“His voice has an intense beauty both in the center and in the high notes, of a spectacular brilliance”
Considered to be Luciano Pavarotti's natural substitute, Aquiles Machado is a brilliant tenor, disciple of Alfredo Kraus, the best lyric singer of his time, with whom he studied at the Queen Sofía College of Music. In 2007, Aquiles received a 25 minutes ovation in his debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He has performed in the most important theaters around the world: the National Theatre of Saint Charles, in Lisbon; The Verona Arena; the Teatro Regio di Parma; the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, the Teatro San Carlo, in Napoli; the Washington National Opera; the Los Angeles Opera; the Gran Teatre del Liceu, in Barcelona; the Royal Theater of Madrid; the Teatro de la Zarzuela, in Madrid; the Berlin State Opera; the Deutsche Oper Berlin; the Zürich Opera House; the Vienna State Opera; the Teatro alla Scala, in Milan; among many others.
His repertoire consists mainly of French and Italian opera, but at the same time his interest has been directed towards chamber music, oratorio and recital. He has been awarded by the Parma Lyric Association. He also has won major lyric singing competitions such as the Francisco Viñas, in Spain; the Cardiff Singers of the World, in the UK; and Operalia. Machado has a growing number of recordings, with titles ranging from belcanto to popular music.
He has worked with maestros such as Plácido Domingo, Jesús López Cobos, Riccardo Chailly, Mstislav Rostropovich, Daniel Oren, Leopold Hager, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Friedrich Haider, Semyon Bychkov, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Myung-whun Chung, Alain Guingal, Marco Armiliato, Renato Palumbo, Bertrand de Billy, Sir Mark Elder, Alfredo Rugeles, Lü Jia, Gustavo Dudamel, Eve Queler, Diego Matheuz, Michele Mariotti, Roberto Abbado, Massimo Zanetti, Riccardo Muti, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Zubin Mehta. Among his future commitments are: his participation in titles such as La Forza del Destino, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Il Trovatore, at the Oviedo Opera; Tosca, in Liège, Belgium; his debut as Radamés, in the opera Aida, by Verdi; and La Ciociara, by Marco Tutino, in Italy.