Àngel Òdena

Baritone
Àngel Òdena

His great versatility as a singer has led him to a wide spectrum of musical styles, including a considerable amount of oratorio and vocal symphony, but he is at his very best in opera. His debut was in 1994 in La Bohème at Teatro Petruzelli in Bari; the beginning of a career which now includes more than fifty operas. Bel canto operas by Rossini include: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Lisbon, Hamburg, Peralada, Valencia), La Cenerentola (Hamburg, Palma de Mallorca), Il Viaggio a Reims (Barcelona, recorded on DVD) and L’Italiana in Algeri (Limoges). By Donizzetti he has sung l’Elisir d’Amore (Jerez, Hamburg and Barcelona), Anna Bolena (Hamburg, with Edita Gruberova), Maria Stuarda (Barcelona, again with Gruberova), Don Pasquale (Palma de Mallorca), La Favorita (Elda), Lucia di Lammermoor (Barcelona, Amsterdam-Concertgebouw and Lausanne), Il Duca d’Alba (Oviedo) and Roberto Devereux (Madrid -Teatro Real).

Classical operas include: Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (Lisbon) and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Barcelona), Don Giovanni (La Coruña) and Così fan tutte (Barcelona). French opera includes: Roméo et Juliette (Sabadell), Faust (Seville), Samson et Dalila (Bologna), Werther (Teatro Real in Madrid), Thaïs (Oviedo and Las Palmas) and one of his favourite personalities: Escamillo, from the ever popular Carmen, in Jerez, Palermo, Toulouse, Cap Roig, San Sebastian, Orange, l’Arena di Verona, this one conducted by P.Domingo, Málaga and Barcelona.

Àngel Òdena’s vocal and acting skills are particularly suited to Giacomo Puccini’s operas, having sung Turandot in Hamburg and in the reinauguration of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Madama Butterfly (Hamburg, Seville, Madrid, Lausanne, Florence and Barcelona -Liceu-), La Bohème (Bari, Barcelona and Naples, conducted by Nello Santi, Córdoba), Le Villi (Oviedo and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées -París-), Il Tabarro (Liceu) and Manon Lescaut (Las Palmas, Deutsche Oper Berlin). He has also sung other Verismo classics, Cavalleria Rusticana (Málaga and Lleida) and Pagliacci (Las Palmas, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées -París- and Madrid, which was edited on DVD by Teatro Real).

Opera is nothing without Verdi, one of his favourite composers, and he has sung: Falstaff (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bilbao, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Maó), La Traviata (Liceu, Teatro Real, San Sebastián, El Escorial, Tarragona, Madrid, Teatro de La Zarzuela conducted by Alberto Zedda), Un Ballo in Maschera (Oviedo), Simon Boccanegra (Teatro Real, Berlin and Liceu), Otello (Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Teatro Real), Don Carlo (T. Maestranza in Seville, El Escorial), Il Trovatore (Metropolitan Opera) Aida (Liceu and Teatro Real), Macbeth (Córdoba and Lisbon), Attila (Bilbao), Nabucco (Teatro San Carlos in Lisbon) and Rigoletto (Liceu and Naples).

German repertoire includes Elektra (Toulouse and Seville), Lohengrin (Turin, Barcelona, Bilbao, La Coruña and Salamanca), Das Rheingold (Madrid), Tannhäuser (Oviedo) and Tristan und Isolde (Las Palmas). He has also performed Il Segreto di Susanna by Wolf Ferrari (recorded on CD) and Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky (Valencia, Bilbao and Peralada).

At Teatro Real in Madrid he has participated in a series of lyrical compositions by Spanish composers, for example: Margarita la Tornera (by Chapí, recorded on CD), Merlin (by Albéniz, on DVD), La Dolores (by Bretón, on DVD), La conquista di Granata (by Arrieta, on CD), Luisa Fernanda (by Moreno Torroba) also interpreted in Miami (Florida Grand Opera) and Alfano’s El Cyrano with P. Domingo. In the same line he has also performed El Gato Montés de Penella (Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid, Palau de les Arts de Valencia), Atlántida (by Falla, in Granada, Liceu and Valencia with Teresa Berganza), Pepita Jiménez (by Albéniz, in Peralada and Montpellier), Katiuska (by Sorozábal, in Bilbao and Madrid, on DVD), El Hijo Fingido (by Rodrigo, in Madrid), Una voce in off and El Gato con Botas (both by Monsalvatge, in Barcelona, recorded on CD), Pan y Toros (by Barbieri, in Oviedo), the opera Goyescas (by Granados, in Venice, Savonlinna and Lleida) and El Caserío (Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao). He has sung Indovina (Palau de la Música de Valencia), Marina (Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid), El Gato Montés (Sevilla, Oviedo and Lisboa), Juan José and La Tabernera del puerto -Sorozábal- and La Villana -A.Vives- (Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid). Ódena recorded a CD of La Vida Breve de Falla on Deutsche Grammophon, with the subsequent concert in Granada and Toulouse.

His recent and following engagements include: Aida and Tosca -Puccini- (Oviedo), La tabernera del puerto de Sorozábal (Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid), Falstaff (Teatro Real de Madrid), Luisa Fernanda (Sevilla) and Cavalleria Rusticana (Liceu).

Date Last Edited: 19/03/2019
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