(Born 1966 in Málaga, Spain)
Carlos Álvarez is a Spanish baritone.
Since the early 90's he has enjoyed a major international opera career. He made his stage debut singing Zarzuela in 1990 at Madrid's Teatro de la Zarzuela.
Since then he has appeared in leading baritone roles on the stages of the world's most prestigious opera houses including La Scala, the Royal Opera, London, Opéra Bastille, the Liceu, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, the Teatro Real, the Bavarian State Opera, the Hamburg State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Washington National Opera, and Zurich Opera.
His repertoire encompasses Alfonso XI of Castile in La Favorita, Don Carlo in Ernani, Don Carlo di Vargas in La Forza del Destino, the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux, Escamillo in Carmen, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Gérard in Andrea Chénier, Iago in Otello, Marc Antoine in Jules Massenet’s Cléopâtre, Rodrigo in Don Carlos, Roque in Arrieta's Marina, and the title roles in Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Simon Boccanegra.
He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Germont in La Traviata in 1996 with Victoria Loukianetz as Violetta and Marcello Giordani as Alfredo with Plácido Domingo conducting.
Since then he has returned to the Met several times to sing leading roles in other Verdi operas including the Count Di Luna in Il Trovatore with Sondra Radvanovsky as Leonora (2002), Renato to Aprile Millo's Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera (2005), the Miller to Veronica Villarroel's Luisa in Luisa Miller (2006), and the title roles in Rigoletto (2006) and Macbeth (2008).
Much praise has been lavished on his interpretation of Verdi's cursed Court Jester, Rigoletto.
The recording of him in the title role in Albéniz's Merlin with Plácido Domingo singing the role of King Arthur won him a Latin Grammy Award in 2001 and the recording of Verdi's Falstaff where he played Ford won the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording in 2006.
In 2003 he was awarded Spain's Premio Nacional de Música.
Carlos is pictured here as Iago in Verdi's Otello and I'm guessing its a dressing room shot because alluminium windows were hard to find when Otello was around grossly disrespecting women.