Born in La Plata (Argentina) in 1978, the hispanic tenor Juan Francisco Gatell began his musical studies at the age of nine at the Conservatoire "G. Gilardi" of his hometown; he then moved to Madrid to improve his studies. After winning the Caruso Award 2004 (Le voci nuove dalla lirica, promoted by the Italian Associazione Museo Enrico Caruso) with the final concert at Sala Grande del Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, he made his debut as Idamante at Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Mozart's Idomeneo, followed by Don Luigino in Rossini's Viaggio a Reims. During the 2005-2006 season he appeared in some of the most important national and international theatres singing roles like the Innocent in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov (Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), Count of Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni (Teatro dell'Opera di Roma) and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at Teatro La Fenice in Venice. During the same period he performed as soloist both at the Festival del Maggio Musicale in Florence and at the Ravenna Festival in Mozart's Vesperae solemnes de confessore K. 339 under M.Riccardo Muti as Davide Penitente, Pulcinella by Stravinskij and Mozart's Requiem together with Orchestra della Toscana. In 2006 he won the 57th edition of a singers' contest organized by the Associazione Lirica Concertistica Italiana for his interpretation of Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, a role that he played both in 2007 at Teatro Verdi in Trieste and at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In December 2006 he performed as Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale under M. Muti in Ravenna, Musikverein in Vienna and Théatre de Champs Elysées in Paris, and he made his debut as Calandrino in Cimarosa's Il ritorno di Calandrino at the Salzburg Easter Festival in May 2007 under M. Muti. During the season of 2007-2008 he made his debut in Strauss' Capriccio at the Opera Garnier in Paris and in Martin y Soler's Il burbero di buon cuore at Teatro Real in Madrid; in 2008 he made his debut in Così fan tutte at the Festival Mozart de La Coruna; thanks to his performance he was told to be a "refinado belcantista". His symphonical repertoire comprehends his debuts at Teatro San Carlo in Naples in Debussy's Enfant Prodigue in February 2008 and in Paisiello's Missa Defunctorum under M. Muti both in Florence and Salzburg in 2009. Reinvited to the Salzburg Festival in 2008, he made his debut as Tybald in Gounod Romeo et Juliette under M.Nézet-Séguin receiving an enthusiastically warm welcome both from the public and the critics. In 2009 he made his debut as Belfiore in Rossini's Il viaggio di Reims under M.O. Dantone. His working relationship with M.Muti brought him back to Salbzurg where he performed as Eliézer in Rossini's Moise and Pharaon, a role he would perform again at Teatro dell'Opera in Rome in December 2010. In 2009 he made his debut as Conte d'Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Washington Opera under M. M. Mariotti, as Donizetti's Elisir d'amore's Nemorino at Teatro Comunale in Bologna in 2010 and as Polidoro in Pergolesi's Flaminio at Festival Pergolesi- Spontini in Jesi. During the 2010-2011 season he performed as Conte D'Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia in Ginevra, Vienna and Tel Aviv (with the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra under M. Roberto Abbado), as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Teatro Comunale in Bologna and as Cassio in Verdi's Otello with Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and New York, under the baton of M. R. Muti. In the 2011-2012 season he was Tybalt in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. His last engagements were at Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata as Ferrando in Mozart's Così fan tutte and at Rossini Opera Festival, as Dovril in Rossini's La Scala di Seta, as Conte d'Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia and Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale at Teatro Municipal in Santiago. In November 2011 he made his debut as Tebaldo from the Bellini opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi, at Opéra de Lyon and at Théatre des Champs-Elysées. His last engagement was Stravinskij's Pulcinella in Utrecht, with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Thierry Fischer.