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Possessed with exceptional musical talent, a real passion for opera and an incredible stage presence, Àngel Òdena has been performing for nearly two decades in the most important opera houses of Europe and he is recognized as one of the most emblematic baritones of his generation. Born in Tarragona, he has a degree in Geography and History, which he has not used due to his passion for singing. He started studying singing and piano in his native town with Mercè Obiol and DolorsAldea, and continued his studies in L’Accademia Lirica di Mantova with Katia Ricciarelli and later with Eduardo Gimenez.
His great versatility as a singer has led him to a wide spectrum of musical styles, including a considerable amount of oratorio and vocal symphony, but he is at his very best in opera. His debut was in 1994 in La Bohème in the Teatro Petruzelli in Bari; the beginning of a career which now includes more than fifty operas. Bel canto operas by Rossini include: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Lisbon, Hamburg, Peralada, Valencia), La Cenerentola (Hamburg, Palma de Mallorca) Il Viaggio a Reims (Barcelona, recorded on DVD) and L’Italiana in Algeri (Limoges). By Donizetti he has sung l’Elisir d’Amore (Jerez, Hamburg and Barcelona), Anna Bolena (Hamburg, with Edita Gruberova), Maria Stuarda (Barcelona, again with Gruberova), Don Pasquale (Palma de Mallorca), La Favorita (Elda) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Barcelona and Amsterdam-Concertgebouw). Classical operas include: Haydn´s L’isola disabitata, (Lisbon) and Mozart´s, Magic Flute (Barcelona), Don Giovanni (La Coruña) and Così fan tutte (Barcelona). French opera includes: Roméo et Juliette (Sabadell), Faust (Seville), Samson et Dalila (Bologna), Werther (Teatro Real de Madrid), Thaïs (Oviedo and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria) and one of his favorite personalities: Escamillo, from the ever popular Carmen, in Jerez, Palermo, Toulouse, Cap Roig, San Sebastian, Orange, l’Arena di Verona, this one conducted by P. Domingo, Málaga and Barcelona.
Àngel Òdena´s vocal and acting skills are particularly suited to Giacomo Puccini´s operas, having sung Turandot in Hamburg and in the reinauguration of the Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, Madama Butterfly (Hamburg, Seville, Madrid, Lausanne, Florence and Barcelona -Liceu), La Bohème (Bari, Barcelona and Naples, conducted by Nello Santi, Córdoba), Le Villi (Oviedo) and Manon Lescaut (Las Palmas, Berlin). He has also sung other Verismo classics, Cavalleria Rusticana (Malaga and Lerida) and Pagliacci (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Madrid, which was edited on DVD in the Teatro Real).
Opera is nothing without Verdi, one of his favorite composers, and he has sung: Falstaff
(Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Bilbao and Barcelona), La Traviata (Madrid, Teatro de La Zarzuela conducted by Alberto Zedda), Un Ballo in Maschera (Oviedo), Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Real de Madrid with P. Domingo, Don Carlo (T. Maestranza, Sevilla) Il Trovatore (Metropolitan Opera House of New York) and Aida (Liceu). German repertoire includes Elektra (Toulouse and Seville), Lohengrin (Turin, Barcelona, Bilbao, La Coruña and Salamanca), Rhinegold (Madrid), Tannhäuser (Oviedo) and Tristan und Isolde (Las Palmas). He has also performed Il Segreto di Susanna by Wolf Ferrari (recorded on CD) and Oedipus Rex by Stravinsky (Valencia, Bilbao and Peralada). Also he has participated in a CD recording of La Integral de Canciones para canto y piano de A. Garcia Abril.
In the Teatro Real in Madrid he has participated in a series of lyrical compositions by Spanish
composers, for example: Margarita la Tornera (by Chapí, recorded on CD), Merlin (by Albéniz, on DVD), La Dolores (by Bretón, on DVD), La conquista di Granata (by Arrieta, on CD), Luisa Fernanda (by Moreno Torroba) also interpreted in Miami (Florida Grand Opera) and Alfano's El Cyrano with P.Domingo. In the same line he has also performed El Gato Montés de Penella (Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid), Atlántida (by Falla, in Granada and Valencia with Teresa Berganza), Pepita Jiménez (by Albéniz, in Peralada and Montpellier), Katiuska (by Sorozábal, in Bilbao and Madrid, on DVD), El Hijo Finjido (by Rodrigo, in Madrid), Una voce in off and El Gato con Botas (both by Monsalvatge, in Barcelona, recorded on CD), Pan y Toros (Barbieri, Oviedo), the opera Goyescas (by Granados, in Venice and Savonlinna) and El Caserío (Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao). He has sung Indovina (Palau de la Música de Valencia), Marina (Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid) and El Gato Montés (Sevilla and Oviedo). Òdena have to burn a CD of La Vida Breve de Falla by Deutsche Grammophon, with the subsequent concert in Granada.
Àngel Òdena has worked, among others, with conductors such as Nello Santi, Alain Lombard, Michel Plasson, Carlo Rizzi, Danielle Callegari, Antonello Allemandi, Paolo Arrivabeni, Frederic Hayder, Peter Schnaider, Pinchas Steinberg, Jesús Lopez Cobos and Miguel Angel Gómez Martínez.
His following engagements include: Atlántida (Liceu de Barcelona), La Traviata (San Sebastián, El Escorial and Tarragona), La Forza del Destino (Washington National Opera), Simon Boccanegra (Berlin), La Vida Breve de Falla (Toulouse).