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Roberto Alagna

Tenor

Biography

Roberto Alagna in action.
Roberto Alagna in Carmen, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2013

French tenor Roberto Alagna made his Royal Opera debut in 1992 as Rodolfo (La bohème). He has since appeared regularly with The Royal Opera and in gala events at the Royal Opera House. His most recent roles for the Company include Nemorino (L’elisird’amore), Radames (Aida), Manrico (Il trovatore), Faust, Don José (Carmen), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Calaf (Turandot) and Andrea Chénier. He has performed more than 100 times with The Royal Opera. In the 2019/20 Season he sings Canio (Pagliacci).

Alagna was born in the Parisian suburbs to Sicilian parents in a musical family. He first honed his voice through listening to recordings and studying opera under Rafael Ruiz while singing in cabarets. In 1988 he entered and won the Pavarotti International Competition. Later that year he sang Alfredo (La traviata) with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and his debuts at the world’s leading opera houses followed shortly after. In 1995 he won an Olivier Award for his performance of Roméo (Roméo et Juliette). Alongside his Royal Opera roles his current repertory includes Samson (Samson et Dalila), Otello, Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Canio (Pagliacci), Rodolfo (Luisa Miller), Eléazar (La Juive), Rodrigue (Le Cid), Vasco da Gama, Cyrano (Cyrano de Bergerac), Lancelot (Le Roi Arthus), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur) and Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut).

Alagna has championed lesser-known repertory, including Lalo’s Fiesque, Massenet’s Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame and Le Cid, Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus and Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac. He was an exclusive artist with EMI 1993–2004, with Deutsche Grammophon 2005–17 and currently records exclusively with Sony Classical. In addition to his extensive discography he appears widely on DVD. He was appointed a Chevalier de la légion d’honneur in 2008.

Videos

News and features

An elixir with fizz

18 October 2012
An elixir with fizz

Why Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore is unmissable.

Watch: Roberto Alagna on Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore

14 August 2012
Watch: Roberto Alagna on Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore

The French tenor discusses his forthcoming role as Nemorino.

Photos

Production photo of Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Maddalena di Coigny, Dimitri Platanias as Carlo Gérard and Roberto Alagna as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Production photo of Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Andrea Chénier and Sondra Radvanovsky as Maddalena di Coigny in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Lise Lindstrom as Turandot and Roberto Alagna as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Samuel Sakker as Pang, David Junghoon Kim as Pong, Roberto Alagna as Calaf and Leon Košavić as Ping in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi and Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca in Tosca

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi and Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca in Tosca

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca

Roberto Alagna as Radames in Aida.

Roberto Alagna as Andrea Chénier and Dimitri Platanias as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Dimitri Platanias as Carlo Gérard and Roberto Alagna as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca and Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca

Marco Vratogna as Baron Scarpia and Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca

Members of The Royal Opera in rehearsals for La Boheme

The cake to celebrate Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna's 20th anniversary of meeting

Angela Gheorghiu as Mimi and Robert Alagna as Rodolfo in La bohème

Roberto Alagna 2018

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi and Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca in Tosca

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi and Oksana Dyka as Floria Tosca in Tosca

Production photo of Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Andrea Chénier and Sondra Radvanovsky as Maddalena di Coigny in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Maddalena di Coigny and Roberto Alagna as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Calaf in Turandot, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna in Carmen, The Royal Opera

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca

Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca

Roberto Alagna