Bernardo Bermudez

Biography

Venezuelan American lyric baritone Bernardo Bermudez started his musical education at The Conservatory of Music Juan Manuel Olivares in Caracas, Venezuela. Currently living in the United States, he has performed in productions and concerts with many companies including the San Diego Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Opera North, Union Avenue Opera, West Bay Opera and Livermore Valley Opera to name a few.

His operatic roles performed include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Diego Rivera in Frida, Silvio in Pagliacci, Escamillo in Carmen, Valentin in Faust, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, the title role in Don Giovanni, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Vidal Hernando in Luisa Fernanda, Schaunard in La Boheme, Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas, Melchior in Amahl and The Night Visitors, Mercurio in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Teniente Cantalapiedra in Cecilia Valdes, Count Capulet in Romeo et Juliette, El Dancairo and Morales in Carmen, Marullo in Rigoletto, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, as well as Morald in the North America stage premiere of Richard Wagner’s Die Feen as part of Los Angeles Opera’s Ring Festival.

Bernardo Bermudez has participated in the prestigious Summer Festivals at The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California as a voice fellow under the direction of famous American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. He was also a voice fellow at Opera North in New Hampshire under the direction of Louis Burkot, and Opera Neo in San Diego, California under the direction of Peter Kozma. He has received a number of awards over the years, including 1st place in NATS LA singing competition, 1st place in AEIOU 39th Annual Opera Scholarship and Competition, finalist in the Burbank Philharmonic Hennings-Fischer Opera Competition, semifinalist in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, and 2nd place in the Virginia Hawk Vocal Competition. He is a recipient of the Anne and Michael Towbes Scholarship in Voice, the Opera Buffs Grant, and the Doug Acker Memorial Vocal Scholarship.

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Repertoire

OPERATIC REPERTOIRE
Composer Role Work Company Year
Piazzolla Ensemble María de Buenos Aires San Diego Opera 2018
Catán Crippled Sailor Florencia en el Amazonas San Diego Opera 2018
Martin King Martin The Love Potion Long Beach Opera 2018
Bizet Morales Carmen The Opera Buffs 2017
Rodriguez Diego Rivera Frida Long Beach Opera 2017
Bizet Escamillo Carmen SMC Opera Theatre 2017
Mozart Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro Livermore Valley Opera 2017
Rossini Figaro il barbiere di Siviglia Pacific Opera Project 2016
Mozart Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Opera Neo 2016
Puccini Prince Yamadori Madama Butterfly San Diego Opera 2016
Menotti Melchior Amal and the Night Visitors Village Church Theatre 2015
Bizet Escamillo Carmen Heartland Opera Theatre 2015
Bizet Escamillo Carmen Pacific Lyric Association 2015
Gounod Valentin Faust West Bay Opera 2015
Puccini Donganiere La Boheme San Diego Opera 2015
Verdi Marullo Rigoletto Livermore Valley Opera 2014
Previn Stanley Kowalski A Streetcar Named Desire Union Avenue Opera St. Louis 2014
Torroba Vidal Hernando Luisa Fernanda SMC Opera Theatre 2014
Leoncavallo Villager Solo Pagliacci San Diego Opera 2014
Bizet El Dancairo Carmen Livermore Valley Opera 2013
Mozart Papageno Die Zauberflöte Center Stage Opera 2013
Monteverdi Mercurio L’incoronazione di Poppea Opera Neo 2013
Mozart Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro Opera Neo 2013
Donizetti Belcore L’elisir d’amore Center Stage Opera 2013
Leoncavallo Silvio Pagliacci Vineyard Touring Opera 2013
Donizetti Belcore L’elisir d’amore Opera North New Hampshire 2012
Rossini Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia Center Stage Opera 2012
Puccini Scarpia Tosca Vineyard Touring Opera 2012
Gounod Capulet Romeo et Juliette Livermore Valley Opera 2011
Rossini Figaro il barbiere di Siviglia The Music Academy of the West 2011
Puccini Schaunard La Boheme Repertory Opera Company 2011
Mascagni Alfio Cavalleria Rusticana Vineyard Touring Opera 2011
Mozart Papageno Die Zauberflöte Los Angeles Metropolitan 2011
Roig Teniente Cantalapiedra Cecilia Valdes The Bilingual Association for the Arts 2010
Wagner Morald Die Feen Los Angeles Lyric Opera 2010
Puccini Scarpia Tosca Intimate Opera Company 2010
Torroba Vidal Zarzuela Luisa Fernanda Pacific Lyric Association 2010
Price/Alejandro Jim The Gift of the Magi No Ho Holiday Show 2009
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Gianni Schicchi CSU Summer Arts 2009
Puercell Aeneas Dido and Aeneas CSU Summer Arts 2009
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Bach Lutheran Mass in G-minor
Berio Sinfonia
Handel Messiah
Mozart Missa Brevis in C “Spatzen-Messe”

