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joan martín-royo - baritone

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Born in Barcelona, Joan Martín-Royo studied at the Conservatori Superior de Mùsica del Liceu and received awards at several prestigious singing contests including the Placido Domingo Prize at the 2003 Francisco Viñas Competition.

Recent opera highlights include creating the title role of Xavier Benguerel's Yo, Dali at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid; the title role Le Nozze di Figaro and Papageno Die Zauberflöte at the Liceu as well as Papageno for Ópera de Oviedo and Rodomonte Orlando Palladino at Théâtre du Châtelet. Amongst his other appearance are Dandini La Cenerentola for Glyndebourne on Tour, Macrobio La Pietra del Paragone at the Châtelet and Teatro Regio di Parma (recorded for DVD), Albert Werther in Las Palmas, Lescaut Manon at the Liceu, Ned Keene Peter Grimes in Santiago and Don Quijote El Retablo de Maese Pedro at La Monnaie.

Recent engagements on the concert platform include his US début singing Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra / Rinaldo Alessandrini, Mendelssohn Die Erste Walpurgisnacht in Mallorca with Victor Pablo Pérez, Haydn Die Schöpfung with the Orchestra of Cannes Provence-Alpes-Côte D'Azure / Philippe Bender, Christus St Matthew Passion with Al Ayre Español/ Eduardo Lopez Banzo and the title role of Ramon Carnicer's Cristoforo Colombo in the first modern day performance with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla / Santiago Serrate.

A keen recitalist, Martín-Royo has collaborated with distinguished accompanists such as Helmut Deutsch, Dalton Baldwin and Roger Vignoles performing Schubert, Wolf, Beethoven, Ibert, Ravel, Poulenc and Montsalvatge. He has recorded Ànima, a disc of opera arias with the Orquestra Simfonica del Gran Teatre del Liceu / Josep Vincent.

Plans include Belcore L'Elisir d'Amore, Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte and Mercutio Romeo et Juliette at the Liceu, Barcelona.