Aquiles Machado


Born in Barquisimeto (Venezuela). He began his music studies at the Conservatorio Vicente Emilio Sojo. Studied under Professor William Alvarado at the Conservatorio de Música Simón Bolívar in Caracas. He moved to Spain and attended the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía where he studied under maestro Alfredo Kraus, thanks to a scholarship from the Banco de España and the Mozarteum Foundation in Venezuela.

In 1996 he made his debut in Caracas with L’elisir d’amore, and in Europe the same year he made his first appearance in Macbeth at the Teatro Benito Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. His career has been developing ever since, with memorable performances at the world’s most prestigious theatres, among them the Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon, the Arena di Verona, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Regio in Parma, the Opera di Roma, the Washington Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, the Berliner Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Wiener Staatsoper, the Zurich Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and the Teatro alla Scala in Milano.

He has received numerous awards from various lyric associations, including one from the Parma Lyric Association for his Verdian performances. He also won 1st prize at vocal competitions including the Francisco Viñas Competition in Spain, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in the UK and Plácido Domingo’s Operalia in 1997.

Over the course of his career he has performed alongside such maestri as Plácido Domingo, Jesús López-Cobos, Riccardo Chailly, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Oren, Leopold Hager, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Friedrich Haider, Semyon Bychkov, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Myung-Whun Chung, Alain Guingal, Marco Armiliato, Renato Palumbo, Bertrand de Billy, Sir Mark Elder, Gustavo Dudamel, Eve Queler, Massimo Zanetti and Gianluigi Gelmetti. His repertoire consists mainly of French and Italian opera, with an emerging interest in chamber music, recitals and oratorios.

He has recorded a great number of performances, from bel canto to traditional music that includes Bellini’s Norma with soprano Edita Gruberová and maestro Friedrich Haider, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with Erwin Schrott and Valeria Esposito at the Sferisterio in Macerata, Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Arena di Verona with Inva Mula and Leo Nucci, Verdi’s Requiem with maestro Gerd Albrecht and the Czech Philharmonic in Brno and Franz von Suppé’s Requiem conducted by maestro Michel Corboz. He has also recorded Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under maestro Ricardo Chailly in Amsterdam, Le Villi for radio with the Philharmonie de Paris under maestro Marco Guidarini, La Bohème at the Teatro Real in Madrid with the Madrid Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jesús López-Cobos, Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann during the ABAO season (Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera) conducted by Alain Guingal with Giancarlo Del Monaco as stage director, Isaac Albéniz’s opera Henry Clifford with the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Verdi’s La forza del destino at the Teatro Regio di Parma conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti, Verdi’s I masnadieri in Naples conducted by Nicola Luisotti and Puccini’s La Bohème conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

He recently made his debut in Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore at the Sferisterio in Macerata, as well as such works as Un ballo in maschera, I due Foscari and La forza del destino. Future engagements include La traviata (Oviedo), Tosca and Verdi’s Requiem in Leipzig and his debut in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette in Liège (Belgium).

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