Praised for his romantic Italianate sound, Mexican-American tenor Galeano Salas returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper for his first season as a member of the ensemble after completing two seasons as a member of the the Opera Studio. This season, Salas will be seen onstage singing Rinuccio in Gianni Schicci, Lord Arturo Bucklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor, Abdallo in Nabucco, and Gastone in La traviata. In the 2018/19 season, Salas will make his company and role debut at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse as Jeppo Liverotto in Lucrezia Borgia.
In his inaugural season in Munich, Salas bowed as Gastone in La traviata with Placido Domingo, Diana Damrau and Charles Castronovo at the helm of the cast. He also appeared as Lord Arturo Bucklaw, Magician in The Consul, and Wilhelm in Les contes d’Hoffmann, as well as in Don Carlo, La bohème, Mefistofole, Boris Godunov, Ariadne auf Naxos and Nabucco.
In the 2015/16 season, Salas sang the Italian Singer in Richard Strauss’ Capriccio with the Santa Fe Opera and made a number of debuts: Il Duca di Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto, the title role in Massenet’s Werther, and Avito in Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre Re. Additional roles in his repertoire include Rodolfo in La bohème, Alfredo in La traviata, Mario Ruoppolo in Il Postino, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Vaudemont in Iolanta, and Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Recent Oratorio works performed include the Bach Cantata No. 42, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Mozart Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah.
Salas has garnered a number of awards, mostly recently winning First Prize and Audience prize in the 3rd International Éva Marton Singing Competition, First prize in the Grandi Voci Opera Competition, Audience Award and a test recording with Deutsche Grammophon in the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, First Prize and French Interpretation Award at the 10ème Concours de Chant de Canari, Second Place in the VI Concurso Internacional de Canto, Alfredo Kraus, and Top Prize at the 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Voice Competition. He is a recent winner of the 28ème Concours de Chant de Marmande, the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition, the Young Texas Artists Music Competition, the American Prize Competition, the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Competition, and the XIVth International Altamura/Caruso Voice Competition.
Galeano Salas earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, his master’s degree from Yale University in New Haven, and his artist diploma at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he was a student of William Stone.