Miguel Ángel Zapater began his studies under his father’s teaching of solfeggio, harmony and clarinet, and later extended them at the Oviedo Conservatory. With a scholarship from the Principality of Asturias, he entered the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid with the prestigious teacher Isabel Penagos, expanding them with Montserrat Caballé and Simon Estes.
Winner of the International Contest of Plácido Domingo, OPERALIA 1995.
He made his debut with the character of Sparafucile in Rigoletto at the Teatro Lírico Nacional “La Zarzuela” together with Patricia Wise and Alfredo Kraus (1989) and during that first season he sang La Fiamma (Vescovo) at the Liceo de Barcelona together with Monserrat Caballé, Herodiade (Phanuel) at the Teatro Romano in Mérida with Monserrat Caballé, José Carreras, Elena Obraztsova and Joan Pons and Samson y Dalila (Old Hebrew) at the Peralada Festival with José Carreras, Marjana Lipovsek, Matteo Manuguerra and Bryn Terfel.
Since then she has sung in most of the important theatres all over the world, such as Rigoletto (Sparafucile) at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan with Renato Bruson and Ricardo Muti, I due Foscari at the ROH Covent Garden, Barber of Seville (Don Basilio) in Madrid with Alberto Zedda, Aida (Ramfis) in Caracas, Rigoletto in Rome, Trovatore and la Bohème in Pittsburg, Aroldo in the Covent Garden, Requiem by Verdi in Tokyo with the Scala of Milan and Ricardo Muti, Lucia di Lammemoor at the Vienna Staatsoper with Luis Lima and Marcello Viotti, Les Troyens at the Scala in Milan with Sir Colin Davis, Samson et Dalila in Hamburg with Plácido Domingo, Nabucco (Belo) in Milan’s Scala with Renato Bruson and Ricardo Muti, Rigoletto in Paris’ La Bastille, Romeo by Berlioz with London Synphony in London’s Barbican with Sir Colin Davis, Requiem by Verdi in Dresden with Giuseppe Sinopoli, D. Carlo (Filippo II) in Bilbao, La Bohème in Hamburg, Seneca in L’Incoronazione di Poppea in Madrid with Alberto Zedda, Eugene Onegin (Gremin) in Bolshoi in Moscow.
He is invited by the Vienna Staatsoper to perform in Rigoletto, Bohème, Lucia, Stiffelio, D. Giovanni and Turandot in the seasons 96-97 and 97-98. As well as for the new productions of Rigoletto and Falstaff at the National Opera of Paris-La Bastille. He is Ramfis of Aida in the Arena di Verona, Tiresias in Oedipus Rex by Stravinski in the Granada Festival, Surin in La Dama de Pique by Tchaikovsky in the Teatro Real of Madrid with Plácido Domingo, Falstaff in Florence with Zubin Metha, Oroe in Semiramide in the Gran Teatro del Liceo of Barcelona, Angelotti in Tosca at the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, Falstaff at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Roucher by Andrea Chénier at the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Debut as Don Pasquale at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Angelotti by Tosca at the ABAO in Bilbao, Don Bartolo by Le Nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
He has worked under the baton of masters such as Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Zubin Metha, James Conlon, Jesús López Cobos, Alberto Zedda, Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez, Giuliano Carella, Marcello Viotti, Marco Armiliato, Carlo Rizzi, Anton Guadagno, Pinchas Steinberg, Elio Boncompagni, Renato Palumbo, Danielle Gatti, Daniel Oren…
As for the scene, masters such as Gilbert Deflo, Jerôme Savary, Emilio Sagi, Tito Capobianco, Jonathan Miller, Pilar Miró, Luis Iturri, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Horacio Rodríguez Aragón, Pier Luigi Samaritani, José Carlos Plaza, Francisco López, Dominique Pitoiset, Frederic Amat.
His repertoire includes about 80 characters in operas by Verdi, Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini, Rossini, Massenet, Monteverdi, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Gounod, Weber, Stravinsky and Saint-Saëns…
Among his latest performances are Don Pasquale at the Tel-Aviv Opera, Lodovico by Otello at the Peralada Festival, Daniele at the Spanish premiere of Il Duca d’Alba by G. Donizetti at the Oviedo Opera, Don Bartolo de Le Nozze di Figaro at the Spoleto Festival, El Padre Antón de El Gato Montés at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Lorenzo de I Capuleti and I Montecchi at the Oviedo Opera and the Pamplona Baluarte, Simone de Gianni Schicchi at the Opera of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.