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In conversation with Spanish tenor Andeka Gorrotxategi

Tenor Andeka Gorrotxategi Source: Photo by Keith Saunders courtesy of Opera Australia

Spanish Tenor Andeka Gorrotxategi returns to the Sydney Opera House for Opera Australia to perform Calaf in Puccini's Turandot.

Spanish tenor Andeka Gorrotxategi knows more than most how music can break down barriers, including the most violent forms of political divisions. His origins are Basque, a Spanish region in conflict with Madrid’s central government for years.

“Lately the situation has become more placid” he says talking about the end of hostilities and the resumption of fraternal relations in Spain. Andeka is a regular performer of Zarzuela at the Teatro Real in Madrid. He won the 2010 International Zarzuela Competition Ana Maria Iriarte. The Zarzuela is the traditional Spanish musical where a powerful voice is essential. Now he has a great opportunity to put on show his voice and masterful technique in Opera Australia’s production of Puccini’sTurandotcurrently running at the Sydney Opera House.

“It is a continuous battle” he admits on having to perform Nessun dorma. “But when you finally start, the comes naturally because you have practiced time and time again”. Andeka is full of praise for Graeme Murphy’s production and his colleagues, in particular American soprano Amber Wagner who he considers a splendid Turandot.

He made his debut in Australia in 2014 performing Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly alongside unforgettable Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, in one of the most memorable productions of Puccini’s drama in Australia.

Opera Australia’s 2019 season of Puccini’s Turandot runs until 30 March.

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