Media

In The Press

Carmen – The Opera Buffs

“Excellent in the supporting role of the military Morales was Bermudez whose work in the zarzuela/operetta genre I am familiar with. His tall, elegant and debonair look is paired with a big voice, even though this time it was for smaller part.” – Humberto Capiro, Living Out Loud Los Angeles

Frida – Long Beach Opera

“The company has found in Puerto Rican mezzo-soprano Laura Virella and Venezuelan American baritone Bernardo Bermudez an instantly believable Frida and Diego. Both are capable singers and actors, compelling onstage. They look the part, other than Bermudez not being quite as down to earth as Diego and Virella a little more down to earth than we think of Frida as being.” – Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

“None of this would be possible without the contribution of the lead performers, mezzo soprano Laura Virella and baritone Bernardo Bermúdez, who embody Kahlo and Rivera with impressive conviction. Apart from being excellent singers, the two assume with ease the challenge of the spoken dialogue, which can feel at times too vivacious, but therefore brings closer connection to these characters who were doubtlessly full of passion in real life… The work also portrays Rivera in a very dignified light, without avoiding his contradictions and infidelities; and Bermúdez, an American of Venezuelan and Mexican ancestry, achieves his task impeccably, garnering sympathy for a man who is deeply admired for his talent, but continues to be a controversial figure.” – Sergio Bursting, Hoy Los Angeles (Translation by Language Divas)

“Diego Rivera is the lead male role, performed with masculine bravura by Venezuelan-American baritone Bernardo Bermudez…” – Eric A. Gordon, People’s World

“Laura Viretta in the title role possesses a bright, luminescent mezzo that at once conveys Kahlo’s passion and her pain. Baritone Bernardo Bermudez, as her husband Diego Rivera, is a big guy with a big voice. Both give completely realized performances, singing and acting with both beauty, when called for, and intensity. Both also bear striking resemblances to the real-life Kahlo and Rivera, which keeps their tumultuous relationship, amid the opera’s stylizations and fantastic elements, grounded in reality.” – Jim Ruggirello, Gazettes

“Mezzo-soprano Laura Virella is compelling as Frida, and Bernardo Bermudez, a lyric baritone, is a fine match. They don’t sing many arias together, but when they do it’s hard to resist being pulled in and embraced by their voices.” – Bondo Wyszpolsk, Easy Reader News

“Laura Virella (Frida Kahlo) is a talented vocalist, and she smoothly displays Kahlo’s development from vulnerability and defeat into a self-actualizing power. Bernardo Bermudez (Diego Rivera) matches her energy and captures Rivera’s moody, brooding tendencies. It’s also worth commending the versatility of the supporting cast of four, who fluidly swap in and out of new roles for each scene as they go toe-to-toe with the leads.” – Adam Buchsbaum, Signal Tribune

il barbiere di Siviglia – Pacific Opera Project

“Figaro, Bernardo Bermudez, was the hairdresser who could always find his clients clean samples of hair or anything else needed to pass a drug test. His Figaro was so amusing that he almost distracted the audience from his robust singing.”– Michael Milenski, Opera Today

“…it is Bermudez’s Figaro that is the most fun to watch. He is flamboyant without coming off as a queen, humorous without being over-the-top campy.” – David Maurer, Culture Spot LA

Don Giovanni – Opera NEO

“While there are certainly many ways to play the title character, Bernardo Bermudez’s take on the rake proved more nuanced than most. For example, in the early scenes Bermudez wooed the young peasant girl Zerlina with genuine affection and the dulcet edge of his ample baritone, rather than the thinly disguised predatory deception of many Don Giovannis. He cajoled his exasperated servant Leporello, played with unusual sophistication by Christopher Edwards, more with camaraderie than with sheer command and bluster. On the other hand, Bermudez summoned chilling menace and a gruff vocal edge to his ‘Fin ch’han dal vino’ aria, in which he aticipates more conquests as his party guests dance and imbibe freely. Bermudez gave his character range and credibility, in spite of the Don’s monochromatic reputation.” – Ken Herman, San Diego Story

“Bernardo Bermudez, in the title role, gave us a deliciously degenerate Don. Bermudez did not shy away from Don’s more lecherous moments but gave us a full helping.” – Garrett Harris, San Diego Reader