London-based Brazilian tenor, Luciano Botelho, begins the 2015-16 season at Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile as Narciso Il Turco in Italia, a role in which he debuted at Opera Australia and to which he returns later in the season at Opera de Dijon. He makes further role debuts as Ernesto Don Pasquale at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, as Ghino Degli Armieri in Donizetti’s rarely performed Pia de’ Tolomei with English Touring Opera, and, in the summer, as Lindoro L’italiana in Algeri at Garsington Opera.
Last season’s highlights include Ruodi Guillaume Tell and Osiride (cover) Mose in Egitto at Welsh National Opera, and a house debut at Oper Frankfurt as Elvino La Sonnambula, a role he previously sang in Oper Stuttgart’s acclaimed new production, which was commercially released on DVD. On a tour across Ireland, his performance of Il Duca in Opera Theatre Company’s new production of Rigoletto lived up to his previous success in the role for Opera de Rennes. In concert, he appeared at the Diamantina Early Music Festival in Brazil, and with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo under Marin Alsop in Carmina Burana.
Recent successes include his debut as Giacomo La Donna del Lago at Grand Théâtre de Genève with Joyce di Donato, a role he later revived in a new production at Theater an der Wien. Mr Botelho appeared as Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and in Japan at Tokyo’s New National Theatre, and sang the role of Don Ramiro La Cenerentola – a role now at the centre of his repertoire – at Opéra de Massy, for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and at Malmo Opera. In Germany, Mr Botelho made his debut at Oper Koeln as Leicester Maria Stuarda and he appears regularly in Stuttgart, where, in addition to Elvino, he inaugurated the role of Orpheé Orpheé et Euridice in a production that was highly lauded and is frequently revived.
Other highlights include his Covent Garden debut as the Intendante Linda di Chamonix in performances recorded by Opera Rara. He appeared under the baton of Jean-Christophe Spinosi at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in the role of Flavio Norma, followed by his Salzburg Festival debut in the same role with Joyce di Donato and Edita Gruberova. He appeared at Opéra Dijon as Nemorino L’Elisir d’Amore and as Fenton Falstaff in a new production at Opera de Nantes/Angers which also travelled to Rennes.
Luciano Botelho’s first professional appearance on the operatic stage took place in his home country, Brasil, in 2001 as Tamino Die Zauberflöte in the Amazonas Opera Festival; he also sang Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Ramiro and Il Conte Almaviva, and went on to receive critical acclaim for his performances of Fadinard in Rota’s Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, and Le Berger Oedipus Rex.
Mr Botelho graduated with a degree in music from the University of Rio, and completed a postgraduate diploma in vocal studies and the opera programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He later graduated from the Cardiff Academy of Voice under the guidance of Dennis O’Neill.
Other roles in his repertoire include Nadir Les Pêcheurs des Perles; Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi, title role La Favola d’Orfeo (Monteverdi), Il Principe La bella dormente nell bosco (Respighi), Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi, Faust La Damnation de Faust, Libenskof Il Viaggio a Rheims, title role Le Comte Ory, Gianetto La Gazza Ladra.
Frequently found in concert, Mr Botelho’s repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette and La Damnation de Faust, Szymanowsky’s Harnasie, Ramirez’s Missa criolla and Buxtehude’s Oratorio de Natal.
Past engagements include Percy Anna Bolena with English Touring Opera, Tonio La Fille du Regiment at Opera Holland Park, Ferrando Così fan tutte at Verbier Festival, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Santa Cecilia Rome, Corradino Matilde di Shabran (cover) at ROH Covent Garden, and Gennaro Lucrezia Borgia at Polish National Opera.
Artist Manager: Deborah Sanders