Biography

Born in Carrilobo in the region of Córdoba (Argentina), Gustavo Porta began his studies at the Conservatory of Córdoba and completed further training at the "Istituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón" in Buenos Aires.


Future engagements include Pollione/Norma at Teatro Municipale di Salerno, Manrico/Il Trovatore at Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Cavaradossi/Tosca, Calaf/Turandot, Luigi/Il Tabarro and Otello at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Berlioz Requiem at Lithuanina National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Attila at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, he will make his debut at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples with Fedora, directed by Christian Badea, Adriana Lecouvrer conducted by Daniel Oren and Rodolfo/Luisa Miller in Trieste. He will also perform Cavaradossi/Tosca in March/June 2017 at Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Don Alvaro/La Forza del Destino in April/May 2017, Manrico/Il trovatore at Teatro San Carlo Napoli in June/July 2017.

Recent engagements include a jump in as Radames/Aida at Deutsche Oper am RheinPollione/Norma in November/December 2016, Calaf/Turandot in December 2016/January 2017, the title role in Edgar at Music Festival Dortmund, Aida and Il Trovatore at Opera in Tel Aviv, Ernani at the Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liège,conductor Paolo Arrivabeni, director Jean-Louis Grinda, Il Tabarro in Dusseldorf with Axel Kober conductor, and returned again in Japan at the National Theatre to sing Manon Lescaut, conducted by Piergiorgio Morandi, director Gilberto Deflo, then participated in the festival of Masada (Israel) in opera Tosca conducted by Oren, with director Nicolas Joel, Andrea Chenier at the Verdi Theatre in Salerno. 

In 2014 Mr, Porta sang Otello at the Teatro Massimo of Palermo, then debuted in the role of Hoffmann at the Opera in Tel Aviv conducted by Frederic Chaslin, continuing with I Pagliacci at the National Theatre in Tokyo, conducted by Renato Palumbo,Carmen in Cina,Guangzhou conducted by Daniel Oren,production of Covent Garden, Otello and Pagliacci at the NCPA in Beijing by Pier Giorgio Morandi conductor and  Gian Carlo Delmonaco director , then sang Manon Lescaut in Shanghai with Daniel Oren,production of Coven Garden, director Jonathan Kent, Aida in Astana, conducted Keri Lynn Wilson, director Franco Zefirelli.

In 2013 Mr. Porta opens up the year with two major events: Firstly in Torino with "Andrea Chenier" and conducted by Renato Palumbo. Secondly, in Tel Aviv with "Otello"'s debut. Among his other endeavours are "Aida" in Wetzikon´s Festival, Switzerland; "Don Carlo" and the " Requiem" of Verdi in Varsavia, "I Pagliacci" in Moscu, "I Pagliacci".

In 2008 the artist made his "Frankfurt Opera" debut in Tosca, and returned to the Deutsche Oper to sing "Aida" (cond. Renato Palumbo), and his important debut in Lipsia in a production of "Manon Lescaut" under the Baton of Riccardo Chailly in a production by Giancarlo Del Monaco. In the summer he sang "Giovanna D'Arco" At the Festival St. Gallen (also directed by Giancarlo Del Monaco). He was also invited to the Montpellier Festival of Radio France to perform in "Fedra" by Ildebrando Pizzetti, of which a recording was made, and his debut at "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino" produces grate success with the operas "Tosca" and "Cavalleria Rusticana" It must be considered, during his latest times in Mr. Porta's career, Fausto of "Mefistofeles" of A. Boito in Frankfurth's and Montpellier's theatres, "El Tabarro" in Dusseldorf, "Il Trovatore" in Palermo and, after his debut in Canio of " I Pagliacci" in Tel Aviv, he has continuously being invited to perform this role in the "Wiener Staatsoper"; where he has been warmly rewarded by generous applauses from people and press. Successively, Mr. Porta performs Don José in " Carmen" in Masada's Festival, Israel, under the baton of Daniel Oren; and debuts in the role of Hagenbach in "La Wally" in the Czech Republic.

