Portuguese baritone José Fardilha made his Royal Opera debut in the 2016/17 Season as Bartolo (Il barbiere di Siviglia).
Fardilha was born in Lisbon. After winning the Toti dal Monte Competition he went on to make his professional debut as Leporello (Don Giovanni) in Treviso, Strasbourgh and Trieste. He has since performed for leading international opera houses and festivals including La Scala, Milan, Vienna State Opera, Salzburg Festival, Barbican Centre, Paris Opéra, Berlin State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Zürich Opera House, Teatro Regio, Turin, Rome Opera, La Fenice, Venice, Maggio Musicale, Florence, Sferisterio di Macerata, Festival della Valle d’Itria, Martina Franca, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, and the Israeli Opera. He has collaborated with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Paolo Arrivabeni, Paolo Carignani, Riccardo Chailly, Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti and with directors including Gianfranco De Bosio, Emilio Sagi, and Giorgio Strehler. Opera engagements include Don Pasquale for Glyndebourne Festival, Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola) in Leipzig and Fra Melitone (La forza del destino) in Geneva.
Fardilha’s many concert engagements have included Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle with Michel Corboz, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Dimitri Kitaenko and Les Noces, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah.