The internationally sought-after tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso recently made his successful debut as DER ZWERG at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam. Other important debuts have also been the HAUPTMANN in “Wozzeck” at the Monte Carlo Opera and the Gran Teatro del Liceu, as well as HEURTEBISE in Philip Glass’ “Orphée” at the Teatro Real or PEDRO in Falla’s “El retablo de Maese Pedro”, with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra.

Moreover, recent season’s highlights include his SPOLETTA at the Salzburg Festival and the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Teatro Real Madrid or the Peralada Festival, as well as his debut at the Palau de les Arts as GORO, his interpretation of ALFONSO in the world premiere “Abrecartas” by Luis de Pablo also at the Teatro Real or BEPPE in “I Pagliacci” and the 4 SERVANTS in “Les contes d’Hoffman” at the ABAO Opera in Bilbao.

After completing his singing studies in his native town Bilbao, Mikeldi made his internationally in noticed debut as RUODI in Rossini’s ”Guillaume Tell” at the Nederlandse Nationale Opera Amsterdam in 2013. Subsequently, he portrayed this role in numerous international productions both in French and Italian: at the Teatro Regio Torino,the Monte Carlo Opera, in concerts at the Edinburgh International Festival, on a tour through the United States and Canada, in concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and in La Coruña.
Further international engagements include PONG at the Teatro Regio di Torino, BEPPE, DON CURZIO, JONAS in” Le Prophète” at the Théâtre du Capitôle de Toulouse, BEPPE at the Teatro Municipal Santiago de Chile He sang DR. CAJUS in “Falstaff” with the Bavarian Broadcast Symphony Orchestra or MAESE PEDRO in Manuel de Falla’s “El retablo de Maese Pedro” at the Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels. In this very venue, his engagement as BARDOLFO in “Falstaff” was cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Heregularly performs in his native country e.g at the Gran Teatro del Liceu (EDMONDO in “Manon Lescaut”, the STEERSMAN in “Der Fliegende Holländer” or PONG), at the Teatro Real (sang a celebrated MIME in “Das Rheingold” in Robert Carsens’ production, MONOSTATOS in Barrie Kosky’s “Die Zauberflöte”, REMENDADO, BARBARIGO in “I due Foscari”, SIR BRUNO ROBERTSON in “I Puritani, BOIS-ROSÉ in Meyerbeer’s “Les Huguenots” and TIBALT in “Roméo et Juliette”), the Maestranza de Sevilla (GORO, MONOSTATOS, SEBAS in Zemlinsky’s “Der König Kandaules”) …) or ABAO Opera Bilbao, appearing as NARRABOTH in “Salome”, JAQUINO in “Fidelio”, GORO, TRIQUET in “Eugen Onegin”, BRIGHELLA in “Ariadne auf Naxos”, RUSTIGHELLO in “Lucrezia Borgia” or BARDOLFO in “Falstaff”.
He has also been ADRIÁN in Usandizaga’s “La llama” on a tour with the Basque Symphony Orchestra, JOSHE MARI in the Basque Zarzuela Mendi Mendiyan, TONY in West Side Story with the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, sang Manuel de Falla’s “La Atlántida” with the Spanish National Orchestra or Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few.

Mikeldi Atxalandabaso works with renowned conductors and directors such as Christian Thielemann, Marco Armiliato, Daniel Oren, Gianandrea Noseda, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Daniel Harding, Paolo Carignani, Vasily Petrenko, Mikko Frank, Erik Nielsen, Calixto Bieito, Pierre Audi, William Kentridge,...

Future engagements include BEPPE in “I Pagliacci” at the ROH Covent Garden London, GORO in “Madama Butterfly”, ABATE in “Adriana Lecouvreur” or VASEK in “The Bartered Bride” at the Teatro Real Madrid or TRIQUET in “Eugen Onegin” and MIME in “Das Rheingold” and “Siegfried” at the Liceu Barcelona. Moreover, he makes his debut as PEDRILLO in “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” at the ABAO Opera Bilbao.


