Hugo Vera

Hugo Vera

Spinto Tenor

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2015Verdi: Don CarloConte di Lerma
2015Verdi: Don CarloConte di Lerma
2015Verdi: Don CarloConte di Lerma

Bio

A native Texan, tenor Hugo Vera is described as possessing a &ldquotruly heroic voice” that is both “beautiful and brilliant.”  in addition to The Metropolitan Opera artist roster, Mr. Vera has performed 34 roles and 20 choral orchestral works with distinguished companies in the US as part of his musical and artistic development of the full lyric and spinto tenor repertoire.  In addition to The Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Vera has sung with Spoleto, USA, Kansas City Symphony, New York City Opera, Illinois Symphony and Chorus, Fort St. Symphony and Chorus, Opera Memphis, Aspen Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Sarasota Opera, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera North, Aspen Opera Theatre, The Minnesota Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Nashville Opera, Shreveport Opera, Tanglewood Music Festival and The Metropolitan Operawhere he returned for a fifth season in 2013-2014 where he worked in productions of Tosca, The Nose and Norma. He also performed recitals as an Artist in Residence at Dartmouth College and University of Texas-Pan America, Tenor Soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Long Island Choral Society and Orchestra. Sports Anchorman in the world premier of the opera Bum Phillips with the experimental NYC Monk Parrots and Don Jose (Carmen) with GLOW Lyric Opera and returned to Piccolo Spoleto for a series of concerts.   In 2014-2015 he returns to The Metropolitan Opera to work on productions of Aida, and Don Carlos, a debut with New Opera NYC, concert entitled Kaleidoscope: Concert for Healing EG Music Productions in NYC, Artist in Residence Tour at Westminster College (UT), Presbyterian College (SC), University of Texas-Rio Grande, and Glow Lyric Theatre. Debut, and world premiere as Carl Jung in the opera Sabina Spielrein with the Center of Contemporary Opera. Don Jose with Local Opera Local Artists (LOLA) Austin, TX, Azael in Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue with Glow Lyric Theatre, Spoletta in Tosca with Chelsea Opera, and Tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Concert Choir of the Brattleboro (VT).   Mr. Vera has performed important principal roles in his fach including Manrico (Il Trovatore), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Radames, (Aida), Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann),Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Faust (Faust), Pietro Nuttini (The Glass Blowers), Luiz (The Gondoliers), Alfredo (La Traviata),  Raffaele (Stiffelio) and Manuel the down and out boxer in Marcus Hummon;s opera Surrender Road.   He has expanded his core repertoire with cover assignments of significant roles comprising Stiffelio, Duke of Mantua (Rigoletto), Jacopo Foscari (I due Foscari), and Sam (Susannah).   The 2011-2012 Season saw Mr. Vera in a return to The Metropolitan Opera for various assignments including Abdallo (Nabucco), he returned to Spoleto USA, made a company debut with the distinguished Pittsburgh Opera singing Cavaradossi (Tosca), made a company and role debut with Center City Opera Theater in Philadelphia singing Neruda (Il Postino), and returned to Neue Eutin Festspiele in Germany for a role debut singing Ishmael (Nabucco).   The 2010 -2011 Season included noteworthy roles and company debuts with performances of Radames (Aïda) for Opera Memphis and Trin (La Fanciulla del West) for The Metropolitan Opera. Assignments in the 2009-2010 Season for Mr. Vera comprised a cover of Kedril in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead for The Metropolitan Opera, a reprise of Rodolfo (La bohème) for Shreveport Opera, a role debut as Werther for Winter Opera of St. Louis, several concerts, and a role and company debut singing Haydn’s Philemon (Philemon and Baucis) for the celebrated festival, Spoleto USA In addition to the role of Voce Tenore in Il Piccolo Marat, projects in the 2008-2009 Season included several role debuts.  Mr. Vera sang Rodolfo (La Bohème) in a debut with Sioux City Symphony, Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) for Shreveport Opera, Samson (Samson et Dalila) for New Opera of Saint Louis, and he reprised Don José (Carmen) for Opera North.    .     As a concert artist, Mr. Vera has successfully performed works ranging from the cantatas of J.S. Bach to the works of Britten, Tippett and Vaughn Williams.  Of the oratorio/concert repertoire Mr. Vera has sung Verdi’s Requiem, Vaughn William Mass in G minor, Schubert’s Mass in G, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Handel’s Messiah, and various works of Beethoven including the Choral Fantasy, the Mass in C, Missa Solemnis, and the great Symphony No. 9.  He has had the pleasure of performing both Bach’s Magnificat, as well as, the celebrated Mass in B minor.   Recognized as a significantly talented young singer, Mr. Vera enjoyed the privilege of training with several noteworthy young artist programs including the Brevard Music Center, the Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Center, Chautauqua Opera, The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Minnesota Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera .   REVIEWS Cavaradossi (TOSCA) PITTSBURG OPERA “Hugo Vera, a young tenor whose credits include the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, gave a winning portrayal of Cavaradosi. He sang with impressive consistency of tonal color throughout his range and had goodpower. His dramatic range was impressive, too – from the lightness with which he interacts with the Sacristan to his confidence in handling his lover's jealousy and above all in his emotional roller coaster in the last act.” Pittsburgh-Tribune Review The Messenger (AIDA) THE METROPOLITAN OPERA “Miklos Sebestyen and Hugo Vera sang well as the King and the Messenger, respectively.” The Classical Review Abdallo (NABUCCO) THE METROPOLITAN OPERA “Singing very well in supporting roles were David Crawford as the High Priest of Baal, Hugo Vera as Abdallo and Amber Wagner as Anna, Zaccaria’s sister.” The Classical Review Trin (LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST) THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ““Among the large supporting cast, highlights were baritone Dwayne Croft’s gruff miner Sonora, bass Oren Gradus’ ballad singer Jake, and tenor Hugo Vera’s promising debut as comic sidekick Trin.”” New York Post Radames (AIDA) OPERA MEMPHIS “As Radames, tenor Hugo Vera made an immediate and lasting impression...His notes are clear, well-considered and cut to the heart of every phrase without overdoing it.” The Commercial Appeal Werther (WERTHER) WINTER OPERA SAINT LOUIS “tenor Hugo Vera in the title role: He's a real find...he revealed a truly impressive instrument — big, beautiful, ringing and Italianate.”  St. Louis Post-Dispatch Hoffman (TALES OF HOFFMAN)   THE MINNESOTA OPERA “…tenor Hugo Vera played Hoffmann and was pitch-perfect as the boozing, heartbroken poet and composer.” Post Bulletin Online Don José (CARMEN) OPERA NORTH “… this performance had another standout performer ….That singer was tenor Hugo Vera, who sang the role of Carmen's pursuer, Don José, with passion. Vera displayed solid stage presence…a nicely done performance…. Bravo! ” OperaOnline.us “[Hugo Vera ]… sang the role of Don José passionately and powerfully….Vera's able singing and beautiful voice made him convincing.” Rutland Herald Online
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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: Don Carlo Conte di Lerma The Metropolitan Opera 2015
Verdi: Don Carlo Conte di Lerma Recital- Lawrence Art Center 2015
Verdi: Don Carlo Conte di Lerma Carmen (DON JOSE)- Local Opera Local Artists- Austin 2015