Puerto Rican tenor Javier Abreu has been described as a commanding force on stage, incorporating a rich, sweet and agile voice, with ample dramatic skills. Opera News described him as “…a natural Rossini singer,” and The Washington Times stated that “his high, supple lyric voice possesses great conviction.”
For the 2011-12 season, Javier returned to Opera de Oviedo to reprise the role of Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri, and debuted in Valladolid, Spain, with Valletto in L’incoronazione di Poppea. Both of these productions were directed by Emilio Sagi. He also travelled to Ireland, to sing the role of Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Lismore Music Festival, and to France for Rossini’s La cenerentola with Lyrique en Mer, in Belle Île. In addition, he also performed Nemorino in the Opera in the James production of L’elisir d’amore, and was featured in two concerts with the Santa Fe Concert Association, with conductor Joseph Illick, and Broadway composer Joseph Thalken.
During the upcoming 2012-13 season, he will debut with Nashville Opera as Ramiro in La cenerentola, and with Opera Santa Barbara as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, in addition he’ll return to Central City Opera for performances of Il barbiere di Siviglia as Count Almaviva. He will also make his Phoenix Symphony debut in their rendition of Carmina Burana as well as with The Jacksonville Symphony in Handel’s The Messiah. Additionally, Javier is featured in two recordings released recently: John Musto’s The Inspector with the Wolf Trap Opera Association, as well as Five Borough Songbook with the Five Borough Music Festival.
Mr. Abreu has garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of Rossini’s leading men over the past few seasons. He has portrayed Ramiro in La cenerentola for Wolf Trap Opera and New Jersey Opera, Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri for Theater Basel, Teatro Municipal de Chile, and Austin Lyric Opera, Count Libenskof in Il viaggio a Reims for New York City Opera and The New Israeli Opera, the title role in Le comte Ory for Wolf Trap Opera and Tacoma Opera, and Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia for The New Israeli Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera on the James, and the Stuttgart Stattsoper. Additionally, he debuted with Minnesota Opera as The Cat in the North American premier of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, Pepe in the world premier of Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls at Fort Worth Opera, Padre Ruffiano in the world premier of John Musto’s The Inspector with Wolf Trap Opera, and as El Enano de Salnés in the world premier of Enric Palomar’s La cabeza del bautista at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona.
In recent seasons, he also performed Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with Opera de Oviedo, Valletto in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Opera de Oviedo, and Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Ernesto in Don Pasquale for Anchorage Opera, Tonio in La fille du régiment with Sugar Creek Music Festival, Telemaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for the Greenwich Music Festival, Tobias in Sweeney Todd for Wolf Trap Opera, Alexis in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer for the Bard Summerscape, and Pedrillo in Die Entfhürung aus dem Serail for Florida Grand Opera and Opera Omaha.
Also an accomplished concert singer, the tenor sang Carmina Burana with the National Symphony, under the baton of Emil de Cou, and The Messiah with the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Lexington Philharmonic. He has been a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brazos Valley Symphony. He is the recipient of awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Macallister Awards in the same calendar year. He also received a 2003 Richard F. Gold Career Grant given by the Shoshana Foundation of New York, and Third Prize at the 2005 Liederkranz Foundation Competition. Most recently, he was awarded the Olsen Artist Debut Award by Florida Grand Opera. Mr. Abreu made his Alice Tully Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Julliard Choral Union.