Javier Borda

Samling Artist Programme: 2005

Francisco Javier Borda completed the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after studying singing at the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and History of Art at the University of Navarra. He was a Samling Artist and undertook Masterclasses with, among others, Graham Johnson, Malcolm Martineau, Dalton Baldwin, Paul Farrington, Paul Plishka, Robin Bowman and Della Jones. He also participated in the Martina Arroyo Foundation Program in New York.

Francisco Javier Borda made his début for English National Opera in the roles of Tempo and Antinoo The Return of Ulysses, followed by his début with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants singing four roles in La Didone by Cavalli at the Theatre de Caen, the Grand Theatre de Luxembourg and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

Recent opera engagements have included the roles of Second Priest in Il Prigioniero (Dallapicolla) with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Royal Festival Hall, Angelotti Tosca and Lodovico Otello for Dorset Opera, Zuniga Carmen for Scottish Opera on tour and The Cook Love for Three Oranges and Tiferne Eliogabalo (Cavalli), the latter under Christian Curnyn, both for Grange Park Opera.

Other roles Francisco Javier Borda has performed include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello and Masetto Don Giovanni, Don Inigo Gomez L’heure Espagnole, Collatinus The Rape of Lucretia, and Angelotti Tosca. His operatic repertoire also includes Sarastro Die Zauberflöte, Osmin Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Il commendatore Don Giovanni, Don Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia, Monterone and Sparafucile Rigoletto, Seneca L’incoronazione di Poppea and Gremin Eugene Onegin.

Francisco Javier Borda has sung concerts at the Aula Universität in Salzburg with the Salzburger Kammerphilharmonie and the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City with the New World Orchestra (Messiah and Creation).

Most recently he appeared as Ferrando Il trovatore at the Teatre Principal de Palma in Majorca. Forthcoming engagements include Fasolt Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Opera di Dijon.

Francisco Javier Borda, who is resident in the UK, was born in Pamplona, Spain and speaks English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. He also has a working knowledge of Russian.