Praised for his romantic Italianate sound, Mexican-American tenor Galeano Salas is currently in his second season as an ensemble member of the Bayerische Staatsoper after completing two seasons as a member of their Opera Studio. Notable engagements at the Staatsoper this season include Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Cassio in Otello and Dr. Caius in a new production of Falstaff under Kirill Petrenko. Salas recently made his role and house debut as the Duke in Rigoletto at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest and will soon sing Rodolfo in La Bohème with the Cape Town Opera.
Prior engagements at the Bayerische Staatsoper include a reprisal as Rinuccio in Puccini’s Il trittico after a last-minute jump-in at the premiere livestream performance, under Maestro Petrenko. Salas has also performed many supporting roles at the theater, bowing as Lord Arturo Bucklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gastone in La Traviata, Rodrigo in Otello, Pong in Turandot and many others. Additional roles in the Tenor’s performed repertoire include the Italian Singer in Richard Strauss’s Capriccio, Alfredo in La traviata, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Vaudemont in Iolanta and Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
Salas recently performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Opera National de Bordeaux and appeared as the Tenor Soloist in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. Other recently performed oratorio works include Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Mozart Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. Upcoming concert work includes the tenor soloist in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and a Liederabend at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Galeano Salas has garnered a number of awards, mostly notably winning the Grand Prix and Audience Choice Award at the 3rd International Éva Marton Singing Competition. He has also received top prizes at the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, the 28ème Concours de Chant de Marmande, the VI Concurso Internacional de Canto, Alfredo Kraus, and the 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Voice Competition. Salas holds degrees from the University of Houston, Yale University and the Academy of Vocal Arts.