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Juan Francisco Gatell (born November 28, 1978 in La Plata, Argentina Juan Francisco Gatell is an Argentinian operatic tenor who specialises in the bel canto repertoire.
Juan Francisco Gatell won First Prize of the ASLICO competition in 2006. The same year he debuted the role of Don Ottavio of Don Giovanni (Mozart) in the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome (conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti), and he has also sung the role in the Verdi Theatre in Trieste, the Comunale in Bologna and La Scala in Milan.
The tenor debuted in Paris at the Opera Garnier with Capriccio (Richard Strauss), also at the Teatro Real in Madrid with Il burbero di buon cuore by Martín y Soler, and at the A Coruña Opera Festival in Così fan tutte. He has worked with Maestro Riccardo Muti on various occasions singing Ernesto in Don Pasquale in Ravenna, in the Viennese Musikverein and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, as well as debuting as Calandrino in Cimarosa's Il ritorno di Don Calandrino at the Salzburger Pfingsfestspiele; again with Muti on the podium he played Eliézer in Moïse et Pharaon in Salzburg, a role which he also sang in Rome (2010), after which he worked with Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra singing Cassio in Otello in Chicago and in the Carnegie Hall, New York City, in April 2011.
In 2009 he sang at the Washington National Opera for the first time, (Almaviva, Il barbiere di Siviglia, conducted by Michele Mariotti) and in 2010 in the Comunale in Bologna (Nemorino, L’elisir d’amore) and in the Jesi Pergolesi-Spontini Festival (Polidoro, Flaminio). With his Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia he has also debuted in Geneva, Vienna and Tel Aviv (conducted by Roberto Abbado) in the 2010-2011 season. He sang in the Salzburg Summer Festival as Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette (Charles Gounod) and the following year he returned to La Scala in Milan as Belfiore in Il viaggio a Reims.