This versatile baritone, known for his acting skills, has developed an intense career in the major theaters of Europe, America and Asia. Singer, actor and writer, José Julián Frontal sings a wide repertoire, including opera, operetta and concert.
José Julián Frontal begins at the age of 19 his musical education at the Music Academy “Katarina Gurska” in Madrid with Julio Pardo. He studied clarinet at the Conservatory of Music and completed his training at the Conservatory “George Enescu” in Bucharest and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia (USA) with Bill Schuman.
In 1994, José Julián Frontal won the International Singing Competition “Ciudad de Logroño” and the second prize at the International Singing Competition “Jaime Aragall”. In 1996 he also achieved the second prize of the Fundación Guerrero and the International Singing Competition “Alfredo Kraus”, as well as the Special Prize SGAE for the best performer of Spanish music.
He made his Opera debut as Malatesta in “Don Pasquale” at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and as Germán in “La del Soto del Parral” in Cordoba, in the season 1994-95. In the same season he sings Figaro from “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in Jerez and Medellin, Count di Luna in Philadelphia and Geronio (“Il Turco in Italia”) in Tokyo, where he is named best performer of the season.
José Julián Frontal has also played the role of Taddeo from “L’Italiana in Algeri” at Teatro San Carlos in Lisbon and Luxembourg, Marcello (“La Bohème”) at Teatro Real in Madrid, Count Almaviva (“Le nozze di Figaro”) in Washington and Oporto, Belfiore (” Un giorno di regno”) in La Coruña, Silvio (“I Pagliacci”) in Santiago de Chile, and Mercutio (“Romeo et Juliette”) in Seville and Tokyo. Likewise, it has played the roles of Ford (“Falstaff”) and Dandini (“Cenerentola”) in Jerez and Madrid.
In recent years, José Julián Frontal has included new roles to his already wide repertoire, as Alfio (“Cavalleria Rusticana”), Escamillo (“Carmen”), Germont (“La Traviata”), Don Giovanni and Juanillo (“El Gato Montés”), always accompanied by great success of critics and audience.
He has recorded for Gramophone and RTVE the following titles: “Adiós a la bohemia” by Sorozábal, Leporello from “Il dissoluto punito” by Carnicer, “Don Quichotte” by M. García and “Curro el de Lora” by F. Alonso in the title role.
José Julián Frontal is the creator, writer and director of “DIVA’S” a music-theater show in two acts. In last December he presented his first book of poems “Aprendiz de poeta”.