Manel Esteve Madrid
Baritone Manel Esteve Madrid was born in Barcelona and studied at the city’s Conservatory and privately with his father, the baritone Vicenç Esteve, in addition to attending masterclasses with Juan Pons, Jaume Aragall, Carlos Chausson and Rolando Panerai. He is a prizewinner at the Pedro Lavirgen and Manuel Ausensi International Singing Competitions.
He made his professional stage debut as Uberto (La serva padrona) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona in 1999 and since then he has appeared at leading Spanish opera houses and festivals, including the Teatro Real, the Teatro de la Zarzuela and the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, the ABAO Bilbao Opera, the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia, the Teatre Principal on Mallorca and the Festival Quincena Musical de San Sebastián and the Festival Castell at Peralada.
Among the conductors with whom he has worked are Renato Palumbo, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Sebastian Weigle, Josep Pons, Paolo Carignani, Stefano Ranzani, Michele Mariotti, Michael Boder, Patrick Davin, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Josep Caballé, Ivor Bolton and Giampaolo Bisanti, while the directors in whose productions he has appeared include Emilio Sagi, Terry Gilliam, Giancarlo del Monaco, Laurent Pelly, Sergio Renán, Peter Konwitschny, Arnaud Bernard, David McVicar and Richard Jones.
In 2009 he took part in a performance of Carmina Burana with the Spanish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Adrian Leaper in the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona.
Among Manel Esteve Madrid’s operatic roles are Taddeo (L’italiana in Algeri), Don Alvaro (Il viaggio a Reims), Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia), Silvio (Pagliacci), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Severo (Poliuto), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Bosun (Billy Budd).
Recent engagements have taken him to the Teatro Real as the Forester (Rusalka) and Schaunard (La bohème), to the Teatro Villamarta in Jerez as Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and to the Ópera de Oviedo as Papageno (Die Zauberflöte). Plans include Lescaut (Manon) at the Ópera Nacional de Chile and his return to the Liceu as Sciarrone (Tosca).