Селсо Альбело

Biography

Born in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, he trained at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in his home town with Isabel García Soto and at the Escuela Superior de Canto Reina Sofía in Madrid with Tom Krause and Manuel Cid. He later perfected his training with Carlo Bergonzi at the Busseto Academy.

In 2006 he moved into the highest echelons of the international opera scene after his successful Duque de Mantua in Rigoletto (Verdi) in Busseto, singing alongside Leo Nucci. From then on he has been invited to perform by La Scala in Milan (Pagliacci, Don Pasquale), the Royal Opera House in London (La Sonnambula), the Metropolitan Opera (Maria Stuarda), the Opéra National de Paris (La Fille du régiment), Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Guillaume Tell), Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Lucia di Lammermoor), the Wiener Staatsoper (L'elisir d'amore, La Sonnambula, Roberto Devereux, Anna Bolena, Rigoletto), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Lucia di Lammermoor, I Capuleti e i Montecchi), the Victorian Opera in Melbourne (I Puritani), the Sferisterio in Macerata (Rigoletto), the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Roberto Devereux), the San Carlo di Napoli (Rigoletto), the Fenice in Venice (L'elisir d'amore, Rigoletto), the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro (Stabat Mater, Guillaume Tell), the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome (Guillaume Tell; recorded live for the label EMI), the Verdi Theatre in Trieste (Don Pasquale, Les pêcheurs de perles, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena), the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genova (Don Pasquale), the Comunale Theatre in Bologna (I Puritani), the Verdi Theatre in Salerno (Lucia di Lammermoor, I Puritani, L’elisir d’amore, Les pêcheurs de perles, recorded live for the label Brilliant Classics), the Lirico in Cagliari (Falstaff, L’elisir d’amore), the Baths of Caracalla in Rome (Rigoletto), the Massimo Bellini Theatre in Catania (Maria Stuarda), the Massimo Theater in Palermo (L'Elisir d'amore, La fille du régiment), the Teatro Real in Madrid (Rigoletto, L'Elisir d'amore), Teatro de La Zarzuela de Madrid (Marina), the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (La Sonnambula), the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville (Rigoletto), the Las Palmas Opera Festival, Canary Islands (La Sonnambula. L’elisir d’amore, I Puritani), the Tenerife Opera Festival (Roberto Devereux, Maria Stuarda, Werther), the Campoamor in Oviedo, the La Coruña Opera Festival (Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, I Puritani, La Fille du regiment, L’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata), the Palau de les Arts in Valencia (Luisa Fernanda), the Castell de Peralada International Music Festival (Don Pasquale), The Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao (L’elisir d’amore, I Puritani), Zurich Opera House (Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, La Juive, Gianni Schicchi, Maria Stuarda), the Classic Open Air Festival in Solothurn (Rigoletto), Savonlinna Opera Festival (I Puritani), the Baden-Baden Festival (La Sonnambula), Tokyo Opera House (Lakmé), Montecarlo Opera (Rigoletto, La Sonnambula, Guillaume Tell), Hamburg Opera House (L’elisir d’amore), tour in Japan with the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (I Puritani) - production awarded by Ongakunotomo magazine - and the Guangzhou Opera House in Guangzhou, China, (La Traviata), where he was appointed Honorary Artistic Advisor along with other great performers such as Anne-Sophie Mutter and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

In 2016 he took part in the production of Don Pasquale at the Bolshoi Theatre, singing the role of Ernesto.

He performs regularly in numerous recitals and operatic concerts in the most prestigious concert halls in Spain, Japan, the United States, Belgium, Italy, Holland (Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Guillaume Tell), and England (Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms in London with Guillaume Tell and Wigmore Hall with his participation in the Rosenblatt Recitals).

He has worked with world renowned conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding, Daniel Oren, Alberto Zedda, Nello Santi, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Carlo Rizzi, Donato Renzetti, Giuliano Carella, Fabrizio Carminati, Frédéric Chaslin, Antonio Fogliani and Marcelo Panni.

For his talent and dedication, Celso Albelo has been awarded the Opera Actual Prize 2008, the Opera Oscar bestowed by the Arena di Verona Foundation (2010 and 2012) and the Teatro Campoamor National Prize for Opera 2010, the most important award in Spain, for Puritani in the best newcomer category and also in 2012 for L'Elisir d'amore at the ABAO (Bilbao) in the Best season's Tenor category. Recently he has received the Gold Medal of the Canary Islands 2013, the Giuseppe Lugo Award 2013 and the Codalario Award 2014.