Jose Bros

He is currently considered one of the leading tenors of the romantic belcanto repertoire, having debuted in a few years more than 50 operas of this genre as Lucia di Lammermoor, La Sonnambula, I Puritani, Il Pirata, l’Elisir d’Amore, Anna Bolena, Don Pasquale, La Favorita, Roberto Devereux, La Fille du Régiment or Lucrezia Borgia, as well as Manon of Massenet, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and more recently Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Werther and Thaïs.

Born in Barcelona, he studied music at the local Conservatory of his native city and takes singing lessons from maestro Jaume Francisco Puig. In 1986 he was awarded in the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition held in Barcelona and the following year he debuted in Palma de Mallorca in Carmina Burana; from then on he alternates his studies with numerous opera seasons and concerts in Spain, Italy and Great Britain.

In 1991 he debuted with Don Giovanni and Don Pasquale in Sabadell, and an unexpected debut in 1992 at the Gran Teatro del Liceo of Barcelona in Anna Bolena with Edita Gruberova with great success of public and critic, led him to the most prestigious theatres as Scala of Milan, London Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro Real in Madrid, Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires, San Carlo of Naples, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, as well as theatres in Hamburg, Rome, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Washington, Amsterdam, Berlin, Florence, Lisbon, Zurich, Parma, Palermo, Torino, Toulouse, Sevilla,  Bilbao, Oviedo, and also to important Festivals such as Peralada, San Sebastian, Santander, Munich etc.

He has also been very active in the concert and oratorio repertoire, singing regularly in the main concert halls: Konzerthaus in Vienna, Kölner Philarmonie, Santa Cecilia of Rome, Carnegie Hall New York, Palau de la Música of Barcelona, Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, Kursaal in San Sebastian, Baluarte in Pamplona, Palau de la Música of Valencia, among others.

He has sung in several zarzuela productions such has Doña Francisquita at the Teatro de la Zarzuela of Madrid and Teatro del Liceu of Barcelona; Los Gavilanes in Palma de Mallorca; La Tabernera del Puerto at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Oviedo, Seville and Santander, Luisa Fernanda at the Teatro Real of Madrid, La Scala of Milan, Oviedo and the Festival of Peralada and La Bruja at the Teatro de la Zarzuela of Madrid, Seville and Oviedo.

In 2003 he was nominated member of San Romualdo’s Royal Academy of Science and Arts of San Fernando (Cádiz) and has been awarded with several prizes as “Parma Lirica” of the Teatro Regio of Parma for his interpretation of Rigoletto, “Lauri Volpi” of the Opera of Rome for his interpretation of Lucia di Lammermoor, the “Corelli Prize” of the Teatro delle Muse of Ancona for his interpretation of Il Pirata. In 2006 has been awarded with the “Premio Lírico Teatro Campoamor” of Oviedo in its first edition and, recently, the Premio Federico Romero awarded by the SGAE (Spanish Society of Authors, Composers and and Publishers).

Recordings include the complete versions of Anna Bolena, Lucia di Lammermoor (twice, with Zubin Mehta and with Friedrich Haider), La Sonnambula, Roberto Devereux, Parisina, Ildegonda, La Conquista di Granata, Lucrezia Borgia, Maria di Rohan, Il Pirata. Zarzuelas like Luisa Fernanda and La Bruja, Hilarion Eslava’s Miserere, a CD of zarzuela arias and duets with María Gallego and Giuramento, with belcanto repertoire arias. DVDs include L’amico Fritz, Il Viaggio a Reims, I Puritani, La Sonnambula, La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda and Luisa Fernanda.