Praised for his romantic Italianate sound, Mexican-American tenor Galeano Salas is currently in his third season as an ensemble member of the Bayerische Staatsoper. Recent engagements at the Staatsoper include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore alongside Pretty Yende, Fenton in Mateja Koležnik’s new production of Verdi’s Falstaff and the Italian tenor in Barrie Kosky’s premiere of Der Rosenkavalier under the direction of maestro Vladimir Jurowski.
Last season’s highlights include the Duke of Mantua with the Hungarian State Opera’s production of Rigoletto and Rodolfo in Cape Town Opera’s La bohème – a critically acclaimed co-production with Theater Basel.
Prior Staatsoper engagements include a role debut of Rinuccio in the Bayerische Staatsoper’s new production of Puccini’s Il trittico after a last minute jump-in for the Livestream performance under Maestro Petrenko. Mr. Salas has also performed many supporting roles bowing as Lord Arturo Bucklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gastone in La traviata, Roderigo in Otello, Pong in Turandot and many others.
Other performed roles include the Italian Singer in R. Strauss’ Capriccio, Alfredo in La traviata, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Vaudemont in Iolanta and Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
Mr. Salas most recently performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Opera National de Bordeaux, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. Past oratorio works include Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Mozart Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah.
Returning to the US this summer, Mr. Salas will be seen as Il Duca di Mantua in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Central City Opera. Upcoming engagements include Fenton in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Falstaff with Komische Oper Berlin, Italian Singer in the Bayerische Staatsoper’s new production of Capriccio, and Rodolfo in Robert Carsen’s production of La bohème with Vlaamse Oper.
Mr. Salas has garnered a number of awards notably winning the Grand Prix and Audience Choice Awards at the III Éva Marton International Singing Competition in Budapest. He also received the top prizes at the Stella Maris International Voice Competition, the 28ème Concours de Chant de Marmande, the VI Concurso Internacional de Canto, Alfredo Kraus, and the Top Prize of the 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Voice Competition.
Mr. Salas holds degrees from the University of Houston, Yale University, and the Academy of Vocal Arts. He also completed two years as a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Opernstudio, and was an apprentice with Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera and Wolf Trap Opera Company in the United States.