Artist of the Week: Joan Martín-Royo

Spanish Baritone Brings New Work to Madrid Stage

By Francisco Salazar

This week, the Teatro Real de Madrid is set to present the staged world premiere of the 2017 opera by Tomás Marco, “Tenorio.” The opera was first performed in concert at the Teatro Auditorio San Lorenzo de El Escorial and is based on José Zorrila’s “Don Juan Tenorio” and other works. For this first stage production, the Teatro Real is bringing together a Hispanic cast that will be headlined by Joan Martín-Royo in the title role.

Over the years, the Spanish baritone has made a name for himself by performing works by Mozart and Rossini including “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “La Cenerentola,” “Così fan tutte,” “Don Giovanni,” “Il Viaggio a Reims,” “La Pietra del Paragone,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “L’italiana in Algeri,” and “L’occasione fa il ladro.” He has also performed work by Puccini, Haydn, Massenet, Prokofiev, and Gounod.  And on top of that, Martín-Royo is also known for his work in contemporary opera including Xavier Benguerel’s “Yo, Dalí,” García Demestres’ “WOW!,” and “Mariana en sombras” by G. Demestres.

“Tenorio” will be another addition to his immense repertoire.

For those not in Madrid for the world premiere, Martín-Royo follows this showcase with performances in Nice of “The Magic Flute” and “Benjamin a Portbou” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. 


For more on the baritone, Martín-Royo has a recording of Pedrell: Songs on IBS Classical.

Here he is in a recital and in a performance of “The Magic Flute.”


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