Soloist of the Opera
Baritone Miguelangelo Cavalcanti was born in Brazil (Recife). He studied singing in Recife, Karlsruhe, at Bach Academy in Stuttgart, at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and in Paris. Then he continued his studies with A. C. Medina, E. Saque and G. Hornik. He is an awards winner from singing competitions in St Maria Rio Grande du Sul, in Viotti Valsesia (Italy), and at Alfredo Kraus competition (Spain). His first regular engagement was at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon where he debuted as Rinaldo singing with Teresa Berganza. At the same theatre he sang in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Guillaume Tell, in Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La bohème and Turandot, in Verdi’s Il trovatore and more. He was a resident guest at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, at opera houses in Leipzig, Prague, Hamburg, Cologne, and Basel. He co-operated with directors Peter Konwitschny, Piere Luigi Pizzi, Paolo Trevisi, Martin Kusej and Christoph Loy. During 1995–2001 Miguelangelo Cavalcanti was a soloist at the Opera in Graz where he performed major roles in a number of operas (Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Tannhäuser, Das Rheingold, Falstaff, I pagliacci and Lucia di Lammermoor). He debuted at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona as Jochanaan in Strauss’ Salome in 2000. From 2004 to 2011 he was a soloist of the Prague State Opera, where he sang the roles of Schaunard (Leoncavallo’s La bohème), Escamillo (Carmen), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Amonasro (Aida), Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Monforte (I vespri siciliani) or Luna (Il trovatore). Since January 2012 he has been a soloist of the Czech National Opera. Apart from opera repertoire, Miguelangelo Cavalcanti has devoted a special attention to songs (Schubert, Brahms, Ravel), cantatas, oratorios and masses (Bach, Händel, Haydn).