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Italian-American tenor Leonardo Capalbo has garnered international acclaim for his performances throughout the United States and Europe. Lauded for his rich lyric voice, good looks and dramatic intensity, Leonardo continues to make impressive appearances in theaters around the globe including the Royal Opera Covent Garden, La Monnaie, Berlin State Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, L’Opéra de Lyon, Teatro Regio di Torino, the Canadian Opera Company and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. He has worked with some of the world’s most influential artists such as Placido Domingo, Richard Bonynge, Gianandrea Noseda, Fabio Luisi, Sir David McVicar, Sir Andrew Davis, Franco Zeffirelli, Jonathan Miller, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Mariusz Trelinski and Graham Vick.  

Leonardo makes two important house debuts in the 2015–2016 season. He will be seen at La Monnaie/De Munt in Mariusz Trelinski’s new production of Powder Her Face and The Royal Opera Covent Garden as Ismaele in Nabucco. Other important role debuts include his first performances of Don José in Carmen at Palm Beach Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca at Minnesota Opera and Arturo in La straniera at the Concertgebouw. He also will be heard as Macduff in Macbeth with Michigan Opera Theater and again in Powder Her Face at the Polish National Opera.

Last season, Leonardo debuted at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in David McVicar’s production of La traviata; returned to the Berlin State Opera as the title role in Candide; debuted at The Minnesota Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore; created the role of Ben Marco in the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate by Kevin Puts, also at Minnesota Opera; and made his role debut as Jacopo in I due Foscari at the St. Galler Festpiele.

Other career highlights include the title role in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux at the Canadian Opera Company, alongside Sondra Radvanovsky, also at Welsh National Opera in a new production; house and role debuts as Tom Rakewell in David McVicar’s new production of The Rake’s Progress at the Teatro Regio di Torino; house and role debuts as Hoffmann in Les contes d’Hoffmann at L’Opéra de Lyon; the Spanish premiere of Daniel Catán’s Il postino at the Teatro Real de Madrid as the title character; Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at the Glyndebourne Festival, Berlin State Opera and New York City Opera; Nerone in a new Warlikowski production of Poppea e Nerone in Montpellier; Alfredo in La traviata in a new production at Welsh National Opera, also at the Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg State Opera and the Grand Théâtre de Genève; Macduff in Macbeth at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, L’Opéra de Monte Carlo and Berlin State Opera; Duca in Rigoletto in Leipzig, São Paulo Brazil, Toulon and Montreal; title role in Candide at the Berlin State Opera and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Strasbourg; Rodolfo in La bohème in Bordeaux, Athens and Cagliari; Leicester in Maria Stuarda in Stuttgart; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at Teatro São Carlos, Lisbon; Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw in Spoleto; and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette at Opera North.

Leonardo trained at The Juilliard School of Music and The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California where he worked closely with the legendary Marilyn Horne.