Manuel Coves


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Born in Linares, Spain, Manuel Coves studied piano, chamber music and orchestra conducting. He was also accompanist and then Musical Coordinator of Teatro de la Zarzuela between 2000-2014.

Among his recent operatic work we highlight Don Carlo, Falstaff, Otello, Tosca, La Bohème, Carmen, Rigoletto, El Caballero de la triste figura , El Pintor, Don Pasquale, Candide, Pepita Jiménez, Die Dreigroschenoper, La Sonnambula, Recital lírico with Gregory Kunde and Juan Jesús Rodríguez,  Orfeo & Euridice at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Festival de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Palau de Les Arts de Valencia, Teatros del Canal,  Teatro Argentino de La Plata.

As a conductor he is a reference in dance and ballet. His versatility has led him to be appreciated by important dance companies, and to appear on many prestigious international stages such as: Carmen (J. Inger) at Semperoper Dresden, Les Ballets de Montecarlo, English National Ballet and CND, Nutcracker and Don Quijote (J. Martínez), Don Juan (J. Inger) with Aterballetto, Apollon (Balanchine), Grosse Fuge, DSCH (A. Ratmansky) for CND; Sorolla (A. Najarro), El Loco (J. Latorre), Electra (A. Ruz), Homenaje a Antonio Ruiz Soler, and The three cornered hat (Ruiz Soler) with Ballet Nacional de España; Romeo & Juliet with Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, The Merry Widow (R. Hynd), Giselle (Galizzi) and El Corsario (A. M. Holmes) at the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Carmen with Víctor Ullate Ballet; El Amor Brujo by La Fura dels Baus and El Mesías (M. Wainrot) with Ballet Nacional del Sodre.

It is worth noting also his work as conductor of zarzuelas as Enseñanza libre and La gatita blanca at Teatro de la Zarzuela , La Malquerida, El Caserío, La Verbena de la Paloma and La Revoltosa at Teatros del Canal, the anthology Viva Madrid at Bogota’s Teatro Mayor Julio María Santo Domingo, Muscat’s ROH and at Madrid’s Teatros del Canal, Entre Sevilla y Triana by Sorozábal at Bilbao’s Teatro Arriaga, Amadeu at Teatros del Canal, Pamplona’s Baluarte and at Oviedo’s Campoamor, Luisa Fernanda at Bogota’s Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo and the recover and rerun of Quo Vadis and Plus Ultra by Chapí.

His next engagements include La Bayadère at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Giselle at Teatro Colon and Generaciones with the Ballet Nacional de España at Teatro de la Zarzuela.

He has worked with orchestras such as Staatskapelle Dresden, Tonklünster Orchester, Orquesta G. Verdi de Milán, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, ENB Phil, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón, Filarmónica de Buenos Aires, Orquesta del Teatro Lírico de Cagliari,  Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatro del Liceo, Orquesta Sinfónica de Baleares, Sinfónica de Porto Alegre, Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia, Oviedo Filarmonía, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta Verum, Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Orquesta Estable del Teatro Argentino, Orquesta Sinfónica del Teatro Nacional de Brasilia and Orquesta Nacional de Colombia.

He has recorded under Naxos Chamber Music by R. Halffter with the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid and La Verbena de la Paloma for Decca, Sorolla for BNE with music by the Valencian composer Juan José Colomer, Sonatas by Alfredo Aracil for CND both with the ORCAM and the complete Concerts for Guitar and Orchestra by Federico Moreno Torroba (with guitarists Pepe Romero and Vicente Coves) for Naxos.