Juan Francisco Gatell

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“Juan Francisco Gatell has all the qualities for the Rossini lyric tenor. His feel for the Rossini phrase is sheer magic… Wit must be part of Gatell’s natural makeup; he conveys it vocally and naturally – it simply pours out of him.” – Il barbiere di Siviglia (Seen and Heard)

A rising star among lyric tenors, Argentinian Francisco Gatell’s voice has been called luminous, seductive, elegant, and agile, his acting dramatic and sensitive.  Following his acclaimed debut as Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Francisco has appeared on opera and concert stages throughout Europe, and in North and South America including La Scala in Milan, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, La Fenice in Venice, the Musikverein and the Staatsoper in Vienna, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, at the Salzburg Festival, and in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington DC.


The 2016-2017 season sees Francisco make his role debut as Idreno in Rossini’s tragedy Semiramide at the Opera di Firenze before taking on the role of Iago in Rossini’s Otello with the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. In the new year, Francisco returns to renowned roles: as Tamino in the Opera di Firenze production of Die Zauberflöte, as Ferrando in a new production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and as the Cavalier Belfiore in a remoutning of the Dutch National Opera production of Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, both at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

Last season Francisco made two highly successful role debuts: as Don Ramiro in Rossini’s Cenerentola with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and as Idamante in the Opera National du Rhin’s production of Idomeneo. As well, he appeared as Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in Florence, as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Netherlands Opera, and in a concert of Haydn’s Creation at the Teatro Regio in Turin, conducted by Antonello Manacorda.

Recent highlights include his highly acclaimed debut as Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at La Fenice in Venice, his debut at the Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam as Il Cavaliere Belfiore in Rossini’s Viaggio a Reims,  Lucia di Lammermoor at La Scala, as Count Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman and in Barcelona, in Buenos Aires and in Vienna, Falstaff in Los Angeles, Maometto II in Rome, Don Giovanni in Washington and Venice, Cosi fan tutte in Madrid and Brussels, Don Pasquale in Toulouse and Barcelona, Romeo et Juliette at the Salzburg Festival and I Capuleti e I Montecchi in Paris.

On DVD, Francisco can been seen as Tybalt in the Salzburg Festival production of Romeo et Juliette , in Il burbero di buon cuore (Dynamic),  Don Pasquale (Arthaus-Musik), Il viaggio a Reims filmed at La Scala (Vox Imago) and in a concert production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Rossini Festival in Pesaro.  His discography includes Otello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti which won the 2014 International Opera Award, Don Pasquale (Arthaus-Musik), Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestra della Toscana in Siena (Accademia Musicale Chigiana), and I Pagliacci recorded live at the Teatro Carlo Felice.

Born in La Plata, Argentina, Juan Francisco Gatell began his musical studies at the age of nine at the Conservatorio de Música Gilardo Gilardi in his hometown before continuing his training at the Conservatorio Arturo Soria in Madrid. His career took off in 2004 after he won the Caruso Award Le voci nuove dalla lirica, promoted by the Italian Associazione Museo Enrico Caruso with the final concert at Sala Grande del Teatro Dal Verme in Milan. Performances followed with his debut in Idomeneo in Florence and as Don Luigino in Rossini’s Viaggio a Reims. In 2005, he took first prize at the 7th Concorso Città di Pistoia, and in 2006, he won First Prize in the ASLICO competition.


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