"Atxalandabaso ‘s voice is just incredible, having a lyrical instrument that projects wonderfully. His voice is always present, even in choral scenes, and his articulation, diction and phrasing are impeccable. No wonder he made his operatic debut in the infamous short but devilish role of the “Pêcheur” in Rossini’s “William Tell.” It was funny to see him running across the stage wearing a bridal gown during the very last scene of the opera."

The Spanish international Tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso recently achieved a huge success with MONOSTATOS and BARDOLFO at Teatro Real, which he equally sings shortly at la Monnaie. Previously he also triumphed with his debut as MIME in Das Rheingold in the production of Robert Carsen at Teatro Real.

“Mikeldi Atxalandabaso was a wonderful Mime in his role debut. He’s a Rossini, Mozart, and Donizetti veteran and he showed how this cornucopia of style can serve Wagner’s music.”

His last programmed engagements as BEPPE in Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as SPOLETTA at the Salzburger Festpiele with Thielemann and Netrebko or in a Missa Solemnis production by Calixto Bieito at the Teatro Arriaga were cancelled due to Covid 19.

Highlights of the last seasons include GORO in concert at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, SPOLETTA in a new production with Christian Thielemann at theSalzburg Eastern Festival , REMENDADO at the Teatro Real, EDMONDO in Manon Lescaut and PONG at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, PONG in Turandot at the Teatro Regio di Torino and NARRABOTH in Salome and JAQUINO in Fidelio at the Bilbao Opera.

After completing his singing studies in his native town Bilbao, Mikeldi made his international debut in 2013 as RUODI in Guillaume Tell at the Dutch National Opera, a role he has repeated in both the French and Italian versions in many international venues, including at the Monte-Carlo Opera House, the Teatro Regio Torino, the Opéra de Monte Carlo, in concert at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Carnegie Hall, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées or in La Coruña.

Other international contracts followed with BEPPE in Pagliacci and DON CURZIO in Nozze di Figaro at the Théâtre Capitole de Toulouse, BEPPE at the Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile, MAESE PEDRO in Manuel de Falla’s El retablo de Maese Pedro at La Monnaie, MONOSTATOS in Barrie Kosky’s production of Zauberflöte, BARBARIGO in Verdi’s I due Foscari, SIR BRUNO ROBERTSON in I Puritani; BOIS-ROSÉ in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and TYBALT in Roméo et Juliette at Teatro Real de Madrid, TRIQUET in Onegin, BRIGHELLA in Ariadne auf Naxos or BARDOLFO in Falstaff at the Bilbao Opera or GORO at the Maestranza de Sevilla, ADRIÁN in Usandizaga’s La llama on tour with the Basque Symphony Orchestra, TONY in West Side Story and the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra or Manuel de Falla’s La Atlántida with the Spanish National Orchestra.

In recent seasons he appeared as DR. CAJUS in Falstaff with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the STEERSMAN in Der Fiegender Holländer at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, JONAS in Le Prophète at the Théâtre Capitole de Toulose, RUSTIGHELLO in Lucrezia Borgia in Bilbao or Bruckner’s Te Deum with Erik Nielsen and the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.

Future engagements include BARDOLFO at La Monnaie, HAUPTMANN in Wozzeck at the Monte Carlo Opera, SPOLETTA, BEPPE and the 4 VILLAINS in Les contes de Hoffmann at the Bilbao Opera ABAO, TRIQUET, HAUPTMANN and THE SHABBY PEASENT in Lady Macbeth von Mtsensk at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. At the Teatro Real he portrays MONOSTATOS, SPOLETTA and sings the double leading role of RAFAEL/ ALFONSO ENRIQUEZ in the world premiere of El Abrecartas by Luis de Pablo. He also debuts as PEDRILLO at the Bilbao Opera.


