Praised for his romantic Italianate sound, Mexican-American tenor Galeano Salas is currently in his fifth season as an ensemble member of the Bayerische Staatsoper. Recent engagements at the Staatsoper include Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore alongside Pretty Yende, Fenton in Mateja Koležnik's new production of Verdi's Falstaff, the Italian tenor in both Barrie Kosky's premiere of Der Rosenkavalier and David Marton’s production of Capriccio and Alfred in Die Fledermaus. Mr. Salas made his film debut in the much anticipated and critically acclaimed Axel Ranisch opera film Orphea in Love.
Mr. Salas’ opens the 2022-2023 season with performances at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile debuting as Chevalier des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon. He then travels to Verona to debut as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Teatro Filarmonico. He returns to the Bavarian State Opera as Alfred in Die Fledermaus in the new year before heading to Semperoper
Dresden to make his house debut as Rodolfo in La bohème. The spring brings Galeano back to Munich to sing a concert version of I Lombardi alla prima crociata with the Münchner Rundfunksymphonie before returning to the Staatsoper to finish off the season singing Roderigo in Verdi’s Otello.
Mr. Salas’ prior outside engagements include Rodolfo in Robert Carsen's production of La bohème with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen and house debut in a new production of Falstaff as Fenton directed by Barrie Kosky with Komische Oper Berlin. He performed the Duke of Mantua with the Hungarian State Opera’s production of Rigoletto and Rodolfo in Cape Town Opera's La bohème – a critically acclaimed co-production with Theater Basel.
Prior Staatsoper engagements include Rinuccio in the Bayerische Staatsoper's new production of Puccini's Il trittico after a last minute jump-in for the Livestream performance under Maestro Kirill Petrenko. Mr. Salas has reprised the role of Rinuccio more than any other during his time at the Staatsoper and performed many supporting roles bowing as Lord Arturo Bucklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gastone in La traviata and Pong in Turandot among others.
Other performed roles include Alfredo in La traviata, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Vaudemont in Iolanta and Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi.
Mr. Salas' is no stranger to oratorio, 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, 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.