Due to illness, tenor Andrew Owens cancelled Florida Grand Opera's matinee of The Barber of Seville on November 15th, 2015. Javier filled in at the last minute to rave reviews! Check them out!
"Abreu, a Puerto Rican tenor, was a delightful Almaviva, with a very Italianate sound that had muscle in the center of his register and a very attractive head voice. He is a slight, shortish man, which made him ideal physically as a partner for Ginther, and they looked persuasive as a couple. His voice was especially lovely in the “Se il mio nome” serenade to Rosina, one of the prettiest parts of the score; the sheer flexibility of his voice makes him well-suited for Rossini in general, and that FGO was able to land him at the last minute for this was a real stroke of good fortune." - Palm Beach Arts Paper
"Abreu steals the opera with his entrance and opening scene in Act Two as Alonso. His solid voice is sufficient but his willingness to stoop to just about anything in order to get his laughs is truly heroic." - ConcertoNet
"Two of the cast members proved nothing short of heroic. With Andrew Owens, who was to sing Count Almaviva in all performances, announced as indisposed, Miami-based tenor Javier Abreu was called in on a few days notice and, with just one rehearsal, gave a captivating portrayal of the aristocrat. Abreu’s compact voice was clear and easily filled the house. His ease in coloratura was evident immediately in “Ecco ridente” and his pianissimos in the serenade to Rosina were meltingly beautiful. His characterization was consistently funny as he took full advantage of his disguises as a drunken soldier and stammering music teacher." - South Florida Classical Review
"For the Sunday performance, Abreu nearly stole the show from the rest of the cast. With only one previous rehearsal he stepped on to the stage and owned the character. Of course this was not the first "Barber" for Abreu, who has performed the role with several different opera companies during the course of his career. But even with a strange cast in an unfamiliar house, Abreu proved that he is a true operatic professional by delivering a star quality performance." - Edge Media Network