Singing at La Scala in Milan requires not only unique skill but also great temperance. At 28 years old, the Peruvian tenor Iván Ayón Rivas has made his debut on his tables with a “Macbeth” that ended in applause: “I felt a great emotion”, He confesses to Efe, with his nerves already calmed and his eyes set on a promising future.
“The first sensation was of tranquility because the worst had passed, but the satisfaction remains because I am doing things well and the path that begins now can be full of similar occasions”, He predicts by phone from a train car.
Ayón Rivas (Piura, 1993) is considered a promise of lyric both in Peru and in Italy, where he is seen as “one of the emerging talents of the moment”, For using the epithet La Scala used when introducing him.
His name was announced nothing more and nothing less than on the poster of the “Macbeth”By Giuseppe Verdi with which this Italian opera, for many the best in the world, opened its lyrical season last Tuesday, its“Before”, Suspended last year due to the pandemic.
His role in this musical adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic is brief but important, as he had to put a face and voice to Malcolm, the prince and son of the king assassinated by Lord Macbeth.
Ayón Rivas was in charge of closing the show with the hymn “Vittoria! Vittoria! ”, Which was followed by the applause of the demanding and feared audience at La Scala and closed weeks of intense work with some of the stars of the scene, from which he learned a lot.
The tenor explains that the protagonist, the baritone Luca Salsi, with whom he has met on three occasions “always have advice“, Which confirms his”big heart”, while this was the first time that he shared the stage with the great soprano Anna Netrebko.
“Working with her is always an enriching experience because of the way she controls the stage and because of her great energy.”, He maintains.
Ayón Rivas usually leaves 25 days between performances to rest at his home in the Genoese town of Rapallo and to dive into the studio, because beyond the goals achieved and to be achieved, his priority objective is to continue training.
“I worry very little about what the future may come, I worry about studying, because what I hope most is to see the fruits of so much study”, He assures.
In any case, the work accumulates on the agenda of this already known tenor in Italy, a country that has traveled from north to south, passing through its most important operas such as Palermo, Catania, Rome, Florence, Turin or Modena, land of Luciano Pavarotti.
On the horizon he glimpses his return to Moscow for a “Boheme“, Then another”Rigoletto“In Liege, Belgium, he will also pass through La Fenice in Venice with”Faust”And will record an unreleased album of“ Il Proscritto ”(1842), an opera by Saverio Mercadante.
His passion for “Bel Canto” was born out of admiration for “what was achieved”By the greatest voice of his country, Juan Diego Flórez, which encouraged him to study lyrical singing at the National Conservatory of Peru under the direction of Maria Eloisa Aguirre, his teacher.
In 2013 he won the second prize at the Peruvian Lyrical Singing Contest, allowing him to travel to Italy, and although he had to return home, he managed to return to the European country in 2015 and put himself under the command of his current teacher, the baritone Roberto Servile.
Although for this he had to “work and save”In his country, he points out.
Ayón Rivas sees no future other than opera, an art that he does not consider exclusive to the adult world, but can also have great appeal also for boys, as it is revealing, since his dramas and tragedies are always timeless, applicable to the present.
“Opera breaks the barriers of age, they are stories that can be carried into everyday life”, Promises this young promise of the Peruvian lyric, while savoring the honeys of success in the homeland of the lyric.