Raúl Giménez

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Raúl Giménez (born September 14, 1951), is an operatic tenor, particularly associated with the Italian bel canto repertory, in which he is considered one of the best exponent in recent years.

Giménez was born in the small town of Carlos Pellegrini, Argentina. He studied at the Music Conservatory of Buenos Aires and made his operatic debut at the Teatro Colón as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, in 1980. After appearing in concert and opera throughout South America, he came to Europe in 1984, where he made his debut at the Wexford Festival in Ireland, in Cimarosa's Le astuzie femminili.

He quickly established himself in Mozart and Rossini operas, appearing at all the great opera houses and festivals of Europe (Paris, Aix-en-Provence, London, Glyndebourne, Vienna, Salzburg, Milan, Venice, Pesaro, Martina Franca, Rome, Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, Lausanne, Geneva etc.).

He made his American debut in Dallas in 1989, as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, at Metropolitan Opera New York debut Count Almaviva "Il Barbiere di Sivilia" in 1996.

He also appeared frequently in works by Donizetti and Bellini, as well as lesser known composers such as Salieri and Pacini.

Selected recordings[edit]

  • Rossini - L'italiana in Algeri, Teldec
  • Rossini - Il barbiere di Siviglia, Teldec
  • Rossini - La cenerentola, Teldec
  • Rossini- L`inganno felice, Erato
  • Mayr - Medea in Corinto, Opera Rara
  • Bellini - La sonnambula, Naxos