Guest of he Opera
José Cura (born in Rosario, Argentina) is a world-famous opera tenor singer known for his intense and original interpretations of his characters, notably Verdi’s Otello and Saint-Saëns’ Samson, as well as for his unconventional and innovative concert performances. He is also able to perform high baritone roles with extended upper parts of his vocal range. José Cura was the first artist to sing and conduct simultaneously (both in concert and on recordings) and the first to combine singing with symphonic works in a ‘half and half’ concert format. Cura made operatic history when he first conducted Cavalleria rusticana and then stepped on stage after intermission to sing Canio in I pagliacci at the Hamburg Opera in February 2003. A compelling actor and charismatic stage performer, Cura has been featured in numerous telecasts of opera and concert productions from venues around the world. He created Cuibar Productions, formed by the following branches: Cuibar Phono Video (Recording Label), CuibArt (Artist Management). He is also the Patron of the New Devon Opera and the Vice-President of the B.Y.O. (British Youth Opera). 2007 saw the world-premiere of La Commedia è finita – a creative re-imagining of I pagliacci coupled with dance and mime, designed and directed by José Cura – which marked the beginning of his career as a stage director and designer. In 2010 Cura set scenery, directed, and starred in Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila at the Badisches Staatstheater, crafting an innovative, modern take on the classic that left audience and critics raving. The unanimous plaudits of the audience and critics for his La rondine at the Opéra de Nancy and Cavalleria rusticana and I pagliacci at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, both in 2012, sealed his stature as a director of distinction. His production of Otello at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires was selected as one of the most successful productions of 2013 by international voting.