ABAO Bilbao Opera - Die Entführung aus dem Serail - PEDRILLO
"Both scenically and vocally Mikeldi Atxalandabaso was a prime example of Pedrillo, perfectly connecting the character’s comic background with the subtle lyricism of the serenade in the third act."
"The Bilbao tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso deserves a special mention, a luxury in any cast. Not only did he dance his way through "Vivat Bacchus" and flexed his muscles in "Frisch zum Kampfe!". Even better: at no point did he ever stray from the Mozartian style. Watching and listening to him was a joy. The genius of Salzburg would have given him a hug."
El Correro
Royal Opera House London - I Pagliacci - BEPPE
"Mikeldi Atxalandabaso an excellent Beppe."
Seen and Heard International
Ópera de Tenerife – Der Zwerg - DER ZWERG
"The way the Basque singer Mikeldi Atxalandabaso in the role of the dwarf plays the scene, singing with an incisive and perfectly articulated tenor voice creates an emotionality which truly gets under one’s skin. Really impressive Music Theatre! Increased even in the scene when he begs the Infanta once again to reassure him he isn’t not at all that ugly."
Online Merker
"The tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso was splendid as The Dwarf. His voice suits perfect the character and his dramatic skills and capacity for emotion rounded off an enviable performance that managed to convey the various feelings and moods, ranging from the initial infatuation to the most tragic aspects. He was also great in the duets with the character of the Infanta and Ghita."
Teatro Real Madrid – Orphée - HEURTEBISE
"The best projected voice was once again the tenor of Mikeldi Atxalandabaso , who seems to have taken a positive course in his career, portraying such important character roles as the Wagnerian pantomime or Alban Berg’s Captain in the Wozzeck . I was very lucky to see all three of his performances and the Biscayan tenor is never disappointing. His role as the principal servant of the princess is, together with the role of Euridice, the figure closest to humanity. In his interpretation he also provided serenity and severity."
Platea Magazine
"Mikeldi Atxalandabaso proved once again his vocal and scenic versatility."
Teatro del Liceu Barcelona – Wozzeck - HAUPTMANN
"Mikeldi Atxalandabaso as the Captain was stupendous, as always. His tenor voice works perfectly in every aspect, and it is difficult to find a more convincing interpreter of this character."
Seen and Heard International
"The captain, tremendously portrayed and sung by Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, who seemingly effortlessly sings the almost unsingable tessitura of the role."
Opera Magazine
"This central character is surrounded by a splendidly elaborated cast, from Mikeldi Atxalandabaso’s gruff captain."
Concert Classic
"The captain is portrayed by the delightful Mikeldi Atxalandabaso, perfectly tragical in his role."
Crescendo Magazine
"Also splendid has been the Bask tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso in the role of the histrionic and sonorous Captain."
In fernem Land Blog
Opéra de Monte Carlo – Wozzeck - HAUPTMANN
"With his vibrating, grandiosely sounding tenor voice, which perfectly suits his show costume, the Spanish tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso’s captain provides the extensive intervals of this roles. He also is forced to unite the extremes of his spectrum, from a subterrestrial growling from his chest unto the commands and curses, which are ironically sung with a falsetto voice in well-controlled high registers. "
"With his vibrating, grandiosely sounding tenor voice, which perfectly suits his show costume, the Spanish tenor Mikeldi Atxalandabaso’s captain provides the extensive intervals of this roles. He also is forced to unite the extremes of his spectrum, from a subterrestrial growling from his chest unto the commands and curses, which are ironically sung with a falsetto voice in well-controlled high registers. "
"...and the tenor voice of Mikeldi Atxalandabaso in the role of the captain with incisive vividness. "
Conessi all´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
Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona – Wozzeck - HAUPTMANN
Opéra de Monte Carlo – Wozzeck - HAUPTMANN
Teatro Real Madrid - Rheingold - MIME
Photo: Javier del Real
Teatro Real Madrid - Rheingold - MIME
Photo: Javier del Real