American tenor Leonardo Capalbo made his Royal Opera debut in 2016 as Ismaele (Nabucco) and has since returned to sing the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
Capalbo trained at the Juilliard School, the Music Academy of the West and the Académie musicale de Villecroze, and has worked closely with Marilyn Horne. His UK engagements include Ismaele, Paco (La vida breve), Roméo (Roméo et Juliette), Narraboth (Salome) and Juan (Das Kuhhandel) for Opera North, Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore) for Glyndebourne Festival, Alfredo Germont (La traviata) and the title role of Roberto Devereux for Welsh National Opera and Macduff (Macbeth) for Opera Holland Park. Engagements elsewhere include Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) for Opéra de Lyon, Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) for Teatro Regio, Turin, Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto) in Leipzig, Alfredo Germont for Semperoper Dresden, Leicester (Maria Stuarda) for Stuttgart State Opera, Arturo (La straniera) at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Macduff for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Michigan Opera Theatre, Cavaradossi (Tosca) for Minnesota Opera, Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) for Teatro São Carlos, Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Opéra national du Rhin, Ismaele for Grand Théâtre de Genève and Fenton (Falstaff) for Berlin State Opera.
Capalbo performs regularly in contemporary and 20th-century opera, with engagements including Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw) for Spoleto Festival, the title role of Candide for Berlin State Opera and Rome Opera, Mario Ruoppolo (Il postino) for Teatro Real, Madrid, Electrician (Powder Her Face) for Teatr Wielki, Warsaw, and Ben Marco (world premiere of Puts’s The Manchurian Candidate) for Minnesota Opera.
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The French tenor replaces Leonardo Capalbo in the role of Ismaele.