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Tenor AGUSTÍN PRUNELL-FRIEND was born in Spain and studied at the Guildhall School in London. He made his debut as Don Ramiro in Cenerentola at the Teatro de La Zarzuela, Madrid, in 1996. Since then he is in great demand in the Rossini, baroque, and contemporary repertoires all over Europe. His opera credits include Teatro Real Madrid (Celos aun del Ayre Matan); Teatro La Fenice (modern world premiere of Cavalli's Orione, Maderna's Venetian Journal, and Fidelio); the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with the English Bach Festival (Handel's Acis and Galatea and Lully's Bourgeois Gentilhomme); Opera New Zealand and Pesaro (Cenerentola); Orfeo in Sartorio's Orfeo with Pier Luigi Pizzi and Alberto Zedda; and Cefalo in Cavalli's Gli Amori di Apollo e di Daphne, also with Pizzi and Zedda.
Prunell-Friend regularly appears with orchestras such as the Orquesta Nacional de España, the Bergen Philharmonie, the Berlin Rundfunk Orchester, the Dresden Philharmonie, the Mexico Symphony, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, le Grand Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, and the Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, and conductors like Frühbeck de Burgos, Lorin Maazel, Sir Neville Marriner, Alberto Zedda, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Andrea Marcon, Günther Herbig, and Ilan Volkov. He is also a member of Graham Johnson's Songmakers' Almanac, and performs in the most prestigious European concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St Cecilia in Rome, as well as in such cities as Cologne, Hamburg, and Paris.
Recent and future engagements include Orff's Carmina Burana, the Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts, and El Retablo de Maese Pedro with Frühbeck de Burgos in Turin and Dresden; Britten's War Requiem with Lorin Maazel; Handel's Jephtha with Collegium Vocale Ghent and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; Fidelio (Jacquino) in Seville; song recitals with Graham Johnson in Spain; Liszt's Faust Symphony with Juanjo Mena; Les Illuminations with l'Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse; Bruckner's Te Deum with Günther Herbig; the Mozart Requiem with Sir Neville Marriner; and Monteverdi's Orfeo with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants.