Luciano will travel to Australia for his company and role debut at Opera Australia where he wil appear as Narciso The Turk in Italy and then continue to Germany where he will revive the role of Orfée Orfeé et Euridice at Oper Stuttgart.
Recent successes include revival performances of Elvino La Sonnambula at Oper Stuttgart, Percy Anna Bolena at Oper Koeln, Don Ramiro La Cenerentola at Opéra de Massy, Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia at New National Theatre Tokyo and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and Giacomo La Donna del Lago at Theater an der Wien, a role he previously inaugurated at Grand Théâtre de Genève with Joyce diDonato. He further won great acclaim at Caramoor Festival under the baton of Will Crutchfield in the role of Chalais Maria de Rohan, as Ramiro in Glyndebourne’s touring production of La Cenerentola and as Fenton Falstaff in Nantes, Angers and Rennes.
Previous engagements at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden include the Intendante Linda di Chamonix in performances recorded by Opera Rara. His debut as Don Ramiro at Malmö Opera, Sweden, followed, and he made a European concert tour with Julianne Banse and Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra. Under the baton of Jean-Christoph Spinosi at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris he appeared as Flavio Norma, and followed with his Salzburg Festival debut in the same role with Joyce diDonato and Edita Gruberova. He appeared at Opéra Dijon as Nemorino L’elisir d’amore.
Luciano Botelho’s first professional appearance on the operatic stage took place in his home country, Brasil, in 2001 as Tamino Die Zauberflöte in the Amazonas Opera Festival; he also sang Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Ramiro and Il Conte Almaviva, and went on to receive critical acclaim for his performances of Fadinard in Rota’s Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze, and Le Berger Oedipus Rex.
Mr Botelho graduated with a degree in music from the University of Rio, and completed a postgraduate diploma in vocal studies and the opera programme at the Guildhall School and Music and Drama in London. He later graduated from the Cardiff Academy of Voice under the guidance of Dennis O'Neill, and participated in the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Other roles in his repertoire include Nadir Les Pêcheurs des Perles; Tebaldo I Capuleti e i Montecchi, title role La Favola d’Orfeo (Monteverdi), Il Principe La bella dormente nell bosco (Respighi), Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi, Faust La Damnation de Faust, Libenskof Il Viaggio a Rheims, title role Le Comte Ory, Gianetto La Gazza Ladra.
Frequently found in concert, Mr Botelho’s repertoire includes Mozart's Requiem and C Minor Mass, Bach's Magnificat, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette and La Damnation de Faust, Szymanowsky’s Harnasie, Ramirez’s Missa criolla and Buxtehude’s Oratorio de Natal.
Past engagements include Percy Anna Bolena with English Touring Opera, Tonio La Fille du Regiment at Opera Holland Park, Ferrando Cosi fan tutte at Verbier Festival, Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Santa Cecilia Rome, Corradino Matilde di Shabran (cover) at ROH Covent Garden, Leicester Maria Stuarda at Nationaltheater Mannheim, and Gennaro Lucrezia Borgia at Polish National Opera.