Javier Abreu

Puerto Rican tenor Javier Abreu has been described as a commanding force on stage, incorporating a rich, sweet, and agile voice with ample dramatic skills. Opera News described him as “a natural Rossini singer,” and The Washington Times stated, “his high, supple lyric voice possesses great conviction.” Last season’s performances include the world premiere of Bless Me, Ultima with Opera Southwest, a return to Opera Orlando as Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Lindoro in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri with Blackwater Valley Opera in Ireland, a debut with Chicago Opera Theater as the title role in Donizetti’s Il Pigmalione, and Beppe in Donizetti’s Rita.  Recent performances include Orpheus in Offenbach’s raucous Orpheus in the Underworld with Virginia Opera, Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia with Florida Grand Opera, and debuts with the Prototype Festival in American Lyric Theater’s concert of Jorge Sosa’s La Reina, Arizona Opera in Verdi’s Falstaff, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra for Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Mill City Summer Opera in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.
 
In the 2016-2017 season, Abreu returned to Florida Grand Opera for Jose Martin’s Before Night Falls as well as American Lyric Theater for roles in Justine F. Chen’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing.  A lover of contemporary opera, Abreu has premiered roles of Pepe in Before Night Falls with Fort Worth Opera, Castleman in Jeremy Howard Beck’s The Long Walk with Opera Saratoga, Rufiano in The Inspector with Wolf Trap Opera, and El enano de Salnés in La cabeza del bautista with Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. 
 
Abreu has garnered critical acclaim for his portrayals of Rossini’s leading men with New Jersey Opera, Nashville Opera, Lyrique en Mer, Opera de Oviedo, Theater Basel, Teatro Municipal de Chile, Austin Lyric Opera, New York City Opera, the New Israeli Opera, and the Stuttgart Staatsoper. He has also appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, the Louisville Symphony, and the Lexington Philharmonic, to name a few.  Upcoming performances include Philip Glass’ In The Penal Colony with San Francisco’s Opera Parallele, and a return to Pittsburgh Opera as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.