Juan Francisco Gatell
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.