Atalla Ayan

Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan is well on his way to an important international career. In July of 2011, Mr. Ayan made a surprise debut with the Metropolitan Opera, appearing on less than 24 hours notice in the companies opening Summer Concert in Central Park singing five arias. Allan Kozinn of the New York Times said of his MET debut, “he is a find; he has a warm, rounded tone with a quality that calls to mind the young Placido Domingo”.

 

In 2013 Ayan made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Ruggero in La Rondine  He also sang his first Alfredo in La Traviata, conducted by Fabio Luisi, for his debut at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.  He has made several other significant debuts in the last two seasons, appearling as the Italian Singer in Der Rsenkavalier under Christian Thieleman at the SemperOper in Dresden, and also at the Grand Theatre de Geneve. Int he current season Ayan returned to the Royal Opera in London as Don Ottavio in Don Guovanni and made his debut at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari as Alfredo. In June of 2014 he made his debut at the Oper Koeln as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore. Ayan also partnered Angela Gheorghiu in concerts in Prague, Hamburg and Versailles. A member of the ensemble of the Stuttgart Opera since the spring of 2012, his roles there have included Rodolfo in the 2013/2014 season’s new production of La Boheme, as well as Tamino in Die Zauberfloete, Don Ottavio, Ismaele in Nabucco, Fenton in Falstaff and Alfred in Die Fledermaus. In the 2014/2015 season he will sing his first performances of the Duke in Rigoletto in a new production in Stuttgart. He will also make his Netherlands Opera debut as Rodolfo, a debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Ruggero in La Rondine, and will sing Alfredo in a new production of La Traviata in Baden Baden. Ayan makes his debut at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan as Nemorino in the fall of 2015. Other future plans include his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, and at the Glyndebourne Festival as Alfredo, at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as Nemorino. Ayan will also return for several roles to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan is well on his way to an important international career. In July of 2011, Mr. Ayan made a surprise debut with the Metropolitan Opera, appearing on less than 24 hours notice in the companies opening Summer Concert in Central Park singing five arias. Allan Kozinn of the New York Times said of his MET debut, “he is a find; he has a warm, rounded tone with a quality that calls to mind the young Placido Domingo”.

 

In 2013 Ayan made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Ruggero in La Rondine  He also sang his first Alfredo in La Traviata, conducted by Fabio Luisi, for his debut at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa.  He has made several other significant debuts in the last two seasons, appearling as the Italian Singer in Der Rsenkavalier under Christian Thieleman at the SemperOper in Dresden, and also at the Grand Theatre de Geneve. Int he current season Ayan returned to the Royal Opera in London as Don Ottavio in Don Guovanni and made his debut at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari as Alfredo. In June of 2014 he made his debut at the Oper Koeln as Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore. Ayan also partnered Angela Gheorghiu in concerts in Prague, Hamburg and Versailles. A member of the ensemble of the Stuttgart Opera since the spring of 2012, his roles there have included Rodolfo in the 2013/2014 season’s new production of La Boheme, as well as Tamino in Die Zauberfloete, Don Ottavio, Ismaele in Nabucco, Fenton in Falstaff and Alfred in Die Fledermaus. In the 2014/2015 season he will sing his first performances of the Duke in Rigoletto in a new production in Stuttgart. He will also make his Netherlands Opera debut as Rodolfo, a debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Ruggero in La Rondine, and will sing Alfredo in a new production of La Traviata in Baden Baden. Ayan makes his debut at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan as Nemorino in the fall of 2015. Other future plans include his debut at the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, and at the Glyndebourne Festival as Alfredo, at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as Nemorino. Ayan will also return for several roles to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

In the 2010/2011 season, Mr. Ayan appeared as Romeo in Rio de Janeiro opposite Sumi Jo and appeared in the concert marking the re-opening of the Theatro Municipal in Rio appearing in a duo concert with soprano Nino Machaidze.  He also joined Ms. Machaidze that season for a gala concert in Prague and appeared in the Georgian sopranos first recording for SONY accompanying her in a scene from La Sonnambula. He also appeared that season as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste and appeared in a duo concert with soprano Nathalie Manfrino in Dublin.  In September 2011, he made his debut with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera as Rodolfo in David McVicar’s production of La Boheme. George Hall of The Guardian said, “Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan keeps his line buoyant on a rich flow of authentic Latin tone”.

Born in Belem in the north of Brazil Ayan developed his love for singing by listening to recordings of Luciano Pavarotti on the Internet. As a teenager, he was accepted into the Carlos Gomes Conservatory in his native Belem. He sang his first major role at age 21 appearing as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi at the Theatro da Paz in Belem.  A year later in 2008, he made his European debut at age 22 appearing as Rodolfo in La Boheme in Graham Vick’s production of the opera with the Greek National Opera in Athens and he also appeared that season as Rodolfo in Belem. It was that same year that he joined the Scuola della Opera Italiana in Bologna where he remained for one season. During his year in Bologna, he appeared at the Teatro Comunale as Ruggero in La Rondine in performances conducted by Jose Cura. In the 2009/2010 season, he was a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development program.

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