Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan has quickly established himself as one of the most sought after tenors of his generation. In July of 2011, Ayan made a surprise debut with the Metropolitan Opera, singing five arias in the company’s opening Summer Concert in Central Park on less than 24 hours notice. Allan Kozinn of the New York Times said of his MET debut, “he is a find; he has a warm, rounded tone with a quality that calls to mind the young Placido Domingo”. Ayan has been equally well received at major houses throughout the world, including the Royal Opera House – Covent Garden, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Ayan’s engagements for the 2015/16 season include Nemorino in L’elisir d’Amore at Teatro alla Scala, Rodolfo in La Boheme at Royal Swedish Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Staatstheater Stuttgart and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Alfredo in La Traviata at Norwegian National Opera, Il Duca in Rigoletto at Staatstheater Stuttgart, and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Oper Köln. Future engagements include Faust and Eugene Onegin at Staatstheater Stuttgart, L’elisir d’Amore at Bayerische Staatsoper and Covent Garden, and La Traviata at Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera and the Glyndebourne Festival in Lewes.
Ayan’s engagements from the 2014/2015 season included Alfredo in La Traviata at Staatstheater Stuttgart and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Ruggero in La Rondine at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Il Duca in Rigoletto and Ismaele in Nabucco at Staatstheater Stuttgart, and Alfredo in La Boheme at Staatstheater Stuttgart, Semperoper Dresden, and for his debut at Dutch National Opera.
A member of the Stuttgart Opera ensemble since the spring of 2012, Ayan performed as Rodolfo in the new production of La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ismaele in Nabucco, and Fenton in Falstaff during the 2013/14 season. During the same season, Ayan returned to Covent Garden as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and made his debut at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari as Alfredo. He also performed as Ein Sanger in Der Rosenkavalier at Semperoper Dresden and Rodolfo in La Boheme at Theatro Municipal de Sao Paulo. In June of 2014, Ayan made his debut at the Oper Köln as Nemorino in L’elisir d’Amore. He also partnered with Angela Gheorghiu in concerts in Prague, Hamburg and Versailles.
In 2013, Ayan made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Ruggero in La Rondine. Engagements from the 2012/13 season also included his first Alfredo in La Traviata, conducted by Fabio Luisi, for his debut at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova. Ayan also appeared at Staatstheater Stuttgart as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte and Ismaele in Nabucco. In September of 2011, Ayan made his debut with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Rodolfo in David McVicar’s production of La Boheme. Other engagements from the 2011/12 season included Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at Staatstheater Stuttgart and Ein Sanger in Der Rosenkavalier at Grand Theatre de Geneve.
Mr. Ayan’s appearances in the 2010/2011 season included the role of Romeo in Romeo et Juliette at Theatro Municipal in Sao Paulo opposite Sumi Jo, as well as a duo concert with soprano Nino Machaidze marking the re-opening of the Theatro Municipal in Rio. He also joined Ms. Machaidze that season for a gala concert in Prague and appeared in the Georgian soprano’s first recording for SONY, accompanying her in a scene from La Sonnambula. Ayan also appeared as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste and Gastone in La Traviata at Metropolitan Opera, and he held a duo concert with soprano Nathalie Manfrino in Dublin.
Born in Belem in the north of Brazil, Ayan developed his love for singing by listening to recordings of Luciano Pavarotti. As a teenager, he was accepted into the Carlos Gomes Conservatory in his native Belem. He sang his first major role at age 21, appearing as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Theatro da Paz in Belem. He made his European debut one year later, appearing as Rodolfo in La Boheme in Graham Vick’s production of the opera. It was that same year that he joined the Scuola della Opera Italiana in Bologna, where he remained for one season. During his year in Bologna, Ayan appeared at the Teatro Comunale as Ruggero in performances of La Rondine conducted by José Cura. In the 2009/10 season, he became a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development program.