Spanish countertenor Xavier sabata makes his Chicago debut in Baroque Band’s season opener featuring the mad, the bad, and the utterly insane!
Here’s an excerpt from a performance of Handel’s Rinaldo
‘The beauty of Sabata’s singing is breath taking…an exceptional singer…one of the richest of counter-tenor voices’ – The Guardian (London)
‘Sabata defies the counter-tenor stereo type’ – CBC Radio
In the course of the 2011-12 season Xavier Sabata appeared on Europe’s most prestigious operatic and concert stages, at a number of leading festivals, and with celebrated ensembles. Born in Barcelona in 1976, the countertenor holds a degree in drama from the Catalan capital’s Institute for Theatre, and went on to study in Karlsruhe with Hartmut Höll and Mitsuko Shirai, also taking masterclasses with Montserrat Figueras, Richard Leavit und Christoph Prégardien. His continuing relationship William Christie and Les Arts Florissants began with his participation in a production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in Lyon. Recent engagements have included Ottone in Agrippina at the Royal Opera in Oviedo and appearances at the Megaron in Athens, the Theater an der Wien and the Opéra Royal de Versailles. He sang Iarba in Cavalli’s La Didone (again with Christie) and participated in a countertenor gala in Karlsruhe and at Versailles, recorded by Decca.