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Francísco Vas (Tenor)

Born: Saragossa (Zaragoza), Spain

The Spanish tenor, Francísco Vas, was born in Zaragoza, and moved to Barcelona to study singing and violin. He began his studies in singing specializing in Gregorian chant, medieval and Baroque music with Joaquim Proubasta, Francisco Lara and other national and international specialists. Gradually introduced to the oratorio and lied, he studied with Paul Schilahawsky, Dolores Aldea, Dalton Baldwin (French song), among others, arriving later to study opera with Jeerzy Artysz, Aldo Baldin, Magda Olivero, and Margarita Lilova.

Francísco Vas' repertoire is vast and covers all the categories he has studied. He has sung Judas Maccabeus by George Frideric Handel, Igor Stravinsky's Pulcinella at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Requiem by Bruckner, Mass in C minor by Mozart, Song of the Forests by Dmitri Shostakovich at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Verdi's Requiem at the Philarmonie in Cologne, Mozart's Requiem in Nice and on tour in France.

Francísco Vas made his debut in England, appearing with the Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Glyndebourne and on tour of several cities in southern England. In the south of France he worked at the Opera House in France where he has performed La Rita by Donizetti, Cosi fan tutte and The Magic Flute by Mozart, L'isola dishabitata and Canterina by Haydn or La belle Helene by Offenbach. His debut at Teatroel Sao Carlos in Lisbon was in a production by Herbert Wernicke singing Fenton in Falstaff. His Paris debut was in Turandot at the Ópera de la Bastilla. He sings regularly at the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona since 1998, highlights including productions of Alcina, Turandot at the opening of the theater, Don Quixote by Turina, Magic Flute, Lucia di Lammermoor, Billy Budd, Nozze de Figaro, Lady Macbeth of Msenk by D. Shostakovich, Tristan und Isolde, Fidelio, Ariadne auf Naxos, Queen of Spades, Rheingold, Oedipe by George Enescu, Tosca, Peter Grimes, etc. In Catalunya he has sung Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte , El Giravolt de Maig by E. Toldra, L'occasione fa il ladro, Idomeneo, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Babel 46 (premiere at the Festival of Peralada), Pepita Jimenez by Albeniz, Carmen, etc.

In Madrid Francísco Vas sang Los amantes de Teruel by Tómas Breton at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, and at the Teatro Real he has sung Ernani, Lucia di Lammermoor, in the premiere of Señorita Cristina by Luis de Pablo, Babel 46, Montsalvatge, L'enfant et les sortileges, La Rita. He sang in La Atlántida version of Fura dels Baus and Oedipus Rex at the Festival of Granada, Noze of Le Figaro in Euskalduna, Seven deadly sins by Kurt Weill in Santiago de Compostela. Recently he has sung Queen of Spades and La Eterna Canción in Madrid, Boris Godunov, Gaudi by J Guinjoani, and Parsifal; in Barcelona Oviedo Andres in Wozzeck, Casio in Otello, Arbace in Idomeneo, Victorin in Die tote Stadt, Goro in Butterfly at the Teatre del Liceu.

Source: Pere Porta Concerts Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (December 2008)
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Aryeh Oron (December 2008)

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G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Oronte]

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Francísco Vas, tenor - Biografia (Pere Porta Concerts) [Spanish]


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