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José Mercé y José Manuel Zapata
Tango Mano a mano
Since his debut 7 years ago, José Manuel Zapata has become one of the most important tenors of his generation. In the short period of time since his first performance at the Opera de Oviedo in 2002, Zapata has sung in some of the major Opera theaters of the World: Teatro Real de Madrid, Teatro Liceo in Barcelona, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Theatre of the Champs Elysees and Chatelet in Paris, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Massimo of Palermo, etc.

Zapata's career is one of the most metoric in recent memory; in less than 15 years, he's gone from singing songs by Perales and Serrat at his family restaurant to performing 'The Barber of Seville' at the Metropolitan of New York. In the meantime, he has sung at the Liceo of Barcelona and the Warsaw National Opera and has won the Teatro Campoamor Lyric Award for his role as Idreno in Rossini's 'Semiramide'.

José Manuel Zapata earned his reputation as worldwide known tenor after his debut as Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. After getting a great welcome by critics and public, he returned in the 2009-2010 season to perform with Renee Fleming a new production of the opera Armida of Gioacchino Rossini.

Some of his most important recent and upcoming productions are the Italian tenor in the opera Der Rosenkavalier of R. Strauss at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Luisa Fernanda at the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Cavaliere Belfiore of Viaggo a Reims in Antwerp, the Barber of Seville in Düsseldorf, Arnalta in The Coronation of Poppea at the Teatro Real de Madrid, among others.

In November 2010 he recorded TANGO for SONY, in which he sings the masterpieces of Carlos Gardel, earning the plaudits of critics and public. For this project the Spanish tenor can be joined by some of the most important figures from the current flamenco scene. Then the potent voice of this artist from Granada would be joined by the passion of Poveda, the power of Mercé, the sensuality of Vega, the competence of Márquez or the experience of Heredia in an event that would be unforgettable. Fernando Egozcue on guitar, Pablo Martín Caminero on double bass, Daniel Yacaré on piano, Tito Cartechini on the bandoneón (a type of large accordion) and Lina Tur Bonet on violin will provide the accompaniment for some of the spanish best voices.

José Manuel Zapata has been awarded with two of the major awards for opera singers in Spain: Opera Actual Award and the Award Teatro Campoamor for breakthrough artist in 2005.

Jose Merce is a flamenco singer from Jerez de la Frontera and is one of the most popular new flamenco singers in Spain today.

He began singing at the age of six, becoming a soloist in his local church, La Basílica de la Merced in Jerez, while improving his natural skills by participating in Antonio Gades' theater company. It was during the early '70s that Mercé moved to Madrid to join a new generation of flamenco performers, such as Camarón (born José Monge Cruz), also known as El Camarón de la Isla; Tomatito (born Manuel Moreno Junquera); and talented guitarist Paco de Lucía. He performed with Gades until the mid-'80s, traveling halfway across the world in the process, and later released a string of albums that featured a modern, commercially successful interpretation of the flamenco tradition.
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