Stefano Palatchi

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Stefano Palatchi Ribera (born 26 March 1960), known publicly as Stefano Palatchi, is a Spanish opera singer who has sung leading bass roles in Spain and internationally and is noted for stage skills, timbre. and expressiveness. His concert reperoire includes Mozart's Requiem and Verdi's Messa da Requiem which he has sung many times.[1][2]



Palatchi was born in Barcelona.[3]

His mother had studied under Conchita Badía, teacher of Montserrat Caballe. Palatchi himself had started to study singing at age 15 under Maya Maiska. He began singing zarzuela and then opera:[3]

Un día, mientras estaba tomando clase con el maestro Puig, llegó Luis Andreu Marfà, entonces director artístico del Liceo, y me oyó cantar. Le gusté y me propuso interpretar un pequeño papel en Lohengrin de Wagner. Ese fue mi debut.

One day, as I was taking class with my teacher Puig, in came Luis Andreu Marfà, then artistic director of the Liceu, and he heard me sing. He liked me and proposed that I play a small role in Wagner's Lohengrin. That was my debut.[3]

He went on to study under Gino Bechi, Ettore Campogalliani, and Armen Boyajian, with further studies in Florence and New York.[3]


Palatchi debuted in the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, in 1986. He also performed in Turandot, when the Liceu was reopened in 1999, following the fire which had destroyed the theatre five years earlier.

He has taken part in several hundred performances of more than thirty operas from a wide repertoire, in particular operas by Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, and those from the bel canto repertoire including: Rigoletto, Aida, Turandot, Il trovatore,[4] La bohème, Macbeth, Lucia di Lammermoor, La forza del destino and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Samson et Dalila, and Thaïs.[4]

He has sung in world premières of Cristóbal Colón, by Leonardo Balada (with Montserrat Caballé and José Carreras), Gaudí, by Joan Guinjoan and Joc de Mans by Alberto García Detesters. In 2009, he partook in the Spanish premiere of Cristóbal Halffter's opera, Lazaro,[5] and Tales of Hoffman[6]

Palatchi has sung in theaters and festivals outside of Spain, including New York's Metropolitan Opera, where he made his debut in 1994 as Colline in La bohème.[7]


Palatchi supports the Clarós Foundation dedicated to the prevention of and research into acute deafness.[8] As part of his support, he recites to raise funds for the charity.[9][10]



Palatchi has appeared on television for opera performances,[11] including:


Palatchi has recorded for Decca, RTVE Música, Columna Música, Nightingale Classics, Koch Discover, Astrée Auvidis, Auvidis, Auvidis Valois, Sello Autor, Naxos and Opus Arte.[1]


Opera repertoire
Role Title Composer
Rocco Fidelio Beethoven
Oroveso Norma Bellini
Conte Rodolfo La sonnambula Bellini
Enrico VIII Anna Bolena Donizetti
Baldassarre La favorita Donizetti
Il Prefetto Linda di Chamounix Donizetti
Raimondo Lucia di Lammermoor Donizetti
Talbot Maria Stuarda Donizetti
Méphistophélès Faust Gounod
Frěre Laurent Roméo et Juliette[4] Gounod
Il podestà Una cosa rara Martín y Soler
Don Diěgue Le Cid Massenet
Palémon Thaïs[4] Massenet
Le Bailli Werther Massenet
El ogro El gato con botas Montsalvatge
Sarastro Die Zauberflöte Mozart
Il Commendatore Don Giovanni Mozart
Timor Turandot Puccini
Colline La bohème Puccini
Vieill Hébreu Samson et Dalila Saint-Saëns
Perot El giravolt de maig Toldrá
Ramfis, il Re Aida Verdi
Filippo II, inquisitore Don Carlo Verdi
Padre Guardiano La forza del destino Verdi
Silva Ernani Verdi
Walter, Wurm Luisa Miller Verdi
Banquo Macbeth Verdi
Sparafucile Rigoletto Verdi
Jacopo Fiesco Simon Boccanegra Verdi
Jorg Stiffelio Verdi
Ferrando Il trovatore[4] Verdi
Palemon L'enfance du Christ[12] Berlioz
Prince Bouillon Adriana Lecouvreur[4] Cilea

He has expanded his repertoire into Jazz (2012), Russian Folk, and Swing (2014), the last of which has earned him the epithet "Crooner" in Spain.[13][14]


In 2000, Palatchi received a Latin Grammy Award for Tomás Bretón's zarzuela, La Dolores.

He was nominated for another Latin Grammy for Ruperto Chapí's Margarita la Tornera (2003) and a Grammy Award for El gato con botas, by Xavier Montsalvatge.

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  1. ^ a b "Biography". Stefano Palatchi official website. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  2. ^ González, Ángel (29 January 2005). "Camerino 22 homenajea al bajo Stefano Palatchi". La Voz de Asturias. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Knorr, Leo (30 December 2011). "Stefano Palatchi, la voz elegance". El País. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Stefano Palatchi". ArtPro. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Brotons Muñoz, Alfredo (1 March 2009). "Levántate y canta (Get up and sing)". Levante EMV. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  6. ^ La Provincia: Brillante Mundanindad en Los Cuentos de Hoffman (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Performance record: Palatchi, Stefano (Bass)". Metropolitan Opera. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Patrons list". Fundación Clarós. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Stefano Palatchi, 25 Years in Opera". Auditori. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Montserrat Martí y Stefano Palatchi, voces contra el cáncer". ABC. 30 November 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Stefano Palatchi". IMDB. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Adriana Lecouvreur - Cilea (Palacio Euskalduna)". Francisco Vas official site. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  13. ^ Cervera, Marta (17 November 2015). "Stefano Palatchi, un 'crooner' lírico". El Periodico. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  14. ^ Martorell, Núria (18 July 2014). "Vilallonga versus Palatchi". El Periodico. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 

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