Hailing from San Sebastian, Gillen Munguía, has become one of the tenors whose career must certainly be closely followed, as much for his upcoming concerts as for the release of his highly anticipated 2019 Sony Classics CD LEXIA, his first collaboration with the label.
After attending the Academy for the Performing Arts of La Scala in Milan during the month of October, where he participated in the Donizettian vocal perfection course, Gillen Munguía attended the rehearsals, during the whole month of November, of the recuperation of the Donizetti’s opera Il castello di Kenilworth which will be premiered at the Donizetti Opera Festival of Bergamo.
Highlights of his 2019 projects include his singing the role of Alfredo in G. Verdi’s La Traviata, programmed by the Tenerife Opera for May, and the role of Rafael Ruíz in the production of El gato Montés, which the Tenerife Opera will also present.
As well as appearing on various national and international stages, Gillen Munguía has realized his first project with the Sony Classical label, LEXIA. Munguía has carefully selected a repertoire which includes works by F. Liszt, H. Duparc, R. Hahn and O. Respighi, as well works by Basque and Catalonian composers (Donostia and Montsalvatge, respectively). LEXIA entails a coming together of words and music at their zenith. It substantiates the interaction between language and music, between philosophy and physics, being a detailed profile of the impact and symbiosis between word and music and the infinite meanings to which they are subject in artistic creation.
Gillen Munguía (San Sebastian, January 1990) inherited the grand lyric tradition from his family. His grandfather, the famous tenor Carlos Munguía, made his debut as soloist in the Victoria Eugenia Theatre during the first Quincena Musical Donostiarra together with Pilar Lorengar. He was known for a career full of successes in the field of Zarzuelas and the Verdi repertoire, among other areas.
Gillen Munguía takes up the torch of the lyric tradition with a scrupulous vocal style, an impeccable technique, and a gorgeous sound. Besides his commitments with Sony Classical, Bergamo and Tenerife, in 2019 he will go on a tour of various Spanish capitals (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and San Sebastian) paying tribute to his grandfather Carlos, interpreting the zarzuela romances and opera arias which consecrated him as a model of Spanish lyric art.