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Mexican tenor, Jorge Garza, is a graduate of the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and the Academy of Vocal Arts. He further advanced his training at various apprentice programs including Glimmerglass Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera collaborating with conductor Patrick Summers, at Merola Opera Program, working alongside renowned director John Copley, Caramoor Music Festival, and finally the Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Program working with director Stephen Lawless in L’Elisir d’Amore as an understudy for Ramon Vargas as Nemorino and director Pierre Audi of the Netherlands Opera singing Eurimaco in Il Ritorno d’Ulysses in Patria.
His professional debut came upon invitation from Stephen Lawless in the role of Don Polidoro in Mozart’s La Finta Semplice, with the Potsdamer Musikfestspiele at Castle Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany. Soon followed debuts in France with the Orchestra National de Lyon as Tenor soloist in Cherubini’s Missa Solemnis as well as his debut with Opera de Monte Carlo in Bellini’s Anna Bolena. These debuts lead to a position in the Fest Ensemble with Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, Germany. During his tenure he debuted the following roles: Belmonte - Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Narciso - Der Türke in Italien, Tom Rakewell - Karriere eines Wüstlings, Sou-Chong - Das Land des Lächelns, Fenton - Dielustige Weiber von Windsor, Alfred - Die Fledermaus, Marquis de Chateauneuf - Zar und Zimmermann.
Jorge has received numerous awards and recognitions from competitions and foundations including: Operalia Competition Finalist, ARIA Foundation Award, Opera Index Awards, The Sullivan Foundation, San Francisco Opera Merola Grand Finals, Richard F. Gold Shoshana Foundation Award, Grace Bumbry AGMA Competition, and Mario Lanza Competition.
Jorge’s affinity for modern music began at an early age and has included several notable premieres. As a boy soprano, he sang the Treble Solos in the Houston Premieres of George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children and Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas. At LA Opera he sang the World Premiere of Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox as well as the World Premiere of Lee Holdridge’s A Journey to Cordoba. With Stephen Wadsworth, he sang the Narrator in the American Premiere of Alexander Goehr’s Tryptich. At the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, he sang East Coast Premieres as Dorian in Lowell Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray and Mario in Daniel Catan’s Il Postino. He sang the West Coast Premiere as the Prince in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree and finally in 2015 the World Premiere with the Prague National Opera as Odysseus in Jan Klusak’s Filoktetes.
Most recently, Jorge debuted the roles of Tito Vespasian in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Male Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Michel in Bohyuslav Martinu’s Juliette with the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, for which he was nominated for “Best male singer of the year 2019” by the CENY JANTAR in Czechia.
Concert Appearances have included his Carnegie Hall debut as Father (tenor 1) in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Leonard Slatkin, conductor, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Tenor Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, James Judd conducting as well as with the DCINY Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall with Jonathan Griffith conducting the much beloved 1959 Goosens version of Handel’s masterpiece.
His recording of Manuel de Falla’s double bill of El Amor Brujo and El Retablo de Maese Pedro on the Naxos Label was nominated as the best classical recording for 2019 by the ICMA (International Classical Music Awards.
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