Engagements in 2007 include his return to the " Deutsche Oper" with "Cassandra" by Gnecchi, " Manon Lescaut" in Trieste (cond. Daniel Oren), "Aida" at the Avenches Festival and other important role debuts such as Foresto in " Attila" in Bari, Dick Johnson in "La Fanciulla del West" in Prague," Un Ballo in Maschera" in Graz (Austria) and "Andrea Chenier" in Catanzaro.

Highlights in 2006 included performances in "Madama Butterfly" in Tokyo, "La Gioconda" in Catania (cond. Donato Renzetti) and Mr. Porta's "Il Trovatore" debut at the Avenches Festival in Switzerland. Also of great importance was the invitation to sing "Manon Lescaut" and "Germania" by Frachetti at the "Deutsche Oper" in Berlin, conducted by Renato Palumbo.

Mr. Porta moved to Italy in 1999 and made his European debut in "Carmen" in Padua. The following year he appeared in the world premiere of "I due timidi" by Nino Rota at the "Teatro Politeama di Palermo" and in "Il mito di Canio" by Francesco Margola at the "Teatro Grande di Brescia" and "Teatro Ponchielli di Cremona". In 2001 Mr. Porta made his debut in "I Vespri Siciliani" in Darmstadt. Thereafter the young artist's career took off, resulting in more engagements in theaters in Italy and abroad in many works of the lyric and spinto repertoires: "Tosca" (Teatro Bellini di Catania, Göteborg Oper), "Manon Lescaut" (Göteborg Oper), "La Bohème" (Palma di Mallorca) "Le Villi" (Teatro Liceu in Barcelona), "Cavalleria Rusticana" (Macerata Opera Festival, under the baton of Pier Giorgio Morandi), "Aida" (in Rome and Florence in a production by Franco Zeffirelli), "Macbeth" (Vigoleno, Piacenza), "Aroldo" (Piacenza in a production by Pier Luigi Pizzi), "I Lombardi alla prima Crociata" ("Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires", conducted by Richard Bonynge), "Norma" (Stockholm), "Carmen" (in Tel Aviv with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and in Cagliari conducted by Yves Abel), "Faust" (Città del Capo). Other important highlights were his debut at the "Teatro Real de Madrid" in "La Dolores" and the production of "La vida breve" (conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos) in Oslo and Bergen.

In 1996 Mr. Porta made his debut at the "Teatro Colón" in Buenos Aires in The Magic Flute (Monostatos), and then appeared at the" Teatro Argentino de la Plata" (Gianni Schicchi, Lucia di Lammermoor, Giovanna d'Arco), " Teatro San Martín de Córdoba" (La Traviata) and at the "Teatro El Círculo de Rosario" (Tosca, La Bohème) in Argentina.






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Reviews

Edgar, G. Puccini, Klangvokal Musikfestival Dortmund, May 2016
"Der argentinische Tenor Gustavo Porta bringt alles mit, was einen wirklich guten Puccini-Tenor ausmacht. Langer Atem, große Stimme, Schmelz und die scheinbar spielerische Leichtigkeit der hohen Töne. Auch er völlig zu recht im Zentrum des einhelligen Publikumsjubel."

Andrea Chenier, U. Giordano, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, 17 April 2016
"Il tenore Gustavo Porta ha scolpito il suo Andrea Chénier, non solo con gli acuti folgoranti e chiari, d'una intensità e d'una lucentezza ineccepibili, ma ha dato prova di saper modellare e condurre la voce laddove era necessario e gli attacchi de «Un dì nell'azzurro spazio» (con standing ovation conseguente) del primo atto e la commovente «Come un bel dì di maggio» dell'ultimo atto, ne hanno dato saggio magistrale e hanno sottolineato, se mai ve ne fosse ancora bisogno, la grande caratura dell'interprete. Il personaggio Chénier rimane tenacemente solidale con i propri ideali verso l'amore cui è chiamato «Credo a una possanza arcana» e verso la patria che pure lo tradisce condannandolo a morte «Sì, fui soldato»: Gustavo Porta lo restituisce con eloquente ed espressivo fermento psicologico."

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