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KS Roberto Alagna

In his 30-year career, French-Sicilian tenor Roberto Alagna has added over sixty roles to his repertoire: Alfredo (»La traviata«), Calaf (»Turandot«), Canio (»Pagliacci«), Cavaradossi (»Tosca«), Don Carlo(s), Don José (»Carmen«), Faust, Manrico (»Il trovatore«), Maurizio (»Adriana Lecouvreur«), Nemorino (»L’elisir d’amore«), Otello, Radames, Rodolfo (»La Bohème«), Roméo, Ruggero, Turiddu (»Cavallaria rusticana«), Werther, all in performances which have made him the most famous French tenor in the world. Also, his taste for exploration has shown his love for lesser-known repertory, via productions, concerts and recordings he championed such as Massenet's »Le jongleur de Notre-Dame«, »Le Cid« or »La Navarraise«, Lalo's »Fiesque, Zandonai's »Francesca da Rimini«, Puccini's »Gianni Schicchi«, Chausson's »Le roi Arthus« or »L’enfant prodigue« by Debussy. He sang as well in Meyerbeer's »Vasco da Gama«, a very rarely staged critical edition of »L'Africaine« and a flamboyant »Cyrano de Bergerac« by Alfano in its original version of 1935, recently revived at the Met Opera (2017). Even two contemporary operas have been composed especially for him, Vladimir Cosma's »Marius et Fanny«, after Marcel Pagnol, and »Le dernier jour d'un condamné«, after Victor Hugo, which was composed by David Alagna and staged for the first time in France in 2014. Exclusive artist with EMI (1993–2004) then Deutsche Grammophon (2005-2017), he has signed in 2017 with Sony Classical. Alagna appears widely on DVD as well. On the operatic stage, over the last 3 years, he further expands his repertoire with several new roles, e.g. Des Grieux, Azaël or Eléazar (»La Juive«). He made great debuts as Samson in Saint-Saëns‘s »Samson et Dalila« in Vienna then opened the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018/2019 season with it, and sung in concert for the first time Rodolfo in »Luisa Miller« in Monte-Carlo. After having sung his 100th performance at the Opera de Paris in March 2019 during a run of 10 performances as Otello, Roberto Alagna sang as well his 100th performance at the Royal Opera House as Andrea Chénier in May 2019. In 2019/2020, he performed in »Don Carlo« in Paris, then as Turiddu and Canio in the double bill »Cavalleria rusticana« and »Pagliacci« in Barcelona. In early 2020, he stepped back very successfully into an acclaimed revival of »La Bohème« at the Metropolitan Opera – 24 years later and 30 years after his debut as Rodolfo.  

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