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Jesús García Aréjula (Baritone)

Born: San Sebastián, Spain

The Spanish baritone, Jesús García Aréjula, studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Navarra. He combined his engineering studies with music at the Conservatory of San Sebastián, his hometown.

Jesús García Aréjula began his career as a singer n the choir Orfeón Donostiarra, which he joined in 1979 following a long family tradition which still continues. He has collaborated with other specialized groups like the Capilla Peñaflorida, Conductus Ensemble, Los Músicos de Su Alteza, Forma Antiqva, La Grande Chapelle, Al Ayre Español, La Tempestad and Hippocampus. He has participated as a soloist in many festivals, such as Canarias, Granada, Festival de Música Antigua de Zenarruza, Quincena Musical de San Sebastián, Festival de Santander, Festival de Perelada, Ciclo de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Ciclo de los Siglos de Oro in Madrid and Salamanca, Festival de Dax and Festival de Fontevraud, both in France.

Jesús García Aréjula is dedicated to the music of oratorio, with particular emphasis on Baroque music. His repertoire included the Requiems of Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré, Mozart and Maurice Duruflé, Christmas Oratorios by Camille Saint-Saëns, J.S. Bach (BWV 248) and Carl Heinrich Graun, Bach Cantatas for bass, Crucifixion by Stainer, Markus-Passion by Reinhard Keiser, Messiah by George Frideric Handel, Johannes-Passion (BWV 245), Markus-Passion (BWV 247), Mass in B minor (BWV 232) by J.S. Bach, among other works. In September 2008 he appeared in Vienna with the Wiener Symphoniker at the Golden Hall of the Musikverein with a programme of opera and operetta. He has played the role of Aeneas in Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas in Donostiarra Musical Fortnight 2009 with the specialized group Conductus Ensemble. That same year he performed under the direction of Ottavio Dantone and Accademia Bizantina a programme devoted to G.F. Handel. In 2010 he performed in Brussels with Conductus Ensemble and the Academy of Ancient Music playing the role of Jesus in the Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach. In 2011 he sang Rossiniís Petite Messe Solennelle at the Teatro Arriaga, again Gabriel Fauréís Requiem and has also participated in the Festival Laus Polyphoniae held in Antwerp, performing the Misa Paradisi Portas by Cardoso.

Jesús García Aréjula has participated in several solo recordings with the labels NB, Naxos, Arsis, Lauda, K617 and RTVE.

Source: Cicus Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (October 2013)
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Aryeh Oron (October 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Alberto Martinez Molina


BWV 32, BWV 82

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Jesús García Aréjula - Barítono (Cicus) [Spanish]
Jesús García Aréjula - Barítono (Orquesta Barroca Sevilla) [Spanish]

Jesús García Aréjula Barítono (Hippocampus) [Spanish]

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