Tenor, Alain Damas, is acknowledged as one of the mainstays of Spain’s local opera and concert scene. Most recently he made his debut as Fernando Soler in Amadeo Vives’ zarzuela Doña Francisquita at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música, sang Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow under the auspices of Asociación Lírica Luis Mariano at the Teatro Amaia Irún, Fenton in Falstaff and Paco in La vida breve, both with the Orquesta Filarmonia, as well as Beppe/Arlecchino in I Pagliacci at the Festival de Música y Artes de Titulcia and his signature role Conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Nuevo Teatro Alcalá.
Other important engagements include his return to Teatro Real Madrid in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (under the baton of Hartmut Haenchen and director Martin Kusej), his portray of the title role in Don Gil de Alcalá by Manuel Penella at the Festival de Zarzuela de Canarias (under Giancarlo del Monaco and Jorge Rubio), Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Madrid’s Festival de Otoño, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Orquesta Filarmónica Mediterránea, Alfredo in La Traviata at Teatro Nuevo Alcalá and Gustavo in Jacinto Guerrero’s Los Gavilanes at the San Marcial Festival.
In recent years, Alain Damas has successfully interpreted many roles of the lyric repertoire, such as Mozart’s Ferrando, Don Ottavio, Gomatz (Zaide) and Bastien (Bastien und Bastienne), Monteverdi’s Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Apollo (Orfeo), de Falla’s Paco (La vida Breve) and Maese Pedro (El retablo de maese Pedro) as well as Rinuccio, Nemorino, Werther and Fenton. In 2008 he debuted at the renowned Teatro de la Zarzuela as Calixto in La Celestina by Joaquin Nin-Culmell. He also performed in Austrian operetta such as Johann Strauß’ Eine Nacht in Venedig, where he sang the role of the Herzog, which marked his debut at Teatro de Cristóbal Colón Bogotá in 2002. His professional opera debut was in at the Bayreuther Festspiele, where he sang one of the Vier brabantische Edle in Wagner’s Lohengrin.
His concert repertoire includes Salieri’s La Passione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo (Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de Valladolid, Das Neue Orchester Köln under the baton of Christoph Spering), Mahler’s Lied von der Erde (Auditorio Nacional de Música) Orff’s Carmina Burana (Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra), Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Asturias Symphonic Orchestra, Orquesta de Cámara Reina Sofía in performances with acclaimed Radovan Vlatkovic on the horn), Dvořák’s Stabat Mater (Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid under the baton of Jésus López Cobos), Mozart’s Requiem (Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española under the baton of Pablo Mielgo, Beethoven’s 9th (Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española under the baton of Pablo Mielgo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Murzia), Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle (Festival Arte Sacro) as well as Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Helmuth Rilling, Händel’s Messiah with Maximiano Valdes, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with Christopher Hogwood, and many more. He has also become known as a specialist in the Spanish zarzuela repertoire, which he performed in international venues such as the Blumental Festival in Tel Aviv, Teatro Buero Vallejo in Guadalajara, Teatro Nuevo Alcalá in Madrid and the Euskalduna Concert Hall in Bilbao.
Alain Damas completed his musical studies at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid with Teresa Berganza. He also worked with Maestro Claude Thiolas, with the pianist and composer Felix Lavilla (Spanish Canción), and with Wolfgang Rieger (German Lied). At present, he continues his studies with the renowned Greek mezzo, Daphne Evangelatos and Enzo Spatola.