Carlos Álvarez (baritone)

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Carlos Álvarez during the Salzburg Festival in 2008

Carlos Álvarez (born 1966 in Málaga) is a Spanish baritone who has had a major international opera career since the early 1990s. His recording of the title role in Isaac Albéniz's Merlin with Plácido Domingo as King Arthur won a Latin Grammy Award in 2001, and his recording of the role of Ford in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 2006.

Málaga Municipality in Andalusia, Spain

Málaga is a municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain. With a population of 571,026 in 2018, it is the second-most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth-largest in Spain. The southernmost large city in Europe, it lies on the Costa del Sol of the Mediterranean, about 100 kilometres east of the Strait of Gibraltar and about 130 km (80.78 mi) north of Africa.

A baritone is a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range lies between the bass and the tenor voice types. Originally from the Greek βαρύτονος (barýtonos), meaning heavy sounding, music for this voice is typically written in the range from the second F below middle C to the F above middle C (i.e. F2–F4) in choral music, and from the second G below middle C to the G above middle C (G2 to G4) in operatic music, but can be extended at either end. The baritone voice type is generally divided into the baryton-Martin baritone (light baritone), lyric baritone, Kavalierbariton, Verdi baritone, dramatic baritone, baryton-noble baritone, and the bass-baritone.

Opera artform combining sung text and musical score in a theatrical setting

Opera is a form of theatre in which music has a leading role and the parts are taken by singers, but is distinct from musical theater. Such a "work" is typically a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and incorporates a number of the performing arts, such as acting, scenery, costume, and sometimes dance or ballet. The performance is typically given in an opera house, accompanied by an orchestra or smaller musical ensemble, which since the early 19th century has been led by a conductor.



Álvarez made his stage debut at Madrid's Teatro de la Zarzuela in 1990 in a production of Pablo Sorozábal's La del manojo de rosas . Since then he has appeared in leading roles on the stages of most of the world's great opera houses, including La Scala, the Royal Opera, London, Opéra Bastille, the Liceu, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, the Teatro Real, the Bavarian State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Washington National Opera, and Zurich Opera. Some of the roles he has performed on stage are Alfonso XI of Castile in La favorite , Don Carlo in Ernani , Don Carlo di Vargas in La forza del destino , the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux , Escamillo in Carmen , Figaro in The Barber of Seville , Gérard in Andrea Chénier , Iago in Otello , Marc Antoine in Jules Massenet’s Cléopâtre , Rodrigo in Don Carlos , Roque in Emilio Arrieta's Marina, and the title roles in Don Giovanni , The Marriage of Figaro , and Simon Boccanegra .

Teatro de la Zarzuela theater in Madrid, Spain

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Pablo Sorozábal Spanish opera composer

Pablo Sorozábal Mariezcurrena was a Spanish composer of zarzuelas, symphonic works, and the popular romanza, "No puede ser".

Opera house theatre building used for opera performances

An opera house is a theatre building used for opera performances that consists of a stage, an orchestra pit, audience seating, and backstage facilities for costumes and set building.

In 1996 Álvarez made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Germont in La traviata with Victoria Loukianetz as Violetta, Marcello Giordani as Alfredo, and Plácido Domingo conducting. He has returned to the Met several times in numerous Verdi operas, singing the Count Di Luna in Il trovatore opposite Sondra Radvanovsky as Leonora (2002), Renato to Aprile Millo's Amelia in Un ballo in maschera (2005), the Miller to Veronica Villarroel's Luisa in Luisa Miller (2006), and the title roles in Rigoletto (2006) and Macbeth (2008).

Metropolitan Opera Opera company in Manhattan, New York City

The Metropolitan Opera is an opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The company is operated by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager. As of 2018, the company's current music director is Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

<i>La traviata</i> 1853 opera by Giuseppe Verdi

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Victoria Loukianetz is a Ukrainian-born operatic soprano with an active career singing leading roles at the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, and other European opera houses. She has also appeared in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

In 2003 he was awarded Spain's Premio Nacional de Música for interpretation.

The Premio Nacional de Música forms part of the annual National Awards in Spain.

In 2010, Álvarez was scheduled to sing Don Carlo di Vargas and Simon Boccanegra at the Vienna State Opera, Ford at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Ezio in Attila at the Metropolitan Opera, Boccanegra at both La Scala and Madrid's Teatro Real, and the title role in Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet at the Washington National Opera, but he withdrew from several of these engagements, among them Attila, Hamlet, and Simon Boccanegra in Madrid.

Teatro dellOpera di Roma theater

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Attila 5th-century ruler of the Hunnic Empire

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