Carlos Alvarez and Rocio Ignacio on stage at ABAO Bilbao Opera

After the good reception of Lisette Oropesa and Anita Rachvelishvili's recitals in February and Pedro Halffter in March, comes a new installment of the ABAO on Stage cycle with the extraordinary duo formed by the baritone Carlos Álvarez and the soprano Rocío Ignacio, Saturday 17 April at 19:00h at the Bilbao Philharmonic Society, sponsored by the BBVA Foundation.

True to its commitment to continue offering culture and live entertainment in any circumstance, ABAO Bilbao Opera continues with the program of the ABAO on Stage cycle that includes eight select recitals with some of the most acclaimed lyrical figures today.

The vocal fusion of TWO GREAT ARTISTS

  • Baritone and soprano in perfect harmony across outstanding lyrical and artistic territories.
  • Duets and arias from great operas.
  • At the piano, the Bilbao maestro Rubén Fernández Aguirre.

The charismatic Carlos Alvarez one of the most beautiful Verdian lyrical baritone voices of the last decades, and one of the most international Spanish singers, and the versatile Rocío Ignacio one of the most outstanding sopranos of her generation, they will show their scenic ease and great personality with an attractive and carefully chosen program with scenes from great operas.

With trade, technique and artistic generosity, Carlos Álvarez will offer a selection of pieces full of nuances, character and strength, in which her exceptional voice highlights the beauty of the solo repertoire: “Who is in command…” from Hery VIII from Saint-Säens, “Little boy zingara…" from Children by Leoncavallo and "Eri tu" by A masked ball in Verdi.

The great virtues of Rocío Ignacio, the volume of your voice, his agility, and the good taste of its stage projection, will be evident in their interpretations: “From the day” of Louise by Charpentier, "Lord listen" de Turandot by Puccini and in “Come in quest’ora bruna” by Simon Boccanegra, defending the Verdi heroine.

With their duet performances, both interpreters will give the audience one of those unforgettable evenings full of stage presence, vocal maturity and distinguished artistic plasticity with: "My lord! - Ophelia ”from Hamlet (Thomas), "Silvio a quest´ora" by Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) and "Udiste? How do you dawn ”de The Troubadour (Verdi). A display of elegance, dramatic wisdom, soulful vocal and lyrical fusion.

On the ground, the Basque master Rubén Fernández Aguirre who will perform alone the piece "Prelude" of the opera L’Arlesiana Francesco Cilea.


At the peak of a model artistic career, He will go down in history as one of the great Verdi baritones who knows how to give his all on stage. Possessor of a regal voice, admired and respected on the international circuit, stands out with an impressive career.

Since he made his debut in 1990 has sung in the main opera houses of the world together with the most renowned artists and the best musical directors. His performances at the Salzburg Festival stand out where he performed Don Carlo directed by Lorin Maazel, Otello at Covent Garden under the direction of Sir Colin Davis, I Pagliacci in Amsterdam directed by Riccardo Chailly, Don Giovanni en La Scala with Riccardo Muti, Don Carlo at the Opera Bastille in Paris, Rigoletto in the arena of Verona, in Vienna The force of Destiny directed by Zubin Mehta, Otello in Salzburg under the direction of Riccardo Muti, and his greatest hits at the Metropolitan in New York with A masked ball , Luisa Miller Y Rigoletto, among others.

Among his many awards, mention the Prize for Cultural Work (2001), Grammy Award (2001 Y 2005), Classical Award de Cannes, Gold Medal of Fine Arts (2003), Gold Medal for Artistic Merit (2003), National Music Award (2003), Kammersänger by the Vienna Opera (2007), Gold Medal of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (2013), Current Opera Award (2015), and more recently he has received the Best Opera Performer Award from the Campoamor de Oviedo Awards and the Catalan Critics Award.

He has visited ABAO Bilbao Opera on two occasions, in 2000 with The Barber of Seville in the role of Figaro and the second in the impressive Carmen by Calixto Bieito on 2014, with Escamillo.

IGNACIO DEW, A revealing voice

Since 2011 the Sevillian soprano Rocío Ignacio possessed of great vocal generosity and an indisputable acting component, She develops her career mainly in Spanish and Italian theaters and was the first Spanish soprano to sing at the Dubai Opera..

His long repertoire includes, among other titles, Rigoletto, The Magic Flute, Marina, Carmen, L'elisir d'amore, The Barber of Seville, Bohemian, The trip to Reims, Don Giovanni, Turandot Y Falstaff.

In recent seasons, his career has gained momentum with titles such as Katiuska in Madrid, Otello In Malaga, Jerusalem in ABAO and The Magic Flute in Jerez. Recently he has also interpreted, Simon Boccanegra at the Cervantes Theater in Malaga and Luisa Fernanda at the Teatro de la Zarzuela

On the stage of ABAO Bilbao Opera he has performed twice, the first as Adina in The elixir of love in 2012 and last season as the protagonist in the premiere of Jerusalem de Giuseppe Verdi.


The seats for the recital can be purchased at affordable rates for all audiences: 15€ the young Gazteam; 20€ ABAO partners up to 35 years, and € 40 for the rest of ABAO members; and € 30 the retail price for young people up to 35 years and € 60 for the adult audience.

They can be purchased at ABAO offices, through and on the phone: 944 355 100