SUMMER 2021 SEASON

performers

Mario Rojas

Mario Rojas

Simon Pauly

Tenor Mario Rojas, originally from Torreón, Mexico, is an alumnus of the Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera of Chicago as well as an alumnus of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has sung Rodolfo/La Bohème at Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes.

In Lyric’s 2018/19 season, Rojas stepped in for an ailing colleague to sing Alfredo/La Traviata. In 2019 he performed a concert for 30,000 people in his hometown of Torreón with Placido Domingo.

Among the honors Rojas has received are 2020 Luminarts Foundation - Fellowship, 2018 William M. Sullivan Foundation Award, third place in the 2018 Dallas Opera Vocal Competition, winner of the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Illinois District Auditions, second place in the East Bay Opera League Competition, the Marta Eggerth Kiepura Award in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Completion, third place in the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, the Emerging Singers Award in the Opera Index Vocal Competition, and most recently the Luminarts Foundation Fellowship Award. He has been heard at the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria recital series and Kentucky Opera’s Sidecar cabaret series.

Performances

Thursday, July 22 | 6:30 PM
Puccini's Gianni Schicchi

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Star baritone Lucas Meachem returns to Festival Napa Valley to perform the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, widely considered to be one of the funniest operas of all time. Maestro Kent Nagano makes his Festival debut and leads Meachem, a cast of singers from the Manetti Shrem Opera Program, and Festival Orchestra Napa in this comic farce featuring some of Puccini’s best music, including the famous aria "O mio babbino caro.” Jean-Romain Vesperini directs.

 

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Saturday, July 24 | 6:30 PM
Opera Under the Stars

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Festival favorite Michael Fabiano, the celebrated tenor who The New York Times called “one of the most exciting, sought-after singers in the world”, returns to Napa to delight the audience in song with Festival Orchestra Napa, under the baton of eminent conductor James Conlon. Joining Fabiano are this year’s Manetti Shrem Prize winners, two emerging opera singers recognized for their extraordinary potential and talent.  

 

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