In recent seasons, Marcelo Álvarez has added the more dramatic roles such as Manrico in Il Trovatore, Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca and Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera to his repertoire and has been hailed by audiences and critics as the leading exponent of these roles to be heard today. His recent appearances in productions of Tosca, Il Trovatore and Un Ballo in Maschera at the Royal Opera Covent Garden were extremely successful as were other recent engagements in the last season in Carmen at the MET and in Florence (conducted by Zubin Mehta), Luisa Miller in Parma and Madrid and Il Trovatore in Zurich and Tosca in Rome and Verona.
In the 2008-2009 season, Marcelo Álvarez stars as Manrico in a new production of Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera and is also heard this season in Luisa Miller in Valencia conducted by Lorin Maazel in Un Ballo in Maschera in Madrid, Tosca in Parma and his first performances of Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur in Turin. He also appears this season as Cavaradossi in Tosca at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and in Il Trovatore in Zurich. He will also be heard this season in solo concerts in Moscow, Budapest, Abu Dhabi, Thelessoniki, Catania and Salerno.
Future Marcelo Álvarez's engagements include opening night of the 2009 season at the Metropolitan Opera in a new production of Tosca, his role debut in Andrea Chenier at the Opéra Bastille where he will also sing his first performances of La Forza del Destino, his first performances of Radames in Aida in a new production at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, his first Ernani in Bologna and Parma and several productions at the Met and in all the major Italian opera houses.