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January 25, 2022

Nabucco, in Opera’s Holy Week programme

In the week that precedes the great feast of Easter, the Bucharest National Opera (ONB) scheduled one of the most cherished works in the lyrical  repertoire: “Nabucco”, by Giuseppe Verdi, with an exceptional cast. On  Wednesday, April 20, the tale of the confrontation between the Jews and  the Babylonians led by Nabucco, whose daughter falls in love with a Jewish  warrior, will be brought to life by special guests Carlos Almaguer (Nabucco) and Cristian Mogosan, making his debut as Ismaele. Appearing alongside  the two are the ONB artists Pompeiu Harasteanu, Silvia Sorina Munteanu,  Oana Andra, Marius Bolos, Valentin Racoveanu, Dorina Chesei and the ballet soloists Madalina Slateanu, Vicentiu Popescu, Raul Oprea. The choir  is coordinated by maestro Stelian Olariu, and the conductor Iurie Florea  will be at the helm of the entire performance. Born in Mexico City, Carlos  Almaguer studied in his home city, attending further specialisation at the Academy of Siena and in Madrid. The First Prize won in the 1997 edition of  the Verviers Singing Competition (Belgium) offered him the opportunity to  appear in Cologne, in 1999, in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” (as  Amonasro), as well as at the Opera Royal de Wallonie (Belgium), in 2000. In 1999, the artist made his debut at the Frankfurt Opera, in a new production  of “Cavalleria rusticana”, by Pietro Mascagni, directed by Giancarlo del  Monaco and conducted by Paolo Carignani.

Since 2000, Carlos Almaguer  has taken on some of the major leads in Verdi’s operas: Nabucco, Rigoletto,  Don Carlo, De Luna, Amonasro, Simon Boccanegra, Iago, Macbeth – in   countries like Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Cordoba, Las Palmas), Italy  (Bologna, Turin, Trieste, the Trapani Festival), France (Marseille, Toulouse,  Nice, Limoges, Toulon, Nantes, Angers), Belgium  (Liège, Brussels), Germany (Berlin, Leipzig, Düsseldorf ), Switzerland (Lausanne, Festival d’Avenches), Australia (Melbourne), etc.

His repertoire as a dramatic  baritone also includes parts from the verist repertoire: Scarpia in “Tosca”,  Jack Rance in “La fanciulla del West”, by Giacomo Puccini, Carlo Gérard in  “Andrea Chenier”, by Umberto Giordano, and Alfio in “Cavalleria  rusticana”, the part with which he made his debut at the Verona Arena, in  2006. In 2002, the baritone won the Mexican National Critics’ Award. The  tenor Cristian Mogosan graduated from the “Gheorghe Dima” Music  Academy in Cluj-Napoca, and went on to attend master classes taught by  Wolfgang Brendel, Mariana Nicolesco, Laurent Pillo, Margreet Hoing, John  Norris, Ion Buzea and Viorica Cortez.

At present he is employed by the Cluj-Napoca National Opera and is an associate professor at the city’s  “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy. He is a regular guest of several of the  country’s philharmonics and opera houses.

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