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Barcelona-born countertenor Xavier Sabata makes his Australian debut in this brilliant recital exclusive to Hobart Baroque.

Sabata had an unlikely start to his musical career, studying saxophone at the Barcelona Conservatory and acting at the Institut del Teatre. At the same time he took singing lessons at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya in Barcelona and the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. He also participated in master classes led by the late Montserrat Figueras, one of the most celebrated early music singers and wife of Jordi Savall. Christoph Prégardien and Richard Leavit, Andreas Scholl’s teacher, were other mentors.

Sabata has performed at London’s Barbican Hall, Teatro Real in Madrid, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, New York’s Lincoln Center, and Opera Lorraine in Nancy. He collaborated with esteemed conductors -
with René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Eduardo López Banzo.

He has also worked extensively as soloist with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants and with Le Jardin des voix, an academy created by Christie to train young singers in baroque technique.

Bad Guys, Sabata’s album of arias that Handel wrote for some of the nastier characters in his operas has had critics scrambling
for superlatives.