Josep-Ramon Olivé is currently one of the young Spanish baritones with the greatest international projection, strengthened by his collaborations with orchestras such as Les Arts Florissants and Hespérion XXI and his recent debuts in theaters such as Gran Teatre del Liceu.
Born in Barcelona, Josep-Ramon Olivé was the winner of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Gold Medal in 2017, as well as the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Haendel Singing Competition and the Second Prize at the Concurso Permanente of Juventudes Musicales de España. Nominated Oxford Lieder Young Artist in 2015, he was also selected for the academy Le Jardin des Voix directed by William Christie and Les Arts Forissants in 2017 and nominated ECHO Rising Star in 2018.
His musical education, including piano, cello and voice, starts at the Escolania de Montserrat and the Escola de Música de Barcelona. He held bachelor degrees in Choral Conducting and Singing from the ESMUC in Barcelona before going on to study at the Guildhall School with Professor Rudolf Piernay. Josep-Ramon Olivé takes vocal master classes from Graham Johnson, Gerald Finley, Malcolm Martineau, Kurt Widmer, Josep Bros, Luigi Alva and Teresa Berganza, among others.
Olivé’s stage appearances include important venues such as Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana, Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Kölner Philharmonie, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Kontzerthaus Wien and London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall; orchestras such as Le Concert des Nations, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Handel Orchestra; and great conductors such as Jordi Savall, William Christie, Kazushi Ono, Josep Pons, Laurence Cummings, Víctor Pablo Pérez and Sigiswald Kujken.
Operatic repertoire includes Le nozze di Figaro, The rape of Lucretia, L’Orfeo, Dido & Aeneas, Le donne curiose de Wolf-Ferrari and Ariane by Martinu. Among his last commitments stand out his debut at Teatro Calderón in Valladolid with Roméo et Juliette and the role of Armindo in La Partenope de Vinci, as well as two Handel operas (Rinaldo and Acis & Galatea) at Peralada Festival and his participation in the LIFE Victoria cycle in Barcelona accompanied by the pianist Malcolm Martineau. He debuts on the stage of the Gran Teatre del Liceu with Candide, Katia Kabanová and Tosca, and returns to Peralada with Diàlegs de Tirant e Carmesina.
Within the oratorio he performs Brahms Ein Deutches Requiem, Fauré and Duruflé Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Vesperae Solenne de Confessore, Orff Carmina Burana, Haendel Messiah and Alexander Balus and Bach B minor Mass, Magnificat and Weinachts Oratorium. As a lieder performer he presents Brahms Die schöne Magelone, Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Rückert Lieder, Schumann Dichterliebe, Ravel Histoires naturelles, Fauré La bonne chanson and Schubert Die schöne Müllerin, among others.
His recent highlights include the premiere of works by composers Salvador Brotons (Cantata de Randa), Josep Vila i Casañas (Veni Creator Spiritus), Albert Guinovart (Requiem), Johan Duijck (Dixit Dominus), Raquel García-Tomás (Chansons trouvées), Laurence Osborn (Narkissuss) and Alberto García-Demestres (L’eclipsi).
Josep-Ramon Olivé will return next season to Gran Teatre del Liceu to sing the roles of Masseto in Don Giovanni and Schaunard in La Bohème.
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