Gustavo Hernandez

Gustavo Hernandez

Lyric Tenor

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2016Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorSir Edgardo Di Ravenswood
2016Mozart: Cosi fan tutteFerrando
2016Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minorTenor
2015Bizet: CarmenDon José
2015Verdi: RequiemTenor
2014Menotti: Amahl and the Night VisitorsKaspar
2011Mozart: IdomeneoIdomeneo
2011Mozart: IdomeneoArbace
2011Bellini: NormaPollione
2011Bizet: CarmenLe Remendado
2010Puccini: ToscaSpoletta
2009Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaIl Conte d'Almaviva
2009Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Ottavio
2009Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Obadiah
2008Mozart: Die Zauberflöte1. Priester
2008Mozart: Die Zauberflöte2. Geharnischter


Gustavo Hernández García, tenor, began his singing career through the Young Musicians Program of UC Berkeley, where he studied with renowned baritone David Tigner. Before completing his first year of voice lessons, Mr. Hernández sang the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah with the University of Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Hernández’s forays into Oratorio as a soloist include Mendehlsson’s Elijah, The Messiah, The Mozart Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and the Mozart Vespers. Mr. Hernández attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and studied under soprano Nikki Li Hartliep, receiving his B.M. in 2005. During his time at SFCM, Mr. Hernández won first prize in the senior vocal category for the Pacific Musical Society. He was also cast to sing in the film Jackson, written and directed by J.F. Lawton (Pretty Woman, Under Siege). Hernández received his M.M. in Vocal Arts at the USC Thornton School of Music under baritone Peter Lightfoot. While attending USC, Mr. Hernández participated in the west coast premiere of Miss Lonelyhearts, sang for tenor Anthony Dean Griffey during a voice master class, serenaded Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú during her visit to USC, and sang abroad on scholarship at the International Lyric Academy of Rome at Viterbo, featured as a soloist in recital and secondary roles in fully staged operas. Mr. Hernández has been a featured soloist in the San Francisco Bay Area for the Young Musician’s Program, Bay Area Singers’ Forum, Pocket Opera, Verismo Opera, Martinez Opera, Parlor Opera, Holy Names University Opera Scenes, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, North Bay Opera, Opera Academy of California and the Oakland Youth Chorus, through which he performed for former president Bill Clinton. In Los Angeles and Southern California, Mr. Hernández has been a featured soloist with the Southeast Symphony, Marina del Rey Summer Symphony, Westwood Master Chorale, San Bernardino Symphony, Malibu Coast Chamber Opera, San Pedro Opera, and the California Philharmonic, through which Mr. Hernández made his tenor soloist debut at Walt Disney Hall in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Hernández most recently was invited to sing for LAO as a guest artist for An Evening of Zarzuela and a concert of songs by Agustin Lara (Granada) and Andrea Morricone, accompanied by Maestro Morricone himself. Hernández has sung lead operatic tenor roles in Carmen, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lucia di Lammermoor Amahl and the Night Visitors and Norma, and secondary roles in Idomeneo, Tosca, and Die Zauberflöte. As an ensemble member, Mr. Hernández has sung with the San Francisco Opera Chorus in Götterdämmerung and the Los Angeles Opera in Der fliegende Höllander, and for the Los Angeles Opera Educational and Outreach Department (Figaro 90210, Judas Maccabeus).
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Sir Edgardo Di Ravenswood 1 week Verismo Opera 2016
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Ferrando 2016
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125, D minor Tenor 1 week California Philharmonic Orchestra (San Marino) 2016
Bizet: Carmen Don José 1 week Center Stage Opera 2015
Verdi: Requiem Tenor 1 week Southwest Symphony 2015


Senior vocal category first prize pacific musical society