GM Biography

During the last seasons Giancarlo Monsalve conitnued to be internationally acclaimed as one of the leading lirico spinto tenors of his generation, performing in the major Opera houses, Radio, TV stations and Cinemas in the world. In 2010, Giancarlo Monsalve was named Cultural Ambassador, receiving the UNESCO Medal conferred by his City, Valparaiso UNESCO World Heritage

2016 was an exciting, successful and acclaimed year around the world with three magnificent role debuts, Pollione, Otello and Andrea Chenier. The inauguration of the Giancarlo Monsalve Foundation, celebrating ten years of successful and unstoppable worldwide career. He won American audience and world critics with his first Pollione in Norma at the Florida Grand Opera followed with a concert tour in Australia and returned to the Teatro Perruzzelli of Bari as Cavaradossi in Tosca. His outstanding debut as Otello in his country, Chile, considered as an historical debut by the critics and debute as Andrea Chenier at the Teatro Comuale of Sassari.

The 2017 begun with the successful return of Monsalve at the Royal Opera House Muscat with the mega event (Celebrating Oman: the Great Journey) he rest of 2017 have three major role debuts on Monsalve's career, the Chavalier des Grieux in manon Lescaut, Canio in Pagliacci and the solo Ternor part in Verdi Requiem. We also will see Monsalve one more time as Cavaradossi having his House debut in the Opéra de Montréal, Canada. (read the critics and find the original links here)

Early life and studies
Born in the Chilean city of Valparaíso, where he began his studies of fine arts at the School of "Bellas Artes" in that city. Monsalve began his musical studies on 2001 at the Conservatory Izidor Handler Viña del Mar with soprano Nora Lopez Von Vriessen and tenor Mario Barrientos. Since 2004, Monsalve improves his studies in Italy with soprano Mirella Freni and bass Leodino Ferri - on the path of Ettore Campogalliani and Arturo Melocchi school -. Monsalve had masterclasses with with soprano Montserrat Caballé and tenors Gianfranco Cecchele, Corneliu Murgu, Lando Bartolini, Dano Raffanti and currently with Nicola Martinucci. Has been scenically trained with actor and Chilean director Juan Edmundo González del Valle and Hollywood Stars Coach Bernard Hiller.

Since his debut in the 2006 season of the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, Giancarlo Monsalve has performed at the Zurich Opera House; Regio of Turin; the Arena di Verona; the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, Nice Opera; Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; National Opera of Greece; Washington National Opera; Sferisterio of Macerata; The Dallas Opera; Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon; Dijon; Angers-Nantes; Lausanne; Festival of Solothurn; Avenches Festival; Wielki Opera of Warsaw; Romanian National Opera of Timisoara; Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg; Theater Lübeck; Cologne Opera; Hannover; Leipzig; Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg; NCPA National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai; Royal Opera House of the Sultanate of Oman in Muscat; Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul; among others..

His current repertoire includes the roles of His current repertoire includes the roles of Otello (Otello), Andrea Chénier (Andrea Chénier), Radames (Aida), Pollione (Norma), The Prince Calaf (Turandot), Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca), Don Alvaro (La Forza del Destino), Don Carlo (Don Carlo), Don José (Carmen), Ismaele (Nabucco), Rodolfo (Luisa Miller), Riccardo (Un Ballo in Maschera), Turiddu (Cavalleria Rusticana), Paolo (Paolo e Francesca by Luigi Mancinelli)
Next debut roles in Monsalve's agenda: Canio (Pagliacci) and Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut).
Future roles in preparation: Dick Johnson (La Fanciulla del West), Manrico (Il Trovatore), Luigi (Il Tabarro), Enzo (La Gioconda), Haggenbach (La Wally), Maurizio di Sassonia (Adriana Lecouvreur), Loris Ipanov (Fedora), Lohengrin (Lohengrin), Samson (Samson et Dalila) and Rodrigue (Le Cid).

Monsalve has worked with conductors: Patrick Fournillier; Nayden Todorov; Riccardo Muti; Carlo Rizzi; Paolo Carignani; Xian Zhang; Antonello Allemandi; Oleg Caetani; Julian Kovatchev; Valerio Galli; Roberto Rizzi Brignoli; Enrico Dovico; Carlo Montanaro; Jean-Yves Ossonce; Frank Beermann, among others. He has also worked with stage directors: Hugo De Ana; Francesca Zambello; Patrice Caurier et Moshe Leiser; Mario de Carlo; Gianfranco de Bosio; Liliana Cavani; Gianni Quaranta; Garnett Bruce; Alberto Triola; Stephen Langridge; Giancarlo del Monaco; Peter Konwitschny; Lorenzo Mariani; Carlos Wagner, among others.

Updated on February 2017 please delete every previous version.


Vocal Technique


There are not limits to learn

First of all you have to know from where it comes the legacy of your knowledge, and the results of who gave you this legacy to later make one on your own.
Your goals have to be always unreachably high, because if you have reachable goals, once you're on the Top you can only start your fall, but if is unreacheble, you can just go higher and higher. Tha'ts why I love Arts in general, there are no limits. Giancarlo.

