conductor / coach
Carlos Aragón can undoubtedly be considered one of the most versatile musicians in the Spanish music scene, not only because of his dual role as conductor and pianist, but also because of the breadth of the repertoire that he covers, from the first masterpieces of the Baroque (Haendel, Vivaldi, Hasse, Porpora, Pergolesi ..) to Romanticism or Verismo (Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini ...).
Great connoisseur of the different interpretive styles, this allows him to approach the vocal repertoire from the piano recital, being highly valued by professionals of recognized prestige, to the direction of operas and oratorios in which the vocality requires greater attention and care.
Carlos Aragón studies at the Higher Conservatory of Music in Seville and the Liszt Academy in Budapest, specializing in the field of lyric as a repertoire. As a conductor, he trains with the 'maestros' Gianluca Martinenghi and Bruno Campanella. In 2004 he becomes permanent assistant to the Neapolitan maestro Antonio Florio, head of the Baroque orchestra Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, and works together with him on the recovery of the Neapolitan lyrical repertoire of the 18th century.
Already as musical co-director, for the Quincena Musical Donostiarra he prepares Ottavia restituita by Scarlatti and Salustia by Pergolese and within the presentation acts of the National Center for Performing Arts and Historical Music, Partenope by Vinci. He conducts the world premiere in Spain of the opera Tolomeo de Haendel at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, within the Bilbao Estación Barroca season.
Among the opera titles that he deals with are La Cenerentola, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Otello, Tosca and Suor Angelica at the Teatro Villamarta in Jerez; L'italiana in Algeri in Córdoba; La clemenza di Tito and Carmen in Valladolid; and La princesa árabe by Arriaga, a project initially conceived by the Baremboim-Said Foundation, at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, Baluarte in Pamplona and the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, among others. To highlight his debut in 2018 at the Grand Opéra d'Avignon, leading Le nozze di Figaro.
In the Spanish lyrical repertoire he conducts La corte de Faraón by Lleò at the Arriaga and at the Veranos de la Villa de Madrid Festival; El trust de los tenorios by Serrano and El puñao de rosas by Chapí, in a double program, in the Zarzuela; Doña Francisquita by Vives at the Teatro Principal in Palma de Mallorca, and El amor brujo by Falla, together with cantaora Carmen Linares within the cycle 'Maestros del Flamenco' at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid.
As a pianist and conductor, he is a regular accompanist to singers such as M.Grazia Schiavo, Ángeles Blancas and, especially, the mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, with whom he establishes the closest and most fruitful relationship, performing numerous concerts and recitals in such emblematic spaces as the Royal Chapel of the Palace of Versailles, Tchaikowski Hall and the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Weimar Festival, Monteverdi Festival in Venice, the Summer Festival in Copenhagen, and more recently, with the CNDM (National Center for Musical Diffusion), at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid within its 'Universo Barroco' cycle, and at the Teatro de la Zarzuela within its lied cycle, in a tribute concert to Teresa Berganza. He also makes recordings with the North American mezzo for the BBC or Radio France.
As an active teacher closely linked to the coaching of singers, it is important to note his pedagogical work with young values. In this sense, he collaborates with the EPCASO Foundation of the USA in its annual summer course in Italy with teachers such as Claudia Pinza and Maurizio Arena. He is also invited by the Royaumont Foundation in Paris to lead his lyrical project within the opera-studio program, with Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims, and on several occasions he is part of the jury of the international singing competition 'Francesco Provenzale' at the Centro de Musica Antica in Naples, together with the conductor Antonio Florio and the singer Bernadette Manca de Nisa, among others.
Next commitments include conducting Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Teatro Villamnarta and a new collaboration with the Teatro Calderón in Valladolid.
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