“As Macbeth, Argentinean baritone Gustavo Ahualli proved he has an ideal voice for Verdi, beautiful, full, rich, and powerful. His singing was effortless, with excellent control, and ripe with machismo.”
Hailed for his rich and powerful baritone, Mr. Gustavo Ahualli has become well known for his dramatic portrayals in a myriad of leading roles in both the standard operatic repertoire as well as new works by contemporary composers. Debuts during 2013-2014 include Recital next to the great soprano Aprile Millo in Toronto, Macbeth by Verdi with OH in Houston TX, Nabucco by Verdi, Vidal Hernando in the famous zarzuela Luisa Fernanda by Moreno Torroba and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini with Teatro San Martin de Tucuman, Argentina, Moritz in Max and Moritz by Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk, a new opera commissioned by New York Opera Society at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Since his debut in the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflote at Teatro San Martin in his native Tucuman Mr. Ahualli has appeared in productions of: Il barbiere di Siviglia with Palm Beach Opera, Carmen with Central City Opera, Simon Boccanegra ( Highlights) with Sarasota Opera, Macbeth with Opera in the Heights-TX, I Pagliacci with Wichita Opera, Turandot, Madama Butterfly and Eugene Onegin with UAOT-St Louis, Rigoletto with New York Lyric Opera Theatre, Madame Butterfly and Carmen with Westfield Symphony, Tosca with Di Capo Opera NYC, Il Tabarro with Opera Company of Brooklyn, Max and Morritz with New York Opera Society, La Boheme with Théåtre Municipal de Castres-France, Carmen and Los Gavilanes with Teatro Segura-Lima, Peru, Werther CETC-Teatro Colon, La Traviata with Teatro Argentino de la Plata, Argentina, Don Giovanni with Buenos Aires Lirica, La Favorita, Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Pasquale with Opera del Bs As, Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Trovatore, Un ballo in maschera and La Traviata with Teatro San Martin de Tucuman, Bach Magnificat with Teatro Colon, Bs As, Beethoveen’s 9th Symphony with St Patrick Cathedral, NYC, Verdi Requiem with New York Symphonic Art Ensemble and Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica of Newark NJ, among many others.
An avid recitalist, Mr. Ahualli champions the Argentinean, Latin American, French and Italian Art Song Repertoire. Some other concert credits for Mr. Ahualli have included his appearance as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as part of a service offered by Pope Benedict XVI on his 2008 visit to Yankee Stadium; Mr. Ahualli has worked with many well-known conductors, including Anton Guadagno, Julius Rudel, and Victor De Renzi, and has sung with such colleagues as Aprile Millo, Dwayne Croft, Ainoha Arteta, June Anderson, Montserrat Marti, Vladimir Chernov, Luis Lima, Victoria Livengood, Clifton Forbis, and Davide Damiani, among many others.
Recently a United States resident, Gustavo Ahualli was born in San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina. He began his musical training at age of seven with Hilda Deniflee, a student of Kodály and Bartók. In 1998, he obtained his Master’s in singing from the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón. In 2006, he was named first-prize winner of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Competition. He has been for several years a bilingual cantor for Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and for the Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica in Newark, NJ In the academic field, he holds the position of Adjunct professor of the Voice department at the T. Rome School of Music of the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.