“...Ruodi was meltingly sung by Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, who might have made a fine Arnoldo himself.”
Mikeldi Atxalandabaso studied singing in his native city Bilbao and was a prizewinner at the Manuel Ausensi International Singing Competition.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Madam Butterfly – Goro – in concert – Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris
- Carmen – Remendado – Teatro Real, Madrid
- Manon Lescaut – Edmondo – Liceu Barcelona
- Salome – Narraboth – Bilbao Opera
- Tosca – Spoletta – Osterfestspiele Salzburg
Highlights of the 2017-18 season include Spoletta Tosca, a new production with Christian Thielemann for Osterfestspiele Salzburg; Goro Madama Butterfly in concert with Mikko Franck for Théâtre des Champs Elysées; Remendado Carmen directed by Calixto Bieto under Marc Piollet for Teatro Real, Madrid; Edmondo Manon Lescaut directed by Davide Livermore and conducted by Emmanuel Villaume for Liceu Barcelona; Narraboth Salome under Erik Nielsen for Bilbao Opera.
Recently Mikeldi has sung Dr. Cajus Falstaff Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Runfunks conducted by Daniel Harding; Steuermann Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Liceu Barcelona; Jonas Meyerbeer Le Prophéte Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse; Rustighello Lucrezia Borgia Bilbao Opera; Bruckner Te Deum Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Erik Nielsen.
Mikeldi made his international debut in 2013 singing Ruodi in Rossini Guillaume Tell for Dutch National Opera and Paolo Carignani in a new production by Pierre Audi. Since then highlights have included Ruodi Guglielmo Tell in Graham Vick’s production for Teatro Regio di Torino and Gianandrea Noseda; Beppe Pagliacci in a new production by Yannis Kokkos and Tugan Sokhiev, and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro both for Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse; Ruodi Guillaume Tell with Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Gianluigi Gelmetti and on tour including Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris; Beppe at Teatro Municipal, Santiago de Chile; Monostatos in Barrie Kosky’s production of Die Zauberflöte with Ivor Bolton, and Barbarigo in Verdi I Due Foscari with Pablo Heras-Casado for Teatro Real de Madrid.
In his native Spain he appears regularly at Bilbao Opera (Bardolfo Falstaff, Brighella Ariadne auf Naxos, Triquet Eugene Onegin; Goro Madama Butterfly and Nemorino L’elisir d’amore); at La Coruña Opera Festival (Ruodi Guillaume Tell, Duca Rigoletto, Bardolfo); Oviedo Opera (Goro, Nemorino and Monostatos); at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid (Remendado Carmen, Jorge Marina and Hermann El Dominó Azul) and at Teatro Real (Sir Bruno Robertson I Puritani, Bois-Rosé in Meyerbeer Les Huguenots; Lord Cecil Roberto Devereux).
Concert performances include Guglielmo Tell on a USA tour with Teatro Regio di Torino and Gianandrea Noseda including Detroit, Chicago, Toronto and Carnegie Hall, New York and at the Edinburgh International Festival; Tybalt in Gounod Roméo et Juliette with Michel Plasson at Teatro Real, Madrid; Adrián in Usandizaga La Llama on tour with the Basque Symphony Orchestra (recorded on CD); Tony in Bernstein West Side Story with Vasily Petrenko and Falla La Atlántida with Orquesta Nacional de España and Josep Pons.