Atalla Ayan was born in Belem, Brazil and made his debut at the age of 21 singing the role of Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) in his native city. The following year, he made his European debut in the role of Rodolfo and he joined the Teatro Communale’s School of Italian Opera in Bologna, ultimately performing at the Teatro Communale in La Rondine under the baton of José Cura. During the 2009 / 2010 season, he became a member of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program. In 2011 he sang the role of Rodolfo in a David McVicar production with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera. In 2012, he joined the troupe of the Stuttgart Opera, during which time he sang the roles of Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Alfred (Die Fledermaus), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Ismaele (Nabucco), the Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), and Fenton (Falstaff). In 2013, he made his debut appearance at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden in La Rondine and he played Alfredo in La Traviata at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa under the baton of Fabio Luisi. His other roles include the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier at the Dresden Semperoper and Geneva’s Grand Théâtre, Nemorino (L’Elisir d’amore) and Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) at the Cologne Opera, Rodolfo at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Budapest Opera, the Teatro Municipal in Sao Paulo and at the Royal Swedish Opera, and Alfredo at the Baden-Baden Festival and the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari. He made his Amsterdam debut at the Dutch National Opera in La Traviata and at La Scala in Milan in L’Elisir d’amore. Last season he performed in La Traviata and Cyrano de Bergerac (Christian) at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and sang Alfredo at London’s Royal Opera House and at the Glyndebourne Festival, Nemorino at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the title role in Faust, Lensky in Eugene Onegin in Stuttgart, and Rodolfo in Cologne.
Projects: La Traviata for his debut appearance at the San Francisco Opera, Des Grieux in Manon in Cologne (his first time in the role), and Rodolfo at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London.