Guillermo
García
Calvo

Biography

In January 2011 Guillermo García Calvo made his opera debut in Spain with the premiere of Tristan and Isolde at the Teatro Campoamor of Oviedo, where he initiated the first release of the Ring des Nibelungen in the city of Oviedo in September 2013. The first opera of Wagner's tetralogy, Das Rheingold, enjoyed an overwhelming success among critics and the public. In December 2009 Guillermo García Calvo conducted the new production of Macbeth at the Vienna State Opera standing in for Daniele Gatti, shortly after having celebrated his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with another new production in May 2009, La Cenerentola.

In April 2013 he debuted with the London Symphony Orchestra at the London Barbican Centre conducting the opera gala Juan Diego Flórez and Friends.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, he conducted the Verdi Requiem at the Victory Square of Timisoara in December 2009 – a moving event for the country honoured by the participation of Herta Müller, Nobel Prize winner in Literature.

At the Aalto-Theater Essen, elected to the Best German Theatre of the Year by the German press, he has conducted the première of L’elisir d’amore, as well as numerous performances of I Puritani, Nabucco, La Bohème and La traviata.

At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, he has conducted among other titles Don Giovanni, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor and Les pêcheurs de perles.

In 2015, he conducted the premiere of Falstaff at the National Opera of Bucharest that was staged by Graham Vick.

In the same year, he debuted at the Teatro Real in Madrid with Goyescas by Granados.

Guillermo García Calvo has always maintained a strong relation with the Vienna State Opera ever since he started working there in November 2004, having been responsible for the musical preparation of more than 50 operas in its repertoire. Moreover, he has conducted more than 120 performances at the renowned opera house, interpreting titles such as Macbeth (Première), Rigoletto, La fille du régiment,Lucia di Lammermoor, The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, La traviata, L'elisir d'amore, Coppélia,The Nutcracker, Onegin, Don Quixote, Giselle, Mayerling, Anna Karenina, Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake.

Born in Madrid in 1978 Guillermo García Calvo began his musical education at the age of seven. He concluded his musical studies at the University of Music in Vienna with a thesis on Parsifal and a performance of the Overture from Tannhäuser in the Großer Saal at the Musikverein. Between 2001 and 2002 he worked as assistant for Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra and in the summer of 2007 for Christian Thielemann andDer Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuther Festspiele. In March 2003 he celebrated his debut as opera conductor with a performance of Hansel and Gretel at the Schlosstheater Schoenbrunn.

He has conducted the following orchestras, among others: London Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de México, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Orquesta de Valencia, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona y Nacional de Cataluña, Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Orquesta de la ciudad de Granada, Orquesta Sinfónica de la RTVE (Spanish Radio and Television) and Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid.

Future highlights include numerous performances at the Vienna State Opera (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L’elisir d’amore), a new production of Die Walküre in Oviedo, his debut with the Spanish National Orchestra (Orquesta Nacional de España) with Liszt’s Faust Symphony and performances and the subsequent recording of Elena e Malvina by Ramón Carnicer, ballet performances at the Palais Garnier in Paris and his debut at the Opera di Firenze with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

In October 2013 Guillermo García Calvo was awarded the Spanish music prize Codalario as Best Artist 2013.

Chapí's Curro Vargas, staged by Graham Vick and conducted by Maestro García Calvo at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid in February 2014, was awarded the renowned Premio Campoamor in November 2014.

(July 2015)