Miguel Angel Zapater began studying harmony and clarinet at early age with his father. He studied singing at the Oviedo School of Music and was granted a scholarship to study at the Madrid School of Music with Isabel Penagos and later with Montserrat Caballé and Simon Estes.
In 1995 he won the “OPERALIA – Plácido Domingo” International Singing Competition.
He made his operatic debut as Sparafucile in Rigoletto at the “Teatro de la Zarzuela” with Alfredo Kraus and Patricia Wise. During this season he sung La Fiamma (Vescovo) in the Gran Teatre de Liceu (Barcelona) with Montserrat Caballé, Herodiade (Phanuel) in the Merida Roman Theatre with Caballé, Carreras, Obraztsova and Joan Pons followed by Samson et Dalilah (Old Hebrew) with Carreras, Marijana Lipovsek, Manuguerrra and Bryn Terfel.
Later on, Miguel Angel Zapater has sung at several of the leading opera houses: Rigoletto (Sparafucile) at the Teatro alla Scala di Milano with Renato Bruson conducted by Riccardo Muti, I Due Foscari at the ROH-Covent Garden, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Basilio) and L´Incoronazione di Poppea (Seneca) in Madrid, both with Alberto Zedda, Aďda (Ramfis) in Caracas, Rigoletto in Rome, Il Trovatore and La Bohéme in Pitssburg, Aroldo in ROH-Covent Garden, Verdi´s Requiem in Tokyo with Muti and the Teatro alla Scala Philharmonic and in Dresde with Giuseppe Sinopoli, Lucia di Lammermoor at the Wiener Staatsoper with Luis Lima and Marcello Viotti, Les Troyens at La Scala with Sir Colin Davis, Samson et Dalila with Plácido Domingo and La Bohéme in Hamburgische Staatsoper, Nabucco with Bruson and Muti in Milano, Rigoletto in La Bastille – Paris. Romeo and Juliet by Berlioz with London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall conducted by Sir Colin Davis and Eugene Onegin (Gremin) in the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow).
From 1996 to 1998 he was invited by the Vienna State Opera for Rigoletto, La Bohčme, Lucia di Lammermoot, Stifelio, Don Giovanni and Turandot. He has also sung at the new productions of Rigoletto and Falstaff of the Opera National de Paris – La Bastille.
Mr. Zapater has performed Aďda in L´Arena di Verona, Oedipus Rex (Tiresias) in the Granada Festival, Pique Dame (Suri) in Teatro Real (Madrid) with Plácido Domingo, Falstaff in Firenze with Maestro Zubin Mehta and Semiramide (Oreo) in the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona) with Alberto Zedda.
He has been conducted by maestros like Riccardo Muti, Sir Colin Davis, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Zubin Mehta, James Conlon, Jesús López Cobos, Alberto Zedda, Miguel Angel Gómez Martínez, Giuliano Carella, Marcello Viotti, Marco Armiliato, Carlo Rizzi, Renato Palumbo, Danielle Gatti, Daniel Oren, Pinchas Steinberg, Elio Boncompagni amd Anton Gudagno.
His opera appearances include productions by Pier Luigi Pizzi, Gilbert Deflo, Jonathan Miller, Jerôme Savary, Emilio Sagi, Pier Luigi Sammartini, Frederic Amat, Dominique Pitoiset and Francisco López with colleages like Juan Diego Flórez, Plácido Domingo, José Cura, Bryn Terfel, Ainhoa Arteta, June Anderson, Marcelo Alvarez, Ewa Podles, Ruggiero Raimondi, Carlos Alvarez, Dolora Zajick, Elena Obraztsova, Vladimir Chernov, Joan Pons, Richard Leech, Paolo Gavanelli, Marijana Lipovsek, Mara Zampieri, Luis Lima, Simon Estes, Sherril Milnes, Renato Bruson, Jaume Aragall, Alfredo Kraus, José Carreras and Montserrat Caballé.
Miguel Angel Zapater has sung more than 500 opera performances. His repertoire of 40 roles includes works by Verdi, Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini, Rossini, Massenet, Berlioz, Weber, Monteberdi, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Gounod and Saint-Saëns.
During last seasons he has appeared in Manon Lescaut (Geronte) in Toulon Opera (France), Don Giovanni (Commendatore) in Jerez, Semiramide (Oroe) in Gran Teatro del Liceu, Aďda in Barcelona, Il Viaggio a Reims in Oviedo and in Tel-Aviv, Les Noces de Stravinski in Valladolid, Falstaff in Bolonia with Zubin Mehta, Andrea Chenier en el Gran Teatro del Liceo, La Boheme in Pamplona and Gijón, Tosca in Oviedo, Falstaff in Teatro Villamarta in Jerez, Jenufa in Teatro Cervantes Málaga and Don Pasquale in Teatro Real, Baluarte in Pamplona and Teatro Cervantes in Málaga and La novia vendida at Palau de les Arts in Valencia. Also he has sung Requiem Mozart in Madrid, Salamanca and Santander.
His last engagements have been SIMON BOCCANEGRA and EL GATO CON BOTAS in Teatro Real, SALOME at Palau de les Arts, concert of "El Pessebre" with the Orchestre Symphonic of Montpellir and RIGOLETTO in Baluarte.
During this season he wil perform SIMON BOCCANEGRA in ABAO, INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA at Teatro Calderón in Valladolid, LA VIDA BREVE at Palau de les Arts, EL GATO CON BOTAS in Teatre al Liceu and AINADAMAR in the Teatro Real.