Young Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes has already made an impact at the UK operatic scene, described as “a star in the making” and “destined for a glittering future”.
As a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House (ROH), he has sang the roles of Le Chevalier Les dialogues des Carmelites, Pong Turandot, Gastone La Traviata, Lampionnaio Manon Lescaut, 4th Esquire Parsifal and Nemorino (understudy) Elisir d'Amore, alongside the most famous opera stars and under the direction of renowned conductors such as Sir Antonio Pappano and Sir Simon Rattle.
In June 2015 Luis makes his debut as Fenton in Falstaff becoming the first Portuguese singer to perform a lead role on the Royal Opera House stage.
In September 2018 Gomes wins both The Don Plácido Domingo Ferrer Prize of Zarzuela and the Audience Prize at the Operalia Competition.
Further Operatic experience includes, Alfredo La Traviata for Teatro Nacional São Carlos, Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi for CCB Dias da Musica Festival, Rodolfo La Boheme and Azaël L'enfant prodigue for Scottish Opera, Edmondo Manon Lescaut, Tebaldo I Capuleti e I Montecchi at Buxton Opera Festival, Osburgo La Straniera at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Nemorino Elisir d’amore, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Fenton Falstaff at the Teatro Verdi Trieste, Rodolfo La Boheme at Verbier Festival academy, Tottono I Gioielli della Madonna, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly (cover) at Opera Holland Park, Beppe Rita, Fenton Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, George Our Town at Silk theatre (GSMD), Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican theatre and Jenik The Bartered Bride for British Youth Opera at the Peacock Sadler’s Wells theatre for which he was awarded the Basil A Turner Prize. Luis has also won the Bruce Miller/Gulliver Prize in 2013.
Luis is also in demand as a concert and recital soloist at prestigious international venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, DeDoelen Rotterdam, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, St. Cecilia Rome and Gulbenkian Foundation Concert Hall Lisbon.
His concert repertoire includes Rossini's Pettie Messe Solennelle, Gounod's St Cecilia Mass, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, J.S. Bach’s St John’s passion (Arias), Mozart’s Mass in Cmin and Requiem, Verdi Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation, Schubert’s Mass in Eb and Intende Voci.
In August 2009 Luis sang to more than 30 000 people at the biggest Opera Gala ever to take place in Portugal - Festival de Música do Avante with Ginásio Opera Orchestra, under the direction of Kodo Yamagishi.
Before joining the JPYAP at the ROH Luis studied at the National Opera Studio and Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he graduated (BMus and MMus in Performance) with distinction under the tuition of Rudolf Piernay.
Luis is proudly a Samling Artist since November 2012 and a Georg Solti Accademia di Belcanto Scholar where he attended master classes with Richard Bonynge, Dennis O'Neill and Angela Gheorghiu.
Future plans include Dvorak Stabat Mater, Alfredo La Traviata for Teatro Nacional São Carlos, Haydn Messa Angustis at Dresden Semperoper, and a solo recital at Marble Hall- Holkham.
AUDITORIO FERIA DE VALLADOLID - FAUST
No es fácil de cantar "Fausto", se exige sobre todo musicalidad, pero no está extento el drama, la pasión.
La pareja portuguesa, tenor (Gomes) soprano (Gaspar) fue a más durante la representación, brillando en los duos entre el amor y el rechazo. Son voces de calidad en el tono medio y llegan bien al agudo. Su juventud les abre una excelente carrera.
Fernando Herrero - El Norte de Castilla - March 2019
GLYNDEBOURNE ON TOUR - ALFREDO
Luis Gomes making his Glyndebourne debut was a fine Alfredo, equally effective in lyrical or passionate voice.
…the closing scene, always deeply moving, was quite unforgettable, drawing the loudest applause I have heard in the Norwich Theatre Royal for many a year.
Frank Cliff - Norwich Evening News 14th November 2018
Tenor Luis Gomes is excellent as Alfredo, capturing in expression and voice both the all-consuming passion and the piqued jealously of young love.
Alan Smith - KM KentOnline – 7th November 2018
She and Luis Gomes as Alfredo stroke the perfect harmonies in their first duet so that we feel and engage with every note. Later she brings all the passion and warmth the role needs and I loved the symbolism of everyone leaving silently from the stage a few bars before the end so that Violetta dies alone – as we all must. Luis Gomes matches her well and is convincing in his love and there’s a stonkingly good performance from Noel Bouley as Alfredo’s interfering, later remorseful father. The work in Act 2 Scene 1 when he confronts Violetta is as chillingly touching as I’ve ever seen it.
Susan Elkin Reviews – 7th November 2018
Neglecting contextual concerns such as class and status, Cairns focuses on the theme of thwarted love, and there was a fittingly strong rapport between Galoyan and Luis Gomes’ Alfredo. Gomes acted persuasively, communicating through his engagingly warm tenor all of Alfredo’s love and anger - he hurled his remonstrations vehemently at Claire Barnett-Jones’s patient Annina, when the latter revealed that her mistress had sold off the coaches and horses - as well as his bitterness and despair.
Clare Seymour - OperaToday – 10th November 2018
Alongside her as Alfredo is Luis Gomes who has a powerful and emotive voice, winning over the audience as his character struggles to cope with the ensuing melodrama. Supporting them is a cast of dozens who bring the hedonistic lifestyle of the Paris party scene to life.
Chris Gregg - Marshall.com – 28th November 2018
In a change of cast last night, she was partnered not by the Italian tenor Fabrizio Paesano as billed, but by the young Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes. I've been unable as yet to establish why the substitution was made - but the upshot was an absolute delight. Gomes also has an outstanding voice and the sound partnership between the two leading voices, as well as the on-stage chemistry between the two leads, was simply gorgeous.
Hannah Richardson – Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser – 28th November 2018
Capuleti e i Montecchi – Tebaldo
La Straniera - Osburgo
La Tragedie de Carmen – Don José
L'Enfant Prodigue – Azaël
Rita - Beppe
L'Elisir d'Amore - Nemorino
Lucia di Lammermoor - Edgardo
La favorite - Fernand (excertps)
I gioielli della Madonna - Totonno
Faust - Faust
Romeo et Juliette – Romeo (excerpts)
I Pagliacci - Beppe
El gato con botas - Molinero
Cosi Fan Tutte - Ferrando (excerpts)
Don Giovanni - Don Ottavio
Our Town - George Gibbs
Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor - Fenton
Les Dialogues des Carmelites - Chevalier de la Force
La Bohéme - Rodolfo
Madama Butterfly - Pinkerton
Manon Lescaut - Edmondo / Lampionnaio
Turandot - Pong
Il Tabarro - Venditore di Canzonette / Amante
Gianni Schicchi - Rinuccio
The Bartered Bride – Jenik
Der Rosenkavalier - Italienish Sänger
La Traviata - Alfredo Germont / Gastone des Letoières
Rigoletto - Il Duca di Mantova / Borsa
Falstaff - Fenton
Parsifal - Vierter Knappe
Der fliegende Holländer – Steuermann
St John’s passion (Arias)
Cantata 191 - Gloria in Excelsis Deo
St Cecilia Mass
Lord Nelson’s Mass
Mass in C minor
Petite messe solennelle
Mass in Eflat Major