Tenor Galeano Salas is a grand prize and audience choice award winner of the Éva Marton International Singing Competition. The mexican-american tenor has been described as ‘golden-timbred’ and begins his first year as a freelance artist after being a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper for the past seven seasons.
Previous seasons at the Staatsoper included roles such as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Rinuccio in Puccini’s Il trittico, as Fenton in Falstaff, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, the Italian singer in both Strauss’ Capriccio and Der Rosenkavalier among many others. Also in conjunction with the Staatsoper, Mr. Salas made his film debut in the critically acclaimed film by Axel Ranisch, Orphea in Love.
The mexican-american tenor begins his 2023-2024 season with performances of Die lustige Witwe at Teatro Colón debuting as Camille de Rosillon. He makes two house debuts as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Teatro Regio Torino and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino respectively. The winter months bring Galeano back to Semperoper Dresden as Alfred in Die Fledermaus and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème. He continues to Verona to make another exciting role debut as Ruggero in Teatro Filarmonico’s production of Puccini’s La rondine. In late February Mr. Salas returns to his home theater, the Bavarian State Opera, as Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore alongside Emily Pogorelc, Konstantin Krimmel and Ambrogio Maestri. He heads to Genoa in April to interpret Rodolfo in another production of La bohème and finishes the season as the tenor soloist in Bruckner’s Te Deum.
Mr. Salas’ 2022-2023 season included performances at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile debuting as Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon, in Verona as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Teatro Filarmonico, as Alfred in Die Fledermaus at the Bayerische Staatsoper, then with Semperoper Dresden to make his house debut as Rodolfo in La bohème. He jumped-in to make a professional role and theater debut as Alfredo in Volksoper Wien’s production of La traviata followed closely by concerts in Munich and Budapest as Arvino in I lombardi alla prima crociata with the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra. He closed the season debuting as Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen again in Teatro Municipal de Santiago.
Other notable engagements from prior seasons include Rodolfo in Teatro Colon’s classic production of La bohème, performances of Robert Carsen's production of La bohème with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen. A new production of Der Rosenkavalier as the singer and Falstaff as Fenton directed by Barrie Kosky. The Duke of Mantua with the Hungarian State Opera’s production of Rigoletto.
Mr. Salas' is no stranger to oratorio work, having recently performed Bizet’s Clovis et Clotilde, and Te Deum at the Herkulessaal in Munich. Other notable concerts include Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Opera National de Bordeaux, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, the Verdi Requiem, Haydn's Stabat Mater, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, the Mozart Requiem, and Handel's Messiah.
Mr. Salas has garnered a number of awards notably winning the Grand Prix and Audience Choice Awards at the III Éva Marton International Singing Competition in Budapest. He also received the top prizes at the Stella Maris International Voice Competition, the 28ème Concours de Chant de Marmande, the VI Concurso Internacional de Canto, Alfredo Kraus, and the Top Prize of the 2016 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Voice Competition.
Mr. Salas holds degrees from the University of Houston, Yale University, and an Artist Diploma from the Academy of Vocal Arts. He also completed two years as a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper Opernstudio, and was an apprentice with Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera and Wolf Trap Opera Company in the United States.