Xavier Sabata

Countertenor

“Sabata has one of the richest of counter-tenor voices, his warmth of tone carrying intimations of decadence. A perceptive vocal actor, he gets to the essence of his protagonists. The beauty of Sabata's singing is breathtaking.”

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

Catalan countertenor Xavier Sabata trained as an actor at Barcelona’s Institut del Teatre before studying singing at the Escola Superior de Musica Catalunya and at the Musikhochschule, Karlsruhe, where his teachers were Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai.

Highlights

  • Bertarido – Handel Rodelinda new production – Claus Guth – Ivor Bolton – Teatro Real, Madrid; Stefano Montanari – Opéra de Lyon; new production Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile
  • Ottone – Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea – Diego Fasolis – Staatsoper Berlin; and debut at Wiener Staatsoper
  • Ottone – Handel Agrippina on European tour with Il Pomo d’Oro – Maxim Emelyanychev; plus Teatro de la Maestranza y Salas del Arenal
  •  Endimione La Calisto – David Alden – Ivor Bolton – Teatro Real, Madrid
  • Title role – Handel Rinaldo European tour – Christophe Rousset – Kammerorchester Basel
  • Liederabend – Wigmore Hall, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid

Biography

Opera productions have led him to the most distinguished opera houses worldwide including Teatro Real Madrid, Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Theater an der Wien, Teatro La Fenice in Venice and…

Opera productions have led him to the most distinguished opera houses worldwide including Teatro Real Madrid, Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Theater an der Wien, Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. This season he makes his  Wiener Staatsoper debut as Ottone in Monteverdi’s Poppea under Pablo Heras-Casado.

Sabata’s repertoire spans from Cavalli and Monteverdi and the heroes of baroque opera seria to contemporary works.  Recent roles have included Bertarido in Handel Rodelinda with Claus Guth under Stefano Montanari at Opéra de Lyon, and also at Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile; Ottone in a revival of Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea under Diego Fasolis at Staatsoper Unter den Linden; Endimione La Calisto directed by David Alden with Ivor Bolton at Teatro Real, Madrid; the world premiere of L’enigma di Lea at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; title role in Handel Rinaldo at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and on tour with Christophe Rousset and the Kammerorchester Basel, and also in a new production at the Perelada Festival; and Ottone in Handel Agrippina on a European tour with Il Pomo D’Oro and Maxim Emelyanychev.

He has appeared with such ensembles as Les Arts Florissants, Europa Galante, Collegium 1704, the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Orquesta Barroca Sevilla, and collaborates regularly with conductors such as Fabio Biondi, René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Alan Curtis, Gabriel Garrido, Andrea Marcon, Xavier Dìaz Latorre and Ivor Bolton.  Concert performances have taken him to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona as well as the the Salzburg Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en- Provence, the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music and the Dresdner Musikfestspiele.  He was awarded the Premio Ópera Actual in 2013, and the Premi Tendències d’el Mundo in 2014, and was nominated for best male artist in the 2019 International Opera Awards.

His extensive discography under major labels such as Virgin Classics/EMI and Decca includes recordings of Handel’s operas Faramando, Arminio, Ottone, the multi-award-winning recording of Alessandro, and the title role in Tamerlano. The Guardian described his solo disc ‘Bad Guys’ as ranking ‘among the most intelligent and striking recital discs of recent years’. He also participated in the Gala Night of Countertenors team, alongside Max Emanuel Cencic, Yuriy Mynenko and Franco Fagioli, released by DECCA.

In addition to his performances on the opera stage Xavier has a passion for Lied, and has recently recorded Schubert Winterreise for the Berlin Classics label, following performances in Barcelona and Girona.

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