Biography


 

Puerto Rican tenor Javier Abreu sets himself apart with his energetic performances and commanding stage presence. Praised by Opera News as a “consistently lyric high tenor,” Abreu has wowed audiences all over the world in the baroque, bel canto, and contemporary repertoire.

During the 2016-17 season, he returns to American Lyric Theater for the roles of Steve Todd/Arnold Murray in the workshop of The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turning at Merkin Hall. He also returns to Florida Grand Opera to reprise Pepe in Before Night Falls, a role he created with Fort Worth Opera, the premiering recording of which was released in 2010 with Albany Records.

A champion of contemporary opera, Mr. Abreu premiered the roles of Castleman in The Long Walk with Opera Saratoga, Padre Rufiano in The Inspector with Wolf Trap Opera, Pozolero in La Reina with American Lyric Theater and Prototype, and Enano de Salnés in La cabeza del bautista with Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. Additionally, he performed Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas with Nashville Opera, The Cat in the North American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio with Minnesota Opera, and Molqi in a special alumni performance of The Death of Klinghoffer with The Juilliard Orchestra conducted by John Adams.

Mr. Abreu’s many opera credits include appearances with Atlanta Opera, Opera de Oviedo, Theater Basel, Arizona Opera, Teatro Municipal de Chile, Austin Opera, The New Israeli Opera, Stuttgart Staatsoper, Opera Omaha, Virginia Opera, New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Lismore Music Festival in Ireland, Teatro Arriaga in Spain, Central City Opera, Knoxville Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Bard Summerscape, to name a few. His roles with these companies include Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri, Ory in Le comte Ory, Fenton in Falstaff, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Valletto in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Ramiro in La cenerentola, Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Pedrillo in Die Entfhürung aus dem Serail, Alexis in The Sorcerer, Pirelli and Toby in Sweeney Todd, and Orpheus in Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld.

An accomplished concert singer, Mr. Abreu has performed Orff’s Carmina burana with many leading orchestras including the National Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Britt Music Festival, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the South Bend Symphony. With the Jacksonville Symphony, he has performed both Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem. Additionally, he has been a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mr. Abreu has been featured in two recent recordings: John Musto’s The Inspector with the Wolf Trap Opera, and Five Borough Songbook with the Five Borough Music Festival. He is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Opera Center, Music Academy of the West, Seagle Music Colony, and The Juilliard School. 

Revised 3/08/17