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Javier Franco

Born in La Coruña, Javier has studied at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid and at the Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceu (Barcelona) attending masterclasses by Alfredo Kraus and Renato Bruson. At the moment he is perfecting his vocal technique with Carlos Chausson.

He won international vocal contests such as the 'Francisco Viñas' in Barcelona, 'Francisco Alonso' in Madrid, 'Luis Mariano' in Irún (Spain) and ‘Rocca delle Macie’ in Siena (Italy).

During his career he has worked in many opera houses and concert halls such as the Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Palacio de Ópera de La Coruña, Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, 'Verdi' in Sassari and Salerno (Italy), São Carlos in Lisboa, Bijloke Concert Hall in Gante (Belgique), Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokio, Biwako Hall de Otsu (Japón), among others. He also worked with conductors as Zubin Mehta, Jesús López Cobos, Guillermo García Calvo, José Ramón Tebar, David Parry, Donato Renzetti, Renato Palumbo, Steven Mercurio, Roberto Tolomelli, Reynald Giovaninetti, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Ramón Torrelledó, José Luis Temes, Maurizio Benini, Pablo Mielgo.

Among his operatic performances we find: Le villi (Guglielmo) and La traviata at the Liceu de Barcelona, Babel 46 by Montsalvatge at the Teatro Real de Madrid, Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico) at the Palau Les Arts Reina Sofía de Valencia and at the Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Un ballo in maschera (Renato) at the Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo, La bohème (Marcello) at the Festival de Peralada and La Coruña, La Fille du Regiment (Sulpice) at the Palacio de la Ópera in La Coruña and Mallorca, Faust (Valentin) at the Auditorio de La Coruña, Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) at the Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisboa, Le Villi, La traviata and Il segreto di Susanna at the Teatro Villamarta (Jeréz), Lucia di Lammermoor in Graz (Austria), Il trovatore (Conte di Luna) in Italia, O Arame by Juan Durán at the Festival de La Coruña, Rigoletto (Rigoletto) in Madrid, Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) in Riga (Letonia), Maria di Rohan (Enrico) in Viena, Il trovatore and Luisa Miller in Tokio with Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Il segreto di Susanna en el Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao, L’elisir d’amore (Belcore) en el Palacio de la Opera de A Coruña and La Traviata (Germont) at the Opera de Rouen and Opera Royal du Chateau de Versailles. Also in his repertorie: Roberto Devereux (Duca di Nottingham), Pagliacci (Silvio), Luisa Miller (Miller), El centro de la tierra (Gran sacerdote), El retablo de Maese Pedro (Don Quijote) and Carmina Burana.

His zarzuela repertoire inlcudes: Jugar con fuego (Marqués de Caravaca) at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, La del manojo de rosas de Sorozábal (Joaquín), La rosa del azafrán de Guerrero (Juan Pedro), La fattucchiera by V. Cuyás at the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Los Gavilanes (Juan) and El caserío (Tío Santi) at the Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo; Pan y Toros (Capitán Peñaranda) at the Teatro Municipal (Chile), Katiuska (Pedro) at the Teatro Calderón in Valladolid and Campoamor in Oviedo, La del Manojo de Rosas (Joaquín) in Las Palmas, Marina (Roque) in Palma de Mallorca, O Mariscal at the Palacio de la Opera in La Coruña.

 

Among his recent and next engagements we find: German, La del soto del parral (Teatro de la Zarzuela); Germont, La traviata and Amonasro, Aida (Teatre Principal de Palma); Sharpless, Madama Butterfly (Opera de Oviedo), Severo, Poliuto (Teatro Sao Carlos Lisboa), Tio Santi, El caserío (Teatros del Canal Madrid; Teatro Campoamor de Oviedo; Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao), Vidal en la Luisa Fernanda (Palau de les Arts, Valencia), Manon Lescaut en la Ópera de Graz, Cavalleria rusticana (Ópera de Las Palmas), Luisa Fernanda en Bogotá, Catalina en versión concierto en el Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid, Don Pasquale in Bilbao (ABAO), Germont, La traviata in Jeréz de la Frontera, La tabernera del puerto at the Teatro de la Zarzuela.

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