Josep Bros i Jiménez (born 1966) and primarily performing under the name José Bros, is a Catalan operatic tenor particularly known for his performances in the bel canto repertoire both on stage and in full-length opera recordings.
Bros performing in 2015
Josep Bros i Jiménez
|Occupation||opera singer (tenor)|
|Years active||1987 – present|
Life and career
Bros was born in Barcelona and studied at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu under Jaime Francisco Puig. He won one of the special prizes in the Francisco Viñas Singing Competition in 1986 and made his debut the following year in Palma de Mallorca as the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana. His operatic debut came on 15 November 1991 in Sabadell when he appeared as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Between 1991 and 1992 he sang in small provincial theatres in Catalonia where his roles included the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Fernando in La favorita and Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles.
The major breakthrough in his career and his debut at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu came unexpectedly on 9 November 1992 when on 12-hours notice he substituted for the ailing tenor Fernando de la Mora in the opening night of Anna Bolena starring Edita Gruberova. His performance as Riccardo Percy caused a sensation and opened the doors to an international career. During the 1990s he made his house debuts in most of the leading opera houses of Europe, including the Teatro Regio di Parma as the Duke in Rigoletto (1994); Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon as Fenton in Falstaff (1994); Vienna Staatsoper as Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore (1995); Teatro San Carlo in Naples as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (1996); Royal Opera House in London as Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore (1997); and La Scala Milan as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor (1997)
By 2012, Bros had sung 60 roles on the opera stage and in recordings. Although his repertoire has largely concentrated on the bel canto operas of Donizetti and Bellini, in the later years of his career he has sung Alfredo in La traviata, Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra, Rodolfo in La bohème, and the title role in Massenet's Werther. He first sang Werther at the Teatro San Carlos in 2007 and reprised the role at the Liceu in 2017 in a new production directed by Willy Decker.
Bros has also championed zarzuelas and neglected operas by Spanish composers. He has sung the leading tenor roles in Doña Francisquita, Luisa Fernanda, La tabernera del puerto, and Ruperto Chapí's La bruja and has recorded Emilio Arrieta's Ildegonda and La conquista di Granata. In 2005 Bros and his wife, the soprano María Gallego, gave a concert of zarzuela arias and duets at the Teatro Real Coliseo de Carlos III in Madrid which was subsequently released on CD under the title Por Amor.
María Gallego and José Bros met when they were both students at the conservatory in Barcelona. She made her debut in 1986 in Rossini's Armida and appeared for several seasons at the Liceu and in the opera houses of Italy and Germany. After their marriage she retired from the operatic stage. The couple have two children.
Bros's full-length opera recordings include:
- Donizetti: Roberto Devereux – Nelly Miricioiu (Elisabetta), Sonia Ganassi (Sara), Jose Bros (Roberto Devereux), Roberto Frontali (Nottingham); Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Maurizio Benini (conductor). Recorded live at concert performances in the Royal Opera House in July 2002, released on CD in 2003 Label:Opera Rara
- Verdi: La traviata – Norah Amsellem (Violetta Valéry), José Bros (Alfredo Germont), Renato Bruson (Giorgio Germont), Itxaro Mentxaka (Flora Bervoix), María Espada (Annina); Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Jesús López Cobos (conductor). Filmed in performance in 2005 for television broadcast, released on DVD in 2006. Label: Opus Arte
- Donizetti: Parisina – Nicola Alaimo (Azzo), José Bros (Ugo), Carmen Giannattasio (Parisina), Ann Taylor (Imelda); London Philharmonic Orchestra and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry (conductor). Released on CD in 2008. Label: Opera Rara
- The Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana gives his birth year as 1966. However, it has also been reported as 1967, 1965, and 1960.
- Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana. "Josep Bros". Retrieved 13 October 2017 (in Catalan).
- Rosell, César López (13 January 2017)."Un Josep Bros 100% romántico". El Periódico de Catalunya. Retrieved 13 October 2017 (in Spanish).
- Barrigós, Concha/EFE (17 October 2011). "José Bros cumple 20 años de carrera con un concierto hecho «desde el corazón»". Público. Retrieved 13 October 2017 (in Spanish).
- Kutsch, Karl-Josef and Riemens, Leo (2004). "Bros, José". Großes Sängerlexikon (4th edition), Vol. 4, p. 608. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 359844088X (in German)
- Francisco Viñas Singing Competition. Prize winners 1981–1990. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- Morgades, Lourdes (20 January 2011). "Nacido en el Liceo". El País. Retrieved 13 October 2017 (in Spanish).
- Pérez Senz, Javier (November 2012). "Premios Ópera Actual 2012: José Bros por su trayectoria profesional". Ópera Actual, pp. 30–32. Retrieved 13 October 2017 (in Spanish).
- McCarthy, James (10 September 2012). "Verdi's La Traviata". Gramophone Magazine. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- Chavarría, Maricel (13 April 2016)."Le avisan para cantar diez horas antes del estreno y triunfa en el Liceu". La Vanguardia. Retrieved 13 October 2017 (in Spanish).
- Ortiz, Braulio (24 May 2017). "La Bohème, una verdad que atrapa". Diario de Sevilla. Retrieved 13 October 2017 (in Spanish).
- Meléndez-Haddad, Pablo (6 February 2005). "Por amor al canto". ABC. Retrieved 13 October 2017 (in Spanish).