The press said
Giancarlo Monsalve showed off the coaching he has received in Italy by opening up and knocking out treacherous high notes consistently, throughout the evening. THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR. USA“ / “The Chilean tenor Giancarlo Monsalve shined with his ringing spinto tenor voice with an exciting and passionate musical interpretation. RECKLING HÄUSER ZEITUNG. Germany“ / “Undoubtedly a burnished and shrill voice. TEATRO.ORG. Italy”)


In the eternal study and research of the "Arte Canora" Monsalve studied with

- Nicola Martinucci - Italy

Famous Italian Tenor former student of Marcello Del Monaco.
Monsalve studies with Martinucci since 2009 till present days.

- Gianfranco Cecchele - Italy

Famous Italian Tenor former student of Mario and Marcello Del Monaco
Monsalve studied with Cecchele in the 2011 between his performances in the Arena di Verona.

- Corneliu Murgu - Romania

Renowned Romanian Tenor former student of Mario Del Monaco
Monsalve studied with Murgu in the 2010.

- Leodino Ferri - Italy

One of the last direct former students of the legendary Arturo Melocchi.
Monsalve studied the Melocchi method with the Bass Leodino Ferri in the 2009.
Rest in peace Maestro Ferri.

- Montserrat Caballé - Spain

Legendary Soprano former student of the Wagnerian Singer Eugenia Kemmeny who teached her the superb "Fiato" technique that made her famous in the world.
Monsalve studied with Caballé in the 2009.

- Giancarlo Del Monaco - Italy

Renowned Regisseur, son of the legendary Tenor Mario Del Monaco.
The 2008 Giancarlo Del Monaco heard Monsalve in his debut of Luisa Miller in Leipzig.
After that Del Monaco gave Monsalve a lesson with some of the secrets of his father and advice Monsalve to study with Leodino Ferri and follow the Mellocchi school that made his father one of the bigest Tenors in history.

- Lando Bartolini - Italy

Renowned Tenor former student of the MET Bass Nicola Moscona.
Monsalve studied with Bartolini in the 2007.

- Dano Raffanti - Italy

Renowned Tenor former student of the famous musicologist, critic and voice teacher Rodolfo Celletti.
Monsalve studied with Raffanti from the 2006 till 2007

- Mirella Freni - Italy

Legendary Soprano former student of Ettore Campogalliani
" Campogalliani was also teacher of Renata Tebaldi, Luciano Pavarotti, Renata Scotto, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Ruggero Raimondi"
Monsalve studied with Freni from the 2004 till 2005

- Mario Barrientos - Chile

Chilean Tenor former student of the Tenor Carlos Santelices.
Monsalve studied with Barrientos from the 2002 till 2003

- Nora Lopez Von Vriessen - Chile

Renowned Chilean Soprano former student of the Legendary Sopranos Gina Cigna and Maria Caniglia.
Monsalve studied with Lopez Von Vriessen from the 2001 till 2003

Acting Skills


Thanks to his acting knowledge and his “Phisique du Role”, Monsalve evolves perfectly into every character in his Spinto Tenor Opera Repertoire. The press said (“Even purely from an external ideal personification he possesses, the young tenor is a perfect performer. DER OPERNFREUND. Germany" / "his presence is unparalleled. DC THEATER SCENE. USA" / "movie star handsome Chilean tenor, Giancarlo Monsalve. THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR. USA" / "beautiful stage presence, no doubt he has a high quality material, good stage instincts and the role of the lover and passionate Latin it fits like a glove. TEATRO.ORG. Italy" / "The tenor Giancarlo Monsalve played the role of Turiddu (Cavalleria) exhibiting a remarkable physique du role and a beautiful voice. IL TACCO D'ITALIA. Italy" / "He recalls a beautiful stage presence and has a powerful and rich tone. FRAGIL MAGAZINE. France")

You can not just play a character, you have to live it and feel it!

It is impossible to transmit emotions if you do not feel them (Logically keeping your consciousness of the real world). If you live your character on stage, the audience will feel it and forget that they are watching an opera and they will feel part of that parallel world that we bring to life on stage. That's the difference between performer and artist. Trying to give emotions without feeling them, is like trying to give money to someone when you have no money ... Giancarlo.

The press said
Monsalve delivered acting in spades, giving us a sexy and then tormented Alvaro. WASHINGTON BLADE. USA” / “He makes the development from the conservative sergeant to the madness of the lover corroded by the contempt tremendously clear. MITTEL LOGE. Germany” / “For once, not just a thoughtless beautiful singer as Cavaradossi, but a real artist. RP ONLINE. Germany”)


Giancarlo Monsalve was trained in acting by

- Juan Edmundo Gonzalez del Valle - Santiago, Chile

Renowned Chilean Actor and Theatre Director Father of the Chilean theater and one of the pioneers of street theater in the 80's.
Monsalve studied with Juan Edmundo Gonzalez in Valparaíso, Chile, on 1995.
Rest in peace Maestro Juan Edmundo

- Bernard Hiller - Hollywood Los Angeles California, USA

Famous acting teacher, producer, writer, and success coach. Bernard has coached Cameron Diaz, Billy Crystal, Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Garner, Chace Crawford and many others
Monsalve studied with Bernard Hiller in Rome, Italy, on 2013