Mexican tenor Mario Rojas is a first-year member of the Ryan Opera Center. He is an alumnus of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was heard as Don José/La tragédie de Carmen
and Nemorino/L’elisir d’amore
. Rojas also performed at the SFCM Gala with renowned pianist/coach Warren Jones. The tenor is one of the youngest singers ever to receive the Plácido Domingo scholarship from SIVAM, Mexico's most prominent young-artist program. He has performed as Rodolfo/La bohème
at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and elsewhere in Mexico, Don Ottavio/Don Giovanni
and Julian/Tomás Bretón’s La verbena de la Paloma
. In 2015 Rojas was very successful in competitions, receiving 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 an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Western District Auditions. In 2016 the tenor was awarded second place in the East Bay Opera League competition and received a grant from the Loren L. Zachary Society for the Performing Arts.
Rojas will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in the 2017/18 season in Rigoletto
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