Performance Year: 2020
Winner of the 2014 Opealia Competition, Guatemalan tenor Mario Chang has been praised as a “born bel canto tenor” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times. In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Chang sang Alfredo in La traviata, marking his debuts with both Washington National Opera and Atlanta Opera. He returned to Oper Frankfurt for his role debut as Corrado in concert performances of Il Corsaro, and returned to Santa Fe Opera to reprise the role of Rodolfo in a new production of La bohème.
Other operatic highlights from Mr. Chang’s previous seasons include the role of Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore at the Metropolitan Opera. With Oper Frankfurt, he sang Lenski in Yevgeny Onegin, Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, and Rodolfo in La bohème.
Notable debuts from Mr. Chang’s previous seasons include his Los Angeles Opera debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Forth Squire in a new production of Parsifal, his Santa Fe Opera debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor conducted by Corrado Rovaris and his North Carolina Opera and role debut as Alfredo in La Traviata.
Mr. Chang was a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera and the Advanced Diploma in Opera Studies program at the Juilliard School. Mr. Chang and his wife, soprano Maria José Morales, co-founded Querido Arte: Compañía de Ópera de Guatemala – a young, fresh opera company whose goal is to make Guatemala a benchmark for opera in Latin America and throughout the world. Since the company was established, Ópera de Guatemala has produced fully-staged productions of Rigoletto, La bohème and L’Elisir d’Amore.