valleseco.
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