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November 25, 2012 - Lincoln Center
Soloist -Tenor

Tenor, Jorge Javier Garza-Villegas was born in Monterrey, Mexico. He began his musical studies with the Houston Boys Choir. At age 12 he sang the treble solos in George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children. His first operatic role soon followed as Amahl in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors. His musical studies continued at the Juilliard School of music as an undergraduate Vocal-Performance Major. At 21, Jorge was admitted on full scholarship to Manhattan School of Music's Graduate Vocal Program. Several invitations soon followed to participate in the country's most prestigious apprentice programs including Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Residency Program , Wolftrap Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and finally San Francisco Opera's Merola Program.

His professional debuts came in the role of Don Polidoro in Mozart's La Finta Semplice, with the Potsdamer Musikfestspiele at castle Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany and in France with the Orchestra National de Lyon as Tenor soloist in Cherubini's Missa Solemnis, and with Opera de Monte Carlo as Sir Hervey in Donizetti's Anna Bolena.

A movement into leading roles was evident by engagements with New Jersey Opera as Count Almaviva, West Bay Opera as Tamino, Festival Opera as Lysander in Midsummer Night's Dream, Gotham Chamber Opera as Florville in Rossini's Il Signior Bruschino and at the Caramoor Festival understudying Carlo in Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix , and as the title role in Lowell Liebermann'sThe Picture of Dorian Gray at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

In 2008 Jorge began a 2 year fest-position with Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, Germany. Jorge debuted the role of Belmonte in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Narcisco in Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, Fenton in Nicolai's Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Alfred in Die Fledermaus as well as critical acclaim for his portrayal of Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.

The 2010/2011 season included Guest-engagements with Theater Krefeld, and Theater für Niedersachsen as Marquis de Chateauneuf in Lortzing's Zar und Zimmermann, more Alfreds in Fledermaus, and most notably his Vienna Stage debut in Christoph Schlingensief's much acclaimed autobiographical production of "Mea Culpa" at the Burgtheater.

Jorge returned stateside to debut with Opera Saratoga singing Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte. The 2011-2012 season included the title role in the east coast premiere of Daniel Catan's Il Postino as well as his Prague National Opera Debut as Tom Rakewell.

Upcoming engagements are highlighted by Tenor Soloist in Britten's Serenade for Tenor and Horn with Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Sir Percy in Donizetti's Anna Bolena in Czech Republic, as well as his Carnegie Hall debut with the Oregon Symphony in Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins.


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