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David Alegret Biography

Considered as one of the best Lirico-Leggiero tenors on the current scene, David Alegret´s career is taking off to such an extent that, in only five years, he has been invited to perform on some of the most emblematic stages in Europe, such as the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, Zurich Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera and the Munich State Opera.

Born in Barcelona, he began his musical studies in the Conservatorio Superior de Música in his city of birth with Xavier Torra – which he fitted in with studying Medicine – and completed his singing training at the Musik-Akademie in Basel, Switzerland, with Kurt Widmer, as well as perfecting his technique with Ana Luisa Chova, Kathleen Cassello, Raúl Giménez and Carlos Chausson.

He was the winner of the first La Caixa and Gran Teatre del Liceu Competition for young opera singers, he was a finalist in the Operalia and won the Karajan Stupendium prize at the Vienna State Opera. He adapts, thanks to his talent and his vocation, to a wide repertoire which ranges from early music to contemporary, not to mention vocal symphonies. In the opera world he has had numerous successes since his 2004 debut in L’Italiana in Algeri in Klagenfurt, Paris and in the Vienna State Opera (alongside Agnes Baltsa), and this was the year in which his meteoric career began. From then on he has also performed in the Toujours Mozart Festival in Salzburg, Prague and Vienna, playing the roles of Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and Idamante (Idomeneo) and in the Mozart Festival in A Coruña (Sartorio´s Orfeo), he has also played Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola in the Volksoper (Vienna) and in the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki; the Conte di Libenskof from Il viaggio a Reims in the Rossini Opera Festival and in Bern and Narciso from Il Turco in Italia in the Hamburg State Opera.

In 2006 he debuted in Trieste (La Cenerentola), in Palermo and in Palma de Majorca (Belmonte in Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail) and he sang Mozart´s Requiem at the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and Petite Messe Solennelle in Prague, which was conducted by Alberto Zedda. This same year his performances during the Oviedo Opera season were outstanding (Il viaggio a Reims) and in Ravenna, (Ernesto in Don Pasquale, conducted by Riccardo Muti). Recently he has performed in the Rome Opera House (La Cenerentola), in the Zurich Opera House (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), in the Munich State Opera (Il Turco in Italia), in Sao Carlos Theatre, Lisbon, and in the Regio Turin (L’Italiana in Algeri), in La Monnaie, Brussels (La Cenerentola), in the Liceu, Barcelona (Jaquino in Fidelio), in the Theater an der Wien (Il turco in Italia) and in the Teatro Real de Madrid (L’Italiana in Algeri).

In the vocal symphony area, he has performed pieces such as Bach´s St John´s Passion and St Matthew´s Passion, Mozart´s Requiem, Bach´s Magnificat, Rossini´s Petite Messe Solennelle, and Stabat Mater and Puccini´s Messa di gloria and oratorios such as The Creation by Haydn, Handel´s Messiah and Honegger´s Le Roi David in the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona, Palau de la Música, Valencia, Barcelona Auditorium, the National Auditorium, Madrid, Wiener Konzerthaus, Casino Basel Stadt, Kunst und Konzerthaus Lucerne and the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. He has sung Monteverdi´s L’Orfeo and Vespro della Beata Vergine, and Bach´s Mass in B Minor with Jordi Savall´s Capella Reial de Catalunya. He has also worked with the Andorra National Classical Orchestra, the Seville Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Granada, the Galician Symphony Orchestra, the Community of Madrid Orchestra, the Köln Concerto, the Basel Capriccio Orchestra, Le Concert des Nations, the Liceu Symphony Orchestra, the Barcelona and Catalonia National Orchestra, the Basler Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic.

Conductors David Alegret has worked with include Jordi Casas, Josep Pons, David Giménez Carreras, Alois Koch, Lawrence Foster, Renato Palumbo, Fabio Luisi, Christoph Spering, Paolo Olmi, Jesús López Cobos, Bruno Campanella, Marc Minkowski, Sebastian Weigle, David Parry and Fabio Biondi as well as the beforementioned Muti and Zedda.

In 2010 Alegret performed Il Turco in Italia at the Hamburg State Opera and Rossini´s Armida at the Garsington Opera (England). He also sang Caldara’s oratorio Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo with the Accademia Bizantina in Krakow and at the Teatro Arriaga (Bilbao); he performed a Schumann-Brahms concert in the Torroella de Montgrí Festival and Schubert’s Mass in C Major in Vilabertran. He debuted in Semiramide at the Opéra de Montpellier and sang Rossini’s Stabat Mater in St. Gallen (Switzerland).

After returning to the Vienna Volksoper in February 2011 with La Cenerentola, his most noteworthy engagements this year include Pagliacci in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, his return to Garsington Opera with Il Turco in Italia, Rossini´s Petite Messe Solennelle in the Lleida Enric Granados Auditori, Mozart´s Requiem in L´Auditori, Barcelona, and his debut at the Festival Pergolesi-Spontini in Jesi (Italia) with Pergolesi’s Lo frate ‘nnamorato alongside the Europa Galante orchestra directed by Fabio Biondi.

In 2012, David Alegret’s most remarkable performances involve his return to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona with Il burbero di buon cuore by Martín y Soler, directed by Jordi Savall, to the Volksoper of Vienna with La Cenerentola, and to the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona with several concerts, including Bruckner’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Te Deum, Berlioz’s The childhood of Christ, and the concert version of Eduard Toldrà’s opera El Giravolt de Maig with the Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, directed by Antoni Ros Marbà, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death. In June 2012, Alegret debuted at the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville in the modern-time revival of the opera Christopher Columbus by Carnicer. In August the same year he also debuted at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro with Il Signor Bruschino.

In 2013 David Alegret returned to Barcelona’s Liceu opera house with Il Turco in Italia, and to Seville with Mozart’s Requiem. He also debuted at the Peralada Festival with the Spanish première of Das Liebesverbot by Wagner, and at the Metz Opera with La Cenerentola.

David Alegret’s upcoming commitments include performances at the Palau de la Música Catalana (Beethoven’s Mass in C Major directed, by Ros Marbà, and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers of the Confessor, directed by Victor Pablo Pérez), the Gran Teatre del Liceu (L’ Atlàntida by Falla, directed by Josep Pons, and Così fan tutte), Gent and Antwerp (Mozart’s Mass in C Minor accompanied by the Orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera House), the Toulon Opera House (La Cenerentola), the Hamburg Opera (Il Turco in Italia) and the Welch National Opera in Cardiff (Mosè in Egitto and Guillaume Tell by Rossini).