José Aparicio


José Aparicio, musical director, conductor, tenor.

José Aparicio was born in Alicante, Spain. He studied flute and music in Alicante and after graduation he began his career as a professional flute player becoming principal flute in the Chamber Orchestra of Elche and Symphonic Orchestra of Alicante.

He auditioned successfully for and went on to complete the Post Diploma Orchestral Training Course, as a flautist, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1999. The following year he began his studies of singing, making direct entry into the second year of the undergraduate singing course, which he completed in 2002.

José attended the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Paula Anglin and Adrian Thompson.  He completed the course in 2004.

His oratorio performances include works by Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Operatic performances during this time include roles and extracts from Puccini’s La Boheme, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amor, Britten’s Rape of Lucretia and A Midsummer Nights Dream, Massenet’s Werther, Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

He won the second prize in Guildhall’s biannual Gold Medal in May 2003, held in the Barbican Hall, London. Roles include Leander in Nielsen’s Masquerade, Bénédict in Berlioz’s Beatrice et Bénédict and Basilio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, Belfiore in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera, Beppe in Donizetti’s Rita, Dorvil in Rossini’s La scala di seta, Calandrino in Oliver-Mozart’s L’oca del Cairo, and Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohéme.

Most recently, he sang Frisellino in Haydn’s Le Pescatrici for Wien Kammeroper, and was the tenor soloist in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, at Valencia’s Palau de la Musica under Juan Antonio Ramirez.

Press Quotes:

‘I clocked three potential stars in one gifted cast: a chirpily comic Bénédict (the tenor José Aparicio)….’ 21 November 2003.

‘José Aparicio (Bénédict) is clearly a lyric tenor with a lot of potential’  January 2004.

‘José Aparicio (Don Basilio) makes a striking presence’

‘…The other quite extraordinarily complete portrayal was José Aparicio’s Basilio. This was an assumption of genius, so resourceful in malevolence and so dominated by the neurotic fear that other people might be as dreadful as he is that I can’t remember ever before feeling the character to be so hilarious and deep a study in the relationship of hatefulness and angst’.         13 March 2004

‘José Aparicio was a sensationally oleaginous Don Basilio’ 14 March 2004

‘…Fast zur Gänze neu ist auch das Vokalensemble, aus dem der perfekt Geführte, in allen Lagen wohllautende tenor des jungen Spaniers José Aparicio (Belfiore) Glanzvoll hervorsticht.’ (…Almost completely new too, is the vocal ensemble, out of which, the perfectly controlled, in all registers, pleasant sounding tenor, of the young Spaniard José Aparicio, stands out magnificently) Vienna 9 October 2004