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Seb Mallet

Seb Mallet

Associate Artist Manager


Worldwide general management by Askonas Holt

About Xabier

Xabier Anduaga is one of the most exciting young talents in the opera world today and regularly appears at the top theatres worldwide. In the 2024-25 season, Xabier will make his long-awaited debut as Alfredo in La Traviata at Teatro Real Madrid and later Opera Las Palmas. He will also return to Bayerische Staatsoper for Edgardo in Lucia di Lamermoor and for Tonio in a new production of Fille du Regiment, Wiener Staatsoper for L'Elisir d'amore (Nemorino) and Gran Teatro del Liceu for La Sonnambula (Elvino).

Recent appearances include a sensational debut at the Metropolitan Opera with L'elisir d'amore (Nemorino), another major debuts at Wiener Staatsoper with Don Pasquale (Ernesto) and L'elisir d'amore (Nemorino) and Deutsche Oper Berlin with Anna Bolena (Percy), followed by a return to the Royal Opera House with Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo). He has performed in new productions of Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando) and I Puritani (Arturo) at ABAO Bilbao Opera, La Sonnambula (Elvino) and Rigoletto (Duca) at Teatro Real Madrid and I Puritani (Arturo) at Teatro di San Carlo. He has recently worked with conductors such as Enrique Mazzola, Evelino Pido, Myung-Whun Chung, Josep Pons, Giacomo Sagripanti, Daniel Harding, Antonio Fogliani and Sir Antonio Pappano.

Xabier is based in Spain

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Worldwide general management by Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Dec 2023 - Jan 2024
Teatro Real Madrid
Rigoletto (Duca) Role Debut Nicola Luisotti (conductor), Miguel del Arco (director)
Jan 2024
Bayerische Staatsoper
Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo) Antonino Fogliani (conductor), Barbara Wysocka (director)
Feb 2024 - Feb 2024
Wiener Staatsoper
Don Pasquale (Ernesto) House Debut Francesco Ivan Ciampa (conductor), Irina Brook (director)

Selected Repertoire

BelliniI Puritani (Lord Arturo Talbo)   •   La sonnambula (Elvino)
DelibesLakmé (Gérald)
DonizettiAnna Bolena (Riccardo Percy)   •   Il castello di Kenilworth (Roberto, Earl of Leicester)   •   Don Pasquale (Ernesto)   •   Lucia di Lammermoor (Sir Edgardo di Ravenswood)   •   Lucrezia Borgia (Gennaro)   •   La Fille du régiment (Tonio)   •   L'elisir d'amore (Nemorino)
MozartCosì fan tutte (Ferrando)
RossiniLa Cenerentola (Don Ramiro)   •   Il barbiere di Siviglia (Il Conte d'Almaviva)   •   L'italiana in Algeri (Lindoro)   •   Il viaggio a Reims (Il Cavaliere Belfiore)
VerdiFalstaff (Fenton)   •   Rigoletto (Il Duca di Mantova)



  • Lucia di Lammermoor

    Royal Opera House
    Apr 2024 - May 2024
    • Bel canto tenors have been described as the ‘welterweights’ of the operatic world, and 27-year-old Spanish tenor Xabier Anduaga has already established himself as a world champion. With his diamond-tipped upper register, Anduaga’s flawless messa di voce – his swelling voice modulating from loud to soft and back again in a single sustained gesture – made his Edgardo a credible and tender love match. His final Act III aria Fra poco a me ricovero – in which he pines for refuge in the Ravenswood family crypt – was certainly among the highlights of the evening.

    • A tenor whose star has been ascending for a while now is that of Spanish-born Xabier Anduaga, here as Edgardo, Lucia’s true love. Making his house debut here in this role, his early interactions were, seemingly, cautious, but his duet with Lucia, ‘Verranno a te sull’aure’, was suitably emotive and his clean, bright tenor palette began to shine. By the time we reached the final act at the crypt, he produced a most excellent ‘Tombe degli avi miei / fra poco a me ricovero’ with beautifully nuanced phrasing, and his final scenes with the departed Lucia where he elects to join her, are genuinely heart-rending, especially where he peppers his phrases with divine sotto voci. He even infused his laments with what I interpreted as being a high ‘D’, albeit it falsetto. This was the first time I experienced this tenor live and I look forward to hearing him more. I have no doubt that the Royal Opera House, along with other houses, will be eager to engage him further.

    • And, almost miraculously, here he is, in the form of Spanish-born Xabier Anduaga, making a debonaire house debut with his expansive, deliciously sonorous and richly textured voice. As Edgardo, Lucia's secret lover, he has plenty to do, but already I cannot wait to hear more of him. He is still under 30. Watch him – and hear him – wing his way through the Italian repertoire in years to come. It promises to be a terrific flight.

    • Making his ROH debut [in this role] this time is the young Spanish tenor Xabier Anduaga, as Edgardo, who also has everything in the kitbag: clarion high notes, swagger as well as subtlety, and unashamedly soars above the Act III sextet.