Giacomo Aragall

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Barcelona on 6/6/1939. At the age of 19 he began his singing studies in his home town. After winning a scholarship by the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, he continued his studies with Vladimiro Badiali in Milan and, a few months later, he won the first prize and the Gold Medal in the International Competition “Voci Verdiani” at Busseto. In 1963, he made his debut in a leading role (Gaston) at the Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice, in the opera Jérusalem, he signed a three-year contract with La Scala, Milan, and made his first appearance in the opera L' amico Fritz. In the 1963/64 season, he returned to the Gran Teatre del Liceu, as lead tenor. During the same season he performed in Venice, Genoa, Palermo, Parma, Modena, Naples, Rome, Turin and again at La Scala in Milan, as Romeo in the opera The Capulets and the Montagues [I Capuleti e i Montecchi], co-starring alongside Renata Scotto (Giuletta) and Luciano Pavarotti (Tebaldo). He soon gained an international reputation. He has sung in major opera houses around the world and has participated in recitals and concerts. He has worked with great conductors (Carlos Kleiber, Abbado, Solti, Mackerras, Maazel, Mehta) and directors (Visconti, Zeffirelli, Polanski, Ponnelle, Bob Wilson). His repertoire comprises, among others, the following roles: Edgardo [Lucia di Lammermoor], Pinkerton [Madame Butterfly/Madama Butterfly], Fernando [The Favorite/La favorita], Alfredo [The Fallen Woman/La traviata], Werther (Werther), Faust [Faust], Cavaradossi [Tosca], Don Carlo [Don Carlo], Maurizio [Adriana Lecouvreur], Rodolfo [La Bohème], Gabriele [Simon Boccanegra]. He has been honored with numerous awards and has taught vocal refinement seminars to soloists all over the world. In 1994, he founded the Giacomo Aragall International Singing Competition. For the GNO, he interpreted the role of Alfredo in La Traviata during the 1968/69 season.