BiographyBorn in Barquisimeto (Venezuela), Aquiles Machado studied at the Simón Bolivar Music Conservatory with William Alvarado. He was awarded with a scholarship by the Banco de España and the Istituto Mozarteum de Venezuela, which allowed him to move to Madrid to study at the Escuela Superior de Musica “Reina Sofia” under the guidance of Alfredo Kraus, Suso Marjátegui and Eldemiro Arnaltes. He was chosen to perform at the final concert at the Royal Palace at the presence of Queen Sofia. Winner of many international competitions (Viñas, Barcelona, Alonso, Madrid, Operalia, Tokio, Cardiff), he made his debut with L’Elisir d’Amore in Caracas and Macbeth in Las Palmas. Important debuts followed on numerous important stages: Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas; Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon; Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Washington National Opera; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; Teatro Real de Madrid; Staatsoper Berlin; Wiener Staatsoper; and Metropolitan Opera in New York.
He works with prestigious conductors, such as: Daniel Baremboim, Maurizio Benini, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Jesús Lopez Cobos, Placido Domingo, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Leopold Hagger, Friedrich Hayder, Daniel Oren, Mistlav Rostropovich. Highlights of his successful career include: La Gioconda at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; La Traviata in Bilbao, Cagliari and Valladolid; Rigoletto in Madrid, Nice, Klagenfurt and at the Arena in Verona; Macbeth in Strasbourg and Valencia; La Bohème in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Washington, Madrid, Strasbourg, Nice, Naples and Florence; Gianni Schicchi with Riccardo Chailly in Amsterdam; Madama Butterfly in Barcelona and Florence; Lucia di Lammermoor in Las Palmas, Bilbao and Parma; Faust in Nice; Der Rosenkavalier (at the Wiener Staastoper; Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Seville, Cordoba, Nice, Rome and Giancarlo del Monaco in Bilbao; Luisa Miller in Naples, Barcelona and Berlin; Les Troyens with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis in London; Ernani and Un Ballo in Maschera (Riccardo Conte di Warwick) in Liège and Bilbao; Roméo et Juliette in Strasbourg and Nice; L’Elisir d’Amore in Parma; and Simon Boccanegra (Gabriele Adorno) in Barcelona and Berlin. His concert activity includes several performances of Verdi’s Requiem in Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Caracas, San Sebastián, Bad Kissingen, Parma and Oslo.
He recorded Rigoletto with Inva Mula and Leo Nucci at the Arena di Verona; L’Elisir d´Amore in Macerata; Gianni Schicchi with Riccardo Chailly and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam; Norma opposite Edita Gruberova under the baton of Friedrich Hayder; Le Villi with Marco Guidarini live recorded in Paris.
He has recently interpreted Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Don Alvaro in La Forza del Destino at the Teatro Regio in Parma under the baton of Gianluigi Gelmetti with great success of both public and critics; La Gioconda in Palermo and Rome; I Due Foscari (Jacopo Foscari) and Carmen in Las Palmas; Lucia di Lammermoor in Trieste; La Bohème in Torre del Lago and in Florence; Norma in Taormina and at the Teatro regio in Turin; Verdi’s Requiem in Copenaghen, Caracas, in Moscow at the Rostropovich Festival and in Bologna and after that in Cincinnati, Leipzig and St. Luis; Madama Butterfly in Torre del Lago; I Masnadieri in Naples; La Traviata in Florence; La Tabernera del Puerto in La Coruna; Un Ballo in Maschera a Las Palmas; Norma at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna and in Palermo; Tosca in Beijing, Leipzig and Vienna. Mr. Machado performed Il Trovatore at the Macerata Opera Festival, La Traviata at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo and in Valencia, Zubin Mehta conducting, production by Willy Decker. Aquiles Machado lately sang Roméo et Juliette in Liège; Cantata Criolla in Berkley and New York, Dudamel conducting; Carmen in Bilbao; La Bohème at the Terme di Caracalla in Rome; I Due Foscari in Toulouse.
In 2014 he appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre as Don Carlo (Don Carlo) and Alfredo (La Traviata).