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.

 

The 2017-18 season is a season of debuts.  Abreu will debut with Eugene Opera as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ramiro in La cenerentola with Opera Orlando, and in the title role in Donizetti’s Il pigmalione as well as Beppe in Rita with Chicago Opera Theater.  He will also create the role of Gabriel in Opera Southwest’s premier of Bless Me Última by composer Héctor Armienta.  Abreu will return to the Lismore Opera Festival in Ireland for Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri.

A champion of contemporary opera, Mr. Abreu premiered the roles of Castleman in The Long Walk with Opera Saratoga, Pepe in Before Night Falls with Forth Worth Opera and Florida Grand Opera, 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, Cat in the North American premier of Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, and Molqi in a special alumni performance of The Death of Klinghoffer with The Juilliard Orchestra and conducted by John Adams. 

Mr. Abreu’s many opera credits also 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 Opera 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 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, he has performed Orff’s Carmina Burana with many leading orchestras including: 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.  He’s also been a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.  

He 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.

Mr. Abreu is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Opera Center, Music Academy of the West, Seagle Music Colony, and The Juilliard School.   

Revised 11/13/17