“...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.
• Tosca Spoletta – Christian Thielemann, Osterfestspiele Salzburg
• Madama Butterfly Goro – in concert – Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, Mikko Franck
• Das Rheingold Mime – Pablo Heras-Casado; Falstaff Bardolfo – Laurent Pelly – Teatro Real, Madrid
• Falstaff Dr. Cajus – Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Daniel Harding
• Manon Lescaut Edmondo – Emmanuel Villaume; Der fliegende Holländer Steuermann – Oksana Lyniv – Liceu Barcelona
• Turandot Pong – Teatro Regio di Torino, Gianandrea Noseda
Plans this season include his debut as Mime in Wagner Das Rheingold directed by Robert Carsen under Pablo Heras-Casado and Bardolfo in Verdi Falstaff new production by Laurent Pelly with Daniele Rustioni, both at Teatro Real, Madrid; Jaquino in Beethoven Fidelio at Bilbao Opera-ABAO conducted by Juanjo Mena; Joshe Mari in Mendi Mendiyan new production by Calixto Bieto under Erik Nielsen at Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao.
2017-18 season highlights included Spoletta Tosca in 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; Pong Turandot, a new production directed by Stefano Poda under Gianandrea Noseda for Teatro Regio di Torino; 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 at 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 Guillaume 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, 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 have included Guillaume Tell on tour with Teatro Regio di Torino and Gianandrea Noseda to Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, the 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 the Castilla y León Symphony and Falla La Atlántida with the Spanish National Orchestra and Josep Pons.