Opera Bilbao - Les Contes d’Hoffmann – CONCHILLE-, PITICHINACCIO-FRANTZ-ANDRÈS
"Particularly worth mentioning are the 4 roles sung by the Bi Bilbao tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso: his Andrés and Pitichinaccio both sung with plenty of charisma, the falsetto that he presented as Cochenille and his funny couplets as Frantz."
El País
"Worth mentioning is also the excellent performance of Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, the tenor who with his clear and bright voice knew how to give life to his different characters, filling the scene by himself and capturing the attention of the audience with his portrayal of Frantz."
El Correro
"Two voices deserve special attention in these lines. One of them is the voice of Bilbao tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, ... / ... his important voice, as demonstrated in his brief, but forceful and expressive 'couplets' «Jour de nuit je me met quatre ” proves magnificent scenic expressiveness. For many years his voice demonstrates its immense quality. Today, it is finally being accredited beyond our borders."
"Excellent Atxalandabaso in his four characters."
Salzburger Festspiele – Tosca - SPOLETTA
"Mikeldi Atxalandabaso is an appropriate police agent Spoletta, both vocally and as a character."
Der neue Merker, Gottfried Franz Kasparek, 08.09.2021
Teatro Real Madrid – Tosca - SPOLETTA
"Mikeldi Axtlandabaso as Spoletta was as always outstanding."
"Particularly worth mentioning is Mikeldi Atxalandabaso in the sinister role of Spoletta."
Teatro Real Madrid – Die Zauberflöte - MONOSTATOS
"Mikeldi Atxalandabaso war ein exzellenter Monostatos – er ist stets ein echter Garant in diesen Charakteren."
Seen and Heard International
"The interpretation of tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso as Monostatos was brilliant. A regular guest at the Teatro Real regular whose voice production is excellent. His timbre is simply insinuating and his projection so seamless, he always astonishes in principal roles. His solo aria “Alles fühlt der Liebe Freuden” was amusing and impeccable. His character was strongly defined as Noferatu, and Atxalandabaso gave a masterclass portrayal of this famous silent era vampire, under a heavy and probably uncomfortable characterization with splendid body work and big, convincing movements and gestures."
Opera Wire
Teatro Real Madrid – Falstaff - BARDOLFO
"Atxalandabaso ‘s voice is just incredible, having a lyrical instrument that projects wonderfully. His voice is always presents, even in choral scenes, and his articulation, diction and phrasing are impeccable. No wonder he made his operatic debut in the infamous short but devilish role of the “Pêcheur” in Rossini’s “William Tell.” It was funny to see him running across the stage wearing a bridal gown during the very last scene of the opera."
Teatro Real Madrid – Das Rheingold – MIME
"Also excellent Mikeldi Atxalandabaso’s Mime."
Online Merker
"The Catalan Mikeldi Atxalandabaso is a sprightly and clear Mime, to whose “Siegfried” one eagerly looks forward."
Der Opernfreund
"Mikeldi Atxalandabaso was an impeccable Mime, proving once again that he possesses a voice that has no problem reaching the audience."
Seen and Heard international
"Excellent the lyrical tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso as Mime with a brilliant vocal and scenic characterization."
Opera Actual
"There was an appreciable vocal team of which we highlight the lyrical-light tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, who debuted Mime. Excellent for vocal characterization, with fair histrionics, and scenic attitude."
Spain´s News
"The slightly lyrical tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso was appropriately applauded for his secure, theatrical presentation and wonderful singing in his debut as Mime."
Gran Teatre de Liceu – Manon Lescaut - EDMONDO
"Minor roles included an excellent performance from Mikeldi Atxalandabaso as Edmondo."
Teatro Real Madrid – Roméo et Juliette – TYBALT
"Particularly worth mentioning was Mikeldi Atxalandabaso’s great performance as Tybalt. "
Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse –I Pagliacci –BEPPE
"Mikeldi Atxalandabaso as Beppe sang a beautiful Herlekin serenade."
Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse – Le Prophète – JONAS
"… and Mikeldi Atxalandabaso as Jonas already conquered the Capitol’s audience with their voices. Their impeccable French pronunciation and their affinity with the characters , makes them stand out of the ensemble. "
Teatro real Madrid – Carmen - REMENDADO
"…and Mikeldi Atxalandabaso in the role of Remendado was high class both vocally and actingly. "
Brio Clásica
Teatro Real Madrid - Rheingold - MIME
Photo: Javier del Real
Teatro Real Madrid - Rheingold - MIME
Photo: Javier del Real